Internet, parking, transport, breakfasts…they’re the little things that can sneak up on your travel budget while on holidays or a business trip. But being frugal doesn’t mean you have to miss out.
Here are just a few of the many hotels around Australia that offer handy free inclusions and discounts – so you keep more money in the bank for all the fun travel stuff like shopping, sightseeing and entertainment.
DeVere Hotel Sydney
These days, ‘getting away from it all’ seems to mean everything…except the Internet. Whether it’s on a business or pleasure trip, many travellers have an overwhelming lust for web access in their hotel rooms. Trouble is, this can sometimes leads to a nasty shock on the bill at check-out.
Every room in the DeVere Hotel Sydney has free wi-fi – so you can brag about your trip online to friends or colleagues back home for hours and not pay a cent. They also offer very cheap on-site parking, and when you rent a DVD player from reception you get more than 100 free movies to choose from.
Down the street are free guided tours of the beautiful Botanic Gardens.
Bayview Eden Melbourne
Free limousines are usually reserved for five star properties and demanding celebs. However, the four star Bayview Eden Melbourne has added a nice touch to their very impressive list of services and facilities (pool, spa, sauna, gym and more) – complimentary chauffeur driven cars to the St Kilda Road & Queens Road area.
You can also keep up with the office/home/world through free wired high speed Internet access in public areas and complimentary weekday newspapers.
Novotel Brisbane Hotel
The Novotel Brisbane Hotel (pictured) understands how important value is to travelling families. So kids under 16 stay for free and eat breakfast on the house if they dine with paying adults.
Each family room includes a Sony PlayStation and, if you get the place to yourself for a while, there’s a complimentary in-room yoga channel to stretch and relax too.
Plus, you can keep the car sheltered from the summer heat in the undercover parking area that’s free for guest use.
Comfort Hotel Highlander Gilles Plains, Adelaide
After a day of exploring galleries, parks and museums, often the last thing you feel like doing is leaving the hotel again for a night on the town – not to mention the cost and effort of jumping in taxis, buses or trains.
If you can muster enough energy to push a lift button at the Comfort Hotel Highlander Gilles Plains, there’s a party waiting at the on-site nightclub, including live bands on Saturday nights.
The following morning you can fill up on free continental breakfast, leave the car in the free parking area and cycle around the inner city using Adelaide’s free bike hire!