Veriu Green Square is only two stops away from Sydney Domestic Airport on the Airport Link, ideal if you’re in between flights or travelling to Sydney for a short business trip. The hotel provides meeting rooms for business travellers and can also manage conferences
Located in Sydney’s Ultimo, where student accommodation meets inner-west urban living, the atmosphere at Veriu Broadway is a blend of industrial-grunge (being a converted warehouse), and inner-city chic.
Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka is the first in a new series of lifestyle-oriented hotels launched by Japanese luxury brand Hoshino Resorts, a ‘no-frills’ concept with stylish and contemporary design.
The hotel is located in an old-style ‘retro’ Tokyo district, now revitalised with lots of local boutiques, bars and cafes. For visitors who have been to Tokyo a couple times already, Otsuka is an interesting change to the well-worn streets of Shibuya and Shinjuku.
The hotel has a pleasant low-key atmosphere and is conveniently located, just two minutes’ walk from Otsuka station on the JR Yamanote line that loops the city. the energetic atmosphere of the streets outside ring with streetcar bells and lots of small izakaya restaurants and bars give the area a colourful, local feel.
Rooms at Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka are light and airy and even the single room is 19 sqm, which by Toyko standards is not even that small. Unlike any Hoshino Resort before, guest rooms are designed in a style of yagura, a type of Japanese-style wooden scaffolding, and combines high ceilings with large windows. The room makes use of traditional Japanese seasonal colour schemes, and materials such as wood and tatami mats. With a small staircase leading up to the bedroom, you can feel cuddled up in an intimate little hideout.
OMO Cafe, open to both guests and the public, is a casual gathering space serving fresh coffee and signature French vol-au-vent-style pastries. For the rest of the day, eclectic items on the menu range from apple pie, edamame beans and garlic toast to fried chicken and breaded tripe.
This is also where the Lobby Lounge can be found and the famed GO-KINJO map. As Otsuka is not a well-known treasure, the GO-KINJO map details the neighbourhood’s best local destinations, attractions and restaurants.
Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka is located in Northern Otsuka, which is more modern, but Southern Otsuka is much more traditional so guests can explore all that the town has to offer. For those seeking more guidance, you can sign up to join various tours led by the OMO Rangers that explore the hottest spots and one-of-a-kind areas.
Like the power rangers, each experience is led by a different colour, the green – is a walking tour around Otsuka, purple – explores bars and find the best sake, red – goes to Izakaya, a Japanese style pub, yellow – takes you to a traditional Japanese style restaurant known for their tempura, and blue explore more popular restaurants. The nightlife tours can also include dance shows and karaoke bars, so there’s plenty to explore.
For those wanting to immerse themselves in something more traditional, old style street car runs alongside the hotel (pay on board).
Phone: 00 81 503 786 1144
Address: 2-26-1 Kitaotsuka, Toshima-ku, Tokyo.
TripAdvisor has compiled the Top 10 places to get a good ol’ Aussie burger around the country, based on the millions of reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor diners.
“We have analysed feedback from international and local diners on TripAdvisor to narrow down this definitive list of the best burger restaurants in Australia,” said Janice Lee Fang, Communications Director, Asia Pacific for TripAdvisor. “The result is a rundown of the juiciest, crowd-pleasing burgers you should try – ranging from traditional patties with cheese, to more gourmet options, with toppings like grilled mushrooms, lentils and feta. Millions of diners can, and do, find it all on TripAdvisor.”
Top 10 Burger Restaurants in Australia
1. Dulcie’s Cottage – 60 Main St, Merimbula, New South Wales (271 reviews and 4.5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor)
2. The Burger Bar – 187/4 Thomas St, Noosaville, Noosa, Queensland (406 reviews and 4.5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor)
3. Miel Container – Premium Homemade Burger – 96 Mary Street, Brisbane, Queensland (650 reviews and 4.5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor)
4. Grand Trailer Park Taverna – 87 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria (247 reviews and 4.5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor)
5. The Burger Rebellion – 6-14 Clarence St, Shop 9, Port Macquarie, New South Wales (277 reviews and 4.5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor)
6. Little Vegas Burger & Bar – 3/259 Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach, Queensland (705 reviews and 4.5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor)
7. Grease Monkey – 19 Lonsdale St, Braddon, Australian Capital Territory(313 reviews and 4 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor)
8. Jack Greene – 47-48 Salamanca Place, Hobart, Tasmania (650 reviews and 4 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor)
9. Bread and Bone Wood Grill – 115 Peel St, Adelaide, South Australia (492 reviews and 4.5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor)
10. The Bottle of Milk – 52 Mountjoy Pde, Lorne, Victoria (760 reviews and 4 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor)
IMAGE: #1 Burger place – Dulcie’s Cottage Merimbula NSW
All images: Katrina Holden
Jars of Jaffa and Strawberries and Cream lollies sit on a large bench with MAC computers for guest-use. A pink neon sign illuminated with ‘You had me at Pizza’ contrasts against the recycled timber paneled walls. A central atrium with a limitless sky-effect features comfy sofas, leather ottomans and a large spotted rug. A row of bikes line the entrance, tempting guests to explore the cycle-friendly surrounds of Canberra.
TripAdvisor has collated reviews and deemed these Aussie surf schools to be the Top Ten in the country.
Reef 2 Beach Surf School – Agnes Water
Get Wet Surf School – Main Beach
Let’s Go Surfing – Bondi
Soul Surf School – Byron Bay
Great Ocean Road Surf Tours – Torquay
Go Ride a Wave Torquay – Torquay
Margaret River Surf School – Margaret River
Scarborough Beach Surf School – Scarborough
Bye bye Bondi … once again, you didn’t make the top 10 in Australia, according to the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.
Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays took the top honours in Australia again, for the fourth year in a row, followed Surfers Paradise and Noosa Main Beach.
Baia do Sancho in Brazil was named best beach in the world, ahead of beaches in the Turks and Caicos Islands and Aruba.
Top 10 beaches in Australia
- Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island QLD
- Surfers Paradise Beach, Gold Coast QLD
- Noosa Main Beach, Noosa QLD
- Manly Beach, Sydney NSW
- Turquoise Bay Beach, Exmouth WA
- Burleigh Heads Beach, Gold Coast QLD
- Cable Beach, Broome WA
- Mooloolaba Beach, Mooloolaba QLD
- The Strand, Townsville, QLD
- Emily Bay, Norfolk Island
It’s always fascinating to read, and watch, how our own country and its people, cities, towns and islands (Martin Clunes!) appear to international visitors.
36 Hours in Sydney, Australia – an article by Dave Seminara in The New York Times, ventures just beyond the city CBD to explore suburbs including The Rocks, Balmain, Newtown, Glebe, Manly and Mosman. Travel Monitor thinks he’s done a great job!
Sydney is famous for its Opera House, its postcard-perfect beaches and its glorious natural harbor. But these are just small parts of what makes the city one of the world’s great urban centers. Dig into Sydney’s origins as a penal colony to understand what an unlikely success story it is. Mingle at every opportunity with Sydneysiders, who may be the friendliest, most laid-back urbanites on the planet. Turn off your phone and hit up a stranger for directions. Ask a bartender for a lesson in how to speak Australian. Go to a rugby or cricket match and ask your neighbors to recall their favorite win over England. You’re sure to make friends. But to be properly seduced by Sydney and its people, venture past the buttoned-up Central Business District to where residents live and play, and you’ll discover that the city’s heart is nowhere near the center of town.
Image: David Maurice Smith for The New York Times
Travel Monitor enjoyed a weekend break in Wilpena Pound earlier this year, and while it helped me to re-discover the fun of a road trip, I did wonder at the time if it would ever be possible to fly in. Not everyone has the time for a 4.5-hour drive and this gorgeous part of Australia deserves as many people to see it as possible.
Now, for the first time, visitors can fly to Wilpena in less than three hours, and enjoy sensational aerial views at the same time with a Scenic Flight Transfer.