BEST FREE MINI BARS
Forget about $8 Kit Kats and $12 sparkling water. We’ve found Aussie hotels that let you raid the mini bar with no charge. But is there really such a thing as a free munch?
FOR THOSE WHO BOOK DIRECT
“We want everyone to be happy” reads the mission statement of Hong Kong-based hotel group Ovolo, which operates five Australian properties – in Woolloomooloo and Darling Harbour in Sydney and one each in Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra. One of the ways they make good on this is with a free mini bar that offers Peroni and Coopers beer, a small bottle of Bunkers sauvignon blanc semillon, juice and soft drinks plus a goodie bag of chips and chocolate. This offer is only on the table if you reserve your room directly through the Ovolo website.
TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT
The Next hotel in Brisbane prides itself on making every stay easy and comfortable, kitting out rooms with high-speed Wi-Fi and access to the 24-hour gym and outdoor pool. They also have one of the most generous free mini bars around, stocked with a staggering 15 snacks and beverages including Asahi Super Dry, Somersby Apple Cider, Spring Valley juices, Red Rock Deli chips, a Carmen’s muesli bar and Cadbury chocolate. There’s one catch: guests are only able to select four items each day for free, with charges kicking in if you go over the limit.
As if the luxury of staying in one of Adelaide’s most elegant heritage buildings wasn’t indulgence enough, the Mayfair in the CBD is offering a selection of free mini bar items to all guests, restocked daily. Treats include CocaCola, Coke No Sugar, Sprite, Coopers Pale Ale, Adelaide Hills Cider, Red Rock Deli chips, a Kit Kat, Nobby’s salted peanuts and a Nestle Mint Patty, and they’ll throw in complimentary boutique Red Cacao chocolates at turndown. Feel like something more extravagant? Room service will bring up bigger-ticket items like champagne or wine on request – but expect to see these more premium products on your final bill. MAYFAIRHOTEL.COM.AU
SNACKS TO THE MAX
Famed for its rooftop pool and bar that floats above the Melbourne skyline and for its Ezard restaurant, the Adelphi hotel has now added a free mini bar to its many attractions. There’s only one catch – this one doesn’t come with free alcohol. But there’s still plenty to satisfy pre-dinner nibbles or late night fridge-raids – the freebies include CAPI sparkling and flavoured mineral water, Sunraysia juice, Wondersnack nuts, Chocamama chocolatecovered pretzels and lollies, Jack’s beef jerky, and Natural Chip Co chips.
GOURMET A GO-GO
At the heart of Perth’s CBD, a stay at COMO The Treasury is an exercise in pure luxury: minimalist, tonal interiors, sweeping views of Cathedral Square and Stirling Gardens in a heritage building that is considered one of Perth’s most beautiful. The free mini bar here is equally high-end, offering all guests – no matter how they book – a selection of beverages and snacks that wouldn’t be out of place in a gourmet delicatessen or small bar. Food includes soy, chilli and lime twists, almond scotch chocolates and roasted cashew nuts. To wash them down, there’s two West Australian craft beers – Little Creatures Pale Ale and Eagle Bay Pale Ale – along with Noah’s fruit juice, Coca-Cola and Fever-Tree boutique tonic and soda water. Of course soda and tonic are nothing without a kick – if you’re happy to pay, room service will gladly supply local spirits like Limeburners Whisky or Hippocampus gin or vodka. COMOHOTELS.COM/THETREASURY
GET HIP TO THIS
This small boutique hotel in Sydney’s inner west routinely attracts visitors with tickets for a show at the legendary Enmore Theatre or who want to eat at some of the city’s coolest bars and restaurants. For a pre-dinner snack or late-night munchies, the hotel supplies guests with a free mini bar stocked with pale ale and bitter from local craft beer producers Young Henry’s which is brewed within walking distance, as well as Bundaberg ginger beer, lemon lime and bitters, bottled water and a full-size bottle of shiraz – all replenished daily. But steer clear of the booking aggregators – the freebies are only available to guests who secure a room through the Urban Newtown website. THEURBANNEWTOWN.COM.AU
Melbourne’s cool Adelphi Hotel has added free snacks to its attractions, but you’ll have to buy alcohol.