BEST FREE MINI BARS

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - TRAVEL WISDOM | HOTELS - ALEXAN­DRA CARL­TON

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.

OVOLOHOTELS.COM

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.

NEXTHOTELS.COM

STOCK­ING UP

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.

ADEL­PHI.COM.AU

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

PIC­TURE: SUP­PLIED

Mel­bourne’s cool Adel­phi Ho­tel has added free snacks to its at­trac­tions, but you’ll have to buy al­co­hol.

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