The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - TRAVEL NEWS -


Fol­low the scent of fresh-baked bis­cuits through Perth’s favourite cul­tural hub late this month and you could find your­self at the door of a new ho­tel. West­ern Aus­tralia’s first Dou­bleTree by Hilton prop­erty is open­ing in James St, North­bridge. The lo­ca­tion of­fers easy ac­cess to night-life and din­ing, but the 206-room ho­tel will have its own James St Bar + Kitchen, source of the ho­tel brand’s sig­na­ture warm, choco­late chip cook­ies that wel­come guests to about 540 Dou­bleTrees around the world. DOUBLETREE3.HILTON.COM


Guests check­ing into Aus­tralia’s first ho­tel for new up­scale brand Voco, now open in Surfers Par­adise, are also greeted with a home­made bis­cuit. But this one is short­bread flavoured with honey har­vested from Voco Gold Coast’s own bees. The on­site hives are part of the 389-room ho­tel’s sus­tain­abil­ity focus, which in­cludes work­ing with Gold Coast City Coun­cil on recycling all kitchen waste. Of the more reg­u­lar fea­tures, the ho­tel has three restau­rants, two pools, a day spa and views of the sea and Gold Coast hin­ter­land.

Other Voco ho­tels are in the works for the Yarra Val­ley and Melbourne CBD. VOCOHOTELS.COM


Trav­ellers to Melbourne can ex­pe­ri­ence the era of an Amer­i­can-style Art Deco ho­tel – check out those car­pet mo­tifs – now that Savoy Ho­tel on Lit­tle Collins has re­opened. On the cor­ner of Flin­ders Lane, over from South­ern Cross sta­tion and most re­cently the Vibe Savoy Ho­tel, the build­ing be­gan life in 1928 as Ho­tel Alexan­der, the city’s first to ad­ver­tise en­suites. The 2018 in­car­na­tion’s bath­rooms have white sub­way tiles, black and white tiled floors and chrome taps, pay­ing homage to the Art Deco her­itage. TFEHOTELS.COM

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