Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

A SPECIAL RATE TO CELEBRATE; Offer to Mark Hotel's New Branding

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

A SPECIAL RATE TO CELEBRATE; Offer to Mark Hotel's New Branding

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The newly branded Metro Hotel Ipswich International, formerly Ipswich International Hotel, is perfect for leisure and business visitors wanting quality accommodation in the centre of Queensland's oldest provincial city.

To celebrate its new branding, the hotel is offering a great value family rate of only $199 per night for a maximum of two adults and three children (less than $40 per head), valid until the end of November 2008.

Rated four-and-half stars, Metro Hotel Ipswich International is boutique in size but equipped with all the facilities of a much larger hotel. The seven-storey hotel, which is less than three years old, offers 97 luxury rooms including nine one-bedroom serviced apartments, two spa suites and 86 single/double Deluxe rooms.

The hotel's signature restaurant Platform 9 serves a delicious a-la-carte menu and was recently awarded the prestigious 2008 Business Achiever Award for Formal Dining by Quest Community Newspapers. Adjoining the main restaurant is a stylish lounge and bar, perfect for drinks after work, entertaining clients or pre-dinner drinks.

Ipswich is the oldest provincial city in Queensland and has plenty on show for inquisitive history buffs. Grab a copy of the Ipswich City Heritage Trails brochure from reception and head off to explore some of the country's finest examples of domestic architecture, including well-preserved houses dating back to the 1800s. Finish up at a local museum such as the award-winning Workshops Rail Museum which is the birthplace of Queensland Rail.

Ipswich is also known for its local art and craft cottage industries, with art galleries, markets and craft and antique stores centrally located close to the hotel as well as in local townships nearby in the surrounding countryside.

Tourists are welcome to enjoy Ipswich's many festivals, including the Ipswich Show in May, the Ipswich Cup horse races in June, the V8 Supercar races in July and the Goodna Jacaranda Festival in October. …

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