Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Hotel Superstars; Some of the Coolest Hotels Here and around the World Are Offering the Hottest Deals {Ndash} There's Never Been a Better Time to Try Them

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Hotel Superstars; Some of the Coolest Hotels Here and around the World Are Offering the Hottest Deals {Ndash} There's Never Been a Better Time to Try Them

Article excerpt

AUSTRALIA has picked up its act over the past few years with some world class, boutique hotels. Here we take a quick look at some of the coolest places to lay your weary head, both here and abroad.

Henry Jones Art Hotel

NOT many hotels boast an art curator and an historian as full time members of staff. Henry Jones was the founder of Hobart's IXL jam factory. When IXL was taken over by another business doyen, John Elliott, the old jam business was put on the backburner and the factory became nothing but an ancient dockside pile.

Today, it's one of Australia's hippest hotels - the work of some of Tassie's best and emerging artists adorn the walls, installations come alive in the foyer and dining areas - it's like living in a gallery.

For more go to www.thehenry

jones.com

VIE Hotel, Bangkok

SHOWING us around this very cool and sophisticated hotel, the guide stopped at a side table -'wow, that's new - it's beautiful!'

He was as taken with the African inspired carved legs as we were, given he works for an owner who is also an avid art collector and deposits new and exciting works in the hotel regularly, at whim.

VIE is the hottest of the new 'design' hotels in this vibrant heart of Thailand. Rooms are pure style, bordering on zen.

VIE is offering a 'hot and spicy Bangkok Christmas' for around $220 per couple which includes a night in a deluxe suite, VIE breakfast, and a balancing massage.

For more go to www.viehotel

bangkok.com

Grand Hotel, Melbourne

FORMERLY the Railway Administration Building for Victoria's gold rush era of the 1880s, today the Grand is pure gold for its style and elegance - it takes up an entire city block, with soaring six metre high ceilings, and has corridors nearly four metres wide.

Situated next to Spencer Street Station, the historically significant hotel offers sweeping city views, indoor pool and gym, and spacious loft-style rooms or studio suites with terrace balconies.

The Grand has a great Living History package on offer for Christmas holiday makers that covers overnight accommodation in a deluxe suite, hot breakfast for two and a guided Melbourne city heritage walk for $355 per couple. …

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