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New Melbourne hotels have a gold medal location

Melbourne has new twin hotels sharing many of the same facilities in one of the best locations in town.
Located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD, next to the busy Hardware Lane dining precinct, Novotel Melbourne Central and Ibis Melbourne Central are just a few metres to Melbourne's shopping precinct with easy access to Docklands and Southbank by via a free tram ride.  For lovers of Asian food there are dozens of choices on the doorstep - as well as a spectacular Asian supermarket. I stayed in the very comfortable Novotel part of the building in a room that featured a giant flat-screen TV and free wifi. The room was spacious although the bathroom design was a little odd with the sink located in the bedroom. There's a well-stocked mini bar, a plethora of pillows and quality bathroom amenities. The lifts, too, are fast, not always the case in busy city properties.   
Well situated for business travellers - within close proximity to major office towers - the complex features a casual…
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Discover the hotel with a fascinating Cold War secret

A new tourist attraction has opened in the Postojna Cave Park's Hotel Jama in Slovenia. 
One of Slovenia's highest-rated hostelries used to be a far from ordinary hotel.
It has some secret rooms, where unusual activities took place in former Yugoslavia. 
Now, guests can roll back the years and discover what was really going on in these rooms decades ago. 
Under the former regime, Hotel Jama lived a double life. Its secret rooms were not discovered until the hotel underwent renovations in 2016.

Since it was built in 1971, Hotel Jama has accommodated thousands of visitors to the world-famous Postojna Cave. 
But some of the rooms bear witness to the activities of the secret services of the former socialist system. 
Hidden inside the hotel building is a communications centre, which raises more questions than answers.

Who built it, what was was going on here, what was it used for and why was it secret? 
The stories are firing people's imagination and causing quite a stir.

The Secret Ro…

Discover the new shining star of the Yarra Valley

It has taken just a few years for Levantine Hill to become a Yarra Valley wine tourism icon. 
In addition to a superb range of wines crafted by former Yarra Yering winemaker Paul Bridgeman, there is an excellent tasting area, two eateries, a sculpture garden, splendid views and room for helicopters to land - which they do with regularity.

It's a family business, with owner Elias Jreissati’s daughter Samantha as joint managing director, and blocks in the home vineyard are named after all three of his adult daughters, as well as wife Colleen.

Jreissati arrived in Australia aged 18 from Lebanon, speaking no English. He started out with a sandwich shop, amassed a property fortune by age 25, only to lose it all. He then built it again through his Bensons Property Group.

The estate comprises two vineyards, one planted in the 1990s; the other with family blocks created alongside a truffiére. The first vintage was in 2012.

A new state-of-the art winery is being built on site, along with a c…

Best Choice Tokyo Airport Transportation

Here I give you all the details on the best and cheapest ways to get from Narita or Haneda airports to Tokyo.

Best Choice Tokyo Airport Transport
The Takeaway

Tokyo is served by two airports: Narita International Airport (NRT) and Haneda Airport (HND). Both airports serve international flights.Haneda is closer and more convenient to Tokyo but has fewer international connections.The best way between Narita and Tokyo is the JR Narita Express or N'Ex (Y3,020, 65 minutes). You can use a Japan Rail Pass to travel on the JR Narita Express. A Japan Rail Pass is definitely worth getting if you're visiting more than one city in Japan - see my comprehensive Japan Rail Pass guide to understand how it will save you money.Another option is the Keisei Skyliner which you can book online with GoVoyagin. See below for details and more options.The best way between Haneda and Tokyo is the Tokyo Monorail Line (Y490, 13 minutes on fastest trains) or a taxi (about Y6,000, 30 to 45 minutes). See below…

Hotel Sardonyx Ueno Reviews

If you really want to save some money and are just looking for a place to lay your head in the evenings, this newly renovated business hotel is a good choice. It’s a short walk south of JR Ueno and Keisei Ueno Stations, and very close to Ameya Yokocho Arcade.

Rooms are small but reasonably comfortable. There’s a restaurant where you can eat the breakfast that comes with your room rate. The staff tries hard to please. Everything is spiffy and new.

Due to the low prices, this hotel attracts bus groups and other budget tourists. Soundproofing could be better, so you may hear guests next door or in the hallway.

The main selling point here is the price: It’s among the cheapest decent hotels in Tokyo. So, if you don’t mind staying in Ueno and only want a place to sleep for a couple of nights, this is a good bet.

Profile About Hotel Sardonyx Ueno
Located in Ueno, Hotel Sardonyx Ueno is adjacent to Ameya-Yokochō and within a 10-minute walk of other popular attractions like Ueno Park. This 18…

A Barossa cellar door for lovers of chocolate

The Barossa Valley will tomorrow say hello to a new cellar door for chocolate lovers.

Barossa Valley Chocolate Company will become the first chocolaterie and cellar door in South Australia's most famous wine region.

Located in the heart of the Barossa Valley just outside of Tanunda, the Barossa’s newest tourist attraction is surrounded by vineyards that produce fruit  for Vineyard Road, whose wines are also available at the cellar door.

The $5.5 million chocolaterie and cellar door houses a state-of-the-art chocolate kitchen. 

Barossa Valley Chocolate Company CEO Chris Day, and his wife Sandy, travelled 100,000km around the world to sample the best chocolate experiences from the sweetest meccas - including Bruges and Florence - to seek inspiration. 

"The world-class Barossa Valley Chocolate Company has been inspired by the very best experiences from across the globe, from Bariloche in Argentina, to Napa Valley in the USA and the Chocolate Line in Bruges," Sandy said.


Best Hotels in Tokyo for Couples

The city of Tokyo is perched on the Japanese island of Honshu and is a beautiful clash of tradition and the futuristic. Exploring the wonders of this city is made all the more enjoyable with a hyper-efficient rail network connected the city’s 23 wards. The vast majority of Tokyo hotels are within a few minutes’ walk of a train station or two, meaning visitors to this city have less time to worry about how to get around and more time to enjoy themselves. The JR Yamanote train line boasts the city’s most popular areas.

Fast facts about Tokyo, Japan

Accommodations : 10,118 PropertiesPopular hotel : Hotel Sardonyx UenoPopular area : ShinjukuNightly rates from : $21Airport : Narita International AirportReasons to visit : Shopping, Sightseeing, Culture

Traveler impressions of Tokyo
Pros: - No haggling - Japanese are always straight to the point - They mind their own business - I personally thinks that Tokyo is a very safe place to visit - Clean - Easy to travel around with Bus / Public Transpor…