The days of winging it are over, folks. Thanks to sites like TripAdvisor, you now have no excuse for those ramshackle accommodations you booked on a whim, thereby ruining the trip for you and all the people no longer speaking to you. However, if you think surfing through thousands of hotels sounds just as burdensome as haphazardly booking a room at the Bates Motel, consider scoping the list of winners from TripAdvisor’s 2017 Traveller’s Choice Hotel Awards to help speed up the process.
This year’s big Aussie winner was Pinetrees Lodge on Lord Howe Island. Here was co-owner Luke Hanson’s reaction: “We are absolutely delighted to have been named number 1 on TripAdvisor! For a small lodge on Lord Howe Island, we’re mixing it with some serious hotels. While they have an edge on us with pillow menus, lap pools, 24 hour room service and on-demand movies, we have the Lord Howe Island Lagoon, world-class adventure activities, an organic market garden, sensational food and a love for genuine service. It’s TripAdvisor that helps to get our name and reputation out there!”
Here’s the top 10 list of best hotels in Australia:
Pinetrees Lodge – Lord Howe Island
We Aussies seek thrills and relaxation in equal measure, and Pinetrees Lodge offers both in spades. Go fishing, diving or surfing by day and then sink into a chair on the beach at night, sucking down a brew as you gaze upon the moon over the water. Pair all that with premium cuisine, top-shelf service and a genuine family friendly environment and you’re looking at your next vacation destination.
Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $929 per night. Most affordable month to visit: September ($796)
Ovolo Woolloomooloo – Sydney, NSW
And winner of the “most Australian sounding name” goes to Ovolo Woolloomooloo, which also happens to be number two on the list of best all around hotels. That’s thanks to a stunning location over the Sydney Harbour, a design that brings tasteful modern flourishes to an original heritage building, a slew of nifty visuals both in the rooms and on the spacious property, and the best part of all: “free stuff”. That means free breakfast, free happy hour and free mini bar. Well, now we know exactly where to crash when in need!
Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $368 per night. Most affordable month to visit: January ($280)
Park Hyatt Sydney – Sydney NSW
Those with a taste for the finer things should consider the Park Hyatt, a luxury hotel located between the renowned Opera House and Harbour Bridge. With those extra dollars you get benefits like 24-hour butler service, a rooftop bar with sundeck, and private balconies in every room. For those who like amazing views and copious pampering, accept nothing less.
Sydney, New South Wales – Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $951 per night. Most affordable month to visit: June ($848)
Qualia Resort – Hamilton Island
One word: exclusive. That sums up Qualia Resort nicely, a private getaway destination with 60 waterside pavilions in a tropical setting. The food here is exquisite and the spa heavenly. Every detail was arrived upon with customer satisfaction in mind, and the customers appear to be more than satisfied.
Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $1,143 per night. Most affordable month to visit: February ($1,010)
Ovolo 1888 – Darling Harbour, Sydney
In case it’s not obvious yet: Aussies are big on water. Keeping the trend alive and healthy is the Ovolo 1888, a colourful, detail-oriented hotel that’s overflowing with Instagram worthy sights both inside and out.
TripAdvisor for an average rate of $259 per night. Most affordable month to visit: July ($224)
East Hotel – Canberra
For those who want to explore Australia’s capitol, the East Hotel has you covered in style. Located between Kingston and Manuka, East Hotel offers guests complimentary bikes so they can hop on and visit the many nearby bars and restaurants, getting sloshed and then trying to find their way home. The staff must have a riot watching all those drunks stagger through the door at night! But those same drunks get to sleep in the hotel’s big, clean, cosy rooms so maybe the joke’s on the staff.
Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $194 per night. Most affordable month to visit: January ($170)
Freshwater East Kimberly Apartments – Kununurra, Western Australia
For those who like a true “home away from home experience”, check out these apartments situated in a relaxed, tropical garden setting. Each apartment is commodious and comfortable and the property offers a private tropical outdoor shower among other things. Visitors to Kununurra need look no further.
Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $209 per night. Most affordable month to visit: December ($185)
Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort – Cairns, Queensland
This massive, family friendly Queensland Resort does away with pretence to focus on approachability and showing guests an all around great time. It offers travellers from all walks of a life an affordable rate and a bevy of activities including the famous SPLASH Waterpark and an outdoor cinema.
Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $130 per night. Most affordable month to visit: March ($108)
Primus Hotel Sydney – Sydney, NSW
Primus is the ideal city-lover’s getaway. Located inside the former Sydney Water Board headquarters (a magnificent 1930s Art Deco building in Sydney’s CBD), the vibe here is modern vintage on a grand scale. That means all the contemporary amenities one could ask for–including an epic pool and rooftop bar–in a spectacular old world setting.
Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $283 per night. Most affordable month to visit: January ($235)
Big4 Beacon Resort – Queenscliff, Victoria
Chalk Big4 up as another affordable, family friendly environment that emphasises a good time while still leaving plenty of room for serenity and relaxation. Advertising itself as an Aussie camping ground minus the camping, this resort hosts a range of luxury cabins and villas and then a ton of activities for kids and adults alike. For those who like their vacations purely blissful, there’s a Mud Day Spa and nearby beach as well.
Bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of $143 per night. Most affordable month to visit: June ($123).