Dec 1st, 2005, 03:38 AM
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$25 for breakfast - are you serious?
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Dec 1st, 2005, 03:56 AM
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Yep, fuzzylogic - dead serious - Port Douglas.
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Sorry, forgot to add - $22 a head at Sovereign Hotel, Cooktown - a little cheaper but mediocre.
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I would like to add my 2 cents worth about the cost and advantages or otherwise of staying in a Bed and Breakfast in Tasmania - and elsewhere.
Firstly when I was in Tasmania 6 weeks ago I paid $110 per night for two people in a B&B. Apart from being in an exceptionally well appointed room with port and chocolates we had all the trimmings in the bathroom as well. However the best part of a B&B is usually the breakfast which made sure that all we needed to eat for the rest of the day was perhaps a bowl of soup. We had the use of a beautiful lounge room with an honour bar, card table, chess table, books, video library and wonderful surroundings. I really do not think that $110 per night Australian for two people with a fantastic breakfast in a 5 star establishment is expensive. When I talk of a breakfast it usually comes with ( and this also applies to Pat Woolford's Bed and Breakfast in Cairns as well) Fresh fruit compote' with a selection of local and exotic fruits that are available at that time, of course as much tea and coffee as you can drink ( first quality stuff as well) a selection of cereals, a selection of breads, selection of home made jams and jellies, a hot meal of any of the following: eggs, bacon, tomatoe, saucages, mushrooms, onions, or some other hot meal on the menu like an English Muffin with philly covered with scrambled egg tossed with fresh herbs and salmon. I am not talking about your Big Mac type cooked stuff which is plastic and tastes like cardboard, but rather something that is cordon bleu cooking.
Sure you can get a 1 or 2 star hotel room for a lot less and you can share the bathroom with someone else and it won't cost much. But if you can afford to get to a place I don't think that the experience of a B&B would put your budget out much more when you compare what is included.

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Dec 1st, 2005, 02:01 PM
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I was pricing hotel accommodation in New York for a proposed trip the other day and something that was close to being nothing short of a "doss-house" was going to cost $350US per night - no breakfast - nothing. I have decided that I don't want to pay that price for NY as I don't even like the place anyway so am now going to France and Spain. Only one year ago I paid $31US for a hotel room in Paris which was about the same quality as the NY hotel.
Another interesting point that I see people mentioning in their trip report is that they usually give a report on an American owned and operated hotel when in Australia. I would really love to see a report on an Australian owned hotel/resort and see what the difference would be.
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Dec 1st, 2005, 04:15 PM
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Twilight Zone - On my last trip to Tassie, we reduced our accommodation cost from previous trips, and this time, we didn't stay in B&B's (which tend to be expensive in Tasmania). In Hobart, we stayed in a self contained apartment at Bellierive (close to Cricket Ground & short ferry trip across to Hobart City, or drive over the bridge to the city). I think we stayed 4 nights there, so roomy, and quiet, with some nice restaurants closeby. We drove to the historic village of Hamilton, and stayed at the Hamilton Inn (Pub), they have lovely rooms on the top floor, with small english style windows. Good meal & friendly service at the pub, and so nice looking out of the window & watching a guy rounding up the sheep with the sheep dog across the road.
Up the eastern side of Tassie, we stayed at a Budget Motel at Beaumaris (a few kms north of Scammander), with lovely views over the ocean. I heard about this motel in a Lonely Planet Book. The chef at this motel cooks up some great dishes. The motel is most unusual, in that it has a bar area (beers on tap), with surfing memorabilla over the walls, including surfboards hanging from the ceiling. Then outside the bar, is a lovely timber deck, to either eat or drink, again with waterviews. We stayed 3 nights here, and just loved it. It allowed us to base ourselves & go out to Binalong Bay, St.Helens Point, and The bay of fires national Park, all scenic coastal areas.
There were other pubs & motels in other locations, we stayed in, but this reply could get quiet lengthy.
Just remember, you can stay in some unusual places in Tassie, without spending your childrens inheritance, on expensive accommodation.
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