Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Tryp Hotel Brisbane // Behind The Scenes

Tryp Hotel Brisbane 

So you want to find out more about the new kid on the block, Tryp Hotel? Well, we have the insider information for you! Tryp is the latest addition to Brisbane’s growing accommodation offerings, but it’s sure to stand out from the crowd of competitors. Flaunting colourful, street art emblazoned walls, chic and functional interiors, and a throwback to Brisbane’s undiscovered history and local influences, Tryp must be your next boutique hotel experience. The building itself has a colourful history; with origins as the secret society clubhouse of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes, before becoming a hostel, which was later followed with a 10 year abandonment whilst it is was a regular stomping ground of local street artists, to the glory of the Tryp Hotel that it is today. Each level is refreshingly different, as a different street artist was commissioned to create their own art pieces on their own level, paying homage to the artists that previously used the abandoned building as their blank canvas. Also, paying homage to all things Brisbane, the staff are dressed in the world famous Brisbane brand, Blackmilk clothing. As icing on the cake, Tryp is also home to Chur Burger’s first restaurant after its Sydney flagship, providing guests and locals with an affordable and tantalising option for dining. Overall, we were impressed with the feeling of life the fills the Tryp Hotel, where the street art around every corner makes you feel like you are part of something unique and special.

For reservations // Phone (07) 3319 7888 or visit http://www.trypbrisbane.com/

Where// 14/20 Constance St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Wifi? Complimentary in room for guests

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Thursday, 25 September 2014

The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Review


Setting a benchmark in sky high luxury, the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is unbeatable in its field.

Soaring at 116 floors above sea level, our sky home was the opulent sanctuary we had been hoping for. Upon arrival, we were welcomed by the attentive and helpful duty manager, who served to be a great host during our stay. This high level of service was mirrored in all the staff we encountered during our stay, exemplifying the six star service the Ritz brand prides itself on. Upon entering our room we were welcomed with a plush bed and gold dusted chocolate covered strawberries, a much-appreciated reward after a long day’s travels.

Our days were spent lounging on our daybed, fitted into the windowsill, watching the boats below jet around the blue waters of the famous Victoria Harbour. The postcard worthy day views of Hong Kong Island and the Victoria Harbour were just as breathtaking at night, as the skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island emitted a soothing neon glow over the black waters at night. When the bright lights and electric buzz of the city did draw us away from our amazing sky sanctuary, we were rewarded with one of the best locations in Hong Kong, as the hotel is attached to the large Elements shopping centre that is the home of Kowloon station. We were also treated to the not to be missed afternoon tea experience in the Lounge & Bar. Overall, the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is our favourite hotel in Hong Kong, and maybe even the world, as the service, rooms, and facilities are worthy of a six star label, exceeding all our expectations.

Where// International Commerce Centre (ICC), 1 Austin Rd W, West Kowloon, Hong Kong
Wifi? Complimentary in room and public areas

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

London's Best Snacks and Afternoon Tea// London Eats Series


Yumchaa, a chain teahouse around London, is a quaint teahouse if you ever did see one. Fusing a love of all things hipster and stylish with some great in house tea blends, Yumchaa is a must visit for a modern take on a traditional Londoner love, tea. Popping in for a famed green tea latte on a dreary day is a must do when in town. Sip tea and watch the world go by.

Where// Various locations – Check the site

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Mr Pancake

Make your crossing of the Westminster Bridge a foodie adventure with a stop at the Mr Pancake hut. Serving up fresh and delicious sweet and savoury crepes and pancakes, Mr Pancake is sure to satisfy your snack cravings. Watch as the treats are whipped up before your eyes and walk away with hands and stomach full. We recommend the classic lemon and sugar crepe, a fave for every day.

Where// Westminster Bridge 



The Ritz London – Afternoon Tea in The Palm Court

No visit to London is complete without afternoon tea at The Ritz. This British tradition is full of glamour and nostalgia, transporting you back to the lavish times when high society reigned. The experience is completed with impeccably dressed waiters serving an endless bounty of artistically crafted petit fours, delicately delicious finger sandwiches, buttery scones, and fine teas served from silver tea pots into elaborately decorated fine bone china tea cups. The experience is a truly memorable one that must not be missed. We recommend booking a month or two in advance to secure a coveted weekend afternoon sitting.

Where// The Palm Court at The Ritz London, 150 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9BR

We would also love to hear your recommendations, and we will add them to our posts progressively, so comment below, on any of our social media accounts, or email enquiries@wanderlustchronicles.com.au with your tip!

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Ben's Cookies

A local London institutions who’s fame has seen its expansion into the UAE and Asia, Ben’s Cookies is deliciousness in a hand held treat. Forget the stale or crunchy biscuits in a packet and head over to Ben’s to savour soft, decadent cookies with personality. Get your hands on some traditional Milk chocolate or triple chocolate mamas or try the more exotic ginger and dark chocolate cookie. We know that no matter which one you try, you will be sure to quickly find a favourite!

Where// Various locations – Check the site