Wotif Mystery Deal – Fabulous Value and Fun Way To Book Accommodation!

Have you ever booked a Wotif Mystery Hotel?

Being a super bargain Queen, and totally resenting having to pay full price for anything, having to go to Sydney twice a year (both trips within 3 weeks of each other), can send shivers down my spine!

Sydney accommodation is expensive, and of course we only want to stay in the city. No doubt we could get better value in the burbs, but that is not our style. We want shops and coffee within walking distance from our room.

I have always been a big fan of Wotif, probably because everytime we have need to book accommodation, I always get the best deal from them. I have tried other accommodation sites, but they always seem to be much more expensive for exactly the same thing.

On some of our trips, we have used these fabulous Mystery Hotels. A simple procedure, where a hotel has excess rooms, so offers a really good rate to fill them. The only catch is that you don’t know where you are staying until you hit ‘buy it now’. For some that could be quite scary, BUT with a little research, you can narrow down the possibilities quite dramatically, and on the last 3 occassions that I have booked one of these deals, I have managed to guess the hotel we will get before I have even bought the package.

You are given a few hints as to approximate location and the facilities that the hotel offer. Simply browsing through the available properies in the approximate location and wha la!

Our trip to Sydney last weekend was booked using one of these deals, and we got to stay at the beautiful Sofitel.

foyer

Being greeted by amazing fresh florals and a chandelier is a great start!

As we had an early start from Brisbane (alarm went off at 4am), by late afternoon we had wandered the streets of Sydney doing a little shopping, we were in need of lunch/dinner/afternoon tea. As my daughter had to compete at National qualifying the next day, I wanted her to have an early night. We ventured downstairs, got a table in the library and ordered our version of lunch and dinner, enough that Miss WW would not go to bed hungry….

snacks

Calamari, Tasmanian Salmon and Super Crunch Chips (and a nice scotch and dry) fitted the bill perfectly!

I am not usually one for enjoying hotel foyer stores, as they are usually filled with over-priced merchandise designed for tourists to easily stock up on gifts to take home, but the Sofitel has one shop in the collection of shops downstairs that was right up my alley….

coffee shop

Coffee AND Chocolate, I am in heaven!

Our fabulous night in Sydney was $215.00. We were able to leave our bags with concierge whilst we went shopping and our bags were waiting for us in our room in the afternoon. The Sofitel was also kind enough to up-grade us to a Superior room (without me asking).

Booking a Mystery Deal is fun and fabulous value. Next time you need to book a bed away, make the most of the fabulous offers available and you will be amazed by the value! Wotif offer these deals in so many locations until sold out.

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What is your favourite way to save money on booking accommodation?

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Coffee and Chocolate – A Hidden Gem On Queen Street Mall

Coffee and Chocolate – The Perfect Combination

Hiding on Level 1, in Queens Plaza, on the mall, is one of my favourite places to indulge in a beautiful morning or afternoon tea….

On a very grey and cold unusual for Brisbane day, Miss WW and I were in the city and I wanted to take her somewhere nice for a coffee and a sweet treat. I remembered this awesome cafe and I am so glad I did, the perfect combination of coffee and chocolate (my heaven).

Everything about this cafe is rather special from beautiful coffee, gorgeous treats, designer chocolates, comfy chairs and Miss WW was totally in love with her hot chocolate made with real melted chocolate, not that powdery imitation!

I realised after I had ordered that they do High Tea, will keep that in mind for next time…as we had already enjoyed our favourite city sushi stop, so didn’t really have room for all that loveliness.

Check out the funky crockery and cutlery!

Next time you are heading into the city, this is one cafe that is definately worth adding to the ‘must do’ list, you will not be disappointed.

* This is not a sponsered post, I just love to share good finds that I know others will enjoy!

What is your favourite city coffee fix?