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Accommodation Costs 2018 to2019

28/08/2018 to 1/09/2018 Melbourne

Pullman Albert Park $612.00 = $153.00 per/night

Disappointed

Room good, breakfast good BUT no help with bags on arrival (noticed other guests were carry their own bags too), room key not programmed properly, coffee machine in Executive Lounge overflowing necessitating us to clean it, dirty dishes not cleared away, USB ports in the room disconnected necessitating a maintenance man working for 30 mins only to be told they had deliberately been disconnected by staff (perhaps you should let the guests and maintenance man know).........the list just goes on and on. Hardly any staff around and certainly no sign of senior management. Saving grace in the Executive lounge was Cathy, thanks for your warm and friendly service. A leading light in service at your hotel - front desk staff could learn from her.

Wanted to like the hotel but frankly this is the second Pullman in Melbourne which has proved below standard. As loyal Accor customers we feel it’s only by making comments like this that will improve service. Please don't insult us by replying with your standard rote replies like "we'll take this on board" etc.

Final insult was we had to wait over 2 weeks for our points to be credited - after 2 phone calls and an email!! Not good enough.

1/09/2018 to 4/09/2018 Bangkok

Pullman G $267.88 = $89.29 per/night

Excellent Bangkok experience

Stayed at this hotel twice in the last month, both times extremely well looked after. Rooms are large and spacious, well maintained and with great city views. On the second visit we were lucky enough to be upgraded to a suite - if considering a longer visit this would be the one to pick. Executive lounge very good with a great and varied selection of evening canapes, afternoon teas and breakfasts. Staff warm and friendly. If you wanted to go local there are plenty of street food stalls within walking distance. Certainly, will be back to this hotel again

4/09/2018 to 11/09/2018 Ao Nang

Ibis Styles $281.03 = $40.15 per/night

Another Great Stay

Our 5th visit which says it all. Fabulous warm welcoming staff, good position 10 mins walk from the beach, in the middle of food stalls and coffee shops. Rooms are small but well designed with little balconies. Management always attentive and present. The staff 1 make this a stand out hotel for us. Will be back again next year.

11/09/2018 to 18/09/2018

Sofitel Phokeethra Resort Krabi $842.12 = $120.30

BRILLIANT BRILLIANT BRILLIANT!

In over the last 12 years of extended leisure travel this hotel would be amoungst the very best. Bertrand (GM) and Vincent (Executive Assistant Manager) have nailed it. Every member of staff has a service attitude that other hotels could only wish for. Hotel is colonial style with lots of teak flooring, deep verandahs and wooden bladed fans, quite beautiful. Stunning pool, lush tropical surroundings and a golf course. Buffet breakfasts exceptional with a huge choice of international foods. Highly recommend the Indian Restaurant for evening meals. Our room was large and airy with a lovely verandah overlooking the pool and Andaman Sea. Internet, TV, air conditioning all of high standard. Executive lounge quite possibly the best yet with warm and friendly staff lead by Poppy - many thanks! Will be back again without a doubt.

18/09/2018 to 20/09/2018 Bangkok

Pullman G $160.84 = $80.42 per/night

Excellent Bangkok experience

Stayed at this hotel twice in the last month, both times extremely well looked after. Rooms are large and spacious, well maintained and with great city views. On the second visit we were lucky enough to be upgraded to a suite - if considering a longer visit this would be the one to pick. Executive lounge very good with a great and varied selection of evening canapes, afternoon teas and breakfasts. Staff warm and friendly. If you wanted to go local there are plenty of street food stalls within walking distance. Certainly, will be back to this hotel again

20/09/2018 to 21/09/2018 in Air

Bangkok to Vienna

21/09/2018 to 29/09/2018 Budapest

Airbnb 240 Euro = S46.90 Aud per/night

Hosted by Lucia our second time here better than the first Right in the middle of the old town surrounded by shoulder to shoulder with old buildings, one door up from the Astoria Hotel – a beautiful old-fashioned place with violinists playing in the ground floor dining room. The entrance to Lucia’s was a bit old and grubby, up 5 flights in quite possibly the oldest lift still working – grinding and crunching with lovely wrought iron cages/stair surrounds on each floor. The accommodation itself was sort of in the attic, small kitchen, small shower with 1-4.5kg washing machine and large bed/sitting room. Nice and clean, very homely. Lucia was more than helpful with good English. Would stay again.

29/09/2018/ to 5/10/18 Kilmuckridge Ireland

Michael & Maura’s place like being in a 5-star hotel waited on hand and foot and the meals to die for. Michael acting as chauffer and tour guide cannot thank them enough.

5/10/18 to 8/10/18 Belfast Northern Ireland

Ibis Styles Queens Quarter used Accor reward points +$10.50 Aud the rack rate was about 95 Euro = $150.00Aud p/n

Within walking distance to most attractions (if you like walking). Room was spacious if a little basic. Air conditioning unit very loud. Likes the bathroom pod with a lovely hot roomy shower. No in-room safe. Staff very good. Accommodation in Belfast is not cheap – had we paid the rack rate we would have been disappointed. On street parking sometimes available but preferred to park at another hotel down the road who they had an agreement with which cost us nothing. Would stay again as long as we could get a cheap rate. Highly recommend “Wetherspoons The Bridge Hotel” for cheap grog and very reasonable meals only about 10 minutes’ walk away.

8/10/18 to 10/10/18 Portrush Northern Ireland

The Garden Room Airbnb 96Euro = $157.00 Aud $78.50p/n

Apartment nice enough looking onto a garden. Fairly well equipped. Unreliable internet. Situated in the burbs so a fair walk to shops and didn’t find a local pub – most unusual for Ireland.

10/10/18 to 15/10/18 Ramelton County Donegal

Quayside Apartments Airbnb 311 Euro = $510.00 Aud $85.00p/n

Spacious modern apartment with a wonderful view of the river. Well equipped. Safe parking under the building. Nearby shops and pubs. Great position for touring. Really friendly little village. Great small growers’ market on Thursdays for vegetables, fish and cheese. Also, a country market on Saturdays (strictly 11am-12.30pm) which is worth a visit.

15/10/18 to 21/10/18 Ardara County Donegal

Bridge Bar Airbnb 275 euro = $434.00Aud $73.00p/n

Second stay here brilliant again right in the centre of town opposite Nancy’s Bar. Room for at least 6 people good kitchen spacious bedrooms older style bathroom and a very cosy lounge cannot fault the place also a secret garden out the back if you’re coming to Ardara this is the place to stay.

21/10/18 to 27/10/18 Ennistymon County Clare

Sunnyside Apartments the Coach House 350 Euro = $552 Aud $92p/n

Second time here. Both Phyliss and her husband Kevin are excellent hosts. Coach house is spacious with quality fittings. Well equipped and warm. Off street parking, lovely garden setting and close to all of Clare’s major tourist attractions. 5 Minutes’ walk to the centre of town with many eateries and hotels to choose from. Hope to be coming back again next year. Certainly, one of the best self-catering apartments we have stayed in in Ireland.

27/10/18 to 29/10/18 Cahersiveen County Kerry

Apartment above O’ Neills Allcare pharmacy 129 Euro = $203 Aud $101.50p/n

Fabulous location in the middle of town surrounded by eateries and friendly pubs. Third floor apartment, spacious with lots of natural light. Host easy to contact, the lady who let us in very pleasant. HOWEVER badly needs some TLC. Light above bathroom sink blown, light in the microwave blown, light in exhaust fan blown. No glass turntable for the microwave which makes it unusable, bar fridge freezer taped shut, presumably broken, central heating control does come on but not at the times programmed. The whole apartment needs a good clean. The potential for this place is amazing but frankly, for the money, we have stayed in better.

29/10/18 to 2/11/18 Ballynagree County Cork

Laine’s Bar 132 Euro $207.00 Aud = $51.75p/n

If you want to see the real Ireland this is the place. No tourist traps here, just Irish hospitality. Located in a small rural town. We had the whole top floor of the hotel to ourselves. Fridge overflowing with breakfast goodies and snacks, well equipped kitchen. Older style comfortable furniture. Fast wi-fi. Plenty of linen and pillows. Altogether a friendly and relaxed stay. We were lucky enough to be there on the last Wed of the month when the pub holds a traditional Irish story-telling, singing, poetry night. What a treat! One of the nicest stays we've had in 7 weeks in Ireland. Marian is indeed a super host

2/11/18 to 7/11/18 Kilmuckridge County Wexford

Michael and Maura’s Place

Michael & Maura’s place like being in a 5-star hotel waited on hand and foot and the meals to die for. Michael acting as chauffer and tour guide cannot thank them enough

7/11/18 to 11/11/18 Paris France

David’s Place

What a great 4 days in Paris staying with David is always a pleasure especially doing all those untouristed things and living a Parisian thanks again David we will be back for sure

11/11/18 to 23/11/18 Marseille France

Airbnb Saint Victor 563 euro $900.90 Aud = $75.00 p/n

The apartment is light and airy with plenty of space only 5 minutes’ walk from the harbour. Many bars and eateries, supermarkets etc within walking distance. Do note however if you are planning to cook there is no conventional oven, just a microwave with an element on top. Would re-visit.

23/11/18 to 24/11/18 Marseille Airport

Ibis Styles Used Accor points + $48.75

Very disappointing

Our experience started with reception saying they did not have our booking despite giving them the booking number and all this just to get the shuttle bus from the airport. Reception indifferent. Safe in our room locked so approached reception being advised someone would be there in 10 minutes. After 2 hours again went to reception only to be told ALL 100 safes in the hotel were locked and did not work, and we could use the one at reception. Not good enough. Room a good size, nice shower cubicle but unfortunately to get hot water you had to run the shower for a minimum of 15 minutes. Had dinner downstairs in the restaurant. Presented our complimentary drinks voucher (as we're platinum members of Accor) only to be advised it was for ONE drink only, despite 2 people being booked in. Solved by the helpful restaurant staff. All meals came out in varying sizes of glass jars complete with lids with the manufacturer’s details and list of ingredients. My duck confit was 49% potato and 25% duck (it said so on the lid!) and my wife's fish salad was even worse. Obviously, a restaurant minus a chef - only a microwave and fridge necessary. If the price matched the product, we won't mind but it didn't. Staff good, food horrible.

We use Ibis Styles world-wide and this would be quite possibly the worse.

24/11/18 to 1/12/18 Budapest

Airbnb 210 Euro $325.00 Aud = $46.50 p/n

Hosted by Lucia our third time here better than the first Right in the middle of the old town surrounded by shoulder to shoulder with old buildings, one door up from the Astoria Hotel – a beautiful old-fashioned place with violinists playing in the ground floor dining room. The entrance to Lucia’s was a bit old and grubby, up 5 flights in quite possibly the oldest lift still working – grinding and crunching with lovely wrought iron cages/stair surrounds on each floor. The accommodation itself was sort of in the attic, small kitchen, small shower with 1-4.5kg washing machine and large bed/sitting room. Nice and clean, very homely. Lucia was more than helpful with good English. Would stay again.

1/12/18 to 15/12/18 Budapest

Airbnb 558 Euro = $893.00 Aud = $64.00 p/n

15/12/18 to 17/12/18 Revay Hotel Budapest

Complementary from Dental Clinic plus a small cash adjustment

14 Euro = $24.00 Aud = $12.00 p/n

17/12/18 to 18/12/18 Overnight plane Budapest to Saigon

17/12/18 to 20/12/18 Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Pullman Hotel points plus cash $38.48 = $19.24 p/n

Hotel back to its best again

Have been to this hotel on several occasions. Glad to report there has been a turnaround since last year regarding the Executive Lounge. Senior Management has listened and acted on guests’ requests. Lounge is now busy with tourists and business people due to the friendlier evening hours. Food has improved 100%. Staff still fantastic with Senior Management evident. Thanks. Will certainly be back.

20/12/18 to 5/01/19 Vung Tau Vietnam

Pullman Hotel (29,221,500.00 Dong) = $1773.75 Aud = $110.85 p/n

Back again for another visit

Our third visit and staff, amenities, rooms, atmosphere still as good as ever. Unfortunately, this year several senior and middle management have left the hotel and are yet to be replaced. This was evident with the staff trying very hard but lacking direction. Hopefully this will be rectified soon. Seafood buffet a knock-out. Will re-visit.

5/01/19 to 8/01/19 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Pullman Hotel (7601031.00 Dong) = $452.26 Aud = $150.75 p/n

Hotel back to its best again

Have been to this hotel on several occasions. Glad to report there has been a turnaround since last year regarding the Executive Lounge. Senior Management has listened and acted on guests’ requests. Lounge is now busy with tourists and business people due to the friendlier evening hours. Food has improved 100%. Staff still fantastic with Senior Management evident. Thanks. Will certainly be back.

8/01/19 to 17/01/19 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Sofitel Hotel (2555.77 ringgit) = $848.43 Aud = $94.27 p/n

Return Visit Still Fabulous

This is our second visit to this hotel, and we will certainly be back again. The club lounge is one of the best in south east asia and the food and beverages of great variety and high standard. We would specially like to thank Nurul & Maurice for their care and attention to our family group. The rooms in this hotel are large and airy and well maintained, internet is fast and a good selection of tv channels. Breakfast is of a high standard and great variety. Overall this hotel is a great place to stay with a walk to the train station which is only 3 stops away from central KL. Thanks to Vincent Berry for his help prior to our arrival.

Total Accommodation costs for 2 people

Nights away 153

Free nights 25

Paid nights 128

Thailand Nights 20 $1551.90 Average $77.69 P/N

Hungary Nights 31 $1546.30 Average $49.90 P/N

Ireland Nights 39 $2073.50 Average $53.20 P/N 11 Free Nights

France Nights 17 $946.65 Average $55.70 P/N 4 Free Nights

Vietnam Nights 21 $2264.50 Average $107.80 P/N

Malaysia Nights 9 $848 50 Average $94.30 P/N

Australia Nights 14 $612.00 Average $43.70 P/N 10 Free Nights

Overnight Flights 2

Average Per /Night for total trip $64.50 (153 days)

Average per/night for paid nights $77.10 (128 days)

TOTAL Accommodation $9870.30

Transport Costs 2018 to 2019

Total cost for 2 people in Australian dollars

28/08/18 Air Hobart to Melbourne Virgin $241.09

28/08/18 Uber Tullamarine airport to Pullman hotel Albert Park $59.13

1/09/18 Uber Pullman Hotel Albert park to Tullamarine Airport $59.97

1/09/18 Air Melbourne to Bangkok Jetstar $664.65

1/09/18 Taxi Bangkok Airport to Pullman G Hotel $16.00 (375bhat)

4/09/18 Taxi Pullman G Hotel to Bangkok Airport $16.00 (375bhat)

4/09/18 Air Bangkok to Krabi Bangkok Airways $111.77

4/09/18 Bus Krabi Airport to Ao Nang $12.75 (300 Bhat)

11/09/18 Taxi Ibis Styles to Sofitel Phokeethra Complimentary

18/09/18 Taxi Sofitel Phokeethra to Krabi Airport $24,50 (600 Bhat)

18/09/18 Air Krabi to Bangkok Airways $111.77

18/09/18 Taxi Bangkok Airport to Pullman G Hotel $16.00

(375 Bhat)

20/09/18 Taxi Pullman G Hotel to Bangkok Airport $16.00

(375 Bhat)

21/09/18 Air Bangkok to Vienna Thai Airways $1969.98

21/09/18 Train Vienna Airport to Budapest $166.93

(103.20 Euro) lesson book train on internet cheaper

29/09/18 Taxi Budapest to Budapest Airport $9.00

(1800 Forint)

29/09/18 Air Budapest to Dublin Ryanair $232.32

29/09/18 Bus Dublin Airport to Wexford $58.00

(38 Euro)

4/10/19 to 2/11/18 Hire Car $835.25

(522 Euro) Plus Fuel $530 (330Euro)

Travelled 4484 kilometres cost per Kilometre 30 cents

7/11/18 Bus Gorey to Dublin Airport $58.00

(38 Euro)

7/11/18 Air Dublin to Paris Air Lingus $287.19

(177.78 euro)

7/11/18 Train Paris Airport to Paris $31.60

(20.60 euro)

11/11/18 Train Paris to Marseille $122.80

(80.00 euro)

23/11/18 Bus Marseille to Marseille Airport

$26.00 (17.00 euro)

24/11/18 Air Marseille to Budapest Ryanair $294.91

(182.56 euro)

24/11/18 Bus Budapest Airport to Budapest $9.00

(1800 Forint)

26/11/18 one-month public transport pass for each of us

(19000.00 Forint) = $93.58 (46.79 each)

17/12/18 Budapest to Budapest Airport

Complementary ride from Dental clinic

17/12/18 Air Budapest to Ho Chi Minh City

Qatar Airways

(419,800.00 Forint) = $2057.86

18/12/18 Taxi Ho Chi Minh airport to Pullman city Centre

(200,000.00 Dong) = $12.00

20/12/18 Taxi to ferry city centre

(60000.00 Dong) = $4.00

20/12/18 Ferry Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau

(280,000.00 Dong) = $16.60 (rate for Seniors)

20/12/18 Taxi to Pullman hotel Vung Tau

(130,000.00 Dong) = $7.80

5/01/19 Taxi to Vung Tau ferry

(65,00.00 Dong = $3.75)

5/01/19 Ferry Vung Tau to Ho Chi Minh City

(280,000.00 Dong) = $16.60 (rate for Seniors)

5/01/19 Taxi Ho Chi Minh City to Pullman Hotel

(50,00.00 = $3.00

8/01/19 Taxi Pullman hotel to airport

(150,000.00 Dong = $10.00

8/01/19 Air Ho Chi Minh to Kuala Lumpur AirAsia

$201.95

8/01/19 Taxi Kuala Lumpur airport to Sofitel Hotel

(120 Ringgit = $40.00)

17/01/19 Taxi Sofitel Hotel to Kuala Lumpur Airport

(75 Ringgit = $25.75) (Grab Taxi)

17/01/19 Air Kuala Lumpur to Gold Coast AirAsia

$914.35

17/01/19 to 27/01/19 Rental Car Hertz

$344.46

27/01/19 Air Brisbane to Hobart

$425.26

Total Transport Cost for 2 people

$9610.85



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