According to *data by leading travel and lifestyle site, lastminute.com.au nothing beats waking up to a delicious - and free - hotel breakfast for Australians, with 89% of people saying it is their must-have hotel freebie.
The survey of 5700+ people rated a free breakfast (89%) ahead of any other hotel freebie, including a free upgrade (79%), free late check out (72%), free wifi (71%), free parking (56%) and complimentary wine (44%).
According to lastminute.com.au spokesperson Louise Ryan, the research shows Aussies not only love the satisfaction of nabbing a freebie, they are also getting more bang for their buck out of their holiday with hotels providing some incredible inclusions for holiday makers.
“It is not surprising breakfast tops as the number one freebie. Who doesn't love the convenience and savings of hitting up a hotel breakfast?
“Knowing our penchant for inclusions, hotels have started getting more creative and fun when it comes to freebies, with lastminute.com.au hotel partners offering everything from complimentary sangria jugs, to espresso martinis, spa treatments, cooking classes and even petrol vouchers for savvy consumers”.
lastminute.com.au's hot tips for nabbing hotel freebies:
- Be flexible with your property, and look in the fine print for the value adds
- Be spontaneous and book a mid-week break when hotels are more open to including freebies or offering upgrades
- Travel in off peaks seasons – this is when the best deals are available!
- On check-in ask (nicely) if there is a chance to get an upgrade, especially if it's a special occasion such as an anniversary, birthday or engagement.
- Get the inside scoop on the hottest deals and offers year round by signing up for weekly deals e-newsletters such as lastminute.com.au
Sydney: Sir Stamford at Circular Quay: Book the lastminute.com.au 'celebration package' at this luxe (5-star-self rated) hotel which includes accommodation and buffet breakfast for two, High Tea for two with a glass of bubbly, celebration slippers, a range of magazines to read, bathrobes (to keep!) and a late checkout of 12pm.
St Kilda: Hotel Urban: Combine chocolate, cocktails and a five star boutique hotel stay and what do you get? The best hotel stay ever. Enjoy an indulging weekend with the 'Chocolate Package' whereby you'll receive unlimited hot chocolate, chocolate martinis on arrival, plus delicious chocolates in your room. Yum!
Canberra: Hotel Realm: In the mood to spice up your relationship? Surprise your loved one with this hotels lastminute.com.au 'Love Notes' deal which includes a free message in a bottle keepsake, decadent night-cap dessert, a bottle of Moet & Chandon Mini Mote, in-room movies, full buffet breakfast, late check-out and include parking.
Gold Coast: QT Gold Coast: This designer Surfers Paradise Hotel offers allguestscomplimentary use of their super-cute retro QT Bikes, refreshing lemonade or iced tea. Plus,with the lastminute.com.au QT King – Mountain River deal you'll also receive free parking, a late checkout and 'two for one' breakfast at the hotels signature buffet restaurant 'Bazaar'.
Byron Bay: The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa: In need of some down time? Get your zen on at this lush tranquil resort only five minutes out of Byron Bay with free daily yoga classes each day, free wifi and a free shuttle bus service into town daily.
Mornington Peninsula: Peppers Moonah Links Resort: Relax and rejuvenate after a round of golf at this well known golf resort with the 'stay & bathe package' which includes a complimentary room upgrade, breakfast daily and two bath house bathing passes for the Peninsula Hot Springs with transfers.
*According to lastminute.com.au's 2014 Travel + Lifestyle Report which surveyed 5,700+ Australians.
For more information visit www.lastminute.com.au.