Griffin Hotel, Kingston, ACT

The Griffin Hotel, aka Griffin Apartments, in Kingston, ACT is a hotel / serviced apartment complex that is really handy to the cafe / restuarant / pub scene of Kingston.The hotel is also really close to the city centre in Civic (about 10 minutes in a cab on a busy day), Manuka (15 minute walk if you are feeling energetic) and the Kingston strip is just across the road.

Kingston in the ACT is a good place to stay if you want easy access to the city centre during the day and a decent number of restuarants and pub when its time to play. If you can’t find what you need in Kingston, a short trip to Manuka open up a plethora of other possibilities. Though, I prefer Kngston for some reason.

The Griffin Hotel is right in Kingston. I would guess it sports 100 apartments which will be either a 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom or 3 bedroom apartment. You will have a seperate living room, kitchen and bedroom(s). Parking is available under the hotel.

Its showing its age a little, though I wouldn’t guess that its really old.

All rooms have Internet access at a cost of around $30 a day, which seems to be the norm these days, and includes 50 MBytes of data, which is very stingy when most hotels these days offer an all you can eat service. After you reach the 50 Meg limit it costs you 10 cents a Meg.

If you are in Canberra for those fresh freezing winter nights, the heater in the bedrooms will keep you toasty, but there aren’t any heaters in the living rooms or the bathrooms. So take a jumper.

In summer, when it feels like your walking in the face of the Sun, theres’ an air conditioner in the living room, but not in the bedroom.

And, its just across the road from Madam Woo’s!

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Madam Woo, Kingston, Canberra

Madam Woo‘s in Giles Street, Kingson in the ACT is a superb modern Asian restuarant.

It is simply one of the best feeds in Canberra , I’ve probably eaten there a couple of dozen times (eat in or takeaway) and I just keep going back whenever I can because I never tire of the great dishes.

If you are staying in Kingston do yourself a favour and do not miss out on lunch or dinner at Wadam Woo’s.

Madam Woo’s bills itself as modern Asian which includes Thai, Chinese and Malaysian dishes.

I’ve never had a bad dish and my favourites include

  • Madam Woo’s special coconut and lime chicken
  • Spicy Szechuan chicken
  • Spicy Szechuan beef
  • Beef Penang
  • Green curry chicken
  • Red duck curry
  • and serve of Madam Woo’s special fried rice

Oh, and they serve Tiger beer to help wash down your meal… what more do you need?

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Supper Inn, Melbourne

Supper Inn is a Chinese restaurant in the Melbourne CBD.

The address is
15 Celestial Avenue (off Little Bourke St)
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

I’ve probably been to the Supper Inn a couple of dozen times over the years and you will never get a bad feed there.

It may be in a dodgy side lane off Little Bourke Street, up a narrow flight of stairs and it hasn’t been renovated in the best part of 30 years, but all that pales into insignificance once you order some of the best Chinese food that you will get in Melbourne.

Favorites dishes include

  • Fried duck with lemon sauce
  • Fried calamari with chilli
  • Roast Duck

All topped off with Tsingtao beer… what could be better.

You usually walk away amply satiated for around $20 a head.

Recommended, but if you get there late you will have to queue for a table.

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