I have already booked a 7 day/6 night stay at the Rydges Tradewinds for a stay in February 2010. I wanted to make sure I had a room booked early. As the date draws closer, I plan on using Wotif and other search engines to see if I can find a better deal. That being said, the 2 main hotels that I have been most interested in that appear to be good values are the Tradewinds, and the Novotel Oasis.
I have read numerous reviews for each and both seem to be very good. The Tradewinds appeals to me because of its proximity to Muddy's (which many have recommended to me) as I will be traveling with 3 little ones. I'm also impressed that Tradewinds managements appears to respond to every review posted -- which in my mind reflects highly on their customer service and willingness to improve. I have heard and read, however, that the Novotel is a nicer, more modern facility.
Would anyone recommend one over the other? And are there any other facilities that I should keep my eye own as my travel dates approach and deals can be had?