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Weekends Away with Mercure Hotels

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After many months of flat out work, I organised a long weekend free of work so I could unwind and just clear my head. Working non-stop, although good can make you crazy and fatigued.

Having the Mustang from Ford, I decided to travel to Geelong then around the bottom fork of Victoria and up the Peninsula to Portsea, staying at Mercure Hotels. Melbourne to Geelong is about an hour and a half, then coming back around to the other side from Geelong to Portsea is around three hours, so a good quick road trip away.

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I arrived at the Mercure Geelong around five o’clock (just on dusk). The Mercure Geelong is an older hotel with seven levels filled with 138 spacious, contemporary rooms with city or bay views, apartments, and luxury suites. The hotel 24-hour reception, outdoor swimming pool and spa, gymnasium, off street car parking, the Zenith Brasserie and Bar and conference facilities for up to 400 guests.

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I stayed in their “Privileged” Room on level 7; which included a king sized bed, small lounge area with magazines and newspapers, LCD TV with the latest movies ($24.95 per day, for unlimited ), Wifi (Paid), Tea and Coffee facilities, Bar fridge and Bay views. The room was cosy and quite large, the bed comfortable and the shower was a good size.

Although I was only there for one night the staff were very accommodating and friendly. I checked out in the morning around 9am and had a buffet breakfast at their Zenith Brasserie of scrambled eggs, fresh fruit and yogurt, water and black coffee. Then it was on to Portsea with an amazing day of clear skies and the sunshine.

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I am very familiar with the Peninsula and having been going up there since I was a teenager. I stopped off on the way to Portsea at Koonya back beach just before Sorrento, I use to always go there to surf, explore or just laze in the sun. A little trip to Sorrento foreshore then I drove back up the hill and on to Portsea.

Mercure Portsea is located at the Portsea Golf Club, the hotel is modern and overlooks the golf course and Port Phillip bay. Smaller than Geelong it has only 25 rooms but apart from the golf course it includes a pro golf shop, restaurant, boardroom for business meetings and even a ballroom which can cater for weddings.

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I stayed in the “Superior” Room; which included a king size bed, LCD TV (with Foxtel), Wifi (Free), Tea and Coffee facilities, Bar fridge, Ensuite and a private balcony overlooking the course. It was a smaller room but still comfortable and very clean (simple), another comfortable bed and even a nice workspace, though I did spent most of my time on the balcony (who wouldn’t) it was so peaceful apart from the old “fffour” and the knocking of “eggs”.

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Two very different hotels to stay in and both with their own charm, for a quick getaway or weekend stay I would recommend both. The only question is; Will you stay in  Geelong or Portsea? Maybe both?

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Jared Acquaro
Director & Editor of A Poor Man's Millions

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