Augusta Travel Guide
As soon as it was announced that Tiger Woods would be returning to golf at the Masters Tournament in Augusta Georgia, hotel rooms instantly began filling up (those that weren't already booked, that is.)
So with Tiger officially in town, a practice round and a press conference under his belt, what is the hotel scene looking like now? For starters, The Liveshots Blog is reporting that the few empty hotel rooms that are open are going for four times their usual rate.
Meanwhile, a new hotel in nearby Columbia County has been scrambling to open on time for guests attending The Masters. WJBF news station reports:
The Comfort Inn and Suites off Jimmie Dyess Parkway in Columbia County is up and running. Hotel owners tell us they have been working day and night, preparing for their Masters week guests. The new hotel still has rooms up for grabs but not for long.
According to TMZ, golf fans are so eager to see Tiger Woods return to action at this year's Master's Golf Tournament. So much so that mere hours after his announcement that he would return to golf, hotels near the August National Golf Club were sold-out for the tournament which takes place next month.
Of course, it's likely that the hotels were already booked well in advance as this is the most popular golf tourney of the season. But TMZ says that folks thinking of canceling their hotel rooms suddenly decided to firm up their plans once they learned Tiger Woods was coming back.
We just hope that Tiger himself is not staying in any hotels while in town. After all, part of his rehabilitation program probably involves staying away from any "triggers."
Going to the Master's? Got your hotel room squared away or in need of a hotel room? Let us know.
Starting out in 1912--that's pretty old for an Australian hotel--the Augusta Hotel has been housing holiday-makers on the south-west tip of Australia for almost a century. The town of Augusta has quite a big geographical claim to fame, since it's at the very spot where the Indian Ocean and the Southern Ocean meet. Therefore the Augusta Hotel makes quite a big deal about having views "where the oceans meet":
Almost all rooms and suites have outstanding views of the ocean at Flinders Bay or the Blackwood River.
But do note that they only say "almost". The hotel has a number of different rooms, suites and self-contained cottages with a range of prices from A$85 to A$125 (US$70-$105). Apart from the views, this price gets you a fairly standard range of comfort, although they are quite proud (overly so, perhaps) of the free films:
Our comfortable suites feature all the amenities one would expect from a first-class establishment, including free in-house videos with all the latest release movies.
Not sure if they've thought about updating to DVDs yet. But surely the point of holidaying in Augusta is to have somewhere decent to sleep and then to enjoy the great outdoors and those two oceans.
· Augusta Hotel reviews [TotalTravel]
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