Anniversary gifts can be a recipe for disaster. Reputations are on the line, and the stakes are high. We’ve all given or received a bad anniversary gift, and the Room5 headquarters are no exception.
Here are some of the best-worst anniversary gifts from the Room5 HQ.
“My boyfriend called me on our anniversary to invite me over to his place. I went, expecting a romantic candle lit dinner – you know the scene. Instead he had discovered his house was festering with bedbugs, and he wanted my help to fumigate the place.” – Elise
“We showed up to dinner at a really fancy restaurant, and right before we walked in my partner unbuttoned her shirt. Underneath, she had on a t-shirt that said ‘It’s our anniversary’, with an arrow pointing to me. She handed me a bag that had the same shirt with an arrow pointing at her. We never spoke again.” – Chris
“The night before our anniversary, my boyfriend went out with the boys. He came home with a tattoo of his ex-girlfriends name on his left butt-cheek. I’m not sure if it was a present to me, but it was definitely indicative of his presence in our relationship.” – Megan
*Names have been changed to protect lousy gift givers identity.
But what’s worse than these? Forgetting your anniversary completely.
If you’ve screwed up and forgotten the big day, here’s how to say sorry with a hotel stay for all budgets.
The ‘You’re not getting out of this one without dropping some serious coin’ Category
Park Hyatt Sydney – The Rocks
Say you’re sorry with a hotel stay nestled between Sydney’s biggest icons, the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
Rooms are decorated in natural hues – beiges, creams and chocolates. King beds are decked out in custom-made cotton linens, commissioned artworks hang from the walls, while floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows provide views of the harbour.
The rooftop pool is almost too picturesque for words. Take a look for yourself.
Bonus Apology Points: Let’s be real: some people just don’t know how to give a good massage. If you think that digging the heels of your cracked and calloused feet into your partner’s back is romantic, then book them into the in-house spa for a proper massage immediately.
Adelphi – Melbourne CBD
If you’ve ever walked down Flinders Lane, then chances are you’ve caught a glimpse of the historic Adelphi building. Today the building is home to a boutique hotel that specialises in desserts. Yep, you read that correctly – an entire hotel for sweet tooths.
The hotel’s design palette is dessert-inspired, the lobby is filled with lolly jars, and handmade macaroons are delivered to your room each evening.
If you’re really in the shit for forgetting the big day, then book the Palatial Suite. After all, it’s impossible to be angry in paradise. 100-square metres in size, the suite consists of a separate bed, lounge and powder rooms. Added extras include palatial furniture, an espresso machine and a TV that would be too big for any other room.
Bonus Apology Points: Make time for a meal at Om Nom. The hotel restaurant specialises in sugary treats. Special mention goes to the dessert degustation. Everything in moderation.
New Incholm Hotel MGallery Brisbane – Spring Hill
As far as luxe hotels in Brisbane go, the New Incholm is at the top of the game. The good news for you is that the five-star service doesn’t come with a five-star cost.
The hotel’s turndown service is one of the best we’ve ever experienced. This entails room service changing your bedding daily, dimming the lights when you leave the room, and playing classical music on your return. It’s the perfect environment to say sorry and quell any relationship tension.
Breakfast wise, the buffet is every foodie’s dream – fresh pastries, breads, fruits, cheese and beverages. Far from basic, the spread includes blue cheese and more condiments than your nonna’s fridge.
The ground floor of the Incholm is home to Socialites Bar. The 1920’s inspired watering hole specialises in all things whisky and is perfect for a pre– and post–dinner drink.
Bonus Apology Points: Say you’re sorry with The Socialite – the bar’s signature cocktail. It’s made from spiced rum, pear and ginger liqueur, served with fresh pear and crystallised ginger.
The ‘I’m not a tightarse, but I’m not a millionaire’ Category
QT Sydney – CBD
QT Sydney exudes swank for a moderate price. The hotel chain set out to create hotels that are much more than a place to sleep, and they’ve nailed the formula.
Rooms are furnished like a Parisian boudoir – we’re talking fur rugs, oversized bathtubs, timber flooring and original artworks. All of this is incorporated into the historic Gowings and State Theatre buildings, rich in Italian and art deco architecture.
Downstairs, Gowings Bar and Grill is not your standard hotel restaurant. The fine dining, European-styled brasserie was launched by acclaimed restaurateur, Robert Marchetti. After dinner, head back to your room and take advantage of the supplied DIY martini kits.
Bonus Apology Points: Shell out for the ‘Metamorphosis’ Spa treatment – a full day of indulgence described as the granddaddy of massage packages.
The Como Melbourne MGallery by Sofitel – South Yarra
It doesn’t get much more Melbourne than Chapel Street and the Yarra River. The Como Melbourne is located between these two icons, surrounded by some of the best shopping and eating in Australia. Nothing says ‘I’m sorry’ more than a $16 smashed avo on toast at a nearby café.
The bathrooms of The Como are among some of the best in the country. Black marble tiles give way to free-standing tubs. Toiletries come from Australian brand Appelles, and the room fridges are filled with T2 teas and local cold pressed coffee.
Bonus Apology Points: Grab the bill downstairs at SOBar after enjoying seasonal cocktails, tapas and some of the best people watching Melbourne has to offer.
Capri by Fraser Brisbane – CBD
The rooms at this Brisbane CBD location are good, but it’s the extra facilities that really make it stand out from the crowd.
Leisure amenities include a 24-hour gym with yoga space, an indoor heated pool and a sauna. If you really want to prove how sorry you are, volunteer to do the laundry at the in-house launderette and make use of the laundry’s Xbox while you wait.
Back in the rooms, kick back in the Herman Miller chairs, and scrub down with Malin & Goetz toiletries.
Coeliacs rejoice. The attached restaurant, Asana by Pete Evans (you might know him from his paleo cookbooks) specialises in all things gluten free.
Bonus Apology Points: Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than an Asana macadamia-crumbed chicken schnitzel with fermented slaw.
The ‘Tightarse Treats’ Category
The Macleay – Potts Point, Sydney
The Macleay belongs to a very rare category of Australian hotels called ‘four-star bargain bangers’. This is an entirely fictional category, but when you look at pictures of The Macleay you’ll get it.
Check in and take your apology to the next level with a symbolic gesture. Build a bridge over your short-comings while looking out to Australia’s greatest bridge. Rooms come with some of the best views of Sydney Harbour, especially when considering the price.
Bonus Apology Points: The outdoor swimming pool is the perfect place to get some Instagram pictures. To really prove you’re sorry, caption them #bae #theone #blessed #atthetopitsjustus.
Middle Park – South Melbourne
This hotel is saaaah Melbourne, without the Melbourne price tag.
On the outside, it looks like your quintessential Melbourne corner pub. On the inside, it is your quintessential Melbourne pub – Federation era carpets, pub grub, private dining booths and 45 beer taps.
Design of the upstairs sleeping quarters was carried out by Melbourne architecture firm Six Degrees. The four room types offer amenities like large bath tubs, Egyptian cotton linen, flat screen TVs and iPod docks. Dine downstairs in the bar and take advantage of the weekend roast, which will give your Grandma’s a run for its money.
Bonus Apology Points: Make a playlist of your other half’s favourite songs. Begin with British India’s ‘I Said I’m Sorry’ and end with Mariah’s ‘We Belong Together’. Seamless.
ibis Brisbane – CBD
The ibis Brisbane offers a 15-minute satisfaction guarantee, meaning the hotel will deliver your breakfast or fix any room related query within 15 minutes flat. If only the problem of you forgetting your anniversary could be fixed in 15 minutes.
Opt for a room that overlooks the Brisbane River and skyline. Rooms are simple but tastefully decorated, and the new custom-made Sweet Beds by ibis Bedding are worth a mention.
Enjoy the buffet breakfast from your room or the hotel restaurant before walking to the nearby City Botanic Gardens. Check out the Botanic Gardens website for a list of current events.
Bonus Apology Points: Apologise from a height on a visit to the Wheel of Brisbane.