Two weekends ago, Shad and I decided to take a little road trip up north to a regional town called Tamworth. I was excited to go road tripping as I’ve never been to rural NSW before, and this felt like a little summer break from all the things that are currently ruling our life. We were very thankful to be hosted by Choice Hotels, who set us up an amazing two night stay with Quality Powerhouse in the city centre. Our goal for the weekend was to explore the countryside, and relax as much as we can (but first, we had to endure the 5 hour long car ride haha).
We arrived at the hotel quite late at 10pm but felt so welcome by the lovely front office team who had our keycards ready to check in and unwind. Because it was so late, a lot of the restaurants were closed, but the restaurant downstairs, The Workshop Kitchen was open until 10pm, so we decided to pop down for a quick dinner. The Workshop Kitchen has won numerous culinary awards and is renowned for its steak, we knew we just had to try some. Shad and I ended up having a dozen oysters, and steak to ourselves and it was delicious! The steak was cooked to perfection and tender, whereas the oysters had Japanese green seaweed on top and wasabi sesame salad, PLUS it came with a mini bottle of tabasco – such an interesting combination that surprisingly works well together.
For our trip, we were lucky enough to stay in one of Quality Powerhouse’s new renovated superior rooms, which was part of a $5 million upgrade! When I walked into the room, I couldn’t help but to be blown away by the transformation of the rooms. What was a classic motel-like interior has now been upgraded to a sophisticated and sleek 5-star like hotel. I wouldn’t be lying if I had to admit that it was one of the best looking hotels I’ve ever stayed in – and 5 hours from the city, who would’ve known?! I wanted to capture so many elements of the room itself. The attention to detail in every corner showed me that they care about even the smallest item that goes into each room. What I loved most was the deep blue and gold colour blocking that gave the room a sense of luxe. I was sooo tempted to take the brown leather chair and blue minibar home before I left!
Although our stay was short, I can’t wait for the next time I’ll be welcomed back in Tamworth. This hotel was truly a hidden gem in regional NSW.