January 26, 2013: Flemington Racecourse
A short drive from the Racecourse, The Alto Hotel is housed in a 19th-century building and offers 50 rooms and apartment-style units. Room decor is bland -- walls are blank, all beds have lower-quality red comforters (no down duvets), and the furniture is utilitarian -- but all are clean and feature flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi. Plus, the hotel's real claim to fame is that it's the first carbon neutral hotel in Australia. Green-friendly perks include free parking for guests with electric or hybrid cars, free car recharging, and rooftop beehives.