Heading for Brisbane soon? Or maybe you just want to plan a holiday that your bank balance can afford with a cheeky weekend stay-cay. Either way, when it comes to Brisbane hotels worth spending a few nights in, you’ll be spoilt for choice. From low-key spots to happening joints, we’ve slept in every bed in town (hotel bed—get your mind out of the gutter) to bring you this list. Now, where’s our fluffy bathrobe?
Yes, it’s true—Brisbane finally has its own W Hotel, and it’s just as flash and fun-loving as you’d expect. Perched on the edge of the river at the bottom of Ann Street with some pretty top-notch views of South Bank, W Brisbane's ostentatious rooms range from ‘Spectacular’ to ‘Wow’, with bonus mod cons like Bluetooth speakers and GHD hairdryers. If the cocktail mixing set in your room doesn’t give you an idea of the W’s usual hedonism loving guests, the psychedelic WET Deck and pool bar just might, and you’ll find hangover-curing brunch feeds at laid-back Byron Bay-famed eatery Three Blue Ducks just downstairs.
Brisbane’s newest (for now) and, dare we say it, most luxurious hotel, The Fantauzzo resides directly under the Story Bridge within strolling distance of the bars and restaurants of Howard Smith Wharf—if you can drag yourself away from the hotel’s own Italian eatery and rooftop bar. With no expense spared on the fit-out, the art-inspired hotel has everything you could ever want in a hotel and even a few things you didn’t know you needed, like complimentary art tours, Chromecast TVs and smart car hire for exploring the city.
The Calile Hotel
So dripping in pastel cool that we want to book a staycation every weekend of our lives, The Calile Hotel only opened on the Valley’s James Street at the end of 2018, but has already become the favourite of Insta-queens everywhere, with Zoë Foster Blake and Georgia Love two of its high profile fans. Try not to spend your entire stay snapping pictures in the gorgeous bathrooms – you’ll need time to hit the outdoor pool, pay a visit to the day spa and dine at onsite restaurant, Hellenika, while you’re there.
While all of The Westin’s facilities are seriously luxe, the number one reason to book into this city hotel is its 300-square-metre swimming pool, which comes complete with a swim-up bar. From here, you can perch shoulder-deep in the turquoise waters, sipping on a frostie while taking in some pretty breathtaking city views. But if you need more reasons to check-in, there’s also the ocean to paddock dining on offer down at Eden’s Table—just remember to wait an hour before you swim.
Out-of-towners looking to live it up for a few days, look no further than the Parisienne decadence of South Brisbane’s Emporium Hotel. You’ll find 143-suites of French-chic comfort, including cloud-like beds, Bose sound systems, double vanity ensuites and Molton Brown amenities. Collectively, they’re the closest thing you’ll find to Paris in Queensland, minus the hefty transit time. Farewell time venturing through South Bank’s entertainment precinct, chowing down on croissants at onsite patisserie, Belle Epoque or knocking back a bottle of champagne upon South Brisbane’s only rooftop bar.
Ovolo Inchcolm Hotel
The Ovolo Inchcolm on Wickham Terrace is the Brisbane hotel to book if you’re trying to impress a significant other. Situated in a heritage-listed building that’s been given an eclectic but sophisticated rock star makeover, the boutique hotel is perfect for date night, and with a sumptuous in-house restaurant and bar downstairs, you won’t need to leave until it’s time to (unwillingly) check out.
Ovolo The Valley
We have a soft spot for any hotel offering freebies, so take a seat and brace yourself as we give you the low-down on Ovolo The Valley’s perks. When you book directly through Ovolo for your next Brisbane stay, you’ll receive free breakfast, happy hour drinks, daily snacks, in-room mini bar, self-serve laundry, 24-hour gym access and super-speed Wi-Fi. Did we mention they’re all free? Stop rubbing your eyes, this is 100 percent legit and freebies aside, Ovolo’s rooms are spot-on with their playful spin to totally compliment the Fortitude Valley suburb in which it lives.
Planning to test the limits of your suitcase by overfilling it after a bout of city shopping? No need to strain your arms carting it all back to your accom—NEXT Hotel is located right there in Queen Street Mall. Even better, you can celebrate your wardrobe finds with a sunset drink by the rooftop swimming pool, before retreating back to your luxe room to assess the credit card damage and make the most of the free mini-bar.
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Image credit: W Brisbane, The Calile Hotel, Ovolo Inchcolm