The ultimate Brisbane accommodation guide
What do you expect when you stay at a hotel in Australia’s New World City?
Is it contactless check-in? Beds with temperature-controlled mattresses? Or the option to ditch a roof completely and sleep under a ceiling of stars? This is not a trick question – because you can have all of the above by getting under the covers with this Brisbane accommodation guide.
Even if you’re here for a short time, we can guarantee a good time. All you have to do is check into these Brisbane hotels:
For ultimate bragging rights: W Brisbane on George Street
Since opening its doors on the 1st of June 2018, the W Brisbane has been dropping jaws and taking names.
The no-details-spared, 34-storey work of art was designed for contemporary guests who appreciate a playful approach to luxury.
With a 55-inch LED TV and Bluetooth speakers in all 312 guestrooms, your stay will be at the forefront of technology, no matter which room you settle into.
Standing in central Brisbane, you can expect stellar views across the Brisbane River, South Bank and Mount Coot-tha and when you leave the foyer area (not sure why you’d want to leave?), you’ll find yourself in a thriving local scene almost immediately.
For apartments that make you feel more cultured just for being there: The Johnson Hotel
The Johnson Hotel marks Brisbane’s first entry into the Art Series Hotel market, with this Spring Hill hotel named after artist Michael Johnson himself.
There’s no shortage of prints and originals adorning the walls – guaranteeing you can check-in a novice and leave a veritable art historian… at least when it comes to Johnson’s work.
You have over 96 self-contained suites and apartments to choose from. Our pick, if you’ve got a group of friends to split the bill with, is the penthouse. It’ll set you back $2000 per night – but that’s divided by you and your closest five friends.
Set on the city fringe in Spring Hill, you can gaze out over cute workers cottages and jacarandas from the pool deck, instead of into another high rise building. #justsayin’
To sleep in a place whose tin and timber screams Queenslander: Spicers Balfour
You’ll find it in New Farm, set inside an old Queenslander. The kind that makes this postcode so coveted among Brisbane-ites.
Inside the doors, you’ll find old-world charm meets modern comforts in a smattering of rooms that haven’t been decorated by the dozen. In fact, there are just nine hotel rooms and eight suites (at neighbouring art deco property, Simbla), each completely different from one another.
Our tip is to sneak a visit to the rooftop bar for some of the best views of the Story Bridge – we promise. Oh, and did we mention it operates on an honesty system?
For somewhere too cool for school: TRYP Hotel
Covered roof-to-ground in art, colours, and graffiti, it’s Brisbane’s only street art hotel, and if that’s not cool enough, it’s backstory is one for the books. It was originally the clubhouse for the famous global secret society, the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes.
The hotel offers a choice of five room types, from classic one to two-bed open-plan rooms. You can even have your very own balcony or internal spa to make your rock star dreams come to fruition.
For next-level service: NEXT Hotel
What if we told you, you didn’t have to speak to anyone to check-in at this hotel? Would that be music to your frequent-flying ears?
All you need to do is register for the NEXT Hotel app – bypass check-in and your door will open sesame without any of that “the gym is on level 2” small talk.
It’s not just the check-in process that goes to the heart of every traveller’s pain points. There’s also free high-speed WiFi and four (yes, you read correctly) complimentary minibar items for you to dig into daily.
Beyond just a place to sleep, you’ll also find a rooftop bar that’s worthy of a place in this list. So, if you’re catching up with colleagues, it’s worth inviting people around to “your place”, so to speak.
To stay in the thick of the action: Rydges South Bank
Want a view of the concrete jungle rather than being in it? Stay across the river at the Rydges South Bank for panoramic views of the CBD, the South Bank Parklands, and even down to the picturesque Kangaroo Point Cliffs.
Although separated from the city skyscrapers, you’ll hardly be remote, with one elevator ride between you and Brisbane’s cultural precinct, with a convention centre, art gallery, museum, and performing arts centre all within a two-block radius.
Oh, and did we mention it’s on a street with approximately 283,9547* restaurants? Lucky, we’ve got a guide.
*Okay, we might have exaggerated a little.
To sleep within 100m of your favourite team’s locker room: Gambaro Hotel
Don’t dismiss this as just a hotel for people who love events. This 68-room boutique hotel is really one for the foodies.
Onsite you’ll find two heavily awarded restaurants – Gambaros Seafood Restaurant and Blackhide Steakhouse. Both wear crowns for their respective best-in-show, “Australia’s Best Seafood Restaurant 2017” and “Australia’s best steak restaurant 2016.”
To escape the rat race: Ketchups Bank Glamping
Romance and exclusivity, the two ingredients that make Ketchups Bank Glamping the ultimate couples’ getaway.
There’re only two luxury eco-tents on the Boonah property, deep within the bushland of the Scenic Rim. But these are tents offering the comforts of WiFi, an ensuite, plush queen bed, fridge and BBQ area. Yep, Ketchups Bank Glamping promises to ruin your idea of camping forever.
Want more where that came from? Check out our other top glamping spots with this guide.
For country charm: Woodlands of Marburg, Ipswich
If you’re chasing Downton Abbey feels, set your GPS 40 minutes west of Brisbane to Queensland’s most underrated city, Ipswich. Here you’ll find the Woodlands of Marburg, the plantation-style estate whose architecture harks back to 1890.
Nowadays this property is used for weddings most weekends, but if you’re looking for a weekend getaway there’s plenty of room on this 250-acre property to not feel like you’re part of someone else’s big day.
Choose between standard hotel rooms in the Bunya House or more luxurious offerings at Bougainvillaea House for the perfect weekend away.
Oh, and if you don’t feel like making an overnight visit, Woodlands of Marburg do an epic Sunday brunch, making it perfect for a day trip from Brisbane.
To sleep island-side: Eco Shacks at Amity Point
Nestled on the shore of North Stradbroke Island, the tent-inspired, sustainable shacks reflect the traditional structures of the island and the Quandamooka People.
Wake up surrounded by native cotton trees to a view over Moreton Bay, where local dolphins visit daily and koalas laze amongst the trees. Be sure to catch the sun’s candy coloured show as it disappears over the bay’s islands every afternoon. Ahh, the serenity.
When you need to sleep next to the tarmac: Pullman Brisbane Airport
Boasting convenience levels that could rival a 24/hour supermarket – Pullman Brisbane Airport might well be Brisbane’s most convenient hotel with 129 rooms all within Brisbane Airport precinct.
In fact, you can even get to it via a courtesy airport shuttle from both terminals. It’s perfect for business travellers and those in transit who don’t want to fork out a cab ride into town for such a short stay.
Stay where a Brisbane-ite would: Sage Hotel James Street
From tucking into Middle Eastern cuisine at Gerard’s Bistro to picking up sunnies from Bailey Nelson, followed by an Aperol spritz at Sixes and Sevens, you’ll find everything within arm’s reach.
For a taste of NYC in Brisbane: FV by Peppers
New York’s most famous building, the Flatiron, has been taken out of Manhattan and duplicated with much anticipation in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.
You don’t just have to marvel at this one from the outside though – with FV by Peppers now open, you can stay inside it too.
And if you think the one and two-bedroom apartments are impressive, check out the u-shaped heated skyline pool that takes this hotel to seriously Instagrammable heights. Sitting high on Level 6, you’ll find an impressive cocktail list and underwater seating, making this undoubtedly the coolest hangout spot in town.
For when you like meeting new friends: Bunk Backpackers
If you’re the life of the party, then the never-ending fun at Bunk Backpackers is right up your alley.
Close to everything (and we mean EVERYTHING), Bunk is located amongst the hustle and bustle of Fortitude Valley’s entertainment precinct. Actually, it’s a part of it, with the legendary Birdees Bar only a few steps from your dorm room.
Like its Surfers Paradise cousin, you’re guaranteed a good time, not to mention the free WiFi and brekkie gets a green tick from us.
Pssst! Looking for a backpackers guide to Brisbane? We’ve got you covered here.
For all-inclusive: Tangalooma Island Resort
It’s got the quintessential Queensland island escape down-pat, providing every underwater activity under the sun from snorkelling to kayaking. Not one for getting wet? Take to the sand with quad-biking and sand-tobogganing, or kick around a ball on the grassy areas.
With two cafes, two restaurants, buffet breakfast, bar, and convenience store, there’s no need for deserted island panic here. Kick back with a sundowner and look out to the water as the sun’s golden rays light up the afternoon.
Don’t forget to give the local wild dolphin family a bite to eat at the daily dusk feeding sessions.
Need more convincing? These jaw-dropping photos will have you booking in minutes.
For bayside bliss: Oaks Mon Komo
To prove Redcliffe is so much more than just a day-trip destination, check into Oaks Mon Komo. From your apartment-style hotel room cocoon, you’ll wonder why you’ve dismissed Redcliffe in favour of the more crowded Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast all these years.
Not convinced? Here’re 20 reasons to make it your next getaway.
Finding Mon Komo is easy. It’s one of only a handful of highrises in Redcliffe, standing out among the fibro and batons you’ll see everywhere else.
With Settlement Cove right across the road, a lap pool, sauna and spa, togs, sunscreen and a hat are your only packing essentials.
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