Bringing the A-Game: The hottest new hotels in Brisbane City
Queensland’s River City is booming, with more hot new accommodation offerings than you can count on all fingers. From glamping tents and riverside wharf residences to moody five-star digs and a 1920s-bank-cum-220-room hotel, each new bolthole is embellishing the skyline with their own quirk and character.
If you’re in town to check out a show or an exhibition, or just suss out the cocktail bar scene, Brisbane has got you covered. When it comes to a place to rest your head, these 13 new hotels in Brisbane City are bringing serious bed cred to the capital.
Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane (opened July 2018)
One of Brisbane CBD’s heritage buildings, the 1922 sandstone-clad Queensland Government Savings Bank building has transformed into the 220-room Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane, introducing spacious apartments complete with a kitchen, laundry and living room, and studio rooms with a kitchenette.
The hotel features an indoor pool with an open rooftop, a fitness centre, and will soon introduce their signature Chinese fine dining restaurant, Donna Chang, and a 250-seat basement level lounge called Boom Boom Room.
W Brisbane (opened June 2018)
W Brisbane is the first 5-star hotel to open in Brisbane in 20 years, making the Queensland capital the only Australian city with a W Hotel (so far). Located at 300 George Street on the site of the old law courts, and offering views from South Bank to Mount Coot-tha, the W Brisbane boasts three bars and restaurants (including the renowned Three Blue Ducks from The Farm at Byron Bay) in addition to 312 guest rooms.
The design of the hotel pays tribute to the local Indigenous culture and the river that defines Brisbane, with motifs snaking throughout. Equipped with the iconic ‘Whatever, Whenever’ W service (meaning guests can pick up the phone and ask for anything that is legal) the hotel is certainly raising the bar on Brisbane’s accommodation offering.
Novotel South Bank, Brisbane (opened June 2018)
Change is afoot on the south side of the snaking Brisbane River and the new Novotel South Bank is just one of the new stars. Linked to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre via a walkway, you can go from conference to cocktails in the lobby lounge and wine and dine clients in the on-site restaurant. Or just check-in and unwind in the outdoor pool and gym.
After a day exploring Brissie’s cultural heart, eat onsite at Spice Central or take your pick from the plethora of restaurants and bars along Grey Street and Fish Lane.
Sanctuary by Sirromet, Mt Cotton (opened June 2018)
If you’re looking for a grape way to glamp, look no further than Queensland’s first winery glamping experience, 30 minutes’ drive south of the city at Sirromet Wines Estate.
Currently, 18 ‘Sanctuary by Sirromet,’ safari-style glamping tents reside on the 20-acre property amongst the natural flora and wildlife with fully-furnished amenities, including a floating deck, to make you feel at home.
Ovolo Inchcolm Hotel, Spring Hill (opened May 2018)
Hong Kong hospitality group, Ovolo, has expanded into Brisbane with the newly revamped Ovolo Inchcolm. Located in Spring Hill, the 1924-built Georgian hotel and former medical practice boasts 50 guest rooms, including the two-bedroom General Macarthur suite, named after the five-star US Army Chief of Staff who was treated there while stationed in Brisbane during World War II.
With the inclusion of a 100-plus-capacity conference and events space, the versatile hotel is designed to suit both business and leisure travellers. The hotel marks the first Brisbane flag for Ovolo and opens six months ahead of the brand’s second property due to be revealed later this year on the former Emporium site in Fortitude Valley.
The Sebel Brisbane Margate Beach (opened May 2018)
Seaside opulence lies a stone’s throw from the shores of Margate Beach at The Sebel Brisbane Margate Beach, the latest boutique hotel in Moreton Bay. The ninth property to operate under the Sebel brand in Queensland, the $15 million-dollar hotel features 58 rooms boasting a chic façade – neutral tones, minimal furnishings and panoramic ocean views.
The minimalist décor is complemented stellar onsite facilities like a rooftop function space, pool and conference facilities. Hot tip: Grab a cruiser bike and explore the foreshore like it’s 1965.
FV by Peppers, Fortitude Valley (opened March 2018)
Flatiron skyscrapers are no longer synonymous with the New York City skyline – the classic structure has been reimagined at FV by Peppers. This 970-room luxury hotel is the newest addition to Fortitude Valley‘s hotel landscape, with one and two-bedroom apartments boasting understated elegance – neutral tones, minimal furnishings and floor-to-ceiling glass for 5-star views of Brisbane City.
The hottest spot to be is in the heated u-shaped skyline pool with swim-up pool bar on level 6, or you can also book yourself into the moonlight cinema or yoga retreat.
Emporium 2, South Bank (opening August 2018)
Hip design, the latest in-room technology and personalised service will be the starring elements of the Emporium Hotels Group’s new five-star Emporium Hotel South Bank in Brisbane.
Forming part of the $600 million Southpoint precinct on Grey Street, the hotel features 143 luxuriously appointed suites, some with freestanding marble baths jagging floor-to-ceiling full frontal city views, and F&B options by award-winning Brisbane chef Josue Lopez, formerly head chef of the two-chef hatted GOMA restaurant.
Further, a Sky Bar offers magnificent views over South Bank Parklands, the Brisbane River, city and beyond.
The Calile Hotel, Fortitude Valley (opening September 2018)
Beverly Hills luxe meets James St cool. Prepare to say hello to The Calile Hotel, a seven-storey ‘urban resort’ that’s home to 175 rooms, a mix of boutiques, cafes and restaurants, like Gold Coast Greek favourite, Hellenika, on the pool terrace.
The hotel’s leafy, urban streetscape façade will pay homage to Brisbane’s subtropical climate, with an adjoining micro-precinct, Ada Lane, set to have lips smacking with five new eateries and bars. Also joining the hotel is KAILO Wellness Medispace, Forme Fitness and an array of internationally loved fashion brands like Dion Lee and Bec & Bridge.
The Westin Brisbane (opening November 2018)
The next five-star jewel in the dazzling crown that is Brisbane accommodation will be The Westin, with 286 rooms (38 suites), a swim up pool bar known at the Nautilus and a dedicated restaurant precinct serving regional and international cuisine.
Keen to get active but forgot to bring your gear? No worries! The Westin have partnered with New Balance through their WestinWORKOUT program to lend you some brand new activewear during your stay.
Ovolo The Valley (opening late 2018)
Ovolo is continuing its Brisbane expansion with the transformation of the former Emporium Hotel Fortitude Valley. The ‘ovolution’, which started with the rebranding of the property as The Valley Brisbane, will incorporate a transformation of rooms and public spaces before evolving into Ovolo The Valley at the end of 2018.
New food and drink concepts and the celebrated ‘freebies’ (free mini bar, breakfast, wifi, happy hour and all-day snacks) will be introduced to complete the evolution.
Howard Smith Wharves, Fortitude Valley (opening late 2018)
Work is underway on 3.4 hectares of riverfront land under the iconic Story Bridge, with the buzz surrounding the Howard Smith Wharves revitalisation project growing louder every day.
Expect news of a164-room boutique Art Series Hotel opening soon, alongside craft brewery, Felons Brewing Co (opening in October), three restaurants, and a hexagonal overwater bar styled to the hilt by Halycon House interior stylist and Brisbanite, Anna Spiro.
Queens Wharf (opening 2022)
Set to join its North Quay neighbour, the W, by 2022, the Queens Wharf Development is bringing not one but five new premium hotel brands to Brisbane including the Ritz Carlton (currently the Treasury Hotel and Casino) and brand new Star casino.
Encompassing 12 football fields worth of public space, the project will provide the city with 1100 new hotel rooms, 50 new restaurants, cafes and bars, and a landmark Sky Tower.