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5 of the most Instagrammable Brisbane hotels

It’s no secret; a slew of Brisbane hotels have opened over the past 12 months and thankfully, staid and stuffy are out in favour of individualism and opulence.

An overnighter in the River City is no longer about practicality but truckloads of personality – the more visual #inspo thrown in alongside your robe and slippers, the better.

Here are 5 of the most Insta-worthy Brisbane hotels right now.

The Calile

Rising from demolition dust on James Street to grow into one of Brisbane’s – if not the country’s – most aesthetically-aspirational urban resorts, The Calile was designed to make a statement about Queensland architecture.

Here, sophisticated arched balconies preside over the iconic pool – which has garnered more than one reference to Miami’s South Beach from adoring fans – but you’ll notice Insta-worthy elements everywhere. The lines and shadow-play of the concrete stairwells, the pink and blue marble bathrooms, the new-gen cork tiles and chambray bathrobes are just a few noteworthy highlights.

While influencers like Zoë Foster Blake, Lily Allen and Georgia Love have all stayed and given The Calile love on Instagram, Zara Wong from Vogue Australia went one step further to proclaim it, “One of the nicest hotels I’ve stayed at in Australia”.

Most popular Insta spots: The pool (as snapped from your room), the curvaceous balconies, bathroom selfies.

The Fantauzzo

The Fantauzzo | Instagrammable Brisbane hotels

Photo by @brissiebarb

When a hotel doubles as a contemporary art gallery and resembles a piece of art itself, you know it’s going to be photogenic.

Six original artworks and more than 500 giclée prints by Vincent Fantauzzo are hung throughout the hotel, including an oversize portrait of his wife, actress Asher Keddie, in the lobby. Basically there are celebrities everywhere you look.

Wedged underneath the Story Bridge and mimicking the chiseled edges of the cliff behind it, Art Series’ The Fantauzzo is the hottest new addition to the Howard Smith Wharves – placing you in prime position to eat, sip, sleep (after you’ve nailed your Insta-story, of course).

Most popular Insta spots: The rooftop pool overlooking the river and Story Bridge and the geometric facade.

Ovolo The Valley

Ovolo The Valley | Instagrammable Brisbane hotels

Photo by @jadelj

If playfulness is the name of your Insta-game, head straight for the #whimsicaloasis that is Ovolo The Valley.

With photo backdrops beckoning you at every turn – neon signage, chic wallpaper, velvet and stripes! – and plenty of quirky artwork placed around the space you’ll never be short of a shoot location.

Besides the aesthetic benefits, Ovolo offer up stacks of goodies for those who book direct. Think free mini bar, free happy hour, a free loot bag in your room, and more.

Most popular Insta spots: You + a pink flamingo in the rooftop pool, the poolside sun beds, or lounging against a velvet bedhead in one of the dreamy Bowie rock star suites.

W Brisbane

W Brisbane | Instagrammable Brisbane hotels

Photo by @w_brisbane

It’s hard not to feel a little overwhelmed when you first step foot inside W Brisbane – there are just so. many. things. to. snap!

Start with the ever-changing ‘Good Morning/Good evening’ welcome mats inside the lifts on your way to your room where the design narrative ‘A River Dreaming’ shimmers to life by way of perspex ‘river reeds’, swirling tide patterns on the carpet, and plenty of tropical Queensland motifs. If you need any extra props just pick up the phone and press the ‘Whatever/Whenever’ button to request them.

But before you fill your phone’s storage quota, take a soak in the ‘outback drum’ bathtub, make a dinner reservation at Three Blue Ducks and nip downstairs for a blow-dry at Edwards And Co. inside the Away Spa.

Most popular Insta spots: The psychedelic Wet Deck pool, sitting in front of the oversized W sign and the egg chair in the The Living Room bar.

Emporium Hotel South Bank

Emporium Hotel | Instagrammable Brisbane hotels

Photo by @milicacigoja via @emporiumhotels

Brash, bold, glitzy and glamorous – Brisbane’s original luxury boutique hotel made the move to the south side in 2018 and really ramped up the decadence factor.

We’re talking gold-framed mirrors that magically materialise into TVs in your room, and three Cabana Suites that share private access to the infinity-edge rooftop pool after-hours.

Even if you’re not staying, ride the lift to level 21 for South Bank’s most impressive rooftop bar, pull up a white mohair-covered stool and get yourself selfie ready.

Most popular Insta spots: The tropical wallpaper, holding a cocktail at The Terrace with the Brisbane CBD skyline in the background and the ‘under-the-sea’ lifts.

Have you stayed at any of these designer Brisbane hotels?