The hottest new hotels in Brisbane
There’s a hotel boom happening in Brisbane, and everyone is invited. Seemingly overnight, a flurry of desirable new hotels have each made their claim to a spot on the city’s skyline.
Each hotel is more than just a place to rest your head: many are mini-destinations to see and visit in their own right.
These new hotels in Brisbane are bringing serious bed cred to the River City.
W Brisbane (opened June 2018)
W Brisbane was the first five-star hotel to open in Brisbane in 20 years. Brisbane is also the only Australian city with a W Hotel (so far).
The W Brisbane boasts three bars and restaurants (including the renowned Three Blue Ducks) in addition to 312 guest rooms. The AWAY Spa and FIT Gym are perfect for unwinding or keeping things moving.
If you can’t stand the thought of leaving your fur baby at home, pets are welcome too. The design of the hotel pays tribute to the local Indigenous culture and the river that defines Brisbane.
The hotel is equipped with the iconic ‘Whatever, Whenever’ W service (meaning guests can pick up the phone and ask for anything – anything legal, that is).
Novotel South Bank, Brisbane (opened June 2018)
Change is afoot on the south side of the snaking Brisbane River and the 4.5 star 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. Musgrave Park is nearby which often hosts food festivals and events.
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 accommodation that’s a little more connected to nature, look no further than Queensland’s first winery glamping experience, 30 minutes’ drive south of the city at Sirromet Winery.
Currently, 18 ‘Sanctuary by Sirromet‘ (safari-style glamping tents) reside on the 20-acre property. Another 37 tents are coming in the new few years.
The tents are nestled amongst the natural flora and wildlife with fully-furnished amenities, including a floating deck, to make you feel at home.
Naturally, guests can partake in a guided winery tour and enjoy the daily cellar door wine tastings.
At night, indulge in a degustation meal at restaurant Lurleen’s onsite.
Ovolo Inchcolm Hotel, Spring Hill (opened May 2018)
Hong Kong hospitality group Ovolo’s first expansion into Brisbane was with the Ovolo Inchcolm.
Located in Spring Hill, the 1924-built Georgian hotel and former medical practice boasts 50 bespoke guest rooms.
The two-bedroom General Macarthur suite is a highlight, named after the five-star US Army Chief of Staff who was treated there while stationed in Brisbane during World War II.
Chef Andy Ashby heads up funky on-site restaurant Salon de Co, which offers a menu that encourages sharing and heavily features local produce.
Also possessing a 100-plus-capacity conference and events space, the Ovolo Inchcolm is a stylish option whether you’re in town for business or pleasure.
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 $15 million-dollar hotel features 58 rooms boasting a chic façade – neutral tones, minimal furnishings and panoramic ocean views.
The minimalist décor is complemented by 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 just synonymous with the New York City skyline.
The classic structure has been re-imagined at FV by Peppers.
Boasting three thirty-storey towers, the luxury hotel is the newest addition to Fortitude Valley‘s landscape.
Choose from one or two-bedroom apartments boasting understated elegance – neutral tones, minimal furnishings and floor-to-ceiling glass for five-star views of the City.
The best seat in the house is at the swim-up pool bar. You can also book yourself into the moonlight cinema or yoga retreat.
Emporium, South Bank (opened August 2018)
Hip design, the latest in-room technology and personalised service are the star elements of the five-star Emporium Hotel South Bank.
Forming part of the $600 million Southpoint precinct on Grey Street, take your pick from 143 luxuriously appointed suites – some with freestanding marble baths that offer floor-to-ceiling city views.
Emporium’s flagship restaurant, Signature, celebrates the best of Australian produce with the five or seven-course tasting menus a highlight.
For drinks, take your pick between the classy Piano Bar on the ground level or the Terrace on the rooftop which offers magnificent views over South Bank Parklands, the Brisbane River, city and beyond.
French patisserie Belle Epoque serves up breakfast and lunch options daily, including a $49 Champagne Breakfast.
The Calile Hotel, Fortitude Valley (opened September 2018)
Beverly Hills luxe meets James St cool.
Say hello to The Calile Hotel, a seven-storey ‘urban resort’ that’s home to 175 rooms, a mix of boutiques, cafes and restaurants.
Hellenika on the pool terrace is a Gold Coast favourite that has finally made its way to Brisbane. And let’s not forget the pool, which lives up perfectly to the urban resort theme and is an Instagram hotspot.
The hotel’s leafy, urban streetscape façade pays homage to Brisbane’s subtropical climate.
An adjoining micro-precinct, Ada Lane, will have lips smacking soon with five achingly stylish new eateries and bars.
Also joining the hotel is KAILO Wellness Medispace, Forme Fitness and an array of internationally loved fashion brands.
The Westin Brisbane (opened November 2018)
The Westin is another five-star jewel to add to the dazzling crown of hotels in Brisbane.
With 286 rooms (38 suites), a swim-up pool bar known as Nautilus, and a dedicated restaurant precinct serving regional and international cuisine, the Westin is perfect for business or leisure travellers looking to stay in the city.
Keen to get active but forgot to bring your gear? No worries. The Westin has a WestinWORKOUT program to lend you some brand new activewear during your stay.
A unique ‘Run Concierge’ service also allows guests to have a running partner while keeping fit and checking out the surrounding areas.
Ovolo The Valley (opened November 2018)
Ovolo continued its Brisbane expansion with the opening of Ovolo The Valley late 2018 at the site of the former Emporium Hotel.
Described as a ‘whimsical oasis’, the 103-room property is one of the most playful and luxurious hotels in Brisbane.
The hotel aims to be a home-away-from-home for guests. With a rooftop swimming pool, gym, free laundry and free happy hour drinks daily, there’s no reason why you would ever want to leave.
In typical Ovolo style, the celebrated freebies (free minibar, loot bag, breakfast, wifi, happy hour and all-day snacks) all make an appearance.
The Fantauzzo, Fortitude Valley (opened May 2019)
The heritage-listed Howard Smith Wharves has been to place to eat and drink in Brisbane since it opened in 2018. Now it is also the place to stay after The Fantauzzo began welcoming guests earlier this year.
The 164-room ultra-contemporary boutique hotel is positioned directly under the Story Bridge. This striking location combined with touches like in-house art tours and eco-friendly car and bicycle hire create a genuinely unique experience.
Queens Wharf (opening 2022)
Brisbane’s transformation is going to go to another level in 2022.
The Queens Wharf Development is bringing not one, but five, new premium hotel brands to Brisbane.
Expect to see new hotels from the likes of the Ritz Carlton, Rosewood, Dorsett and the Star Entertainment Group, with Brisbane’s first six-star hotel also part of the development.
Encompassing 12 football fields’ worth of public space, the project will provide the city with 1,000 new hotel rooms, 50 new restaurants, cafes and bars, and a landmark Sky Tower.
Hyatt Place Brisbane (opening 2023)
Hyatt is returning to Brisbane in 2023, with a new hotel scheduled to open in Woolloongabba.
The hotel will feature 170 rooms, a rooftop pool and bar, a cafe, fitness centre and food market.
AFL and cricket fans will love the location near the Gabba, while the new Cross River Rail project will also be a stone’s throw away.