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-era bank turned 220-room hotel, each new gem is embellishing the Brisbane skyline with their own quirk and character.
Here are the latest Brisbane hotels seriously upping the ante…
Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane
opened July 2018
The 1922 sandstone-clad Queensland Government Savings Bank building, one of the Brisbane CBD’s heritage buildings, has transformed into the Adina Apartment Hotel boasting 220 spacious rooms.
There are apartments complete with a kitchen, laundry and living room as well as studio rooms with a kitchenette.
The hotel features an indoor pool with an open roof, fitness hub, their signature Chinese fine-dining restaurant Donna Chang, and a 250-seat basement lounge called Boom Boom.
The Valley Brisbane
opened July 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 and Ovolo The Valley marks the second Brisbane property for the brand after the opening of Ovolo Inchcolm hotel in April 2018.
opened June 2018
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 guestrooms.
The design of the hotel pays tribute to the local Indigenous culture and the river culture that defines Brisbane, with the motif snaking throughout, and 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 offerings.
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 prepping to provide for the corporate set and savvy culture vultures amongst us.
A walkway links the hotel with the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre so guests can go from conference to cocktails in the lobby lounge and wine and dine clients in the on-site restaurant.
Fairtrade bathroom amenities, free barista coffee at breakfast, Novotel’s Live N’ Dream bedding and an outdoor pool will help to seal the deal.
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, a 30-minute drive south of Brisbane, at Sirromet Wines Estate.
A cluster of “Sanctuary by Sirromet” safari-style glamping tents sit across the 9ha property, amongst the natural flora and wildlife, with fully-furnished amenities 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 Hotel.
Located in Spring Hill the Georgian hotel and former medical practice, built in 1924, boasts 50 guestrooms with an average room size of 35sq/m 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.
The versatile hotel is designed to suit both business and leisure travellers and 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 which is the latest boutique hotel in Moreton Bay.
The $15 million-dollar hotel, which opened 29th May and is the 9th property to operate under the Sebel brand in Queensland, features 58 rooms boasting neutral tones, minimal furnishings, and panoramic ocean views.
It’s a 20-minute drive to Brisbane Airport and just 40 minutes from Brisbane City while being close to local transport options. www.thesebelbrisbanemargatebeach.com
FV by Peppers, Fortitude Valley
opened March 2018
Flatiron skyscrapers are no longer synonymous with the New York City skyline with the classic structure reimagined at FV by Peppers.
This 970-room luxury hotel has 970 rooms and is the newest addition to Fortitude Valley’s accommodation offering one and two-bedroom apartments featuring neutral tones, minimal furnishings and floor-to-ceiling glass for Brisbane City views.
The minimal décor is made up of stellar on-site facilities like a heated skyline pool with swim-up bar, moonlight cinema and a yoga retreat.
Emporium 2, South Bank
opened 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.
The hotel, which forming part of the $600 million Southpoint precinct on Grey Street, features 143 luxuriously appointed suites including some with free-standing baths and city views.
There’s an abundance of premium food and beverage options by Brisbane’s award-winning chef Josue Lopez — formerly head chef of the two-chef hatted GOMA restaurant — and a Sky Bar offers magnificent views over South Bank Parklands, the Brisbane River, city and beyond.
The Calile Hotel, Fortitude Valley
opened September 2018
Prepare to say hello to The Calile Hotel which is a seven-storey “urban resort” that’s home to 175 rooms, a mix of boutiques, cafes and restaurants, and a pool terrace.
The hotel’s leafy, urban streetscape 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
opened November 2018
The next five-star jewel in the dazzling crown that is Brisbane accommodation will be The Westin with 286 rooms 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 as the Westin has partnered with New Balance through their WestinWORKOUT program to lend you some brand new activewear during your stay.
Howard Smith Wharves, Fortitude Valley
opening late 2018
The Howard Smith Wharves revitalisation project is set to redevelop an underutilised site into a lifestyle, entertainment and events precinct on river-front land under the iconic Story Bridge.
The site will introduce a five-star Art Series Hotel with 164 rooms beside urban chic restaurants, cafes, coffee-roasting and a craft brewery.