Best places to stay in Brisbane

By Carla Grossetti

The Calile. Credit: Sean Fennessy
The Calile. Credit: Sean Fennessy
The options for bedding down for the night in a Brisbane hotel have never been brighter. Here are seven of the best places to stay in Brisbane when checking into the Queensland capital in 2019.

Luxury hotels: Best places to stay Brisbane 2019

Seven of the best luxury hotels in Brisbane:

Ovolo The Valley 

The Valley was once considered Brisbane’s scuzziest suburb, a red-light district known for its association with brothels, underground nightclubs, illegal gambling and corrupt police officers. But the boundary-busting Brisbane precinct is now pulling in punters thanks to the opening of new hot spots such as Ovolo The Valley. Global architectural firm Woods Bagot (behind The Ivy in Sydney, and Howard Smith Wharves in Brisbane) celebrates the area’s colourful past with the hushed echoes of seedy Fortitude Valley for inspiration. The hotel, one of the best places to stay in Brisbane, features edgy art, custom wallpaper and whimsical furniture.

Ovolo Inchcolm

Ovolo The Valley is the slightly Goth sister to Ovolo Inchcolm in nearby Spring Hill. Both boutique hotels are a little bit rock and roll but each of the Ovolo hotels has its own look and feel. Because of its 1930s’ bones, the Ovolo Inchcolm has a lot of Art Deco touches that nod to that particular period of design. The hotel also stays true to the Ovolo brand with the offer of its much-loved freebies; the tariff at all Ovolo hotels includes free breakfast, free WiFi, free in-room mini bar, free laundry and free daily happy hour drinks.

Calile Hotel

The Calile Hotel has helped Brisbane shrug off its ‘Big Country Town’ tag once and for all. After perambulating around James Street New Farm for a few hours, check into your premier suite at the Calile Hotel, which celebrates one of several new lifestyle precincts in Brisbane. The hotel has 175 generous guest rooms, including nine suites and two premier suites, and restaurant Hellenika, which The New York Times describes as having “the best Greek food in Australia’. Ask the bartender with the well-barbered beard for a cocktail by the pool terrace and toast the success of the Queensland capital. 

Best places to stay in Brisbane 2019
One of the best places to stay in Brisbane 2019: The Calile. Photo Credit: Sean Fennessy

Emporium Hotel

Ever since various dreamers began to envision Brisbane’s South Bank, the cultural precinct seems to have helped the city realise its promise. The Emporium Hotel South Bank also offers visitors a glimpse of what the city might look like as it nudges toward the future. With its infinity edge pool, glitzy rooftop bar, and sweeping views of the river and cityscape beyond, the ritzy new hotel with the Kardashian curves also offers front-row seats to the light and laser spectacular that beams across the river each night. A monumental addition to Brisbane.

W Brisbane

Brisbane’s new moniker is the River City and the W Brisbane has helped the city build momentum for life lived along its mighty path. The 34-storey tower along Brisbane’s North Quay on the edge of the Brisbane River is designed for people who want to “work hard and play hard” according to general manager Haldon Philp. From the poolside WET deck where you can bask in the glorious Queensland sunshine to a daily breakfast buffet by Three Blue Ducks and fully equipped bars in each room, we say ‘bring it Bris Vegas’.

Westin Brisbane

W is for Wellness. It’s one of the hallmarks of the Westin Brisbane, which as well as taking its cues from its city views it whispers urban oasis. The hotel flung open its doors in November 2018 in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD. The Westin is part of the next-gen hotels in Brisbane that offer high-end amenities within walking distance of some of the city’s major attractions. While health and wellness freaks will love the 24-hour access to the fitness studio and access to a resident Running Buddy, hedonists will appreciate Brisbane’s only swim-up bar.

Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane

This boutique property is a 21st century take on an apartment hotel. Located in George St, Brisbane, the Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane opened its grand doors on July 2018 on what was once the Queensland Government Savings Bank, built in 1922. The Art Deco touches are warm and the teal-green splashes of colour add to the feelings of tranquillity around the 220-apartment hotel, which has retained its impressive ionic columns, ornate ceilings and marble finishes. Keep your kitchenette clean and head to the three-level Donna Chang for Chinese food followed by upscale cocktails in the Boom Boom Room.

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