Hotel chains have heard the cry from savvy travellers opting for boutique digs with charm, and pinpointed Brisbane as the world’s best city to host their new rooms.
From a graffiti-covered disused warehouse conversion to sleek sleeping pods high above Queen Street Mall and plush New York-style lofts, these Brisbane hotels are the hippest new kids on the block.
NEXT Hotel Brisbane
After scouring the globe, NEXT Hotel opted to set up shop with its futuristic gadgets right in the thick of Brisbane’s shopping and dining precinct, Queen Street Mall.
The modern 304 rooms have been re-engineered (once the Chifley on Lennons Hotel) for maximum efficiency with a smart colour palette of clean white, navy and grey.
Stand-out touches include the egg-shaped sleeping pods in the communal 24/7 lounge area and the impressive NEXT app, with the functionality to do almost anything. You can check in before arriving, receive your room key on your mobile phone and have the ability to change the lights, TV, music system and air-conditioning from your own device. #fancypants
TRYP Fortitude Valley Hotel
TRYP is Brisbane’s first and only street art hotel; once the clubhouse of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes – an international secret society! So, if the face painted on the exterior or the giant buffalo head in the stairwell hasn’t intrigued you, I bet this has.
The old warehouse now plays contrast to striking colourful artworks created by local talent, all meshed in with rustic items such as restored timber flooring dating back 150 years.
Access to the ultra-contemporary 65 rooms is via a Willy Wonka-esque glass elevator, peering over the elaborate street art also covering the building’s interior.
Keep going higher and UP on Constance plays host as the obligatory swanky rooftop bar, lined with geometric-patterned upholstered seating. Within walking distance (even in high heels), you will find a variety of famed eats like Chur Burger and Alfred on Constance.
The New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites Brisbane
Oozing five-star exquisite luxury with French oak parquetry timber flooring and multi-patterned lush carpets, The New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites Brisbane (formerly the Quality Hotel The Inchcolm) offers 50 boutique suites of pure class.
Rooms and lofts are individually fit with decadent furnishings that scream opulence, such as free-standing bathtubs, thick textured curtains and Roman blinds for ultimate privacy, and aluminium four-post beds in the deluxe suites.
Downstairs is home to a glamorous cocktail bar and Thompson’s Reserve Restaurant, lined in original silky oak wall panelling and serving up the best of Brisbane’s local, fresh and organic produce.
Adding to the designer shake-up of the Caxton Street strip, Gambaro Hotel flung open its doors in 2014, snapping up the Queensland Hotels Association’s Best New Accommodation Hotel (2014) award.
The sleek 65-room hotel is now the only luxury establishment within the Suncorp and Paddington precincts (only 200 metres from the famed football stadium) and cleverly features double glazing to hush the hustle and bustle of all-night city goers.
Highlights include the grand reception fit-out of black and beige tiling and the rooftop sunset lounge overlooking the cityscape, perfect for unwinding with a chilled martini on a summer’s evening.
THE ORIGINAL DESIGNER DIGS
These guys have been servicing Brissie’s boutique travellers for the last decade, however, their timeless grandeur still earns them a spot on this starting line in a field of elite fillies.
Spicers Balfour Hotel
Spicers Balfour Hotel sits on the national portfolio of high-end Spicers properties and is nestled in the ever-popular suburb of New Farm. The chicly renovated 1800s traditional Queenslander was given a major facelift some time ago, however, the modern tone of this country home renovation is truly timeless.
As you walk into the small nine-room abode, the hotel feels more like your very fashionable grandma’s home with terraced patios and courtyard rooms with oodles of timber decking, perfect for morning and afternoon cups of tea and scones.
Lined with dark, elegant VJ walls and timber floor furnishings, the rooms feature pops of tasteful pink cushions, and purple and blue upholstered lounge chairs (often in silky velvet).
And don’t forget the immaculately presented rooftop bar with high stool seating, perfect for sunset bubbles overlooking the twinkling Story Bridge at night.
The sparkling ruby of the Emporium shopping precinct is the grand Emporium Hotel, which opened in June 2007.
The design and architecture of the 102 rooms was led by owner Francine John and sprawls from her interpretation of the frangipani tree and flower.
Dark interiors contrast with her signature red, unmissable in the bronze overlay of glass in reception. The grand onyx bar has been made to feel like a Parisian shop front with 100-year-old stained glass exported from Buenos Aires.
After sipping gin martini cocktails from a vintage teacup, slip outside for dinner options at your fingertips. You can’t go past the red leather booths at award winning Tartufo Italian restaurant, for pasta just like they make in Tuscany.