The capital of Queensland is a thriving Australian coastal and river city, which also serves as a jumping-off point for visitors planning trips to the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest, the Gold Coast and theme parks. A new city, by European architecture standards, with some old world zones, the city features purpose-built hotels, designed with comfort and tech at the forefront and lashings of cutting-edge luxe features. The arts offer and dining scene is world-class, as is the shopping – and don’t miss GOMA, its internationally acclaimed art gallery.
The Calile Hotel
This 175-bedroom urban lifestyle resort may be every bit the modern hotel, but it contains plenty of nods to midcentury style. Book a cabana beside the 88-foot pool (which has a glitzy US feel) for dinner or daytime sunbathing, champagne in hand. And request one of the ‘pink’ rooms for a view of this terrace – all of the bedrooms come with Bluetooth speakers, minibars and blackout drapes, with interconnecting and accessible spaces available. Tuck into some moussaka or mezze at The Calile’s Greek eatery, Hellenika, then finish your night with cocktails in the Lobby Bar.
Just four years old, this W was the first five-star property to have arrived in Brisbane City in two decades. Found shoreside in the Central Business District, it lights up its pocket of the water, with 312 bedrooms and suites benefiting from this prime position. The area’s heritage has played a part in the design, adding a sense of belonging to W’s glamorous staple elements — like in-room state-of-the-art Bowers & Wilkins Bluetooth speakers, Netflix and cocktail minibars. Bold design is found throughout, not least in the indoor pool, where both the ceiling and floor reflect a funky zebra pattern. An all-day dining venue is complemented by a clubby bar and the WET deck, where barbies are cooked up as you swim and sunbathe.
Hyatt Regency Brisbane
Queen Street Mall was the chosen location for Hyatt’s inaugural Brisbane property, opening its doors in early 2021. A 20-metre heated infinity-edge rooftop pool surrounded by a swish pool bar sets this hotel apart. Guests are accommodated across 292 bedrooms with either city or river views, robes and slippers, and room service on request. There’s a Tesla charging point on site, valet parking and a gym. The popular Lennons Restaurant and Bar cooks up comfort food using seasonal low carbon footprint ingredients, as well as the sought-after Wonder Pies by Ray Capaldi, and a list of Australian wines to accompany your meal.
The Westin Brisbane
Just 250 metres from Brisbane City Botanic Gardens, The Westin is an urban retreat. With a heated pool and the swim-up bar Nautilus (the only one of its kind in Brisbane), you get can get a sun holiday experience, with all the benefits and amenities of a city break. A menu of international dishes is served in the Charles restaurant, with Aussie classics on offer at the Edens Table restaurant. And if you bring your canine best friends, you can be sure of VIP treatment — the chefs here have created a full menu that’s just for pet pooches. It’s child-friendly too, making it a great choice for family stays.
Hotel X Brisbane Fortitude Valley
A sanctuary of luxury, this hotel is decadent, different and just a little bit wild. Its quirky architecture makes its mark on the Fortitude Valley skyline. While inside you’ll find facilities including a chic French bistro (Bisou Bisou), a Mediterranean rooftop bar and restaurant (Iris), a pool bar, a gym, around-the-clock concierge and room service, a secretarial service for business travellers and nanny hire for parents who want to party (or rest). The cutting-edge design incorporates bold art and avant-garde lighting with a striking monochrome palette. Bedrooms are equipped with tablet control systems, double-headed showers and minibars.