Forget your continental breakfast – if you’re looking for the best hotels in Brisbane for a truly outstanding gastronomical experience, we’ve got your back. The arrival of W Brisbane caused a stir amongst locals and visitors alike, thanks in large part to the fact that it brought celebrated southern concept Three Blue Ducks to our city. Lucky guests can dine on quality ethical eats made from the finest local produce across breakfast, lunch and dinner, then head up to the WETDeck for a perfectly crafted cocktail by the pool. The Treasury Hotel is dripping in old-world charm, but the venue’s food offering is anything but old school. Celebrity chef Luke Nguyen’s Fat Noodle is a must-try for lovers of fast, authentic Vietnamese fare, and the award-winning Black Hide by Gambaro at Treasury Brisbane serves up the most melt-in-your-mouth steaks. Over at South Bank, Emporium Hotel is a no-brainer for lovers of great grub – indulge in a wine-fuelled meal at innovative in-house restaurant Signature, a tipple at the rooftop bar The Terrace, an on-the-go treat from patisserie Belle Epoque or a sultry nightcap at Piano Bar.
Looking for a spot to escape the Christmas chaos and just spend some quality time with your number one? These are the best Brisbane hotels that go above and beyond with traditional silver service, old-school hospitality values and plenty of luxurious touches. Couples who spa together stay together – a stay at The Westin will give you and your boo the chance to take advantage of the Heavenly Spa experience (hello, couples massage!). Sofitel Brisbane Central is a perfect choice for some five-star glamour with French flair – think private suites, breakfast in bed, breathtaking views and plenty of opulent dining options. The Hilton is a name already synonymous with luxury, so book in a stay to enjoy the finer things in life – including a visit to the Vintaged Bar + Grill (and its mimosa buffet breakfast). The Stamford Plaza even has its own Romance and Seduction packages available to pump up the vibe – we’re talking rose petals, champagne, aphrodisiac menus and even special, uh, furniture to help set the mood.
Having your mini mates in tow doesn’t mean to have to sacrifice comfort and style – some of the best hotels in Brisbane are brimming with family-friendly accommodation options that won’t break the bank. Mantra at South Bank has great two-bedroom apartments with two bathrooms, loads of room, plus a kitchen and laundry if you’re staying a little longer. The two-bedroom suites at Rydges are ideal for bigger fams – boasting capacity for six guests, these corner suites have a separate lounge room with a convertible queen sofa bed, as well as two ensuite bathrooms (no sharing with the kids here!). Treat your brood to a stay at the recently refurbished Marriott, where you can find rooms for four that are kitted out with stunning views and two double beds. Novotel is a convenient and spacious option for groups of four – you can get a big room with two double beds to rest your weary heads at the end of a long day exploring the city.
For party people
These hotel suggestions are for the people in your crew who are no strangers to a night out – and with these hotels, they certainly won’t have to go far to get a party fix. A stay at The Fantauzzo will see you steeped right in the heart of the action – boasting its own rooftop bar Fiume, the gorgeous Art Series hotel is also positioned at the bustling Howard Smith Wharves, so lively spots like Felons Brewing Co. and Mr Percival’s are right at your door. Speaking of killer bars, the Pullman boasts its own luxe watering hole 16 floors up – rooftop spot Sixteen Antlers is a prime post for a drink and dance. The libations just keep flowing at NEXT Hotel – positioned right in the Queen Street Mall, this lively hang is home to The Pool Terrace and Bar, which is a perfect spot to sip and snack (and go for a dip to escape the Brisbane summer heat).