BrisVegas continues to undergo a citywide metro makeover, so for your next visit Australian Traveller has stepped it up a notch with these high-end favourites.
Conrad Treasury Brisbane
Blending old and new superbly, the Conrad Treasury has plenty of history behind it with buildings dating back to 1886. Now a luxurious hotel in the heart of Brisbane, it’s renowned for its high ceilings and massive rooms and bathrooms. The only downfall is you won’t be able to enjoy a swim, as there’s no pool – but the casino across the park more than makes up for that.
From $275, Top of the Queen Street Mall, 1800 506 889, www.conradtreasury.com.au
Be greeted by the professional and courteous staff that come with the Hilton name. You might find the “standard” sized rooms too small for a five star outfit, but great beds and their high-quality linen guarantee you’ll sleep like a baby. Get a good start to the day by heading down to the hotel’s Atrium restaurant for a delicious buffet breakfast.
From $230, 190 Elizabeth St, (07) 3234 2000, www.hilton.com
Opening just a year ago, the Emporium Hotel is as savvy as a boutique hotel can get. The interior is creatively decorated with a collection of locally made, custom-designed pieces and antiques from around the world. There are spectacular views from the best part of the hotel – the popular rooftop bar and sleek swimming pool. Nestled in the beating heart of hip Fortitude Valley, the Emporium precinct is made up of trendy bars and eateries – there’s really no need to stray too far afield.
From $295, 1000 Ann St, Fortitude Valley, (07) 3253 6999, www.emporiumhotel.com.au
Quay West Suites Brisbane
The Quay West Suites Brisbane are serviced apartments and the service from their staff ensures that you have a comfortable stay, as they’re attentive to your every request. Stay in one-, two- or executive bedroom suites with your own kitchen and in-apartment laundry. The uninterrupted views across Brisbane River and the Botanical Gardens are icing on the cake in this nicely outfitted destination.
From $257, 132 Alice St, (07) 3853 6000 or 1800 672 726, www.mirvachotels.com
Marriott Hotel Brisbane
In AT’s experience, Marriotts can be the ultimate in hit-’n’-miss hotels – but the Marriott Hotel Brisbane is firmly on the “hit” list. If there are any problems the friendly staff are more than happy to cater to your needs and often seem willing to give you an upgrade to make up for any difficulties – score! Gym, sauna and swimming pool will also keep you busy.
From $265, 515 Queen St, (07) 3303 8000 or 1800 899 899, www.marriott.com.au
Stamford Plaza Brisbane
It’s all about location at the Stamford Plaza Brisbane – each of the 252 guestrooms have views of the river and are decked out with all the trademarks of a fabulous five star property. The corner suites are the pick, and the Stamford Plaza is also the most likely of all Brisbane five star outfits to discount their rooms. Stylish décor and decadent bathrooms – if you can pull yourself out of their fantastic beds, we suggest any of the four grazing spots in the hotel.
From $180, Cnr Edward & Margaret Streets, (07) 3221 1999, www.stamford.com.au
Royal on the Park
The outstanding dining at the four star Royal on the Park’s Walnut restaurant is reason enough to stay at this stylish – if a little older – hotel. With lovely views overlooking the Botanic Gardens and over-large rooms, the faithful Royal is a consistent high achiever just five minutes from Queen St Mall and the CBD and is a favourite especially with business travellers.
From $365, Cnr Alice & Albert Sreets, www.royalonthepark.com.au