Welcome to Brisbane. A sunny and bustling metropolis bursting with local culture, urban adventures, sensational cuisine, top-notch art, and even a beach in the centre of the city. It plays host to millions of tourists every year, the climate is amazing year-round, and when it comes to luxury accommodation, there is no shortage of exclusive comfort and first-class hospitality in Brisbane. For your pleasure and leisure, we’ve selected some of the best luxury hotels in the city you can choose from.
1. Spicers Balfour Hotels, New Farm
If variety is the spice of life, then staying at Spicers Balfour Hotel will season your holiday with fun and satisfaction. This chic boutique hotel is an urban oasis in the heart of New Farm. It was named ‘Best Boutique Hotel’ at the 2019 Queensland Hotels Association Awards for Excellence. And its on-site restaurant, The Balfour Kitchen & Bar, has been awarded ‘Best Asian Restaurant’ in the QLD & NT Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence. In between resting and dining, you can check out Wilson Outlook Reserve and New Farm Cinemas — both just a short stroll away. The scenic Brisbane River Walk, Howard Smith Wharves, and James Street are just a quick drive from the hotel.
2. Hotel X Brisbane, Fortitude Valley
Hotel X Brisbane truly marks the spot when it comes to treasured moments and luxurious holidays in Brisbane. And just like a real treasure hunt, this 5-star hotel is all about the unexpected, the decadent, and the wild. Expect a 24-hour feast for your senses — from iconic art to irresistible cuisine and recreation opportunities. Offering rooms that exude elegance, Hotel X allows you to relax in opulent comfort and puts you within a 10-minute walk to Howard Smith Wharves and James Street where you’ll find the hippest bars and restaurants and best boutique shops.
3. W Brisbane, Brisbane
There are many cool hotels in Brisbane, but W Brisbane is next-level cool. This 5-star hotel oozes sophistication and eclectic vibes that invite you to live the ‘Sunshine State of Mind’. Centrally located in Brisbane, the hotel is a short stroll from Queen Street Mall and the Gallery of Modern Art, and close to beautiful parks, hip restaurants, and vibrant nightlife. Bold and playful design awaits in every spacious W guest room, offering stylish furnishings, the latest in technology and entertainment, and stellar views. Escape to the Three Blue Ducks for gourmet dining or to the Living Room Bar for cocktails, nibbles, and music.
4. Art Series – The Fantauzzo, Brisbane
You’ve heard of wearable art, but have you stayed at a hotel that is an actual work of art? The Fantauzzo is a clever combination of art, design, and function that takes inspiration from acclaimed Australian painter, Vincent Fantauzzo. Immerse yourself in the creative vibe and contemporary luxuries of the hotel, including 166 modern suites, rooftop pool, gym, bar, and state-of-the-art function rooms. And with The Fantauzzo’s stellar location, your stay will truly be one-of-a-kind. You’ll be connected to a shopping centre, just steps from the watering holes and restaurants at Howard Smith Wharves and 7 minutes on foot from Story Bridge and the scenic Brisbane River Walk.
5. The Inchcolm by Ovolo, Spring Hill
This classy retreat perched above Brisbane’s CBD pays tribute to the structure’s glory days of prestige and esteem by maintaining the building’s architectural heritage. The Inchcolm by Ovolo seamlessly fuses modern elements with the sophistication of the early 1900s. It urges you to revel in its unique spaces to unwind, relax, and enjoy. Satisfy your appetite for lunch or dinner at the Inchcolm Bar, or stay in and take advantage of the 24-hour room service. Work out at the fitness centre, or if you decide to venture out, take a leisurely stroll to Queen Street Mall or the Roma Street Parkland.
6. The Calile Hotel, Fortitude Valley
Combining a prime location with generous comforts, The Calile Hotel is an unexpectedly refreshing retreat within the city. With 175 elegant rooms and suites, a lobby bar, a Greece-inspired restaurant, a large outdoor pool, a spa, and a fitness centre, this hotel is the perfect temporary home in the city. Located on James Street, the hotel gives guests direct access to Brisbane’s vibrant lifestyle precincts. Discover the coolest bars and dining venues, the latest in design and fashion, and the best of the city’s galleries and museums — all within a short stroll or drive from The Calile Hotel.
7. Emporium Hotel South Bank, South Brisbane
The Emporium Hotel South Bank describes itself as the destination for exquisite experiences and a gateway to enriching encounters. Stay in ultimate comfort and luxury inside 143 superbly appointed suites fitted with the latest technology and entertainment. Breathe in the magnificent views from the Juliette balcony for a fully immersive experience. Savour exceptional dining at any of The Emporium’s four restaurants and bar, and find relaxation at the rooftop terrace and infinity pool. Venture out to explore the city with ease. This 5-star hotel is less than a kilometre from Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Wheel of Brisbane.
8. Ovolo The Valley Brisbane, Fortitude Valley
Step into the award-winning boutique hotel Ovolo The Valley Brisbane. Here, you’re provided with spacious rooms with spectacular views and all the mod cons you need. Whether travelling solo, with friends or family, you’ll enjoy a tonne of perks including sundowner drinks and midnight treats, gym access, and superb cuisine at the in-house bar and restaurant. There’s art, music, pop culture, and shopping just outside the door. Located in the heart of Fortitude Valley, it’s just a short walk to the shops and boutiques of James Street, as well as music venues, rooftop lounges, art galleries, and cafes.
Reading about Brisbane is nice, but actually being there is a million times better. And these amazing hotels can be instrumental in turning your ordinary holiday into an exceptional one.