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.
Sebel South Brisbane (Opened May 2015)
Accor officially welcomed its first property on the Southside of the Brisbane River, with addition of The Sebel South Brisbane at 50 Water Street. In close proximity to the commercial and entertainment hub of South Bank and the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, the 63 room hotel offers premier apartment style accommodation for guests plus a selection of intimate conference and meeting solutions including a boardroom with seating for up to 14 guests.
Capri by Fraser, Brisbane (Opened April 2015)
Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd launched Queensland's first Capri by Fraser in downtown Albert Street. The hotel features 239 rooms with built-in kitchenettes, a 24 hour Spin and Play room offering interactive games, indoor swimming pool and an in-house restaurant, Asana by Pete Evans. In-room innovations include fast and free Wi-Fi, iPad-activated check-in, e-print facilities. The hotel is within walking distance of both the Botanic Gardens and the popular Eagle Street riverfront restaurant precinct.
The New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites (Opened January, 2015)
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 fitted 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.
Heal House (Opened November, 2014)
Heal House is a luxury boutique B&B in a newly restored heritage Queenslander house. Located in the heart of New Farm in Brisbane, this prestigious guest house offers three contemporary designed suites and quick access to local attractions like the Brisbane Powerhouse, The Story Bridge and Kangaroo Point Cliffs.
NEXT Hotel Brisbane (Opened October, 2014)
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
Mantra on Edward (Opened October, 2014)
Mantra on Edward is a full-serviced apartment hotel and sibling property to the Mantra South Bank. Located on the corner of Wickham and Edward Street, the 24-storey Mantra has emerged following a radical transformation of the former residential Observatory Tower into 114 one- and two-bedroom apartments. The hotel also features facilities such as a large lap pool overlooking the streetscape of Brisbane and a fully equipped gymnasium, spa and sauna.
Mantra Midtown Apartments (Opened October, 2014)
Located on Charlotte Street, this full service apartment property offers 143 rooms and facilities such as an outdoor swimming pool and BBQ area for guests to enjoy.
Hotel Jen (Opened October, 2014)
The Shangri-La Hotel and Resorts Group has introduced Australia's first Hotel Jen, a 191-room four-star property near Roma Street Parklands in Brisbane. The rebranded hotel features a new mural entrance commissioned and designed by Brisbane artists and a sixth floor organic SkyGarden endorsing a garden-to-plate dining concept - growing vegetables and producing honey onsite from three bee hives. The property also features a two million dollar Asian fusion restaurant, lounge and bar - Nest Restaurant.
TRYP Hotel (Opened September, 2014)
TRYP is Brisbane's first and only street art hotel; once the clubhouse of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes – an international secret society. 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), there is a variety of famed eats like Chur Burger and Alfred on Constance.
Alpha Mosiac Hotel (Opened June, 2014)
Brisbane's addition to the Alpha family will set the benchmark for new-build Alpha properties with the 18-story hotel, 213 apartments, commercial and retail complex in Fortitude Valley. Featuring 51 boutique hotel rooms, self-contained apartments, a restaurant bar, and a podium-level alfresco oasis, the hotel will have its own localised twist and personality. it offers guests a modern interior, room options include one and two bedroom apartments designed for both relaxation and work.
Gambaro Hotel (Opened May, 2014)
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 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.