Posted: 2/10/2024 | February 10th, 2024
Perched on the banks of the Brisbane River, Brisbane is renowned for its warm and welcoming atmosphere, laid-back lifestyle, and bustling urban scene. Located on the eastern edge of the country, most people visit as they travel up the coast, stopping for a day or two before heading onward to the Gold Coast or Cairns.
While it may not be as popular as Sydney or Melbourne, Brisbane won’t disappoint. It is the third-largest city in Australia and offers visitors a mix of modern architecture and lush outdoor spaces. And while most visitors are drawn to its outdoorsy vibe, it’s a cultural hub too, offering fantastic museums and galleries, vibrant street art, and iconic landmarks. (It’s even set to be the home of the 2032 Summer Olympics!)
To help you plan your visit, here’s my list of the best hotels in Brisbane:
1. Novotel Brisbane South Bank
Nestled in the vibrant heart of the South Bank district, this four-star hotel impresses with its sleek, modern design and chic, contemporary décor. It’s a large property that includes an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, and restaurant serving a delicious breakfast buffet. The rooms are all spacious and have comfy beds with plush duvets, a seating area, smart TVs, and desks. The bathrooms are large and most have an open-plan design. Overall, it’s a great choice for those seeking a stylish stay in the heart of the city.
2. Royal on the Park
Located directly across from the lush botanical gardens in the Inner City (and a short walk from the popular Queen Street Mall), I find this hotel charming. There’s an outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, lounge, and restaurant that serves an expansive breakfast buffet. The generously sized rooms are simply designed, with floor-to-ceiling windows that let in a ton of natural light. The beds are super comfy and, while the bathrooms aren’t huge, they are well-equipped and well-lit and have good water pressure. All of the rooms have ergonomic work desks, USB ports by the beds, and espresso machines too. And, as a nice welcoming perk, a complimentary drink is offered on arrival.
3. The Constance Fortitude Valley
This funky boutique hotel is decorated with colorful street art and murals by artists from around the world. There’s a cool rooftop bar, a café offering breakfast, a fitness center, and free access to a nearby pool and gym. All rooms have a desk, a pod coffee machine, a walk-in shower,…