W BRINGS WOW FACTOR
It has taken a few years but W Hotels is finally returning to Australia. The international luxury brand – known for “disrupting” the hotel world – has chosen Brisbane for its June 1 re-entry. W Brisbane, at the western end of the CBD overlooking the Brisbane river, will be the first five-star hotel to open in the Queensland capital in 20 years. It will have 312 guestrooms, including 29 suites and even a “Extreme Wow Suite” (the W Hotel’s way of saying “presidential suite”). The interiors are inspired by Queensland’s heritage and “laidback Aussie vibes” and the hotel has convinced the team behind Three Blue Ducks in Byron Bay and Sydney to head up north and set up the signature restaurant in the hotel.