CHECK IT OUT CAPRI BY FRASER, BRIS­BANE

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Fraser Hos­pi­tal­ity has its eyes on to­day’s young, techsavvy trav­ellers who care as much for fast Wi-Fi and web-en­abled ser­vices as they do for a comfy bed and brand soaps in the bath­room.

The com­pany’s new ho­tel in Bris­bane puts tech­nol­ogy and flex­i­bil­ity to the fore, tak­ing as its tem­plate the Fraser flag­ship ho­tel in Sin­ga­pore.

Tar­get­ing so-called e-gen­er­a­tion trav­ellers, the newly opened down­town Capri by Fraser, Bris­bane fea­tures 239 suites (or “res­i­dences”) with built-in kitch­enettes, 24/7 gym, in­door swim­ming pool, club lounge, Mac hot spot and menus by Pete Evans.

Lo­cated on Al­bert Street within walk­ing dis­tance of Queen Street Mall and river­front dining, the ho­tel af­fords e-gen­er­a­tion trav­ellers plenty of choice.

You can dine in around the clock, cook your own or grab and go from the ho­tel cafe. Like­wise, send out your laun­dry or pop down to the Spin and Play laun­drette for a spot of DIY (and there’s foos­ball and Xbox Kinect to keep you en­ter­tained while you wait for those smalls to dry). In-room in­no­va­tions in­clude fast and free Wi-Fi, iPad-ac­ti­vated check-in, e-print fa­cil­i­ties, and even the ser­vices of an e-concierge.

With ver­ti­cal gar­den and vi­brant lobby art, the ho­tel’s mod look has been con­ceived by Sin­ga­pore­based Min­istry of De­sign and the slick kit-out extends to the suites, or­gan­ised as stu­dios, club rooms or onebed­room ex­ec­u­tive cham­bers. Each style is fit­ted with an er­gonom­i­cally de­signed desk and Her­man Miller work chair, iPod dock­ing sta­tion, Ne­spresso ma­chine and a cheery bath­room decked out with colour­ful tiles and Malin + Goetz ameni­ties.

Beds are king, tele­vi­sions are suit­ably large. Club cat­e­gory guests en­joy com­pli­men­tary break­fasts, and evening canapes and drinks in the club lounge.

DON’T MISS: Be quick to catch David Lynch: Be­tween Two Worlds at GOMA, fin­ish­ing June 7.

DINING IN:

Con­sul­tant chef Pa­leo Pete (aka Pete Evans) is in charge of the menus at the in-house Asana. Try the roasted bar­ra­mundi with sweet potato puree, lime and co­conut sauce or the grass-fed Man­ning Val­ley rib eye with bone mar­row chimichurri.

DINING OUT: Cha Cha Cha (for steaks), Matt Mo­ran’s Aria, Sake (con­tem­po­rary Ja­panese) and Stoke­house at South Bank, the Bris­bane out­post of this Mel­bourne dining in­sti­tu­tion.

ASK THE E-CONCIERGE: Why not give your de­vices a wee rest and take a stroll along the river.

CHECK­ING IN: In­tro­duc­tory rates from $179 (week­ends) and $199 (mid­week) are avail­able un­til the end of June. More: bris­bane.capribyfraser.com

ALSO TRY: Ovolo Laneways, Mel­bourne; Fraser Suites Sin­ga­pore; Ad­ina Apart­ment Ho­tel Syd­ney.

CHRISTINE McCABE

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