CHECK IT OUT CAPRI BY FRASER, BRISBANE
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.
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.