Hot Bris­bane

New ho­tels and great places to eat

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The Rock­star suites spare no lux­ury: king beds, sep­a­rate lounges, bar and din­ing ar­eas, stand­alone bath­tubs, stereos …

Ho­tels in Bris­bane aren’t what they used to be. Where once the Queens­land cap­i­tal spe­cialised in cram­ming con­fer­ence go­ers into cookie-cut­ter accommodat­ion, over the past few years the city has wel­comed a new wave of beau­ti­ful, bou­tique-flavoured ho­tels and re­sorts cater­ing to an ar­ray of busi­ness trav­ellers, cul­tural tourists and life­style guests.

So, what’s changed? Ac­cord­ing to Stephen Howard, Bris­bane it­self has changed. Howard is mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor for the Ovolo Group, which last year opened two new prop­er­ties in the city.

“Bris­bane is ma­tur­ing from a cul­tural per­spec­tive, be it art, fash­ion, mu­sic,” Howard says. “New mu­sic venues have opened, there’s been the ex­pan­sion of art gal­leries and mu­sic con­fer­ences, and events like Mercedes-Benz Fash­ion Fes­ti­val are go­ing from strength to strength.

“It drives de­mand for con­tem­po­rary de­sign accommodat­ion, which we’re see­ing open­ing across Bris­bane.”

So, where to stay? Here are some of the best new ho­tels and re­sorts to con­sider for your next visit.

The John­son

477 Bound­ary Street, Spring Hill arterserie­sho­

+61 7 3085 7200 Bris­bane’s new wave of accommodat­ion be­gan in 2016 with this Spring Hill go­liath. The John­son was orig­i­nally built in 1967 to house Queens­land’s Depart­ment of Main Roads, the hand­some Karl Langer-de­signed ed­i­fice’s 2014 her­itage list­ing in­clud­ing a star­tling Ken Rein­hard sculp­ture that sits out front.

In­tended in part to ac­ti­vate its own sleepy Spring Hill sub­urb, the real virtue of The John­son’s lo­ca­tion is its prox­im­ity to both the CBD – an easy 15-minute walk down the hill – and the For­ti­tude Val­ley en­ter­tain­ment precinct.

That’s when you’re not stay­ing in, of course. Be­yond its size­able gym­na­sium, 50-me­tre Michael Klimde­signed pool, on-site restau­rant and bar, and en­vi­able func­tion and meet­ing spaces, the ho­tel’s 96 spa­cious suites are sim­ply a pleas­ant place to be, adorned with crisp modern fur­ni­ture and the works of name­sake ab­stract pain­ter Michael John­son.

If you can, shoot for a room over­look­ing the ren­o­vated Queens­lan­der worker cottages to the north – it’s about as iconic a Bris­bane view as you can get.

Lap­ping it up ... The John­son, one of Bris­bane’s de­sir­able ho­tels.

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