New hotels and great places to eat
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.
477 Boundary Street, Spring Hill arterserieshotels.com.au
+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.