The Ovolo, Brisbane
At the foot of Spring Hill, Ovolo Inchcolm splits the difference between Brisbane’s CBD and the lively entertainment precinct of Fortitude Valley. It looks over a five-way intersection, but the hotel sits back from the road, meaning it remains an oasis, even at peak hour.
The property has switched identity twice in recent years. Originally a medical chambers, the Inchcolm Boutique Hotel underwent a major refurbishment to become an MGallery property in 2014. Its subsequent early 2018 reinvention as an Ovolo has layered an arty, experiential flavour over the top of an already charismatic property. The bar-as-reception- desk, cage lift and Mr Brainwash artwork might scream boutique hotel, but there’s plenty of go with the show: crisp service, immaculate, brightly coloured public areas and a food and beverage offering that’s second to none. There’s a conference room and the front desk offers copy, fax and scanning services.
There are 50 rooms broken up into a mix of mostly one-bedroom suites, two-bedroom suites, and loft-style hotel suites. All feature plush carpet, rich fabrics, air conditioning, iPad Minis, mini-bars and Nespresso coffee makers. The rooms include work stations.
FOOD AND DRI NK
Salon de Co is one of the best hotel restaurants in town. Chef Anthony Hales’s menu draws upon Asian influences to present inspired cuisine in what feels like a pre-war Parisian drawing room. It’s enough to keep you in, even with the huge array of brilliant CBD eateries that are on the doorstep. For in-between times there’s a snack menu of rarefied but reasonably priced cured meats and cheeses. Room service is 24 hours. There’s just the one bar but it’s a fabulous space, full of character.