The Ovolo, Brisbane

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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.


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.

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