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is great, but it’s the sight past seven that took my breath away. With The Wheel of Bris­bane, Vic­to­ria Bridge and Gallery of Mod­ern Art a flu­o­res­cent dis­play, it’s a view I rec­om­mend fall­ing asleep to, if you can take the amount of sun­light flood­ing in the next morn­ing.

The room is full of like­able whims: touch-sen­si­tive bed­side con­trol pan­els, an out­back-fash­ioned bath­tub and a mini­bar that lives up to its name. Al­most cen­tre­piece to the space, the wel­com­ing ar­range­ment of liquors prac­ti­cally in­vites you to play bar­tender. But the clear win­ner would be the wardrobe. Form­ing a cylin­dri­cal cage, the wooden rods en­close your gar­ments yet al­lows them to breathe. It’s a pop­u­lar frame for the ’gram among guests, I’m told. If you have the priv­i­lege of stay­ing in the Marvel­lous suite, it’s un­canny how eas­ily you will pic­ture hav­ing one of its many dec­o­ra­tive arte­facts in your own home. Thank­fully, W The Store by Becker Minty at the lobby al­lows you to do just that.

Ev­ery­thing screams party here. It’s all so bright, so happy, so… young. This, com­ing from some­one who has yet to hit the quar­ter life­span. Some lux­ury ho­tels un­in­ten­tion­ally fall into the stuffy cat­e­gory in an ef­fort to up­hold grandeur. Sure it’s exquisite, but it’s the type of place you would barely dare to shuf­fle if you were in a hurry. At W Bris­bane, you could break into a dash and no one would blink twice.

If any part of the ho­tel best car­ries the youth­ful in­ten­tion, it’s the pool at Wet® Deck, with graphic black and white zigzags across the ceil­ing and a resur­gence of neon lin­ing the sides. Sub­merge and be amazed when you re­alise the mu­sic you hear comes from the speak­ers inside the pool. Pro tip: swim purely back­stroke so you get a con­tin­u­ous view of the art above while en­joy­ing the tunes un­der­wa­ter.

Af­ter con­sec­u­tive stints at farm-totable restau­rant Three Blue Ducks and the Liv­ing Room Bar, Away® Spa is a com­ple­ment­ing treat. It’s com­mend­able how the space keeps to theme while re­tain­ing a sense of tran­quil­lity. Devoid of tra­di­tional Zen el­e­ments, ameni­ties ap­pear light and re­fresh­ing, from the calm­ing steam room to the heated vi­tal­ity pools (which could af­ford to be warmer than 37.5°C). Af­ter a good three hours, you will leave feel­ing your soul cleansed from its sins.

W ho­tel has al­ways in­cor­po­rated dis­tinc­tive fea­tures of its lo­ca­tion right down to the de­tails. Hence the el­e­ments in­spired by Aussie wildlife—the bee­tles, the birds, the tim­ber rods mim­ick­ing river reeds—turn the ho­tel into a liv­ing, breath­ing en­tity. A stay at W Bris­bane gives a fair in­di­ca­tion of what makes the city what it is—un­apolo­get­i­cally proud to be Brissy and proof that sunshine is more than just clear skies. It’s a state of mind.

Left: the stylish Liv­ing Room Bar evolves from a serene spot by day to a lively scene by night. Be­low: wooden floors topped with plush rugs frame the Marvel­lous Suite’s liv­ing room area.

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