More hotels are opening in Brisbane this year than any other city in Australia. With the nightlife and hotel landscape changing dramatically, all eyes are on the Queensland capital. Here are our top picks for the best new Brisbane hotels opening in 2016:
Rydges Fortitude Valley opened its doors earlier this month, and the franchise’s popularity is sure to cement its place as a popular new addition to the Valley scene.
The Fortitude Valley branch is all about bringing the country to the city and giving a nod to the local fare. The 208 rooms feature photographs of the Ekka and quirky farmyard animal cushions, while the Paddock Bar and Six Acres restaurant serve naturally paddock-to-plate fare, with guests enjoying cool views of the historic Brisbane Showgrounds from the terrace directly opposite.
This is an ideal spot to lay your weary head to rest after a day at the Brisbane Showgrounds’ latest exhibition, a night at the Tivoli or a day exploring the Valley. With 24-hour room service on offer, the late-night revellers will be truly in their element.
This 110-room boutique Brisbane hotel is set to open in Spring Hill in April 2016. With Hotel, Rooftop Terrace or Studio Rooms, this location is aimed squarely at the corporate traveller – although there’s a slight drawback without free wi-fi to aid with all those on-the-go proposals. The Grab n Go Cafe in the lobby is perfect for busy business types, and Kennigo Social – a modern Australian restaurant and bar housed in a historical Queenslander – is slated to open in July.
Of all the hotels opening in Brissie this year, we’re really excited about the June opening of Brisbane’s first Art Series Hotel, also in Spring Hill. Honouring Australian artist Michael Johnson, the $155 million development will combine residential apartments with approximately 100 guest suites. The Brisbane hotel will boast a resort-style 50-metre pool and deck bar, state-of-the-art gym, restaurant, two cafes and meeting and events facilities. If it’s anything like the Art Series Hotels in Melbourne, Adelaide and Bendigo, we’re in for one sexy new venue in Brisbane!
Emporium Hotel South Bank
It’s been a long time coming – fans of Emporium Hotel Fortitude Valley can look forward to the group’s new five-star hotel opening in South Bank later this year. With the same level of style and service you’ve come to expect from Emporium, the hotel will be offering concierge, day spa and 24/7 room service. The 144-suite hotel is part of a $590 million development with plans to include an infinity pool and sky deck overlooking the city by the end of the year.
And our top picks for the long-term:
Howard Smith Wharves
The development of Howard Smith Wharves will inject life to the river edge, in what must be the most sought-after location in Brisbane. Approval has been granted for dynamos Adam Flaskas and Elisha Bickle (of Halcyon House fame) to lead the Howard Smith Wharves redevelopment, which includes responsibility for the design and construction of the parklands, open spaces and commercial area.
The site will see cool new restaurants, cafes, coffee roasting, a craft brewery and more, all under the iconic Story Bridge! The five-star boutique hotel is set to be a 164-room Art Series Hotel and the whole development is scheduled o open mid 2017. We can’t wait!
Pullman Brisbane Airport
Construction is underway for Brisbane Airport’s first five-star hotel, Pullman Brisbane Airport. There are also plans for a 3.5-star Ibis Brisbane Airport bridged by the Brisbane Airport Conference Centre. The development will include 373 rooms and suites across the two hotels, as well as nearly 2000 square metres of conference, meeting and event space in the connecting conference centre. Located next to the Domestic Terminal, the new hotel is set to open in September 2017.
You may have noticed that construction has started at 300 George Street, the site of the old Supreme Courthouse. In 2017, the site will become home to Starwood’s new five-star W Hotel, accommodating three ultra-modern glass towers with hotel, residential, corporate offices and – hello! – a retail shopping mall!
In 2018, Brisbane will welcome a new Westin hotel on the 111 Mary Street site. The new five-star, 286-room hotel will feature a podium level pool and swim-up bar. Cocktails, anyone?
Queens Wharf development
The Queens Wharf Development is the monster of all developments, set to change the landscape of Brisbane forever. Pre-construction work has begun on the mega-casino development, with construction due to commence in 2017. The development will include 50 new restaurants and approximately 1100 additional hotel rooms.
The integrated resort development is expected to attract 1.39 million additional tourists per year to Brisbane and shape it into a New World City! Don’t get too excited, though – the resort (including hotels and public areas) isn’t due to open until 2022.
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