Your Essential Guide to the Best Brisbane Accommodation
Whether your agenda is beach time or business, choosing Brisbane accommodation is a breeze thanks to the diversity of offerings.
Explore Brisbane’s CBD from world-class hotels, delve into the region’s past from a heritage-listed estate, or swap four walls for a ceiling of stars. Whatever your accommodation preferences, your next trip is sorted with this guide to the best Brisbane accommodation.
Brisbane city accommodation:
Luxury accommodation in Brisbane doesn’t come better than the shiny new Calile Hotel on James Street, in the heart of fashionable New Farm. With a sleek, contemporary design and a pared back aesthetic, this is the perfect spot to disconnect from the everyday and recharge in style, and is one of the best new hotels in Brisbane.
The showpiece of the hotel is the pool, where, thanks to that perfect Brisbane weather, you’ll find guests reclining in cabanas sipping cocktails virtually year round. Or while away an afternoon at the beautiful Kalio Medispa. There is also an on-site gym and a library complete with business facilities.
The Lobby Bar and Greek restaurant, Hellenika both offer exceptional dining options. But just outside the doors you’ll find one of Brisbane’s best shopping and dining precincts along the strip. Favourites for breakfast include Harveys Bistro, King Arthur Cafe, and Jocelyn’s Provisions for a pastry. SK Steak and Oyster, Same Same, and Gerard’s Bistro are local favourites for dinner.
W Brisbane On George Street
The jaw-dropping W Brisbane is a 34-storey work of art, and offers some of the best accommodation in Brisbane. The contemporary design and flair of the suites will appeal to guests who appreciate a playful approach to luxury, with superior amenities including a W Mix Bar, a signature W bed, Bluetooth speakers and 55-inch LED TV.
Head to the WET Deck for a dip in the pool or a cocktail, recharge at the AWAY spa, or tuck into a meal at award-winning paddock to plate restaurant, Three Blue Ducks, overlooking the Brisbane river.
Standing in the centre of Brisbane City, you can expect uninterrupted views across the Brisbane River, South Bank and Mount Coot-tha and, if you can be tempted to leave the building, you’ll find yourself in the thriving local Brisbane City scene almost immediately.
Where architecture meets art, The Fantauzzo is all about the location. Part of the acclaimed Art Series hotel group, you’ll find the six-storey Fantauzzo carved into the cliff beneath the iconic Brisbane Story Bridge on Howard Smith Wharves.
This new Brisbane hotel offers contemporary luxury, with rooftop pool and bar, and eco-friendly smart cars to hire. Step outside and you’re greeted with jaw-dropping views over the Brisbane river and CBD and a thriving restaurant district.
Inspired by artist Vincent Fantauzzo, the hotel is adorned with many of his originals and prints, making it one the most Instagrammable hotels in Brisbane.
Spicers Balfour Hotel
Cut from the same cloth as Spicers Peak Lodge (and indeed all the exceptional Spicers properties), Spicers Balfour combines luxury with quintessential Queensland charm in an award-winning boutique hotel.
Perched on a hillside in fashionable New Farm, and making its home in an old Queenslander, Spicers Balfour has both old-world charm and modern comforts in droves. Each room is a sanctuary from the hustle of everyday life, making Balfour ideal for a staycation, city escape or business trip.
From this prime spot in the heart of the action you can experience Brisbane as a local. It’s just minutes to the city centre and two minutes to Howard Smith Wharves. Visit the rooftop bar for views over the Story Bridge.
On site restaurant, The Balfour Kitchen, is as awarded as the hotel, nestled amongst frangipani trees on the wrap-around verandah, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Bump elbows with the locals, see the sights and make some new friends at budget friendly Bunk Backpackers.
Close to just about anything you might need, Bunk is located amongst the hustle and bustle of Fortitude Valley’s entertainment precinct. Actually, it’s a part of it, with the legendary Birdees Bar only a few steps from your room.
Like its Surfers Paradise cousin, you’re guaranteed a good time. The free WiFi and breakfast gets a big tick from us.
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Channeling the edgy laneways of Europe, and covered roof-to-floor in art and graffiti, TRYP is one of the hippest hotels to grace Brisbane’s accommodation scene (and one of the best places to stay in Queensland).
Brisbane’s only street art hotel, TRYP is adorned with murals that nod to its rock and roll roots and embrace the neighbourhood’s art and music scenes. The hotel has an eclectic past, and was originally the clubhouse for the famous global secret society, the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes.
Just outside you’ll find some of the best Brisbane laneways, such as Bakery Lane and Winn Lane, with plenty of restaurants, cafes, and bars for you to explore, while the busy James Street shopping precinct is just a short walk away.
If you’re looking to really get away from it all and recharge, some peace and quiet won’t go astray. NEXT Hotel offers easy, efficient, frictionless travel, with contactless check-in through its state-of-the-art app and complimentary benefits automatic upon booking.
Once you’ve made your way in, recline with a cocktail at the NEXT Pool Terrace and Bar, with views over the city.
Whatever brings you to Brisbane – a night out at nearby Suncorp Stadium, a special event, or just looking to explore the city – this boutique Caxton Street hotel has something for you. Gambaro Hotel lets enjoy the perks of a luxury hotel in an exclusive, intimate setting, with two award winning restaurants, Black Hide Steakhouse and Gambaro Seafood Restaurant, on site, valet parking, and luxury in room amenities.
If you can peel yourself out of your robe, you’ll find busy Caxton Street on your doorstep. From here, you’re only moments away from the city centre, the Gabba Cricket Grounds, and the Story Bridge.
Rydges South Bank
You’ll find Rydges South Bank in the heart of Brisbane’s bustlings arts and entertainment precinct, South Bank. Once you’ve made yourself at home, you’ll be a mere elevator ride from the South Bank Parklands, the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, and the Queensland Museum, and the CBD is just a short walk across the river.
Rydges is also in prime location for some of Brisbane’s best restaurants, with Gauge, Julius Pizzeria, and Stokehouse Q all within cooee. If you’d rather stay in, the hip Soleil Pool Bar is the place to be seen – the bar wraps around the Rydges pool, and has an on-site DJ and casual pool party vibes.
Pullman Brisbane Airport
Pullman Brisbane Airport might well be Brisbane’s most convenient hotel with 129 rooms all within the Brisbane Airport precinct.
With the airport just a short courtesy airport shuttle away from both terminals, it’s perfect for business travellers and those in transit who want a convenient hotel without the hassle of a cab ride.
FV By Peppers
You’ll find FV by Peppers in the heart of Brisbane’s bustling Fortitude Valley. A New-York style skyscraper, FV by Peppers is ideal for families looking for a base to explore the region, offering a small selection of one and two bedroom apartments with modern fixtures and impressive luxury amenities.
A stunning heated U-shaped rooftop pool with views over the city skyline, VIP private spa lounges, an indoor cinema, tropical lounge, and health and leisure club, which includes a yoga retreat, mean you’ll have to find a good reason to go venture anywhere else.
Woodlands of Marburg, Ipswich
Leave the city behind you and take a step back in time when you enter the estate of Woodlands of Marburg, a stately homestead plantation style mansion with all of the perks of a resort.
Just 45 minutes from Brisbane in the historic town of Ipswich, Woodlands of Marburg offers accommodation for families, couples, and guests (the venue is a popular choice for weddings). Choose between standard hotel rooms in the Bunya House or more luxurious offerings at Bougainvillaea House. There’s a swimming pool on site.
Well worth the short drive from Brisbane, stay for breakfast at the pioneer-themed Tommy Smith Cafe, with views over the Marburg Valley. The cafe was originally a prayer room for the monks at the old St. Vincent’s Seminary.
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Eco Shacks at Amity Point
Nestled on the shore of the island, the tent-inspired, sustainable shacks reflect the traditional structures of the island and the Quandamooka People.
Wake up surrounded by native cotton trees to a view over Moreton Bay, where local dolphins visit daily and koalas laze among the tree branches, then catch the sun’s candy coloured show as it disappears over the bay’s islands every afternoon.
Castaways on Moreton
Swap a roof for the night’s sky and truly unplug with a glamping experience on beautiful Moreton Island. Glamping is a way to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing luxury, and Castaways on Moreton has 11 furnished glamping tents, each fit out with queen sized beds, a private ensuite and your own veranda overlooking tranquil gardens, and just a stone’s throw from the best spots on Moreton.
When you’re glamping at Castaways, there is no tent to pitch and no gazebo to struggle with, so all that’s left to do is put your feet up and enjoy a glass of wine. Watch the sunset from the beach at the famous Bulwer Wrecks, located just a 100 metre stroll from your front door.
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Tangalooma Island Resort
Tangalooma offers the perfect Queensland island experience, with every underwater activity under the sun, from snorkelling to kayaking. Not one for getting wet? Take to the sand quad-biking and sand-tobogganing.
With two cafes, two restaurants, buffet breakfast, bar, and convenience store, this is no deserted island. Kick back with a sundowner and look out to the water as the sun’s golden rays light up the afternoon.
While you’re there, make some new friends and take home a memory that will last forever; Hand feeding sessions are available with the local wild Bottlenose dolphin family, with eco rangers on hand to ensure the dolphin’s safety.
Oaks Mon Komo
Proving Redcliffe is so much more than just a day-trip destination is Oaks Mon Komo. Offering apartment-style suites with panoramic ocean views across Moreton Bay, Mon Komo offers a modern, peaceful reprieve from the Brisbane city, with a gym and pool on site.
With all of the fun and sun of Redcliffe on your doorstep, sunscreen and a hat are your only packing essentials.