Where to stay in Brisbane CBD: your comprehensive guide to accommodation

The CBD is a hub of accommodation and with so much choice it can be overwhelming if you’re somewhere unfamiliar. If you want to stay in the city, there’s almost certainly somewhere for to you lay your weary head, with everything from luxury to self-serviced, or mid-range hotels to budget-friendly beds. 

Luxury accommodation in Brisbane City

Stamford Plaza

Whether you’re visiting Brisbane for a holiday or on business, take the chance to splurge  at one of the city’s most up-market hotels. Within the CBD, world-renowned brands Marriott, Hilton and the Sofitel have recently hosted some of the world’s biggest names – most notably during G20 when then-President Obama took over the Marriott, Vladimir Putin stayed at the Hilton and, quite fittingly, French president Francois Hollande stayed at the Sofitel. 

Sitting elegantly along the Brisbane River with city views to one side and the City Botanic Gardens on the other, the Stamford Plaza offers outstanding luxury facilities, unparalleled comfort and personalised hospitality.

At the opposite end of the CBD, at the city’s highest point, Hotel Grand Chancellor overlooks the picturesque Roma Street Parkland. Near the Queen Street Mall, the Pullman King George Square offers upscale accommodation and is home to Sixteen Antlers Rooftop Bar, a great spot to take in CBD views at sunset. Both hotels’ locations is just a 15-minute walk from Suncorp Stadium

For an old-world luxury experience, the heritage Treasury Casino & Hotel was built in various stages between 1886 and 1928 and has been transformed into one of Brisbane’s best hotels – think marble bathrooms with fluffy bathrobes and slippers. Over on Wickham Terrace, the New Inchcolm Hotel and Suites is a distinct boutique hotel of impeccable style and clandestine character, and was voted in Trip Advisor’s Top 25 Hotels in Australia in 2016.

Central mid-range hotels in the CBD

Royal on the Park
Royal on the Park

Internationally-recognised hotel chains are scattered throughout the city. The Mercure North Quay’s rooms are filled with natural light and overlook the Brisbane River. From here it’s a short walk across the Kurilpa Bridge to the cultural precinct. Nearby the Park Regis North Quay is ideally located for both Suncorp Stadium and QAGOMA and QPAC with easy access to Roma Street Station.

There is certainly no shortage of Mantra hotels within Brisbane City. If you plan to spend a lot of time eating at Eagle Street Pier, Mantra on the Quay and Mantra on Queen are both a short stumble home. If shopping in the Queen Street Mall is the plan, Mantra Midtown or Mantra on Mary are our picks. For convenience, Mantra on Edward is the best choice if you need to stay near Central Station.

Close to both the Queen Street Mall and Central Station, the Novotel is designed to meet the needs of business and leisure travellers alike, while the Royal on the Park offers 24-hour reception for easy check-in regardless of what time your flight gets in. The Watermark Hotel overlooks the Roma Street Parkland and the Great Southern Hotel boasts proximity to the casino. Also along George St, the George Williams Hotel has comfortable rooms.

Housed inside an historic building, Royal Albert Hotel sits close to the Queen Street Mall with a plethora of coffee, food, drink and shopping downstairs. Also in heritage buildings, the Adina Apartment Hotels is just across the road from Central Station, and a little ways up the road the Rothbury Hotel is the perfect historic backdrop to your modern Brisbane adventures. 

Fun and Fresh

Capri by Fraser
Capri by Fraser

The 21st century traveller wants accommodation to match, and the CBD has just the place. Inspired by a high-tech, urban lifestyle, Capri by Fraser is designed to suit the work, life and play aspects of your day. A bonus, Asana by Pete Evans is just downstairs. For boutique accommodation done right, indulge at Hotel Urban. Sleep in the signature "Urban Snorer" beds – they claim you’ll have the best sleep of your life. The Four Points by Sheraton also has a trademark Four Points by Sheraton Comfort bed – it’s so good that apparently people want to (and can) buy it. 

Hotel Jen is home to food haven Nest Restaurant and Bar, which dishes out a fusion of traditional Asian and modern Australian flavours. Try the "Honey Collins on NEST", made using honey from the beehive on the hotel’s roof. It doesn’t get closer to Queen Street Mall than Next Hotel, which has been designed with ease and functionality in mind – all rooms have Samsung devices that offer free local calls, a 4G-enabled hotspot and an app to control the heating and lighting in the room.

Self-serviced apartments

Meriton Herschel St
Meriton Herschel St

Planning on staying a while, bringing the whole family or just looking to save money by cooking for yourself? There are a number of serviced apartments in the CBD so that you don’t have to sacrifice convenience. Strategically placed like bookends on either side of the CBD, the Meriton Serviced Apartments have two addresses: one on Adelaide St close to Eagle St Pier and one (the tallest building in Brisbane – 262m) on Herschel St near Roma St Station. If it's proximity to Roma St you want though, Abbey on Roma Hotel & Apartments don’t get much closer – it’s right across the road.

On the cusp on the CBD and Fortitude Valley, the Oakwood Apartments come with fully-equipped kitchen and laundry facilities. On the South Bank side of the CBD, the modern Evolution Apartments have spectacular Brisbane views. In Spring Hill, Republic Apartments are located above the Spring Hill Woolworths, so picking up supplies is easy.

The Astra Apartments on Boundary St are fitted with fully-equipped kitchens. With Queen St on the doorstep, Quest River Park Central is perfect for the tourist and the business traveler. Housed in a heritage building, MacArthur Chambers provide classic yet modern spacious apartments in the city heart.

Just steps from the beautiful City Botanic Gardens, Quay West apartments are spacious and child-friendly , while the stylish The Sebel Brisbane is home to excellent restaurant The Croft House just downstairs .

If you’re loyal to the Oaks brand or are just looking for reasonably priced self-catering apartment in the CBD, chances are there’s an Oaks Hotel to suit your needs. With eight properties in the CBD alone, you can choose from Charlotte Towers, Casino Towers, Aurora Tower, 212 Margaret, Oaks Felix, Festival Towers, iStay River City and Lexicon Apartments.

Budget-friendly

Ibis Styles Hotel Brisbane
ibis Styles

Central CBD accommodation doesn’t have to burn a hole in your wallet. There is plenty of budget-friendly accommodation in the CBD from which to choose.

At ibis Styles the rooms are bright, bold and on the doorstep of the CBD and its nightlife. What’s more, ibis Styles and its counterpart ibis hotel on Turbot St are super-affordable hotels. City Edge – also on Turbot St – is housed in a beautiful heritage building and is close to many of the CBD’s main attractions.

There are a number of backpacker hostels conveniently located super-close to Roma St Station and the Barracks shops. Check out Eton House Hostel, Brisbane City YHA, Base Brisbane Uptown, Brisbane City Backpackers, Cloud 9 Backpackers and Chill Backpackers.

In the heart of the city and closer to some of Brisbane’s nightlife, there’s Nomad’s Brisbane Hostel (which happens to be inside the world-famous Down Under Bar) and Base Brisbane Embassy (nightlife-wise, it’s close to The Exchange and The Vic).

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