Rooftop pools, free happy hour, 24/7 room service: stay in style at one of Brisbane’s new hotels - Visit Brisbane


Rooftop pools, free happy hour, 24/7 room service: stay in style at one of Brisbane’s new hotels

Whether you're planning a holiday, business trip or staycation, the best way to do Brisbane is in a lush hotel, and lucky you, a bunch of highly anticipated new ones have just been unveiled.

The Calile

This urban resort sits in the heart of Brisbane's leafy shopping strip, James Street. Breeze between your poolside cabana, boutiques framed by brick archways and the luxe brass and marble Lobby Bar. Share a plate of Hellenika's famous zucchini chips on the olive tree-lined alfresco terrace. The authentic Greek fare is a must-do dining experience.

The Fantauzzo

This Art Series hotel is conveniently located under the Story Bridge within the buzzing Howard Smith Wharves precinct and boasts modern and luxurious hotel rooms overlooking the Brisbane River. Taking inspiration from acclaimed Australian painter Vincent Fantauzzo, the hotel features custom contemporary furnishings, three original artworks and 500 prints of Fantauzzo's most recognised works throughout the space.  

Book a staycay to enjoy gazing over the bustling crowds below as you relax on a pool chair with easily one of the most unique rooftop views in Brisbane. Then when your stomach starts to rumble, choose from one of the desirable restaurants lining the river including Greca, ARC Dining & Wine Bar, Felons Brewing, Mr Percivals & Polpetta – perfection. 

W Brisbane

As Brisbane’s first five-star hotel to open in 20 years, the W Hotel lands on the opening page of the city’s next chapter. Taking design cues from Aussie flora and fauna, Queensland classics and the Brisbane River, the super trendy 312-room hotel is a playful nod to the city’s ‘Brisvegas’ nickname and laid-back vibe.

The lifestyle-focused hotel sports not one, but two bars and a heated saltwater pool on the fourth floor rooftop. Kick back with a cocktail in a sunlounger and soak in the amazing riverside views, or sit in the dark and moody ‘Living Room’ to sip local, boutique spirits and Queensland beer. The much-loved culinary crew behind Three Blues Ducks has crossed the NSW border for the first time, serving its vibrant, seasonal, paddock-to-plate dining from morning until late at the signature restaurant. Expect the freshest seafood (say hello to Moreton Bay bugs, spanner crab, oysters) along with local produce cooked in a wood-fired oven, rotisserie or charcoal pit.

The hotel’s day spa includes Sydney’s Edwards & Co hair salon, steam rooms, saunas and hydration pools, plus there is a state-of-the-art gym with access to personal trainers. The 34-storey tower is located in the city centre at one end of Brisbane’s premier shopping street, Queen Street Mall, and is an easy walk over the river to South Bank and the Cultural Centre. Did we mention there’s 24-hour in-room dining?

Emporium South Bank

Emporium South Bank

Brisbane is getting an incredible new skyline vantage point. When the rooftop infinity pool opens at South Bank Emporium, expect perhaps the best panoramic views across the river towards Brisbane CBD. Keen? We sure are. We’re expecting big things from Brisbane’s luxury boutique hotel brand, whose first property has picked up plenty of awards over the years. 

Beyond stunning 24-hour service and brand-new state-of-the-art rooms, prepare yourself (pack stretchy pants) for the food. It took many months to develop the menu for the hotel's restaurant, rooftop bar, piano bar, Belle Epoque Patisserie and in-suite dining, but it is finally finished and boy are we excited. The final addition to the hotel's culinary collection is Siganture, lead by husband and wife duo Chris Norman and Alex Liddle and serving modern Australian cuisine using locally sourced produce. Expect stunning decor, bespoke menus, an awe-inspiring wine cellar and award-winning service – nothing new really. 

Ovolo Inchcolm

Ovolo Inchcolm

Those who love a touch of heritage with modern comforts (and freebies) will enjoy the newly refreshed Inchcolm Hotel. The boutique Ovolo brand has just completed a fresh restyle of the Art Deco hotel rooms and restaurant after recently taking over. The eclectic space is filled with curious objects and interesting art pieces designed to evoke an old world Parisian salon vibe with a rock ‘n’ roll twist. Expect a free minibar and “loot bags” of snacks, free laundry, breakfast and nightly happy hour.

A highlight for history lovers sits in the centre of the 1930s-built former private residence and medical practice. The original lift was shipped here from New York State in 1928 by the Otis Elevator Company, and has been restored with a new motor.

Of course the new signature restaurant plays up the building’s past too. Executive chef Anthony Hales spent three months travelling around Australia and popped over to Korea to soak in the culinary scenes and use it as inspiration at the super chic Salon De Co.

FV by Peppers

Inspired by New York’s Flatiron building, this brand-new hotel in Brisbane’s late-night hotspot Fortitude Valley appropriately takes its design cues from the city that never sleeps. With 90 apartments – one and two bedrooms – it’s the ultimate spot to soak in the nightlife each evening and splash around with a cocktail from the skyline U-shaped pool each day. There’s a moonlight cinema, yoga studio, a proper gym with all the equipment you need and three private VIP spa suites (complete with a spa, bar, speakers and TV) that guests can book. You’ll find a restaurant with a tropical vibe, and an amazing independent wine bar and store on the ground floor. Stopping into Valley Wine Bar for a takeaway bottle or sit-in cheese board is definitely essential.

The Westin

Sip on an aperitif with sweeping city views at The Westin's swim-up bar. The 5-star inner-city oasis is your health and well being stop-over, with a two-floor wellness centre and resort-style facilities. The hotel is in walking distance of the Queen Street Mall, Eagle Street Pier, South Bank and the Botanic Gardens.

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