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Where to stay in Brisbane CBD: your accommodation guide

The centre of Brisbane is the ideal place to base yourself while visiting The City. From your room in the Brisbane CBD it’s easy to access the best shopping, nightlife, restaurants, events and attractions in the River City.

The City is a hub of accommodation and with so much choice it can be overwhelming if you’re somewhere unfamiliar, which is why we’ve created this handy list to guide you. The City has everything from luxury suites to self-serviced, or mid-range hotels to budget-friendly beds.

Luxury accommodation in Brisbane City

Whether you’re visiting Brisbane for a holiday or on business, use the opportunity to splurge at one of the city’s most up-market hotels. Within The City, world-renowned brands Marriott, Hilton and the Sofitel have 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.

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.

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.

In 2018 a new suite of high-end hotels opened. Westin Brisbane is the ideal urban retreat for business and leisure travellers. During your stay you can enjoy five-star hotel facilities like restaurants, cocktail bar and a resort-style pool.

Over on George St, The W Brisbane overlooks South Bank. Bask in exceptional design and contemporary luxury in its spacious guestrooms and suites with stunning river views.

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 The City views at sunset. This hotel is located just a 15-minute walk from Suncorp Stadium.

Central mid-range hotels in the CBD

There is certainly no shortage of Mantra hotels within Brisbane City. If shopping in the Queen Street Mall is the plan, Mantra Midtown or Mantra on Mary are our picks.

Adina Apartment Hotel

Close to both the Queen Street Mall and Central Station, the Royal on the Park offers 24-hour reception for easy check-in regardless of what time your flight gets in, the Great Southern Hotel boasts proximity to the casino and 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. The Manor Apartment Hotel is a boutique hotel situated in a charming heritage listed building that is just steps away from shopping on Edward Street and Queen Street Mall. Options range from queen rooms to self-contained one- and two-bedroom apartments.

Fun and Fresh

Capri by Fraser

The 21st century traveller wants accommodation to match, and The City 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. 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.

It doesn’t get closer to Queen Street Mall than the Hyatt Regency, which is a haven for those seeking relaxation or business. The rooftop infinity pool with a bar and lounge are standouts in our eyes and the flexible meeting spaces are great for the working crowd.

Self-serviced apartments

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 City so that you don’t have to sacrifice convenience. The Sebel Brisbane is a great middle-of-The-City home base and has the excellent restaurant The Croft House just downstairs.

With Queen St on the doorstep, Quest River Park Central is perfect for the tourist and the business traveller. Housed in a heritage building, MacArthur Chambers provide classic yet modern spacious apartments in the city heart.

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

If you’re looking for self-serviced apartments with the feel of a luxury stay then the Arise Brisbane Skytower is for you. This modern building offers city views and world-class amenities.

Budget-friendly

Ibis Styles Hotel Brisbane

Central accommodation doesn’t have to burn a hole in your wallet – that’s what great wine, shopping and degustations are for. There is plenty of budget-friendly accommodation in The City you can choose from. At ibis Styles the rooms are bright, bold, super affordable and on the doorstep of both The City and its nightlife.

In the heart of The City and close to some of Brisbane’s nightlife, there’s Nomad’s Brisbane Hostel (which happens to be inside the world-famous Down Under Bar). Close by and as such in a very central location is Turbots House Hotel.

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