Best luxury hotels in Brisbane

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Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 02 Sep 2018

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Hi all,

My parents (in their 60s) are visiting Brisbane next year and I need to book a hotel. I'm looking for a luxury 5-star hotel, bonus points for river view or being apart of the Marriott/SPG program. Considering the westin and w though maybe w is a bit too 'young'. Happy to take other suggestions and your thoughts.


Member since 12 Jul 2013

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Marriot is close to river, a bit of a walk to cbd shops though.

Stamford does have the benefit of being right at the river end and access to botanical garden.

Hilton is bang middle of city and if you get the right room you may get some river view from between the buildings.

Brisbane in my opinion is not the luxury hotel market as you see in Sydney or Melbourne..


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Mar 2014

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Westin is brand new

I haven't tried it but looks good and I dont think too young.

Last editedby airADL at Oct 28, 2018, 12:03 PM.


Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

Member since 14 Jun 2017

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the westin will be brand spanking new and likely have teething problems like anything else.

The W is nice and perfectly located with excellent river views. My parents, also in their 60s, stayed there and in a lot of their other properties. It's a fairly nice hotel with a quirky coat of paint. It's not like you walk in to find a pile of naked millennials having sex and taking MDMA in the lobby. I'm pretty sure they can handle it.

Frankly, it's a refreshing change for the Australian hotel market.


Member since 19 Jan 2018

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The new Emporium Hotel in Southbank is great, excellent views of the city and kangaroo point from the terrace bar on the top floor.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 01 Apr 2018

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Stamford Plaza


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

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Would recommend the W or the Emporium in Southbank.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 02 Jun 2015

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Westin Brisbane opens its doors on November 8th.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Sep 2013

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W and The Calile Hotel.


Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 09 Aug 2016

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Brisbane's had a number of five stars hotel either open recently or will be opening soon.
I'd try the W or the Westin.


Member since 02 Nov 2012

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I would stay at Meriton Suites, best views from the higher levels


Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 10 Jan 2012

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What are their plans in Brisbane and do they mind walking? If they need access to public transport but also don't mind a walk I'd go with the Marriott. It's on the river (provided they get a river view room), close to buses and a 10 minute walk to the Queen Street Mall or Eagle Street Pier (for restaurants). The W is also on the river, closer to QSM but I've not heard anything great about it (ok rooms, poor service, average food in restaurants). The Westin hasn't opened yet, only some of the very top floors may have a river view but it will be luxurious. The Hilton is best for location. Stamford Plaza is old and has not aged gracefully. Sofitel is nice but no view. There's certainly a lot to choose from here.


Member since 03 May 2013

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The Marriott by far. Emporium is very funky/trendy but the rooms a little too serviced apartment in style and feel. It is in a nice little precinct with some shops cafes etc. They will def need a taxi to get into the CBD from Emporium. Barack Obama stayed at the Marriott if that has an impact on your decision. Marriott has the most refined service too. Make sure you get them a high floor, river view and a club room if budget allows. They will need a taxi to heart of the city, otherwise its a 20 minute walk at an average pace. They can walk along side the river which makes the walk much nicer. Westin I have no idea.


Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 18 Dec 2015

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The new Emporium at Southbank is hands down the best in Brisbane. Great location with plenty of dinning options around Southbank. An easy ferry or train ride into the city or 5 minute cab. Views from the rooms are amazing with a rooftop pool and bar area. Not SPG but worth the experience.


Jetstar Airways - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 18 Feb 2018

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Staying at the Westin on its opening night next week... will report back. Otherwise the new Emporium is fantastic, the W, The Calile, Ovolo Inchcolm and Art Series Johnson are all excellent choices. Those who say brisbane is lacking in the hotel scene must be basing this on a lack of Park Hyatt’s or something

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