The Best Boutique Hotels in Brisbane

Courtesy of NEXT Hotel, Brisbane, Australia
Courtesy of NEXT Hotel, Brisbane, Australia
Photo of Kelly Hawke
15 March 2017

Brisbane is regarded as one of Australia’s most liveable cities, so more and more visitors are coming to see what all the fuss is about. Here are the best boutique hotels to check into when you’re visiting the Sunshine State’s capital city.

The Johnson

This boutique hotel is part of the creative Art Series Hotel Group. It’s their first Queensland offering and embodies that laid back Queensland style, with a sophisticated finish. The walls of the hotel are adorned with Michael Johnson’s vibrant artworks and the light-filled lobby and trendy décor complement the striking pieces. A highlight of The Johnson is the stunning 50-metre rooftop pool, designed by Olympic champion and style guru Michael Klim.

The Johnson, , Brisbane, QLD, Australia, +61 7 3085 7200

The Johnson

The Johnson | Courtesy of The Johnson

Spicers Balfour House

Spicers Balfour House adds a slice of luxury to bustling New Farm. This boutique hotel is nestled on Balfour Street in the popular inner-city suburb and is a sanctuary from the busy city, just 3 kilometres away. Decadent Balfour House offers rooms in a renovated Queenslander, while the upmarket Balfour Suites are an Art Deco lover’s dream. The award-winning restaurant, The Balfour Kitchen, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and guests can choose to dine inside, or outside in the romantic courtyard shaded by frangipani trees.

Spicers Balfour House, , Brisbane, QLD, Australia, +61 1300 597 540

Balfour House | © SpicersBalfour/Instagram

Emporium Hotel

Known as Queensland’s first luxury boutique hotel, Emporium Hotel makes a statement from the moment you step through the grand front door, where you’ll quickly notice the hotel’s opulent style. Located in the heart of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, Emporium Hotel is for those who enjoy the finer things in life. The swanky cocktail bar, a popular watering hole for many Brisbane locals, serves some of the finest espresso martinis, while the rooftop terrace features a sauna and lap pool. In the same Emporium complex, guests will find a selection of restaurants and boutique shops. The dining pick is Tartufo, serving classic Italian in a charming setting.

Emporium, , Brisbane, QLD, Australia, +61 7 3253 6999


Emporium Hotel | Courtesy of Emporium Hotel

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  • Sage Hotel

    The first thing to note about the Sage Hotel is its location on trendy James Street – it’s already ticking boxes. This new Brisbane hotel is contemporary with a semi-industrial look and features 93 rooms, along with a dedicated style space for fashion, art and creative showings. Keep an eye out for all the creative out-of-towners flocking to stay at this new hotel, before shopping up a storm on James Street. Next door to the Sage Hotel is the iconic Queens Arms (also known as the QA), a popular watering hole for the who’s who of Brisbane.

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    Known for its famous seafood restaurant, Gambaro is a Brisbane institution. The Gambaro family expanded its hospitality empire and opened the Gambaro Hotel in 2014, located in the heart of the social Caxton Street precinct, with plush rooms offering views of Brisbane city. Don’t be fooled by the often jovial revellers outside on Caxton Street – Gambaro is a high-end hotel which offers a slice of luxury and privacy from the world outside. It’s even more enjoyable with a glass of wine in hand as you relax after a day of exploring Brisbane. However, what really sets Gambaro Hotel apart is its famous Gambaro restaurant, one of the best seafood restaurants in Queensland’s capital.

    Gambaro, , Brisbane, QLD, Australia, +61 7 3369 9500

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    TRYP Hotel Brisbane

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    TRYP Hotel Brisbane is part of a new breed of boutique hotels – trendy and affordable. It’s a true mix of old and new, with the hotel set in a restored historical building, now filled with sleek design and modern décor. Located in busy Fortitude Valley, TRYP is known for its street art aesthetic, with bold colours and artworks adorning the exterior and interior walls. TRYP was made for those who arrive at their destination ready to explore, offering guests the perfect starting point to navigate this playful city. Don’t miss the street art by world-acclaimed artists Fintan Magee, Numskull, and Rone and Beastman.

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    NEXT Hotel Brisbane

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    Located in the middle of Brisbane’s iconic Queen Street Mall, NEXT Hotel Brisbane is for those who love to be at the centre of the action. It gives being in the inner-city a whole new meaning – sipping cocktails by the impressive rooftop pool, looking out on Brisbane’s skyline. With the city’s most popular shopping precinct on your doorstep, a trip to the QueensPlaza or Wintergarden are inevitable. NEXT prides itself on offering an exciting Brisbane experience to its guests, and offers packages with Queensland Performing Arts Centre, including the latest musicals and events.
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