The Best Boutique Hotels in Queensland, Australia

Surfer's Paradise is one of several spots in Queensland that are bursting with great options when you're after a stylish stay
Surfer's Paradise is one of several spots in Queensland that are bursting with great options when you're after a stylish stay | © Darren Tierney / Alamy Stock Photo
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23 October 2020

Sometimes you might want to rough it at a campground, but for the times want a little luxury and style in your stay, we’ve rounded up the best boutique hotels in Queensland, Australia – from Brisbane to Hamilton Island.

QT Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise

The QT Gold Coast is for luxury lovers. The rooms are modern with sleek decor and sensational vistas over the Gold Coast and include everything you might need. Try the King Suite’s Japanese deep bath with views, and order a drink to your room while you’re at it. This massive hotel offers a lot, with bars and restaurants aplenty – there are heaps of other options in the area, too. The hotel also has an amazing pool that you won’t want to leave, except maybe to visit the renowned on-site spa.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge

Spicers Balfour Hotel, Brisbane

Meticulously created by brilliant local interior designers, this hotel is set in a classic New Farm Queenslander-style house. It hosts an impressive restaurant as well as a rooftop bar with gorgeous views over the city. Suites feature all the essentials, plus extras such as towel warmers and exercise equipment, but with the beautiful New Farm location (a suburb of Brisbane), you will be too busy eating to notice.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Express check-out
Concierge services
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Spicers Peak Lodge, Maryvale

This stunning rural oasis will make you fall in love with a part of Australia you might not be familiar with. The Spicers Retreats group is known for its impeccable interiors, service and food. If you’re after a romantic weekend out of town and want a break from city life, this is where you want to do it. Relax by the fire in your room after a day eating and drinking your way around the stunning surrounding area. The pool is pretty special, too.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Full-service spa
Conference space
Concierge services
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

qualia, Whitsundays

Sensationally designed, qualia will make you feel like absolute royalty. The spacious rooms are stylish and feature views of the bushland or Whitsunday Islands. Its restaurant lies next to the ocean, and as guests at qualia, you’ll have exclusive access to its two wine bars, complete with extensive drinks lists. This hotel is purely for guests over 16 years of age, so that you can enjoy your getaway in peace.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Full-service spa
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

The Johnson Brisbane – Art Series

The Johnson, set in the beautiful inner-city suburb of Spring Hill, has taken design inspiration from abstract artist Michael Johnson. Boasting stylish facilities, including a gymnasium, a large pool with a sundeck and the slightly unusual option of one- or two-bedroom apartments, it’s perfect for weekends away with friends. Art-loving guests will also appreciate the on-site art libraries, a dedicated art channel and Johnson’s artworks peppered throughout the space.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Beach Club, Hamilton Island

This adults-only resort is the place to stay on Hamilton Island, a popular holiday destination on the Great Barrier Reef. Set on Catseye Beach along the Coral Sea, it’s a short walk from Hamilton Island Marina and offers modern, airy rooms with private terraces, sea views and beach access. Speaking of the beach, the hotel offers complimentary use of catamarans, paddleboards, windsurfers and snorkelling equipment. And when you need to wash off all that sand, you can luxuriate in your room’s rainfall shower or free-standing bath. But relaxation doesn’t end there: you’ll also have access to a spa and a sauna.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Fitness facilities
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

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  • The Calile Hotel

    The Calile Hotel’s location alone is a selling point. On James Street in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley district, it’s a short walk away from top restaurants, shops, art galleries and more. The hotel itself has a bright, retro style with spacious rooms and suites in gentle pastel colours; you can choose from blue, green or pink. However, the pink rooms might be the way to go as some of them have balconies overlooking the sparkling pool. When not in your room, unwind with a cocktail in a poolside cabana or at the hotel’s spa facilities; either way, you’ll have ample space to relax.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    The Fantauzzo Brisbane – Art Series

    Inspired by Australian painter Vincent Fantauzzo, this boutique hotel is one that art lovers will especially appreciate. It lies beneath Brisbane’s Story Bridge and features original artworks and giclee prints throughout, as well as complimentary art tours and other ways to get up close to Fantauzzo’s work. With 166 suites in all, the hotel has a lot to offer aside from its artistic elements, including a rooftop pool, a bar, a gym and fantastic views of the Howard Smith Wharves.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Sanctuary by Sirromet, Mount Cotton

    If you’re looking to connect with nature without losing the luxury comforts of a hotel, Sanctuary by Sirromet is the place to stay. Set on the grounds of Sirromet Winery, this getaway spot features a group of tented pavilions, including family and wheelchair-accessible ones, each complete with a private ensuite and balcony looking out over a tree canopy and lake. The 227ha (560-acre) property sits in the heart of South East Queensland and is home to a large population of wallabies, so animal lovers should keep an eye out. Wine lovers, meanwhile, should grab a glass and indulge in a tour and tasting at the on-site winery.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    In-room accessibility
    Conference space
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace

    Heart Hotel and Gallery Whitsundays

    This luxury five-star hotel on Airlie Beach makes a great base from which to explore the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays. The hotel is beautifully designed, starting with the lobby and its luxurious Italian marble, lady palms, high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel’s 40 rooms (with water or village views) are simply yet elegantly designed and feature cloud bedding, blackout curtains, smart TVs and other luxuries. You may never want to leave your room, but make sure you don’t miss the hotel’s art gallery on the top floor.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Beach towels
    Express check-out
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Limo or Town Car service available
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Christina Collins contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on October 23, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.