The Best Hotels to Book in Spring Hill, Brisbane

Spring Hill delivers on boutique and unique stays, such as the stylish Ovolo Inchcolm
Spring Hill delivers on boutique and unique stays, such as the stylish Ovolo Inchcolm | Courtesy of Ovolo Inchcolm /
Photo of Jennifer Johnston
14 December 2021

The inner-city suburb of Spring Hill has earned the moniker as Brisbane’s oldest suburb. But don’t for a moment think age implies that this corner of town, northwest of the city centre, is run down and derelict. On the contrary – look out for preserved heritage landmarks dating back to the 19th century, historical homes and characterful buildings all lining the hilly streets of Spring Hill. Hotels in Brisbane? We’ve got the lowdown on where to stay in this charming suburb, on the edge of the Brisbane CBD and vibrant Fortitude Valley. Read on and book with Culture Trip.

The Johnson, for elegant penthouses

The Johnson
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It was almost unrecognisable in its previous life as a government office building. Now, this luxury boutique hotel is the business: expect 96 self-contained open-plan suites and an elegant penthouse with 180-degree views. Lining the walls are 400 prints by Sydney-based abstract artist Michael Johnson. Make a splash in the 50m-long (164ft) outdoor pool, laze on its sundeck or work out in the indoor gymnasium. Apart from the entry-level studios suites which are the more budget option, all rooms come with a kitchenette, so you can eat in – or dine, from breakfast through to dinner, at the on-site restaurant, the Tumbling Stone.

Rooftop-bar heaven at Limes Hotel

Limes Hotel
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The boutique beauty of Limes Hotel is in the nearby neighbourhood of Fortitude Valley, just a four-minute drive from the heart of Spring Hill. It’s a trendy Brisbane spot, with 21 air-conditioned rooms, and boasts the city’s very first rooftop bar. That’s your cue to admire the spectacular views while sipping a cold beer, watching the keenies splash about the two rooftop plunge pools. The rooftop converts to a cinema, but if mid-week movies aren’t your bag, it’s a short stroll to Fortitude Valley, abuzz with clubs and bars.

Ovolo Inchcolm, for art-deco flourishes

Ovolo Inchcolm
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Contemporary art-deco lovers adore the Ovolo Inchcolm, its spaces filled with eclectic pieces and head-swiveling decor. There is no “same same” in this Brisbane institution on Wickham Terrace in Spring Hill – across two buildings are 50 individually decorated rooms, each a different shape and size. You’ll feel as if you’re on a 1920s movie set as you order a drink at the art deco bar and ride the historic elevator, giddy with martinis. This Ovolo-brand property even offers free goodie bags, and there’s a minibar for guests.

Lazy living at Kennigo Hotel – Rydges

Kennigo Hotel – Rydges
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It’s only 2km (1.2mi) from the Central Business District (CBD) and a short stroll from the vibrant dining and shopping precinct of James Street – so you won’t be caught short when staying at the Kennigo Hotel. Request a room with a balcony and you might easily spend the whole stay watching the passing traffic in the streets below. Need to expend energy? Begin – or end – the day with a session in the hotel’s fully equipped gym. Before venturing out, grab a coffee and a tasty snack at the Kennigo Espresso Bar – and you’re good to go.

Kookaburra Inn, for central convenience

Kookaburra Inn
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The central location’s great here, on quiet Phillips Street, putting you within walking distance of popular Brisbane attractions. The Kookaburra Inn is also handy for the CityHopper ferry – it’s free and will get you to Waterfront Place in the city. Lazier agenda? Wander down to the adjacent Valley – also known as Fortitude Valley – where you’ll find stacks of restaurants, bars, live music and stores. Or stay in, grab ingredients from the nearby Woolworths grocery store and cook up a gourmet meal in the guest kitchen.

Families welcome at Pacific Hotel Brisbane

Pacific Hotel Brisbane exterior on a clear day with trees and people out front
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This refurbished four-star on Wickham Terrace is a firm favourite among city visitors, with free wifi, a co-working space and modern rooms and suites that have private balconies overlooking nearby Roma Street Parklands. The choice is: spacious one- and two-bedroom suites, suitable for solo travellers, couples or families – interconnecting rooms are also available. Al fresco moments include dining on the terrace – or settle in for drinks at the on-site bar. Take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool or workout in the 24-hour fitness centre.

Lofty views at Hotel Grand Chancellor

Hotel Grand Chancellor
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It’s on the highest point of Brisbane CBD so you’ll get panoramic views over one of the city’s favourite green spaces, Roma Street Parklands. Step inside and you’ve got as-good-as five-star luxury – it’s 4.5 – at this Brisbane institution. Each of the 230 rooms and suites blend contemporary design with modern furnishings – reckon on cool bare floors, urban-cubic sofas and milk- and plain-chocolate-coloured bed linen. There’s a rooftop fitness centre and a rooftop pool. After, head down to fill your face at Frescos Restaurant: the menu features modern à la carte Australian cuisine during the evening and buffets for breakfast and lunch.

Mantra Terrace Hotel, for contemporary chic

Mantra Terrace Hotel
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Here’s an impressive boutique hotel, pushing all the contemporary-chic buttons on leafy Astor Terrace in the heart of Spring Hill. You want handy? This place is less than 500m (1,640ft) from Central Station, and retail therapy in Queen Street Mall is dangerously close – a four-minute drive away. Check into one of the studio suites, with optional air-conditioning and 20 selected cable channels on a 40-inch LCD HDTV. Other bonuses include 24-hour reception and undercover parking at an additional charge, plus complimentary newspapers and magazines – handy if your partner has headed to the Valley and left you to relax.

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