The Best Romantic Hotels to Book in Brisbane

Treasury Brisbane's age-old features and luxurious details combine to create a romantic destination
Treasury Brisbane's age-old features and luxurious details combine to create a romantic destination | Courtesy of Treasury Brisbane / Expedia
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2 November 2021
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Brisbane city takes advantage of year-round decent weather, with more walks, bike paths, parks and outdoor venues than you can shake a stick at. Those travelling to the river city with romantic inclinations will find plenty of places for slow strolling, throwing a picnic blanket down, and al fresco dining moments to dial up the passion. What better way to further extend the romantic gestures to a loved one than by taking them to a passion-stirring hotel? We make it easy for you to pick the best Brisbane check-ins that’ll show your partner you love them. And they’re all bookable via Culture Trip.

The Calile Hotel, for delicious dishes

The Calile Hotel's pool area with pale green loungers and umbrellas
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This oasis in the heart of Fortitude Valley is an adult playground. Relax with a couple of poolside cocktails, on shaded cabanas overlooking one of the most Instagrammed pools in Brisbane. Inside, the room look is a sublime statement to old-world glamour, with soft pink hues and a marble bathroom with a deep, circular bath waiting for a few rose petals. Feeling famished? Wander downstairs to Hellenika restaurant, where tasty Greek dishes will sate any hunger pangs. Ask for a table overlooking the tranquil pool. Once your food settles, you and your date really ought to take a late-evening plunge.

Boho good looks at the Ovolo Valley

Large bed with slate blue headboard and matching furnishings, dark green patterned wallpaper and floor-to-ceiling windows
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The bohemian charm of this boutique hotel is revealed the moment you walk into the themed lobby. The pick of the 103 rooms for romance is the large spa room with its designer furnishings and spacious lounge area. In the en-suite, a private spa bath awaits. The luxurious beds cover all lovey-dovey bases, from pillow menus to sumptuous headboards. The hotel has made the most of technology gadgets with Alexa installed in every room; all you need to do is demand it download your Spotify romantic playlist, and the rest will be revealed.

Crystalbrook Vincent, for swooning views

Aerial view of Crystalbrook Vincent's rooftop wooden deck and infinity pool with grey loungers and rocky cliffs behind it
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The multi-faceted gold and bronze glass exterior of this six-storey hotel doesn’t give any indication of what’s inside. Walls and hallways are adorned with artwork by acclaimed Melbourne-based artist Vincent Fantauzzo – and they’re head-turning. Rooms are either cliff or river-facing. The former are private and give the feeling of being “cocooned”. A balcony suite will give you commanding views of the Brisbane River. Take advantage of the proximity to popular Howard Smith Wharves. And when you’re tired and hungry, a two-minute stroll from the front door brings you to any one of the precinct’s trendy establishments.

Heritage glamour at Treasury Brisbane

Sandstone exterior of Treasury Brisbane lit by rose lighting at dusk
Treasury Brisbane's age-old features and luxurious details combine to create a romantic destination | Courtesy of Treasury Brisbane / Expedia

The sandstone exterior of this heritage listed building implies old-world grandeur for the interior. Designers have cleverly combined age-old features with luxurious details. The rooms are spacious with 5.5m (18ft) ceilings and luxe fittings including chandeliers and gilt-framed mirrors – conducive to passion, of course, like the marble bathrooms with their deep baths for intimate twosomes. Drain a cocktail on your private balcony overlooking the city or South Bank – when in the mood for food, leave your soft white bathrobe in the luxury of your room and share breakfast at the Lab or Kitchen at the Treasury.

The Inchcolm by Ovolo, for Great Gatsby-style swagger

The Inchcolm by Ovolo bar with dark green velvet banquette seating, dark gothic-floral wallpaper and black polished stone tabletops
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Perched above Brisbane’s CBD on Wickham Terrace, this Art-Deco hotel is filled with a treasure trove of eclectic art pieces. Modern amenities have been added to many architectural features retained from the original 1920s building. Fans of movies like The Great Gatsby, Casablanca and Chicago will feel like they’re on one of their movie sets at the Inchcolm Bar. So, where best to retreat to for romance? Our advice – if you can splurge – is the Thompson suite, with its rich-coloured walls, four-poster king bed and gleaming metal Art Deco accents. If all this doesn’t have you both writhing about in ecstasy, you’d better summon some room-service martinis and have another go.

Fashion-forward decor at Alex Perry Hotel and Apartments

Alex Perry Hotel and Apartments' sleek, long rooftop pool with view of city
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Australia’s much loved fashion designer Alex Perry has drawn on his styling expertise to create a restrained colour palette and loads of glass features, creating a classic yet edgy design. Good looks are everywhere – the heated rooftop pool is a particularly romantic escape. Lights from the Story Bridge and the CBD create added sparkle. Each self-catering apartment has a full-sized kitchen and large lounge. But for buzz, there’s nothing to beat juicy steaks, done to a turn using the rooftop outdoor barbecue facilities. Or walk to the James Street precinct just 500m (0.3mi) from the hotel – on the romantic-dinner front, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Spicers Balfour, for intimate luxury

Rooftop bar at Spicers Balfour with skyline view at dusk
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In the trendy suburb of New Farm, a lightning hop from Brisbane’s bustling CBD, this 1940s-style Art Deco boutique hotel oozes style and elegant luxury. Every room comes with a unique chic style, you’ll see, as you close the solid timber door and enter your inner sanctuary-love nest. Large windows overlook Asian-style gardens. Natural sunlight fills the room during the day. And when you fancy a woozy moment together, take potent cocktails onto the intimate deck area with the iconic Story Bridge for a heart-stirring backdrop.

Elevated elegance at Gambaro Hotel

King bedroom with dark wood furniture, tan velvet couch, artwork, plush carpeting and sliding doors to balcony
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Caxton Street is where you’ll find half of Brisbane gathering before a football game at nearby Suncorp Stadium. If football or live music fail to ignite your romantic spark, escape to the Gambaro Hotel’s stylish interiors – our money’s on a spell in one of the generously sized bathrooms, with rain showers made for two. Watch the football crowd saunter down Caxton Street to the game as you sip champagne from your balcony. And if the way to your partner’s heart is through good food, Gambaro Hotel boasts two award-anointed restaurants – Black Hide Steakhouse and Gambaro Seafood Restaurant.

Looking for more Brisbane boltholes? Our guides to the city’s top hotels, best hostels and nearby beach resorts have all your accommodation needs covered, and they’re all bookable on Culture Trip.

These recommendations were updated on November 2, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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