Brisbane is quickly emerging as a hub that is on the rise. Hip chefs, international acts and modern art are all making their way to the sunny city and along with them comes a diverse range of travellers. So we checked out what the AccorHotels group has on offer for the capital of the Sunshine State.
PULLMAN, KING GEORGE SQUARE
Nestled in a corporate hub, the Pullman is an understated oasis in the thick of the action. A quick stroll and you're at the main street mall. Take a few steps the other way and you're at the bridge heading to the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.
Service at the Pullman is top notch and runs like a well oiled machine. Staff are impeccably mannered and generously helpful, which seems to go down well with the younger generation corporate travellers and asian visitors.
Rooms are clean and modern without being fussy and the Spa Suites have separate lounge and dining areas with a luxe, oversized bathroom if you're looking to do an extended stay.
Dining has been revamped by Sydney Chef Justin North (Becasse, Hotel Centennial) to include a signature "Tapastry" menu in addition to the regular offerings. Locally sourced produce is highlighted in small dishes designed for sharing, such as high country pork croquettes and melt in your mouth spiced lamb ribs. Paired with matching wines, it's gives travellers a taste of the region without having to leave the hotel.
The Pullman hotel has really revamped business traveller accommodation. With 210 designer appointed rooms, a sophisticated restaurant and a prime location, it's extending itself beyond the corporate guest.
Recommended for: Discerning business travellers, extended stay tourists.
Room pick: Spa Suite.
Rates from: $180 p/n.
THE NEW INCHCOLM HOTEL AND SUITES, BRISBANE
Part of AccorHotels M Gallery collection, The New Inchcolm occupies a historic building in the heart of Brisbane. Formerly a grand private home, The New Inchcolm has retained much of it's heritage with its design. High ceilings and vintage elevators are finished with modern elegant touches, offering boutique luxury for the discerning guest.
Rooms, in particular the loft suites, are spacious and plush. Sinking in to the king beds, with ceiling to floor windows, it's tough to think about leaving the room. Padded armoires are filled with nespresso machines and gourmet snacks, which don't go astray when lounging downstairs in the loft.
Award winning restaurant Thomson's Reserve is located at the entrance within The New Inchcolm and it is fully booked, even on a Tuesday night. Two and Three course menu options are available and each dish is stunning. Duck breast is tea smoked to perfection and a side of truffled potato mousseline is lighter than whipped cream. A milk chocolate cremeaux with salted caramel and malt finishes the night on a sweet high.
If you're looking for something unique in Brisbane city, The New Inchcolm has it covered. From a gorgeous historic building, to light filled rooms and stand out dining it's an intimate escape for the fussy traveller.
Recommended for: Couples, designers, foodies. Those looking to get away from large scale hotels.
Room pick: Loft suite.
Rates from: $210 p/n.
Most travellers would have stayed at a Novotel at some point during their journeys and are probably familiar with it's offerings. Reliably clean and comfortable, it's great to see a hotel like Novotel shaking things up for it's loyal guest base.
Checking in to Novotel Brisbane, located on the edge of the city's CBD, the lobby is a busy hub for it's guests. An open lounge serving drinks and snacks flows on to a slick work station with new Apple desktop computers. Connected is a play area for kids which is kitted out with endless hours of entertainment.
Rooms are fresh and functional, accented with contemporary touches. Minimal without being sterile, the beds are comfy and the layout works well throughout the lounging area, workstation and outdoor space if you're in a Premier Balcony Room.
What's really interesting is Novotel's commitment to health and fitness. There's a state of the art gym and pool centre or if you're feeling lazy you can get your inner yogi flowing with on demand videos available on your TV. Pro surfer Sally Fitzgibbons has also been brought on to create a unique menu of health conscious meals. Grilled chicken with guacamole and baby corn was unbelievably fresh and delicious - almost too good to feel healthy.
Novotel Brisbane has really upped their game. Their unique healthy balance approach and facilities to cater to a variety of guests needs means it's continues to be a solid choice for both business and family travellers alike.
Recommended for: Families, low fuss business travellers.
Room pick: Premier Balcony Room
Rates from: $159 p/n.
I travelled and stayed courtesy of AccorHotels.