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Tuesday 7 August 2018

Brisbane undergoing a massive hotel boom

Queensland's biggest city is riding a new hotel boom with eight new properties having opened during the first seven months of 2018 and several more in the pipeline. 
From glamping to riverside wharf residences, to five-star digs and a 1920s bank-cum-220-room hotel, each new property is adding to Brisbane's vibe. 
Here's your guide to a rapidly changing landscape: 
Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane
One of Brisbane CBD's heritage buildings, the 1922 sandstone-clad Queensland Government Savings Bank building, has been transformed into the 220-room Adina Apartment Hotel, featuring spacious apartments complete with a kitchen, laundry and living room, and studio rooms with a kitchenette. There is an indoor pool, a fitness centre and Chinese fine dining restaurant, Donna Chang is ready to open. 

The Valley Brisbane 
Ovolo hotel group is continuing its Brisbane expansion with the transformation of the former Emporium Hotel Fortitude Valley. It will be known as Ovolo The Valley by the end of 2018. New food and drink concepts and the celebrated 'freebies' (free mini bar, breakfast, wifi, happy hour and all-day snacks) will be introduced to complete the revolution.
W Brisbane
W Brisbane is the first five-star hotel to open in Brisbane, and it's the only Australian city with a W Hotel. Located at 300 George Street, the W Brisbane boasts three bars and restaurants (including the renowned Three Blue Ducks from The Farm at Byron Bay) in addition to 312 guest rooms. The design of the hotel pays tribute to the local Indigenous culture and the river culture that defines Brisbane.
Novotel South Bank, Brisbane 
The Novotel South Bank is linked by a walkway with the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. There is an on-site restaurant, outdoor pool and gym. Think Fairtrade bathroom amenities and free barista coffee at breakfast.
Sanctuary by Sirromet, Mt Cotton 
Queensland's first winery glamping experience is a 30 minute-drive south of Brisbane at Sirromet Wines Estate. Currently, 18 'Sanctuary by Sirromet,' safari-style glamping tents reside on the 20-acre property among the natural flora and wildlife . All are fully furnished with decks.  
Ovolo Inchcolm Hotel, Spring Hill
The first Brisbane hotel for Hong Kong hospitality group Ovolo. Located in Spring Hill, the 1924-built Georgian hotel and former medical practice boasts 50 guest rooms, including a two-bedroom General Macarthur suite, named after the five-star US Army Chief of Staff who was treated there while stationed in Brisbane during World War II.
The Sebel Brisbane, Margate Beach
A boutique hotel in Moreton Bay, this is the ninth property to operate under the Sebel brand in Queensland. The $15 million-dollar hotel opened in May and features 58 rooms boasting a minimalist decor, a rooftop function space, pool and conference facilities. 

FV by Peppers, Fortitude Valley
Located on the edge of Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury apartment building  is the newest addition to Fortitude Valley's accommodation offering, with one and two-bedroom apartments. There are superb views and a heated u-shaped skyline pool with swim up pool bar on level six, a moonlight cinema and a yoga retreat.
And still to open: Emporium 2, South Bank (opening August 2018), The Calile Hotel, Fortitude Valley (opening September 2018), The Westin Brisbane (opening November 2018), Howard Smith Wharves, Fortitude Valley (opening late 2018). 

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