The 6 Best Hotels in Brisbane (Updated 2024)


The towering skyline of downtown Brisbane seen from across the river on a sunny day in Australia
Posted: 02/10/2024 | February 10, 2024

Located on the banks of the Brisbane River, Brisbane is known for its warm and welcoming atmosphere, relaxed lifestyle and lively city life. Located on the eastern edge of the country, the city is visited by most people as they travel up the coast, stopping there for a day or two before continuing on to the Gold Coast or Cairns.

Brisbane may not be as popular as Sydney or Melbourne, but it won’t disappoint. It is Australia’s third largest city and offers visitors a mix of modern architecture and lush outdoor spaces. And while most visitors are drawn to the outdoor atmosphere, the city is also a cultural hub with fantastic museums and galleries, vibrant street art and famous landmarks. (It’s even set to host the 2032 Summer Olympics!)

To help you plan your visit, here is my list of the best hotels in Brisbane:

1. Novotel Brisbane South Bank

A huge bed in a spacious hotel room at the Novotel Hotel in Brisbane, AustraliaA huge bed in a spacious hotel room at the Novotel Hotel in Brisbane, Australia
Nestled in the vibrant heart of the South Bank District, this four-star hotel impresses with its elegant, modern design and chic, contemporary furnishings. It is a large property with an outdoor pool, a fitness center and a restaurant that serves a delicious breakfast buffet. The rooms are all spacious and feature comfortable beds with soft duvets, a seating area, smart TVs and desks. The bathrooms are large and mostly open plan. Overall, it’s a good choice for those looking for a stylish stay in the heart of the city.

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2. Royal in the Park

A large, airy hotel room at the Royal on the Park Hotel in Brisbane, AustraliaA large, airy hotel room at the Royal on the Park Hotel in Brisbane, Australia
Located directly across from the lush downtown botanical gardens (and just a short walk from the popular Queen Street Mall), I find this hotel charming. There’s an outdoor pool, a hot tub, a lounge, and a restaurant that serves a full breakfast buffet. The spacious rooms are simply designed and feature floor-to-ceiling windows that let in plenty of natural light. The beds are super comfortable and the bathrooms, while not huge, are well-appointed, well-lit, and have good water pressure. All rooms have ergonomic desks, USB ports on the beds, and espresso machines. And as a nice welcome, you will receive a free drink upon arrival.

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3. The Constance Fortitude Valley

A colorful, ornate room at the Constance Fortitude Valley Hotel in Brisbane, AustraliaA colorful, ornate room at the Constance Fortitude Valley Hotel in Brisbane, Australia
This quirky boutique hotel is decorated with colorful street art and murals by artists from around the world. There’s a cool rooftop bar, a cafe that serves breakfast, a fitness center, and free access to a nearby pool and gym. All rooms have desks, pod coffeemakers, walk-in showers, blackout curtains, and minibars (some even have whirlpool tubs and private courtyards). Overall, this hotel combines artistic flair with modern comforts and amenities, making it an outstanding choice for those seeking a unique stay with style and character.

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4. Crystalbrook Vincent

A cool, artsy hotel room at the Crystalbrook Vincent Hotel in Brisbane, AustraliaA cool, artsy hotel room at the Crystalbrook Vincent Hotel in Brisbane, Australia
Located on the edge of Fortitude Valley right at the foot of the famous Story Bridge, this epic five-star hotel is one of the best hotels in Brisbane. It almost feels like an urban resort, with two restaurants, a fitness center, and an infinity pool with great views. Additionally, the rooftop bar offers panoramic views of the city skyline. The spacious rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, comfortable beds, fluffy robes, flat-screen TVs, and desks. Most also have a couch. The bathrooms are huge and have walk-in rainfall showers with great water pressure. This is the best choice for travelers looking to stay by the water as all of the great restaurants and bars of the Howard Smith Wharves are just steps away. This is my favorite luxury hotel in the city.

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5. Atlas Apartments by CLLIX

A large, well-lit apartment hotel room with plenty of natural light in Brisbane, AustraliaA large, well-lit apartment hotel room with plenty of natural light in Brisbane, Australia
This apartment hotel on the edge of the West End offers modernly designed apartments with plenty of natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows. All units have a balcony or terrace, a fully equipped kitchen, a dining area and a walk-in shower with high pressure. The property also features an outdoor swimming pool, steam room, barbecue area, fitness center and laundry facilities. However, there is no restaurant (or breakfast) on-site and housekeeping is only free after a seven-day stay. However, the late checkout at 2 p.m. is an unusual (but welcome) perk that’s helpful if you have to leave later in the day. These self-contained apartments are ideal if you are planning a longer stay or traveling with family.

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6. Emporium Hotel South Bank

A plush, spacious hotel room at the Emporium Hotel in Brisbane, AustraliaA plush, spacious hotel room at the Emporium Hotel in Brisbane, Australia
This modernly designed five-star hotel features a beautiful infinity pool, a spa, a fitness center and three restaurants, including one that serves a delicious breakfast. The spacious and elegant rooms are opulent yet comfortable and feature soothing showers with excellent water pressure. Rooms offer incredible views and feature marble bathrooms, luxurious mattresses, and Bose sound systems. Many have balconies and hot tubs. It is one of the most luxurious hotels in the city and perfect for couples looking to treat themselves.

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Although often overshadowed by Melbourne and Sydney, Brisbane is a fantastic city. Here you’ll find beautiful outdoor spaces, great museums, a surprising foodie scene, and a thriving arts scene. It’s definitely worth spending at least a few days here. If you choose one of the above hotels, prepare yourself for a fun and enjoyable stay in Australia’s third largest city!

Book your trip to Australia: Logistical tips and tricks

Book your flight
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Book your accommodation
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Don’t forget travel insurance
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