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Spicers Balfour Hotel
Ranked #6 of 168 Hotels in Brisbane
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 August 2012

Stayed two nights at this gorgeous hotel and was totally ruined - I won't be able to stay anywhere else in Brisbane from now on. Spicers is "it" now. Nice, quiet location but only a short taxi ride to the CBD. Gorgeous super quiet rooms, professional yet friendly staff, fantastic food, every comfort you could think of. Best breakfast in living memory eaten on that lovely sunny verandah - doesn't get any better than that! I would highly recommend this hotel. Loved every minute of my stay.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 4 August 2012

Great small hotel with personal, friendly, service. Great rooftop cocktail bar overlooking the CBD for pre-dinner drinks and a sunny veranda - perfect for beutifull breakfasts in the morning. All within a few minutes' walking distance of New Farm's excellent eating establishments, and the CBD is only 20 mins walk away. Easy access to great runs along the Brisbane river too.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank jjmack31
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Reviewed 30 July 2012

Stayed at Spicers Balfour in Newfarm on Friday night and was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the establishment. Very warm welcome and the rooms are beautiful. Lovely little touches like heated towel rails, bathrobes, and nesspresso coffee machine. The room was really quiet. Excellent breakfast. Great views from the rooftop bar of the Story Bridge. Walked to Newfarm Farmers Market on Saturday morning and was able to have a lovely dinner at Hotel Bravo on Friday night all within walking distance.

Room Tip: Only a boutique hotel but Room 2 was great
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 July 2012

I usually stay in serviced apartments when visiting my hometown, but with a very brief long weekend planned, I chose the Spicers Balfour instead. This transformed Queenslander home in inner city New Farm was as charming as it was luxurious. Initially, I struggled to tell if it was a hotel or a B&B, as the rooms are a bit like ensuite bedrooms in a neighbourhood home!

From arrival to departure though, everything was perfect. My room was cosy, but not too small, the breakfasts (included in the roomrate) were excellent, and the staff were very friendly and obliging. The decor was funky yet functional, with high-end fixtures and luxurious bedding.

Looking forward to the opportunity to stay again.

Parking at the rear of the building was a little tight, even with my little hire car, but there was always a space available. My room was right opposite the reception so I could sometimes hear some coming and going, but it wasn't too bad...

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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1  Thank grahamew
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Reviewed 13 July 2012

all good here...small rooms but nice location and staff

clean and very good service

a bit pricey for the size room but breakfast was excellent

wifi was sloooooooooowwwww and no lifts for baby prams or trolleys

brisbane doesn't have much to offer so this is about as good as you get on small home feel not a big hotel

Room Tip: lower floor or terrace suite if you have the cash
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 July 2012

I stayed at Spicers Balfour Hotel in early July 2012. The service was exceptional. The food excellent. The design excellent. Whoever undertook the design has an excellent eye and knows what they are doing; from the Cote Bastide toiletries, the Bemboca towels and throws, the quality art and design books. Best of all were Cory and Michael, the night and day managers. Nothing was too much trouble everything they did was with a smile. QANTAS lost all my bags on a flight from SYD to BRIS and I was departing early the next morning for the Solomons. Cory the day manager offered to drive me to the airport at 10 pm on Sunday night tio pick up my bags as QANTAS was too disorganised for my bag delivery. I took a taxi instead but the fact that he offered could have knocked me over! Other hoteliers take note this maybe the best run boutique hotel in Australia. Keep up the great work.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank WatkinsSydney
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Reviewed 8 July 2012

My wife and I decided to spend a long weekend in Brisbane and struggled to get a bed on a Wednesday night because of the State of Origin league so we ended up at Spicers Balfour. We wouldn't have stayed had we got a bed in the city but we are glad it worked out the way it did.

The location is a short walk to Fortitude Valley but a bit too far for us to walk to the city albeit is only a $15 taxi ride. It is a 2 minute walk to a number of good restaurants.

On arrival when we pulled up in the taxi I thought we had made a mistake booking here because from the street at night it looked like an old villa, certainly not a hotel. Inside however we we pleasantly surprised as it has been refurbished to a very high standard. The hotel has a neat small bar where we had complimentary canapés, a restaurant and a conference room, there s parking on site.

Our room was on the ground floor - there are 3 levels and next time we would ask for another level as our room provided absolutely no view - just a wall about a metre from the window. The room itself was not large but it was great, very luxurious and to a fabulous standard. There was a good choice of quality teas, coffee machine, no minibar, a large flat screen tv, and large ensuite.

Bed was soft and extremely comfortable, there is no street noise although you did hear other guests entering and leaving their rooms - not much of an issue given there are only 3 rooms downstairs.

Breakfast was excellent (a highlight) and the reviewer who recommended the eggs benny was spot-on.

Service was second to none and all the young staff need complimenting as they couldn't have been more helpful and obliging.

I would have no hesitation in returning if I was happy taxiing into the city and the value for money given the quality of the hotel and the inclusive breakfast and free wifi was very good.

Room Tip: Ask not to be on the ground floor.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Spicers Balfour Hotel

Address: 37 Balfour St, Brisbane, Queensland 4005, Australia
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Region: Australia > Queensland > Brisbane Region > Brisbane
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 168 Hotels in Brisbane
Price Range: £113 - £267 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Spicers Balfour Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
From the outside, Spicers Balfour Hotel resembles many of the large and beautiful classic Queenslander homes found in its neighbourhood, the fashionable inner-city Brisbane suburb of New Farm. The hotel offers nine rooms each with individual elegance and charm providing an indulgent haven with all the comforts and attention to detail expected from a leading five star hotel. Small boardroom for meetings of up to 18 delegates, onsite restaurant serving sumptuous breakfast's and high tea's daily, lunch (Monday-Friday),and dinner (Monday-Saturday), library, large and open QLD Verandah, complimentary parking facilities and rooftop bar with views of the stunning city skyline and Story Bridge. Whether it's a corporate trip to Brisbane, a romantic city escape from the kids, or just a cosy, convenient place to come back to after a show, Spicers Balfour Hotel is the ultimate city escape. ... more   less 
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