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Spicers Balfour Hotel
Ranked #15 of 157 Hotels in Brisbane
Certificate of Excellence
New Haven, Connecticut
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46 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Like visiting a lovely house”
Reviewed 22 May 2014

I chose this hotel based on Trip Advisor reviews, and am glad I did. It's worth noting that the rooms are tiny, even the terrace suite; however, they are very cleverly designed and perfectly comfortable for two adults. The food is excellent, and the rooftop bar provides a beautiful view of downtown. I loved the Nespresso coffee maker in the room (yes, I am addicted), and the one night we booked the terrace suite, we ate our breakfast there amidst parrots and greenery. The hotel also booked car service for us to and from the airport, which worked perfectly and was reasonably priced. The staff is warm and personable, and truly helpful. And walking around the charming neighborhood is delightful

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Mary M
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GM_Spicershotels, General Manager at Spicers Balfour Hotel, responded to this review, 26 May 2014
Dear Mary M

Thank you for your lovely feedback. Our designers worked hard on the layout of our rooms and I am glad you notice all the “little” touches.
Simla, the newest edition to Spicers Balfour Hotel should be open in the next 12 months with an additional eight suites. This will give our guests the opportunity to stay in the best of both worlds, intimate or spacious. We will keep you posted on the opening date.

Best Wishes
Willie & Team Balfour
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2014

I was invited to Spicers for a 90th - a high tea in the courtyard. Everything was absolutely "spot on". I had a quick look around and it looked all of 5 star and then some. I sent some pics of the roof deck to some Melbourne "roof deck bar" junkies - and I am sure I will get a glowing report...

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank FCarroll18
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GM_Spicershotels, General Manager at Spicers Balfour Hotel, responded to this review, 22 May 2014
Dear F Carroll

Thank you for your feedback, I am happy you enjoyed your high tea. We pride ourselves on only choosing the very best for our high tea`s and make a difference when every component is freshly made. We hope to see you soon for Breakfast or Dinner on our Queenslanders Veranda.
Have a lovely week

Warmest Regards
Willie & Team Balfour
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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2014

This little boutique gem is located in an inner city suburb within walking distance of some lovely shops and restaurants. From the initial greeting until you leave you will find the staff charming and efficient. Breakfast is amazing, and so is dinner. The rooms are wonderful as is the roof top bar. It is one of those places you don't want to leave but when you do you stay delighted with it. If you prefer intimacy to multi story blandness this is the first choice in Brisbane,

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank GrouchoSydney
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GM_Spicershotels, General Manager at Spicers Balfour Hotel, responded to this review, 12 May 2014
Dear Groucho

My team and I are very pleased you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your feedback. We always say that our guests become part of the family as this is a home away from home and your feedback is really what drives my team.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Spicers Balfour Hotel in the near future.

Warmest Regards

Willie & Team Balfour
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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2014

We enjoyed all aspects of this visit. Alice is such a great ambassador for the hotel as she is extremely knowledgeable, friendly and professional. All the other staff were fantastic too. The rooms are beautiful and chic but practical. The surrounding area is great and the restaurant recommendations were spot on. We were only here for two nights and wished we had stayed longer.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank p0rtia
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GM_Spicershotels, General Manager at Spicers Balfour Hotel, responded to this review, 28 April 2014
Dear P0rtia

Thank you for your lovely review, you made Alice`s day.

Please let us know when you are planning your next trip that we can look after you again. It was a real pleasure to host you and I am happy you enjoyed our property.

Best Wishes
Willie & Team Balfour
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American River, Australia
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

Honestly, one of my favorite spots to bring my wife. intimate, romantic and whatever either could desire. The views are spectacular with an amazing location. When the staff can't seem to want to do enough to make your time more memorable; who would ever want to leave??

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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GM_Spicershotels, General Manager at Spicers Balfour Hotel, responded to this review, 16 April 2014
Dear Eli

Thank you for the kind words, we are blessed to host beautiful people at our property and look forward to your next stay.

Warmest Regards
Willie & Team Balfour
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Brisbane
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56 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2014

In a residential part of town, beautifully restored old villa. Everything one could look for found in the room. Very good staff, loved the roof top bar and the great view - very relaxing. Very comfy beds. Loved the breakfast on the verandah, the sparkling wine may have helped :-)

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Simon J
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GM_Spicershotels, General Manager at Spicers Balfour Hotel, responded to this review, 16 April 2014
Dear Simone

Thank you for providing us with your feedback.

It is always nice to look after our locals. I`m am very pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and got to experience the property.

Have a lovely week

Warmest Regards
Willie & Team Balfour
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2014

I can't recommend the Balfour Hotel in terms of quality of location, accomodation, service and food. A special thanks to Alex and Tara for exceptional personalised service. The breakfast and dinner were both outstanding. Linda

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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1 Thank blackallrange
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GM_Spicershotels, General Manager at Spicers Balfour Hotel, responded to this review, 16 April 2014
Dear Linda

Thank you. Alex and Tara really enjoyed your feedback, they loved looking after you. Peter and Maria are very passionate about their food and I always say that the plate is a true reflection of their personality and respect they have for the produce they use.

Best Wishes
Willie & Team Balfour
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Additional Information about Spicers Balfour Hotel

Property: Spicers Balfour Hotel
Address: 37 Balfour St, Brisbane, Queensland 4005, Australia
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 #15 of 157 Hotels in Brisbane
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Spicers Balfour Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 9
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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