We have long been fans of the owners of this hotel having previously enjoyed heaven on earth at Spicers Scenic Rim, so we were keen to enjoy a night in the city at this brand new boutique hotel.
The location is a little unusual (for Brisbane) but New Farm is a very fashionable inner suburb and Balfour street is right near the busy restaurant strip along Brunswick street and also easy walking distance to the CBD via the fabulous Riverwalk.
The hotel was once a grand Queenslander - architecture unique to Queensland and to my knowledge this is the first to be made into a Hotel. The conversion has been meticulous with great attention to detail and the overall result is quite stunning. From the street it looks more like a beautiful inner city mansion than a hotel but once inside it feels like a luxury lodge with every possible need attended to. The decor is very moody with lost of timber and warm tones and the architects have done a greta job making the use of every space.
Our room was a standard, without a courtyard, yet for an overnight stay it was more than adequate. Despite being small there is some very clever joinery that provides a work space as well as iron/ironing board and storage. The bed is heavenly - large and sumptuous with huge fluffy pillows and top quality linen.
Service is extremely attentive with the GM checking on us throughout our stay.Checkin and out was easy and there is onsite parking at the rear.
On the things we loved the most was the rooftop bar. Small but intimate it provided a great spot to catch up with friends over ( complimentary) canapes and it has surprisingly good views of the city and Story Bridge. We also love that there is a station just meters away for the new council bike hire scheme which we would highly recommend.
Could not a fault thing, even in the opening week and will not hesitate to recommened to or interestate/os friends in the future. A welcome addition to the Brisbane scene.
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Travel Republic (UK), Southall Travel, Agoda, Odigeo, TripOnline SA, Traveltool, S.L.U., Evoline ltd and HotelQuickly so you can book your Spicers Balfour Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.