We got a special discounted opening deal and we were delighted by what we found. While it's in an area we wouldn't normally stay in, we've been so disappointed by 5 star hotels in Brisbane we've been looking for something else.
It's in a quiet suburban street, but just around the corner there's a selection of good restaurants. It's a short cab ride to the city. This used to be an old queenslander but there's nothing period about the renovation. It's all glam sophistication and restrained elegance, muted colours, quality finishes, quiet luxury.
We got the front room with french doors opening onto a spacious furnished verandah, perfect for relaxing. The room itself was a little squeezy - particularly the barely adequate entrance/desk space but they made up for it in other ways. It had a proper coffee machine. Splendid bed with luxe linens and pillows.There's a decent bathroom with quality fittings. Toiletries worth taking home. A lit magnifying make up mirror. T2 tea bags. Bose sound system (which unfortunately didn't play my ipod for mysterious reasons). They even provided a proper steam iron - not one of those nasty hotel ones that threaten to burn/stain your clothes. It's clear these people know that details count.
There's a small upstairs bar with a view of the bridge and they laid on the nibbles with drinks. The service was unfailingly helpful, cheerful and polite. The breakfast was spectacularly good, and sitting out on the sun drenched verandah with a good coffee and some excellent bircher and fruit made me wonder if we'd ever put up with those other Brisbane hotels again.
But yes, some drawbacks. Worst of all was the inadequate gym. just one bike and a few weights... hmm. And the shower leaked water on the floor, but they did provide copious towels and floor mats... We'll be back, but wonder if we can afford it once the special deals are over.
- 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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