I visited Brisbane in early November 2012 and stayed in Room #7, a single bedroom with share bathroom use for five nights. The room was fine; clean and functional. There is no air con, but a ceiling fan. The room also had a TV, fridge and water kettle.
A bedside lamp would have been nice, given that the room was quite long and narrow and the switch for the ceiling light was on the wall farthest away from the single bed. My suggestion for a small improvement!
The mattress was also too much on the soft, soggy side for my taste, but this comes down to individual preferences, of course.
As others have noted, the walls are super thin, so be prepared to hear most of what is going on in the adjoining rooms and definitely pack earplugs if you are a light sleeper.
The house itself is charming; a breezy old Queenslander located on a quiet residential street in New Town. Shared facilities include kitchen, big veranda, small pool, common room with TV. All guests get 2 hours free WIFI per day. Staff are very friendly and helpful but reception hours are limited to the first half of the day. Check-out time is 10 am.
Bowen Terrace Accommodation is close to various bus routes (some just across the road), the Sydney Street ferry wharf and a 10-15 minute walk away from Fortitude Valley train station. It is also very easy to walk to the CBD.
New Farm Park, the Powerhouse, a supermarket and various cafes, restaurants and bars are also close-by.
If you want cutting-edge amenities, luxury and to be fussed over, Bowen Terrace is not for you and it does not claim to be either. I'd rate it 3,5. I enjoyed the neighbourhood and staying in a more authentic place, so I would definitely consider returning and/or recommend to independent travellers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bowen Terrace Accommodation provides affordable and friendly accommodation for travellers and visitors from all over the world. Family owned and operated, Bowen Terrace Accommodation will provide you with that "home away from home" feel in a welcoming and hospitable atmosphere. The style of the house is known as a 'Queenslander' and reflects unique Australian heritage. It features elevated structure with comfortable bedrooms off the long hallway, front and back veranda's, and traditional architecture that allows to experience a part of the typical Queensland lifestyle. When you're relaxing out on the back deck on a warm summer's evening, listening to the mangos drop from the tree onto the roof, you'll see just how laid-back this city can be. Yet you are just minutes from the city lights that illuminate the beautiful Brisbane skyline as well the vibrant Fortitude Valley entertainment area and a host of some of Brisbane's best cafes are along nearby Brunswick Street. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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