Brisbane is a relatively compact city compared with Sydney and Melbourne. Most of Brisbane’s main attractions are located within a 2km radius of the CBD and the others that can be said to be ‘in Brisbane’ are located within a 15km radius. 

Where you stay in Brisbane largely depends on what you want to do, and how much you want to spend. Generally, though, the CBD has accommodation which caters to all tastes and budgets. From five star hotels like Stamford Plaza and Conrad’s to huge backpacker complexes like The Palace and banana benders. (stars given beside name of hotel).


Stay in the Central Business District (CBD or heart of the city) if you want to be in the heart of everything. Walking distance to all of the major sights and easy to hop on a bus, train or ferry to visit other areas. 

  • The Brisbane Marriott Hotel 5*
    Located between the Valley and the CBD (about 3-5mins walk from the mall), it has easy access to public transport, but not as close as Rydges or Stamford | Website
  • Stamford Plaza 5*
    is probably the nicest of the big hotels. it is located beside the city botanic gardens (about 3mins walk from the mall) and looks out over the river. it is right next to the free city loop bus service (which can take you to the train station) and just near the ferry stops at riverside | Website
  • Hilton 5*
    Located on the Queen Street Mall - it is about as central as you can get | Website
  • Conrad Treasury 5*
    Right opposite the casino in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD and just over the bridge from Southbank | Website
  • Quay West Suites 5*
    Located opposite the botanic gardens and parliament, and just across the pedestrian bridge from southbank. this hotel is a favourite of may of Brisbane’s visiting business people | Website
  • Sofitel 5*
    Previously the Sheraton. Located directly above central station in the heart of the CBD | Website
  • The Carlton Crest 4-5*
    Located less than 100m from the queen street mall, and close to roma street parklands. Looks out over King George Square and City Hall. Picasso’s restaurant downstairs is great! |  Website
  • Novotel 4-5*
    Located a short walk from Central Station | Website
  • Royal on the Park 4-5*
    On the botanic gardens in the CBD | Website


  • Chiefly at Lennons 4*
    Located in the Queen St Mall - you won't get any more central than that | Website
  • Oaks 212 on Margaret Apartments 4*
    Opened June 2005, in the middle of the CBD, part of the Oaks group | Website

  • Oaks North Quay 4*
    Located on north quay at the southbank end of the city | Website
  • Oaks Lexicon Apartments 4*
    Located near the riverside complex | Website
  • MacArthur Chambers apartments 4*
    Luxury heritage apartments located on the Queen Street mall in the heart of all the action | Website
  • Medina Executive Apartments 4*
    Ivory lane between the city and the valley | Website
  • Mecure Hotel 4 *
    Located near the Casino and a short walk over the bridge to Southbank | Website
  • Grand Chancellor 3-4*
    on Leichhart street in Spring Hill. Right next to Roma Street Parklands | Website
  • Ibis 3-4*
    Turbot St – relatively central, close to Roma St transit centre | Website
  • Holiday Inn 3*
    Located above the Roma Street Transit Centre | Website


Other Inner City Suburbs

Places like Fortitude Valley with its buzzing music scene and Kangaroo Point are a good choice if you don't need to be absolutely central, but still close to the action.

  • Emporium 5*
    Boutique luxury hotel in Fortitude Valley that seems to attract awards left, right and centre | Website
  • Limes Hotel 4-5*
    Only 21 rooms and a fabulous rooftop bar located in the Valley | Website
  • Aynsley BnB 4*
    at Paddington has quite a good reputation. it is located close to the paddington shopping precinct, and within easy walk of the bus to the city | Website
  • Catherine House BnB Kelvin Grove 4*
    inner suburbs, close to city and Paddington shopping precinct | Website
  • Goldborough Place Apartments 3-4*
    In the heart of the renovated warehouses district of Teneriffe. Great dining, shopping and close to river walks | Website
  • Central Brunswick Apartment Hotel 3*
    Only 2 mins from the entertainment and shopping in Fortitude Valley | Website
  • Il Mondo 4*
    Kangaroo point. just across the river from the CBD | Website



Southbank is a great area to stay if you have kids. The numerous activities around the area will keep them occupied for many days. It's also home to fabulous dining and shopping. 

  • Rydges Southbank 4-5*
    Great hotel located right on the southbank parklands. Close to shopping, restaurants, Kodak beach, West End, the CBD and all modes of public transport | Website
  • Mantra Southbank 4.5*
    Formerly the Saville. Next door to Rydges. It has a pool (though it is pretty small) and a gym | Website


    Northern Suburbs and Brisbane Airport

    • Quality Hotel Airport International 4-5*
      Complimentary airport transfers between 4:45am and 9:45am. Kingsford Smith Drive, Hamilton | Website
    • Comfort Inn and Suites Northgate 4-5*
      Comfortable hotel near the airport in the northern suburbs. Complimentary airport transfers between 4:45am and 9:45am | Website
    • Formule 1 Brisbane Airport 2*
      Budget hotel, the closest to Brisbane Airport | Website
    • Carseldine Palms Motel 3*
      located about 20mins from the CBD, close to QUT uni campus and Chermside shopping centre | Website


    Southern Suburbs

    • Ridge Haven BnB  4*
      located on Annerly Rd at Annerly (inner city suburb). it is still close to everything, but not right in the inner city | Website
    • Franklin Villa 4*
      Highgate hill (inner suburbs). Boutique hotel come BnB. Very nicely appointed and central to most things. Very close to the westend restaurants and shops, walking distance to southbank and city | Website
    • West End Central Apartments 3*
      Located on Melbourne street in south Brisbane. Close to West End, Southbank and the city | Website


    Eastern Suburbs and Bayside

    • Narcoopa B&B 4*
      Near Moreton Bay, Cabbage Tree Creek and Boondall Wetlands | Website
    • The Manly Hotel 3-4*
      In the heart of Manly, by the sea | Website


     Western Suburbs

    • Cosmo on Park 4*
      at Park Road Milton. great area, close to train, bus and citycat. same side of the city, but much closer to the city. near Toowong shopping centre, and just down the train line from Indooroopilly shopping town | Website
    • Leatherwood Lodge 5*
      Beautiful guesthouse at Brookfield (20min drive from CBD) | Website
    • Chasely Apartment Hotel Milton 3-4*
      Coronation Drive, close to city, citycat, park road shopping | Website



    • Somewhere to Stay: Backpackers, Students & Budget Accommodation - West End | Website
    • Tinbilly’s – City 
    • The Palace – City 
    • Bunk - The Valley 
    • YHA Brisbane – City 
    • Balmoral house – the Valley 
    • Brisbane Backpackers – West End   
    • Banana Benders – Paddington 
    • Brisbane homestead – New Farm 
    • Yellow submarine – City  
    • Annies Shandon inn – Spring Hill   
    • Nomads – The Valley 
    • Kookaburra inn – Spring Hill