15 Fantastic & Stylish Brisbane Boutique Hotels for Adults

Stylish Brisbane boutique hotels were few and far between twenty years ago! However, the Queensland capital of Brisbane is now increasing in domestic and international mileage as a must-visit destination. I remember when it was called BrisVegas and much derided by the inhabitants of Melbourne and Sydney!

This is very much no longer the case as it has a thriving scene in Brisbane Boutique Hotels! With its proximity to the Gold and Sunshine coasts, perfect year-round weather, upmarket dining and entertainment options, an artistic array of cultural events, designer retail therapy and nature-based activities, Brisbane offers everything in one action-packed, riverside location.

International Visitor Survey statistics estimate the average annual number of visitors to the city of Brisbane at around 1.6 million. When you combine this impressive figure with a total of 2.2 million residents, it becomes clear that Australia’s third-largest capital city is increasing by the day in population and popularity.

Despite its exponential growth status, there is a slew of boutique hotels in Brisbane for artful accommodation, artistic destinations, dining experiences and sightseeing activities that not only shine amid stunning natural surroundings but also embody exclusive cachet.

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Brisbane Boutique Hotels

The vibrant CBD and breathtaking South Bank in the heart of Brisbane, with its arts precinct and majestic Brisbane River location, is a coveted destination for boutique accommodation Brisbane. Hotels.com offers an endless selection of five-star resorts and luxury hotels Brisbane that offer boutique style in abundance.

1. The Treasury Hotel

Treasury Hotel

The Treasury Hotel is the ultimate in top-end-of-town sophistication. This Brisbane hotel’s stately façade denotes the spacious, beautifully appointed suites, many with river views and every luxurious inclusion.  At the Treasury, old-school style never goes out of fashion.

2. Next Hotel

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Next Hotel Brisbane

If you’re looking for some contemporary glamour from your boutique hotels Brisbane, Next Hotel Brisbane in central Queen Street, offers boutique-style accommodation in beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, a luxurious outdoor pool and access to Queen Street Mall shopping and dining.

3. Gambaro Hotel

The five-star Gambaro Hotel in Petrie Terrace also rates highly with guests for its stylish surroundings, affordability and access to sporting events at nearby Suncorp Stadium.

Gambaro Hotel

4. Emporium Hotel South Bank

Emporium Hotel

Closer to the coveted arts precinct, the five-star Emporium Hotel South Bank is a tourist drawcard for its facility-packed features, including commanding Brisbane skyline views captured from the breathtaking infinity pool and chic marble-furnished restaurants.

Huge private bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, floor-to-ceiling windows and mirrored interiors provide comfort, space and abundant natural light make this a top boutique hotels Brisbane CBD option.

5. Capri by Fraser

The Capri by Fraser is a showcase of artistic vibrancy with its smartly designed interiors and glamorous indoor pool. Its access to the CBD, Brisbane Riverside Markets and Brisbane Botanic Gardens makes it one of the most convenient hotels in Brisbane city.

Capri Hotel, one of the top Brisbane Hotels

6. Menso

Menso at South Bank offers apartment-style accommodation at the height of contemporary chic. With kitchen facilities, outdoor pool, rooftop terrace and access to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition centres, the Menso is a favourite for short or long stays.

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Menso, one of the luxury hotels Brisbane Australia has on offer

7. Novotel Brisbane South Bank

The sleek exterior of the Novotel Brisbane South Bank Hotel belies the warm welcome within. With 4.5-star luxury embodied in glamorous surroundings and facilities, the Novotel also offers childcare, adjoining rooms, the convenience of self-parking and access to all business and CBD amenities.

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Novotel Hotel, one of the classic hotels in Brisbane

The trend-setting edge of Fortitude Valley has always epitomised the essence of secret urban delights awaiting discovery.

8. FV by Peppers

FV by Peppers offers clean lines, apartment-style living and a stunning rooftop pool. Private bathrooms, separate bedrooms and dining rooms and a spacious fitness centre provide the ultimate in all mod cons.

FV Peppers Hotel, with the coolest pool of all the hotels in Brisbane, Australia!

9. Ovolo The Valley

The artistic appeal is evident at the five-star Ovolo The Valley. This luxurious hotel oozes effortless glamour and features an inviting outdoor pool, easy access to Emporium shopping, airport shuttle and all mod cons.

Ovolo Hotel The Valley
Ovolo Hotel

10. The Calile Hotel

The Calile Hotel offers artful interiors and luxurious private bathrooms with contemporary pizzazz. The outdoor pool is a sophisticated setting for relaxation in sunbathed style. This is one of the best options for boutique hotels in Brisbane CBD area.

Calile hotel Brisbane
Calile Hotel

11. TRYP by Wyndham

The mural and mirrored-widow façade of the TRYP by Wyndham Fortitude Valley Hotel is a fashionista favourite. Its artistic edge continues inside with designer fittings and fixtures to delight discerning art lovers.

 Connecting rooms, private bathrooms with colourful feature vanities, premium TV channels and private terraces are winning masterstrokes. TRYPO by Wyndham is a fantastic option if you’re looking for luxury hotels in Brisbane.

TRYP Wyndham Brisbane

12. The Sage Hotel

The Sage Hotel James Street offers boutique brilliance in inviting, light-filled surrounds. With three restaurants, fitness centre, lavish private bathrooms and access to Chinatown dining and the Emporium, it’s easy to see why this four-star wonder is an accommodation winner.

Spring Hill is an up-and-coming location favoured by the fashion savvy and lovers of designer style.

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13. Ovolo Incholm

Ovolo Incholm is as artful as it is luxurious and offers five-star excellence in stylish surrounds, with easy access to Queen Street Mall shopping and all city amenities.

14. Art Series The Johnson

Art Series The Johnson is defined by its breathtaking rooftop pool setting and also features light-filled, contemporary accommodation, with kitchen facilities, oversized flat-screen TVs with premium channels, and its proximity to the attractions of Eagle Street Pier.

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15. Pullman Airport

For a quick fix of boutique glamour when you have a flight to catch, triumph in transit-ready style. At the Pullman Airport Brisbane, location and luxury intertwine when time is of the essence. Pullman hotels epitomise effortless glamour and you can unwind in luxurious surroundings while also taking a dip in the inviting outdoor pool.

Whatever your preference, Hotels.com offers Brisbane Boutique Hotels to suit all budgets, tastes and locations in the Brisbane CBD and surroundings.

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Flights to Brisbane

Brisbane is the capital of Queensland which is in the North East of Australia. International flights from the UK/Europe/USA will virtually always require at least one stop on the way to Australia.

Several airlines including singapore Airlines, Emirates and Etihad offer flights that have Brisbane as their first port of entry to Australia. However, do make sure you check as the majority of international flights will have Sydney, perth or Melbourne as their first entry to Australia and an internal connecting flight will then be required.

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Domestically there are frequent flights to Brisbane from most airports in Australia.

Flights to Brisbane

Things to do in Brisbane, Queensland

Cultural boffins have a wealth of classical and contemporary artistic riches within reach at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art at South Bank. The Queensland Art Gallery offers a historical perspective of significant local and international collections, while the architectural presence of Gallery of Modern Art, located on the banks of the Brisbane River, provides the cream of permanent and touring art exhibitions with a cutting-edge appeal.

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The Queensland Museum in South Brisbane has the answer for every scientific mind. Satisfy the curiosity levels of all ages at the electrifying SparkLab, which offers 30 interactive exhibitions across three fascinating zones.


The performing arts centre of the Brisbane Powerhouse at always popular, inner-city New Farm features world-class theatrical and musical events, teamed with fine dining and drinking offerings with a casual approach at Bar Alto.

Indulge the senses and drift away for the day with lunch, dinner and city lights, or sparkling wine and high-tea river cruises onboard traditional paddle wheelers of inveterate charm.

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Set your sights at an elevated perspective and scale new heights with the ever-popular Story Bridge Climb. Dawn or twilight climbing events with digital photo inclusions, at this Kangaroo Point landmark, attract droves of visitors and residents alike.

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Early risers can take to the skies with the unforgettable event of a sunrise hot air ballooning adventure with full breakfast and sparkling wine. Tour providers offer the choice of Atherton Tablelands or Ipswich viewpoints and all assure memories to treasure amid these sunrise-bathed rural landscapes.

Afterward, immerse yourself in natural wonders without leaving the Brisbane CBD, with a meander and possibly an afternoon picnic at the City Botanic Gardens.

This sprawling sub-tropical setting features bamboo groves, weeping figs and ornamental ponds for Narcissus-worthy self-reflection. The Botanic garden’s Riverstage and the main rotunda also present regular concerts, exhibitions and shows for all interests and ages.

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You can also get up close and personal with marine life in dolphin and Tangalooma Wrecks cruises afloat the crystal-clear waters of Moreton Bay Marine Park.

Humpback whales in season can also be spotted from the historic 19th century Cape Moreton Lighthouse.

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Accessible from Brisbane and offering the chance to view hundreds of fascinating sea creatures and explore steep sand dunes and breathtaking mountains, the south-east Queensland landmark of Moreton Island, which also includes North Stradbroke Island, is a must-visit for nature and coastal lovers.

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For day-trippers, a visit to Brisbane would not be complete without a leisurely or more intrepid expedition to the Scenic Rim, which is a World Heritage-listed national rainforest reserve located less than an hour’s drive from the CBD.

You can explore mountain ranges, ancient landforms, and natural rock pools and even indulge in glamorous overnight stays, such as the safari-style retreat at Spicer’s Canopy.

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Visitors to Scenic Rim should not depart without sampling the abundant offerings of fine wines and local produce of premium quality at this multi-awarded wine region.

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Food and drink

Gauge asserts the right balance between upmarket appeal and café culture in winning dishes that play on Mediterranean and South East Asian influences. This perennial South Brisbane favourite is also handy to all cultural and retail attractions.

PC Gauge Brisbane

Stokehouse Q is a true foodie stayer for its South Bank riverfront destination, effortless elegance and contemporary French flavours.

Gerard’s Bistro at ever edgy Fortitude Valley combines the best of local produce and transforms it with Middle Eastern and Japanese-style finesse. Gerard’s is also renowned for its flavour-expanding dessert range, including the sorrel ice cream embedded below a moreish porcini meringue.

Also in the Valley and not unlike the bespoke tailors for which it is named, Savile Row customises cocktails of contemporary flair with a focus on traditional qualities amid luxurious, den-like interiors.

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PC Gerards Brisbane

Lychee Lounge in the fashionable West End also offers a fresh take on classic cocktails in an awe-inspiring setting.

The Cloakroom Bar in the middle of the city is more underground Melbourne than Sunshine State Brisbane, with its back-lane fire-escape access. But the highest professional standards in cocktails of exacting excellence are always completely above board.

Shop until you drop

When designer retail therapy is in order, shopaholics can’t go past the dazzling shop fronts along Edward and Queen Streets, Queens Plaza and the old-world charm of Tattersall’s Arcade, all in the CBD. Up-to-the-minute imported and local designer fashions feature alongside artisan food outlets and premium coffee venues.

Also in the city centre, all roads lead to the Queen Street Mall, which is the magnetic destination for shoppers and entertainment options for all ages and tastes. There are more than 700 specialty stores within the Queen Street complex alone and more than 1000 retail locations in the Brisbane CBD.

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The central Wintergarden also provides an artistic point of interest for shoppers, browsers and admirers. The Emporium in Fortitude Valley is your glamorous hub for upmarket retail therapy, pamper-worthy day spas, dining and drinking options for all tastes and budgets.

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Looking for the most stylish and fantastic Brisbane Boutique Hotels? Here are 15 great finds across the CBD, Fortitude Valley and Spring Hill. Plus where to go and what to do in Brisbane
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20 thoughts on “15 Fantastic & Stylish Brisbane Boutique Hotels for Adults

  1. Estée Izaola says:

    What an amazing, well-researched list. I loved learning more about so many great hotels. There’s a wide variety to chose from, depending on your taste and budget. My personal favourite is the TRYP Fortitude Valley Hotel. I’ll be sure to add it to my travel bucket list.

  2. Joline says:

    Wowww every place looks stunning. Would love to stay at FV Peppers. It looks super chic and stylish.

  3. Stephanie says:

    This is an awesome resource! My mom has been wanting to plan an adults-only trip to Queensland for a few years now. Since my sister and I are done having babies so won’t be pregnant when she wants to go this time, she has started looking into it a lot closer. I’ll have to share this with her because I know Brisbane was on her list of places.

  4. Bree says:

    These hotels look amazing! I am always looking for fun hotels to visit because half the fun of travel is a nice place to stay!

  5. Tiffany says:

    I’ve never been to Brisbane but when we do make our way there, these hotels will be what we look at first.

  6. Angela Tolsma says:

    I think hotel five would be my choice, access to botanical gardens would be lovely. I love to spend time in gardens!

  7. Angela says:

    These hotels all look so amazing! I will definitely keep them in mind if I ever get a chance to visit there. The pools are absolutely gorgeous!

  8. Neely Moldovan says:

    What an amazing place to visit! All of this looks wonderful. Some of those rooms are so gorgeous!

  9. Christa says:

    There is so much great information here! My husband has family in Australia and we’re hoping to plan a big trip soon.

  10. Natural Beauty And Makeup says:

    Wow,what a thorough detailed travel post I have never visited Brisbane so this post will come handy when I do so! That beautiful Hotel Emporium South Bank is calling my name

  11. Dinka says:

    Very useful information for when I visit Australia. I better start saving money right away! Haha 🙂

  12. Laura Schwormstedt says:

    Visiting Brisbane has been on my bucket list for years and would love to have a stylish child-free break there – all of these hotels look ace!!

    Laura x

  13. Yeah Lifestyle says:

    So many beautiful and unique hotels to stay at in Brisbane. I’d definitely consider staying at one if I was ever there.

  14. eli says:

    FV looks like it might be my favorite. I can’t wait to finally make it to Brisbane. Will keep this in mind for when I finally get to go.

  15. siennylovesdrawing says:

    Lovely list of hotels & things not to be missed in Brisbane. So far only to Perth, & Brisbane always in my to-travel list. Thanks for this & am keeping it for my future reference. cheers, siennylovesdrawing

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