Review: W Brisbane


The W Brisbane boasts a luscious sense of glamour not seen before in the Queensland capital.

The arrival of W Brisbane was a watershed moment for the local hotel industry, the city’s first five-star opening in 20 years boasting a luscious sense of glamour not seen before in the Queensland capital. But this vertiginous resort is more considered than you might think, tapping into its riverside location with reed-like timber fittings, reflective walls, iridescent lighting and rich-patterned carpets.

The Great Room at W Brisbane.

In the rooms you’ll find standalone bathtubs, Queensland-inspired tongue-and-groove walls and birdcage-style wardrobes. As for which room to choose W Brisbane makes it easy by facing them all towards the river – open the generously stocked Mix Bar, shake a cocktail or two, and admire the views of Brisbane’s cultural precinct and the South Bank parklands.

Elsewhere, there’s a beautiful level-four pool and bar, and the in-house Three Blue Ducks restaurant is one of the best paddock-to-plate establishments in the country. Downstairs, there’s the moody Italian of Persone (81 North Quay;

W Brisbane in brief

How big? 32 keys

Cost Standard rooms from A$427 per night

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Check in & out 3pm & 12pm

Wifi I’m rooms/public areas Yes

Fee for Wi-Fi No

Address 515 Queen Street, Brisbane


Tel. +61 7 3303 8000

This review in an excerpt of the article ‘Brisbane’s Hot Hotels and Eateries’, which first appeared in the November-December issue of Paradise, the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini.

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