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Recharge at these eye-catching boutique escapes in Brisbane

Every once in a while, we crave something out of the ordinary and in the travel industry, this breath of fresh air is brought by the wave of boutique hotels. We love finding unique gems that embody style and exude a distinct character while offering a stylish haven where genuine hospitality and impeccable service are the norm. Luxury isn’t (and shouldn’t be!) confined by traditional 5-star hotels, and these eye-catching boutique escapes in Brisbane are testaments to this! Discover a world of wonder and relaxation at these luxurious boutique stays.

The Calile Hotel

What we love about the Calile Hotel is how it has masterfully used neutral colour palettes for a relaxing escape. One can argue that boutique hotels mean: “bold, loud, and eclectic” but The Calile Hotel offers that charming boutique vibe with a more toned-down aesthetic. Nestled in the sought-after Fortitude Valley in Brisbane, this stylish hotel offers a luxurious retreat in an enviable location. The hotel boasts a stable of drinking and dining spots offering Thai, Japanese, Greek and Italian among other enticing cuisines. On top of indulgent food offerings, you can also immerse your senses at Kailo Medispa where relaxing therapies await. The understated interiors at the spa set the mood for calm and relaxation, making it a wonderful escape where you can decompress and be rejuvenated. If you love that subtle yet luxurious vibe, The Calile Hotel is perfect for you.

Inchcolm by Ovolo

Indulge in the unique spaces of Inchcolm by Ovolo, where delightful quirks and captivating oddities add character and wonder to your stay. Each corner has a little surprise waiting for you! Your eyes will be delighted by the carefully curated details that create an atmosphere of charm and intrigue at this boutique hotel perched above Brisbane’s vibrant CBD. This whimsical city hideaway pays homage to its glorious past while integrating contemporary elements into its interior design. On-site, this neo-Georgian stay boasts an elegant martini bar filled with tiny treasures to start or keep conversations going, and the hotel also offers bistro-style dining which celebrates local produce. The suites are plush and comfy, with the bigger options coming equipped with sitting areas as well as desks if you’re travelling on business. Oh, and Inchcolm by Ovolo is a pet-friendly hotel with paw-some pet perks too, so be prepared to see some furry cuties or bring your own furry companion along for an amazing time away.

Crystalbrook Vincent

Do you love art-filled spaces? If you enjoy hyper-realistic paintings and portraits, you’ll definitely be fascinated by the interiors at Crystalbrook Vincent. This boutique hotel is nestled beneath the iconic Story Bridge at Howard Smith Wharves in the heart of Brisbane. Inside, you’ll be immersed in the world of acclaimed contemporary artist Vincent Fantauzzo, whose renowned works grace the hotel’s interiors. Overlooking the Brisbane River, Crystalbrook Vincent proudly showcases a collection of his original artworks and over 500 prints! The hotel also boasts sustainable amenities, an L.A.-vibe rooftop pool and bar, and a locally-inspired laneway dining experience at the on-site restaurant. From the hotel’s geometric exterior to the meticulously designed rooms adorned with bold colour-blocking schemes, Crystalbrook Vincent is a visual masterpiece where the realms of visual play, relaxation, and indulgence intertwine.

voco Brisbane City Centre

A vibrant waterfront stay conveniently set on the banks of the Brisbane River, voco Brisbane City Centre places you in Queensland’s very own Vegas. Experience that relaxed yet luxurious city life and enjoy shopping at Queen Street Mall or if you prefer sightseeing, this playful boutique accommodation places you close to the Museum of Brisbane and South Bank’s celebrated Art Precinct. After taking in the sights and sounds, your stylish modern suite with in-room technology and cushy beddings is waiting to treat you with a great night’s sleep. When you start your morning, have a cup of expertly brewed coffee from the hotel’s on-site restaurant, Zuma before going for a dip in the rooftop pool. Oh, and don’t forget to try out the sumptuous offers at Kraft & Co.—a bustling café by day and a moody lounge by night.


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Hotel X Brisbane Fortitude Valley

Where edgy meets luxe, Hotel X Brisbane Fortitude Valley is a 5-star hotel with a reinvigorating boutique atmosphere. Featuring rooms that exude elegant and eye-catching visuals, Hotel X invites you to relax in indulgent comfort while conveniently placing you within a short walk of Howard Smith Wharves and James Street where you’ll find the hottest bars and restaurants as well as unique boutique shops. If you prefer to dine on-site and just relax inside the hotel, Bisou Bisou will transport you to France with its inspired dishes and ambient interiors. If you’re looking for a more electric vibe, head to the rooftop where Iris Rooftop Bar & Restaurant awaits. Seize the night while surrounded by its pink neon lights and revel in the high-rise breeze!

Hotel Indigo Brisbane City Centre

Hotel Indigo Brisbane City Centre makes us think of the “cool kid’s house” we wanted to hang out at when we were teens. Its rooms are filled with pops of colour, lending it that youthful energy that comes with a stay in the heart of the city. Located at North Quay, this boutique escape embodies the artistic flair of the neighbourhood and welcomes all travellers with its light-hearted atmosphere. If you love Japanese food, you’re in for a treat because on-site, Izakaya Publico and 1603 Bar are inviting dining and drinking spots serving Japanese cuisine and izakaya favourites along with sakes and an international selection of beer. Prefer something you’re more familiar with? You’ll surely find some delightful pastries and small bites at The Tuk Nook where the theme is grab, go, and yum.

Spicers Balfour​ Hotel

Nestled in the heart of New Farm, Spicers Balfour Hotel is a chic boutique stay that offers travellers a serene sanctuary amidst the urban bustle. An award-winning stay, it boasts the “Best Boutique Hotel” award from the prestigious 2019 Queensland Hotels Association Awards for Excellence and “Best Asian Restaurant” in the QLD & NT Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence for its on-site restaurant, The Balfour Kitchen & Bar which specializes in Asian cuisine. This boutique hotel features stylish and well-appointed rooms and suites designed with a contemporary aesthetic, and are furnished with comfy beds, premium linens, and modern amenities. During your stay, take leisurely strolls to explore nearby attractions such as Wilson Outlook Reserve and New Farm Cinemas. Additionally, the picturesque Brisbane River Walk, Howard Smith Wharves, and James Street are all just a short drive away.

If you’re looking for a break from the mundane and a fun way to enjoy Brisbane, consider a stay at a boutique hotel. They’ll bring a unique touch to your travel experiences!

Mat Lewis is Co-Founder & CEO of View Retreats. View Retreats is a luxury travel agency offering a handpicked collection of the world’s best hotels, resorts and villas.

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Mat Lewis

Mat Lewis is a co-founder of View Retreats and has been in the travel and hospitality industry for over two decades. He established View Retreats in 2013 in Australia as a specialist platform for luxury hotels, resorts and one-of-a-kind havens of relaxation where unforgettable travel memories are made. The online travel company now features over 5,000 properties in more than 120 countries worldwide. Mat is a self-confessed travel junkie who has lived in Asia, the UK and Europe, and currently resides in the beautiful Barossa Valley wine region in South Australia. He loves fine wines and local culinary creations that tell the story of the land. His epicurean tastes don’t get in the way of enjoying life’s simpler pleasures though, and he enjoys gardening, bush-walking, and exciting street food flavours too!

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  1. Wow – for those of us who tire of the usual bland conventional hotel room decor there’s some real out of the box design thinking going on here.

  2. The Crystalbrook Vincent looks an absolutely fascinating place to stay. More and more hotels are making a big effort with the artwork that they display.

    I really enjoy hotels that are becoming something of an art gallery. It adds so much to the experience of staying there.

    1. I totally agree. We’ve seen quite a few like this popping up in Australia and what a joy when you stay there with so many things to see.

  3. It’s a worrying trend that nowadays so many travel articles have to tell us to relax and recharge. Are we so busy now with work that we’ve forgotten how to look after ourselves?

    1. I think unfortunately that is the case. We just keep going and sometimes, people do need to be told to just take a step back.

  4. I’ve only ever done the one trip to Australia and only had time to visit Melbourne and Sydney as I had a job to get back to.

    Next time I fly all that way I must call in on Brisbane. There’s no shortage of interesting accommodation.

    1. Definitely do visit Brisbane. The city has a different vibe + a lot of sunshine (most of the time!)

  5. I know exactly what you mean about the “cool kid’s house” where everyone wanted to hang out. As an adult I still get that feeling. Some of my friends have got “taste and money” and I’d much rather live in their houses than mine.

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