The best things in life are free – and for guests at this gem of a hotel in inner-city Spring Hill that means complimentary breakfast and minibar, plus drinks from 5.30pm-6.30pm every day in the lounge area. The 50-room property may be housed in a building that dates back to the 1930s but it’s full of modern flourishes, including striking wallpaper and lighting in the common areas and vibrant carpet, floor-to-ceiling mirrors and deep baths in the guestrooms.
Ovolo Inchcolm is in Spring Hill, in the northern part of Brisbane's CBD. It’s an easy walk (under a kilometre) to The Queen Street Mall and just over 15 kilometres from Brisbane airport. It’s also conveniently located for Brisbane’s central station.
While rooms have heritage detailing and furnishings that nod to Art Deco history of the building, there’s also a pleasing contemporary sensibility in the styling and layout. There are a range of suites, each with a charming Parisian-chic ambience, while entry-level rooms are offered in no-nonsense fashion, simply labelled medium, large and extra large. An extra-large room features a desk, king-sized bed, couch and a bar stocked with (free) drinks and an espresso machine. Bathrooms are spacious, with many featuring freestanding tubs, rainshowers and generous bath sheets rather than average towels. Tech includes an Apple TV, in-room iPad and an Alexa device. Ask Alexa to play Ovolo Radio and you'll hear a selection of rock, jazz and feel-good tunes hand-picked by Ovolo Hotels’ very own CEO.
Food and drink
The hotel's restaurant, Salon de Co. (pictured above), is intimate and inviting, with gorgeous natural light, striking black walls, herringbone wood floors, and blush and gold accents. The continental breakfast (free when you book direct) is a generous serve of muesli, sourdough toast and more, while lunch and dinner menus feature modern share plates and mains with the occasional French twist.
For business traveller
The Ovolo Inchcolm has two function rooms for hire, including the Foxtrot Room, one of the best meeting rooms in the city. The lounge is an ideal place for a coffee meeting, and each room has a functional desk and speedy wi-fi access.
For wellness traveller
While there’s no gym or pool onsite, Ovolo offers access to a 24-hour gym a short five-minute walk down the road.
The fab factor
It’s the freebies that make this stay fabulous: there’s the expected complimentary services such as high-speed wi-fi, but guests can also expect continental breakfast, mini-bar, in-room snacks, and daily happy hour gratis.
Best for: Couples and business travellers seeking boutique luxury.
Number of rooms: 50
Rates from: $280
Wi-fi: Speedy and free
Address: 73 Wickham Terrace Spring Hill Brisbane Qld 4000
Telephone: (07) 3226 8888
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