Four of the best stays for business travellers.
1. Hotel X, Fortitude Valley
The appeal of Hotel X is in its form and function. The 146-room designled property has a generous checklist of in-room gadgetry – tablets for room service or pillow selection, Dyson hair dryers – in its spacious suites. The location, less than 10 minutes by taxi to the CBD, is another win. And apart from the fully equipped gym, the 6.5-kilometre Brisbane River run route is close by.
2. Rambla @ Perry House, Bowen Hills
Even a swift check-in can feel lengthy when you’re on a tight schedule. At Rambla @ Perry House, serviced apartments 10 minutes north-east of the CBD, check-in is digital, keyless and contactless, activated by an app – ideal for post-red-eye arrivals. The shared on-site office space is a boon for remote work and the kitchen- and laundry-equipped suites smooth those extended stays. The heated rooftop pool is welcome come knock-off time.
3. The Calile Hotel, Fortitude Valley
It’s been five years since The Calile Hotel took over James Street but the shine of this 175-room stay hasn’t dimmed. It’s the antidote to stuffy client confabs: from the light-bathed, sand-hued meeting rooms to on-site diners SK Steak & Oyster and Hellenika, where even non-guests pull up chairs in droves. Being based in the city’s coolest ‘burb means you’ll never run out of places to wine and dine.
4. The Westin Brisbane, CBD
You can easily blur the line between business and pleasure at The Westin Brisbane, a tower that soars above the city centre. The quiet Westin Club, with its refreshments and plump leather chairs, fits into the work column, as do in-room workstations with desk-level plugs and coffee machines. Heavenly Spa by Westin, Guy Rossi’s new Settimo, an Italian restaurant featuring flavours of the Amalfi Coast, and the heated pool all slot into play (although there’s nothing to stop you taking a phone call at the swim-up bar).