Just minutes’ walk from the botanic gardens, this CBD sanctuary is ideal for unwinding, thanks to an excellent onsite spa, a shaded pool and a gym that offers sessions with a personal trainer. Family comfort is not an afterthought here, with large, clutter-free rooms and cots and microwaves available on request. There’s also a lovely jazz bar on the ground floor and a casual eatery by the pool.
A 20-minute drive from the city’s airport, The Westin is at the southern end of Brisbane’s CBD. It’s a short walk to riverside eateries, Queen St Mall shopping district and the Botanic Gardens, home to playgrounds, cycling tracks and outstanding river views.
Soft neutrals create an elegant, restrained feel in all 299 rooms, while abstract artworks on the walls reflect the colours of the nearby Botanic Gardens and Brisbane River. Bathrooms feature spacious showers and wide sinks with plenty of space for toiletries. Families are well catered for, from kids' activity packs in the mini bar to a balanced children’s menu that’s part of in-room dining. Most importantly, thanks to the Westin’s very own branded beds, everyone is guaranteed an excellent night’s sleep.
Food and drink
Adjacent to the lobby, The Charles’ starts its day as a chic café before converting into a buzzy bar in the late afternoon. The fabulous cocktail menu lists fun and flirty beverages like a bubble-gum-hued martini, while the bar’s trolley offers diners an impressive range of champagne and rosé. The signature restaurant, Eden’s Table (pictured above), on level three has nailed comfortable contemporary dining, with locally sourced produce, and a menu that will please parents thanks to a broad array of healthy choices for kids.
For business travellers
For meetings and events The Westin offers six rooms, the largest of which can accommodate up to 500 guests. The hotel can also provide AV equipment, portable staging and polling devices, plus messenger and videography services.
For wellness travellers
In addition to a workout in the compact fitness centre, active types can book in for a personal training session, yoga, pilates, or a even a jog with The Westin’s run concierge – a resident running buddy who can show you the best parts of the city. If you’ve forgotten your gym kit, just call reception and hire some gear. For de-stressing, book in for a signature massage at Westin’s trademark Heavenly Spa (pictured above) – the first of its kind in Australia. The adjacent pool features Brisbane's first swim-up pool bar – which may not exactly qualify as “wellness”, but certainly classifies as relaxing.
The fab factor
It has to be the pool and its swim-up bar. With a clever indoor-outdoor design, it offers great views of the surrounding Brisbane streets while the building gives protection from the elements. The bar menu is available all day, featuring everything from smoothies to burgers.
Best for: Families
Number of rooms: 299, with 39 suites
Rates from: $249 plus $40 hotel fee
Wi-fi: Fast and free
Parking: $55 per day for onsite parking
Address: 111 Mary Street Brisbane 4000 Qld
Telephone: (07) 3557 8888