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W Hotel Brisbane - A 1 night ultimate staycation guide and hotel review

Updated: Mar 20, 2021

If there's one thing this year has taught us, it's that you don't always have to travel far to experience something new. That's why we decided to relax and unwined with a luxury staycation in Brisbane's W Hotel, one of the city's most famous high end hotels, and just a 1 hour drive from the Gold Coast.

The W Hotel Brisbane - One night hotel staycation guide and review
The W Hotel Brisbane - One night hotel staycation guide and review

Here is our guide and hotel review to spending the perfect night in Brisbane at the W Hotel.

The W Hotel Brisbane - Hotel Guide and our review:

Making a booking at the W Hotel Brisbane:

For a hassle free and easy experience with the best deals we chose to book via We paid just over $350 AUD for a one night stay on a Friday night with a full River View king bed room. TIP: Be sure to book a riverfront view, for a panoramic window over Brisbane's South Bank.

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Checking in to the W Hotel Brisbane- Review:

As you enter the hotel you'll straight away get a feel for the creative, colourful and provocative theme that is the non traditional luxury of the W Hotel. Arrive in time for check in at 3pm to make the most of your visit. Our process was fast, with a valet to collect our car and help with our bags, plus only a short wait on the check in times. From there we took the elevator to our room - even the experience in the lift was on theme of the hotel, with vibrant lighting and mirrored walls.

The W Hotel Brisbane Rooms - Review:

The luxury continues as you enter your room, which is bathroom and cocktail bar goals! We absolutely loved the style and vibe of the decor. We couldn't wait to make use of the bathtub. The bathroom amenities were nice too, with premium branded shampoo, conditioner (we hate when hotels don't give this!), face wash and a GHD hairdryer. We also loved the large and comfortable bed, placed right by the window to make the most of the views. The room size was great too.

The WET Deck Pool & Pool Bar - Review:

Next it was time to hit the pool, located on Level 4. This has to be one of the most stylish hotel pools we have seen. Enjoy a cocktail or two while relaxing on the sun lounges. The pool is undercover so there's plenty of shade. Be sure to pre book a spot at the bar if you're wanting a drink. We were disappointed that the afternoon we arrived the bar was booked for a private function, so it's certainly worth planning your spot here in advance.

The Living Room Bar - Review:

In the late afternoon head down to the Lobby for a drink at the living room bar and witness some fancy cocktail magic. Our cocktail of choice was 'A Little Birdy told me', we loved how friendly the waitstaff were and that they made a show out of each cocktail we ordered. The truffle fries went down a treat too.

How to spend an evening in Brisbane City:

Take in the riverfront skyline views at Howard Smith Wharves:

After enjoying an afternoon at the W Hotel, head out for the night. Located right under the Storey Bridge is the heritage listed Howard Smith Wharves, now converted into one of Brisbane's newest entertainment districts. Stop here for a drink at Fallon's Brewery or Mr Percival's. On a busy night, we found Fallon's a much easier to get a table.

Fellons Brewery at Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane
Fellons Brewery at Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane

Head for dinner at Hellenika or the W Hotels Three Blue Ducks:

Next make your way to the boutique and luxurious Carlile hotel in Fortitude Valley for dinner at Hellenika. Originally located on Nobby Beach on the Gold Coast, we have been long time customers of Hellenika, and couldn't wait to give in a try in its new upscale poolside hotel location.

We recommend pre booking the 1.2kg slow cooked lamb, as it's one of their signature dishes. Other favourite dishes you can't miss are the zucchini chips, Saganaki, Falva dip with bread and Halva ice cream for dessert.

However, if you're looking to dine at the W Hotel - head to their signature restaurant Three Blue Ducks.

We hope you enjoyed guide to the W Hotel Brisbane, Queensland. To see more of our other Australian destination guides click here.



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