Turn your Dine BNE City dinner date into a staycay with these dynamite accommodation offers
If you haven’t heard already, Dine BNE City will be taking over town from May 13–30, serving up a flavourful program packed with more than 80 exclusive dining offers and experiences. From leisurely long lunches and delicious degustations to brilliant bar safaris and world-class wine walks, you’re guaranteed to be tempted by several of the inaugural festival’s tantalising events. So, why not make a weekend of it with a staycay in The City? You can truly take your tastebuds on a gastronomic journey, then roll into your plush hotel bed – plus added bonus, no car required! We’ve taken the liberty of rounding up our favourite staycay spots in The City, which just so happen to be within walking distance of some top-notch eateries that are slinging some stellar specials. These luxe have also got a few sneaky deals going, too – that means more money for wine!
Old-world charm marries convenience at Treasury Brisbane, where you can score 25 percent off accommodation in the charming heritage rooms, as well as a welcome drink and unlimited in-room movies as part of its Stay & Save More package. Apart from your luxurious suite, you can also expect to be super close to some of Dine BNE City’s mouth-watering special offers. Head downstairs to slurp a bowl of aromatic bug and salmon soup at Fat Noodle (located inside Treasury) or indulge in a ten-course Italian feast at Persone while gazing at the sparkling lights reflecting on the Brisbane River. You’re a mere four-minute walk from hidden gem Greenglass, which is serving up a three-course dinner of French-inspired fare, or stroll down to the waterfront to enjoy a woodfired pizza and beer over the river at Will and Flow.
Are shopping, snacking and sipping three of your favourite things to do? Then consider staying at Hilton Brisbane in the heart of the Queen Street Mall. Choose to Prepay & Save to save up to 20 percent when you book up to three days prior to your arrival, or enjoy the Dinner, Bed & Breakfast package, which includes a three-course dinner at Vintaged Bar & Grill, plus breakfast the next day! If this isn’t enough foodie action for you, you can dig in to noodles and bao at the nearby New Shanghai, sample some signature Brazilian eats at Navala Churrascaria, or try the likes of butterfly pea flower pork dumplings and duck spring rolls at Thai eatery Jumbo.
Level up your staycay and rest your weary head at Stamford Plaza. With its Riverside Staycation package, you’ll score $175 worth of inclusions like welcome drinks, free parking, a $50 dining credit, a riverside buffet breakfast and an upgrade to a river-view room from $309. From here, Brisbane’s food scene is your oyster – spend lunchtime enjoying a burger, chips and beer or wine at in-house watering hole The Pav Bar, or head across the road to indulge in half a dozen oysters and champagne at Port Office Hotel. Snack on whole baby squid with a glass of chardonnay by the river at Rico Bar & Dining or perch at George’s Paragon to soak up the cool breezes and suns rays on the balcony while tucking in to a four-course surf-and-turf feast.
Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane
Lap up a long weekend of Dine BNE City’s special experiences with Adina Apartment Hotel’s offer to stay three nights, but only pay for two! With this stellar special you can enjoy a 1:00 pm late checkout (perfect if you’re still a bit sleepy from a night of bar hopping!), and you’ll be within walking distance of some top-tier dining and drinking dens. Try lip-smacking dim sum tasting plate at inner-city favourite Donna Chang, or pop downstairs to the glitzy Boom Boom Room Izakaya for a six-course Japanese-inspired banquet. When lunch pangs strike, head to LUCHA Kitchen and Bar to sample its famous tea-infused dishes, or stroll down to Isles Lane on Queen Street for a winning combo of pasta and wine.
Is your friend group fanatical about food? Bring the whole crew along for a food-oriented weekend stay at The Sebel thanks to its Holiday Saver offer, which will get you daily a la carte breakfast, a $50 food and beverage credit for The Croft House, and the cocktail of the month when you book a two- or three- night stay! Dinner is sorted with a gold-tier collection of restaurants within arm’s reach – drink frozen negronis and enjoy a three-course Italian meal at COPPA Spuntino, taste your way through a selection of cheese and wine inside the cosy new City Winery Cellar Door, or plan your stay around the special Tasting Thailand Dinner at Naga Thai on Monday May 17.
Capri by Fraser
Hungry for more delicious deals? Make a night out of your dinner date and stay at Capri by Fraser. Use the code ‘CAPRIDINE’ when booking your stay and, on top of your luxury accommodation, you’ll snag a complimentary bottle of house wine when dining in the hotel’s Blackfire restaurant, plus on-site secure parking for one vehicle. Kick off your weekend of wining and dining with a dozen oysters and bottle of vintage Moët at Mr & Mrs G Riverbar, then treat yourself to three courses at New York-inspired bistro Walter’s Steakhouse. Continue your culinary adventure with a burger and pint for lunch at Buffalo Bar, before sharpening your chopsticks for an eight-course dinner degustation at Saké.
Dips and sips await at Hyatt Regency, where you can stay in the centre of the action at Queen Street Mall. So you can save some pennies, the fine folks at Hyatt Regency are serving up a Staycation & Breakfast package from $259 per night, including daily breakfast for two in Lennon’s Restaurant & Bar and a late 2:00 pm check out, leaving you plenty of time to swim off your long lunches and decadent dinners! Celebrate your inner-city holiday with a cocktail and bao bun at The Pool Terrace & Bar before ticking some of Brisbane’s best restaurants and bars off your bucket list. Think burgers and beers at buzzing watering hole Brew Cafe and Wine Bar, fish tacos and margaritas at speakeasy-esque bar Super Whatnot, or a nine-course Chinese feast at Brisbane Phoenix (hello, garlic-butter lobster tail!). If your culinary-loving clan wants to come along, you can also enjoy 50 percent off a second room at Hyatt Regency when you book connecting rooms.
To book in to these luxe staycay destinations, hop, skip and jump over to the Dine BNE City website.
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