Have yourself a merry little Christmas at these stellar staycation spots in Brisbane
With Christmas just around the corner, we think there’s no better time to cash in that annual leave and splash out on a staycay in Brisbane. Take your R&R to the next level this festive season with a few nights in some fancy digs and a delicious dining experience. To help you plan your inner-city trip, we’ve taken the liberty of rounding up our favourite staycay spots in Brisbane and pairing them with a perfect venue to treat your tastebuds – you’re welcome!
Hyatt Regency Brisbane x Jumbo Thai
If you judge a hotel by its pool, Hyatt Regency Brisbane will absolutely top your list. It’s not just the premium poolside amenities that make this Queen Street gem a total oasis – the luxury features and show-stopping location are bound to tick more things off your staycay wishlist. As for dining, take your tastebuds on an adventure at Jumbo Thai and lap up snacks like the restaurant’s signature blue-hued butterfly-pea dumplings with caramel peanuts and sweet pickled radish, crispy soft-shell crab bao buns, and Thai-style coconut pancakes with salty pork and taro.
Adina x Donna Chang
For history and heritage lovers, this Brisbane staycation combination is a hard one to top. George Street lodging Adina Apartments melds together Art Deco charm with artfully restored interiors to offer world-class comfort. The historic vibes continue all the way down to the ground floor where you will find Donna Chang, the hotel’s on-site modern-Chinese marvel. Order a cocktail (our pick is the pina colada bubble tea) and graze on delectable Cantonese cuisine – the handcrafted dumplings are a must try!
Emporium Hotel South Bank x TakashiYa
With amazing views, a bounty of luxe eateries at your fingertips and a 23-m infinity-edge rooftop pool, it’s safe to say a staycation spent at Emporium Hotel will send your senses into overdrive. Lavish suites will impress those who want to relax in style whilst culinary adventurers will also be satisfied with the in-house restaurant offerings. Our choice is Japanese omakase restaurant and bar TakashiYa, located at the base of Emporium Hotel. It’s here where eager diners can indulge in a salivation-inducing feast – think world-class omakase fare alongside top-tier whisky and sake.
The Hilton x Vintaged
Fans of fine cuts and opulent digs will be treated to the perfect match at The Hilton. While the name itself needs no introduction, it bears repeating that a stay in this swanky spot will have you feeling like a VIP. As a bonus, you don’t even need to leave the hotel to experience some of the most flavoursome fare The City has to offer – Vintaged Bar + Grill will cater to your every desire with its tantalising menu of steaks and award-winning dishes. Plus, oenophiles will be happy to hear that the bar is stocked with more than 1000 wines sourced from boutique wineries in Australia, New Zealand and France.
Treasury Hotel x Black Hide by Gambaro
You can’t get any more central than Treasury Hotel, a luxe staycay destination that has everything you need for a fun-filled and fancy Brisbane holiday. The hotel itself is dripping in old-world splendour and finery, so if royal vibes are your thing it’s a sure bet. As for the food, the offering is anything but ordinary. A visit to the venue’s on-site meat mecca Black Hide by Gambaro is a must – you can feast on world-class Australian wagyu and Angus steak cuts, sumptuous seafood dishes, and tantalising share plates.
W Brisbane x Three Blue Ducks
Those who love to live it up like a celebrity can max out on lavish extras at W Brisbane. The five-star hotel is a feast for the senses and is home to lounge-meets-cocktail bar The Living Room Bar and poolside haunt WET® Deck, a fourth-floor oasis boasting killer cocktails and spectacular views. As for the food, Three Blue Ducks really speaks for itself. The Sydney-born operation is the hotel’s in-house restaurant and will fill your belly with a treasure chest of tasty modern Australian eats that will blow your mind.
Pullman King George Square x Goldfinch/Sixteen Antlers
When everything you need for an unbeatable Brisbane staycation is all in the one venue, you know you’re onto a winner. If convenience is your priority, the Pullman Hotel should be your pick. This sophisticated inner-city hotel is located right in the heart of The City, so if you do want to wander there are boundless options at your doorstep. There really is no need to stray, however – Mediterranean-inspired eatery Goldfinch is the perfect place to sate your cravings, whilst lively rooftop bar Sixteen Antlers is a top-tier option for tipple quaffing.
Capri by Fraser x Walter’s Steakhouse
The lush life is the one to embrace at Capri by Fraser, an inner-city escape that prides itself on bringing a touch of the rainforest to the hustle and bustle of The City. The stylish and vibrant digs are complemented by pops of greenery and beautiful design, elevated by opulent extras like an indoor swimming pool and high-tech amenities. When the time comes for a bite to eat, Walter’s Steakhouse is the place to go with an empty stomach – you can stick a fork in to grain-fed porterhouse as well as chilled Moreton Bay bugs, lobster linguine, lamb rump and duck-liver parfait.
Novotel South Bank x La Lune Wine Bar
A staycay favourite among river-city locals, Novotel Brisbane South Bank is a primo place to soak up all the goodness that Brisbane’s southside has to offer. With an excellent location (you’re moments away from the city’s cultural precinct as well as the area’s spectacular selection of restaurants and bars) and floor-to-ceiling views looking across the river, what more could you want in a staycay option? Make your stay extra special with a visit to Fish Lane drinking destination La Lune Wine Co. Tuck in to dishes like kangaroo tartare with seed crisp and fermented chilli or mushroom risotto with garlic and watercress along with a perfectly paired wine. We’ll cheers to that.
The Incholm by Ovolo x Motorwagen
If you’re after a hotel with character, The Incholm by Ovolo is a winner. This historic staycay spot embraces old-world hospitality, holding true to the building’s charming original 1930s style. When you take a pause from marvelling at the eye-catching architecture and interiors, stroll to nearby restaurant Motorwagen to enjoy a European-influenced menu of eats that make the most of fresh and local produce. After your merry meal, treat yourself to a decadent dessert in the form of the pineapple semi-freddo with dark-rum coconut caramel and Sichuan meringue – it’s simply moreish.