Brisbane was once considered a stop over rather than a destination. Well, that’s no longer the case. The sunny town is changing rapidly and has a lot to offer to modern day travellers. And Emporium Hotel is just the place to base yourself in while exploring Brisbane.
We were looking for a romantic, luxurious and chic hotel close to the CBD and Emporium Hotel turned out to be just perfect!
Emporium has some serious sex appeal. Chic red lighting, crystal chandeliers, zebra print armchairs, lots of mirrors – you almost feel like you have entered into a fairy tale world.
From the minute we arrived the staff made us feel very welcome with a warm and personal greeting. The car was promptly parked, the luggage taken care of and within minutes we were on our way to the luxurious corner suite.
Corner suites are the largest and the best in the hotel; they are the only ones that offer separate bedroom and living area.
We were pleasantly surprised that the suite was beautifully set up with rose petals on the bed, chilled French champagne, macaroons and other treats – what a gorgeous start to a romantic weekend! The suite itself is chic and spacious – absolutely perfect for a romantic getaway!
It has 2 full marble bathrooms, luxurious living room with a lounge and dining area (perfect for long lazy Sunday breakfast) and even a washing machine (somewhat unexpected but very useful for a long stay). Other lovely touches in the suite are Nespresso machine, gourmet teas, Lindt chocolates at turn down…Well, we won’t reveal everything – stay here and be surprised!
Breakfast is definitely worth a mention. It is offered as a room service and it is superb. It arrives promptly at the time you request and gets beautifully set on the dining table by two friendly waiters.
The food is café quality – very fresh and scrumptious. We ordered fresh juice, fruit, gourmet eggs with any sides you like, fresh bread and pastries, tea and coffee. Absolute treat on a lazy morning! Take your time, enjoy the food, the beautiful suite and each others company – excellent start to a romantic weekend!
The location of the hotel is also very convenient.
Emporium Hotel is situated in Fortitude Valley near James St (a trendy street with nice cafes, bars, designer stores and a cinema). CBD is only 5 min away but being in Fortitude Valley makes you feel a bit like a local.
Gym and Pool
Emporium Hotel also has a sexy roof top pool for summer stays. We didn’t have the pleasure to experience it during this winter stay but will definitely enjoy it next time. Every room comes with huge fluffy pool towels, which is also a nice touch.
Lux Traveller Loves – The service! It was exceptionally friendly, helpful and personalized. It seemed like nearly every staff member came out to say hello and greet us personally.
In the morning concierge has offered to get us complimentary tea / coffee and set up in the car, to warm us up – so sweet…
Nothing was too much trouble. I’d say it was one of the best service experiences in Australia.
All In All – Fantastic Hotel in a trendy area. Lux Traveller recommends it for a romantic weekend. Corner Suite is our pick for ultimate pampering.
Brisbane Restaurant Tip – every time we are in Brisbane we visit Area (Matt Moran’s restaurant on the riverfront). The food is OK but the service and the setting are gorgeous. Or for something a little more relaxed and young, try Watt Restaurant in New Farm. It is partially al fresco, riverfront dining- perfect for a long lunch on a warm summer weekend!