Madelin Tomelty

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Brisbane has a luxurious new lease on life, with a host of five-star hotels opening their doors in the last twelve months. We round-up and break-down the hot, high-end newcomers to the Brisvegas accommodation scene…

Seemingly all of a sudden, Brisbane has a string of brand new luxury hotels on the scene. From the city to the Valley and Southbank, choose from brand-spanking-new-builds or older hotels transformed into high-end havens, globally-recognised luxury hotel brands or boutique treasures. But the question is, which one deserves your reservation? It’s a First World problem, but one well worth exploring.

24 new hotels and more than 1200 hotel rooms have opened, on average, each year in Brisbane in the past four years, and the latest International Visitor Survey has proven the demand for hotel beds is not easing up. In the 12 months to December 2016 the city of Brisbane welcomed an all-time high number of international visitors, at 1.159 million – a 25 per cent increase in international tourists to the river city since 2012.

Largely a result of Brisbane City Council’s hotel incentive delivering infrastructure reductions for four and five-star hotel developers, Brisbane Lord mayor Graham Quirk said the record tourism numbers were “due to Brisbane’s ever-growing international profile, combined with a world-class major events calendar and an increase in quality hotel supply.”

He added that there was an occupancy rate average in Brisbane of about 76 per cent, compared to 71 per cent nationally, and that the 2014 G20 World Leaders Summit launched Brisbane on the world stage.

“Since I announced an incentive to attract new hotels to Brisbane, hotel supply has grown by 4,200 rooms, with 17 new hotels and a further 10 under construction. These new hotels alone are contributing an additional 2,000 jobs to the city and allowing us to attract major world-class events, which previously our hotel supply did not allow,” he said.

And Brisbane is not alone. Australia as a whole is undergoing an era-changing tourism transformation, with a new wave of ‘lifestyle hotels’ entering the market in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Hobart.

But enough of the stats, where’s the luxury at in Brisbane? Where isn’t the luxury, is probably the better question. Here’s where to stay on your next sojourn in Brisvegas…

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