Brisbane was our city of entry in Australia. We knew we'd be tired after the long flight, so I pestered the hotel staff via email with lots of questions about getting there from the airport, etc. They were prompt to respond and provided very reliable information about taking the train from the airport and how to walk from Central Station to the hotel. It all worked just as they said, and we were pleased to find that we could exit the station and be almost directly across the street from the hotel. (I will add here, that there was no noticeable train or traffic noise in our room.) When we arrived at the front desk, the attendant was very welcoming and informative. She told us a little bit about the history of the hotel, and said we should be sure to read the book in our room, which goes into more detail about not just the hotel, but the rooms, as well. All the rooms are named after people who played a role in the development of Queensland. Others have written about the old elevator. Suffice to say, its fascinating. I meant to take a photo, but never got around to it.
Each room is different. The hotel was once a medical building, and they've done a nice job converting various doctor's offices into unique hotel spaces. Our room was in the new addition to the building, but had the same attention to detail. The material used were the same, or very similar to the materials in the original rooms. The artwork is representative of whomever the room is named after. I found the room very spacious and comfortable. My husband is a bit of a picky sleeper, and prefers a slightly softer bed.
One amenity that I really appreciated was the free guest laundry. Since we wanted to travel lightly, and we were touring for a month, it was awesome to be able to freshen up our belongings after 6 days in Brisbane.
Being close to the train station, and within walking distance of all the sites of Brisbane, was really a plus. We were easily able to do all the things we had planned, and then some. At the end of the day, we'd grab a bottle of wine from a bottle shop, and escape up to the roof/pool deck to enjoy the sunset. It was also a surprising treat to watch the flying foxes soar across the river and over the city on their way to find bugs, or whatever the do at night:-)
There are lots of restaurants near the hotel. Many are lunch spots, but there's evening riverside dining within a 5 minute walk, as well as many eateries and bars in the shopping districts, which are also an easy walk. Our big surprise, not only in Brisbane, but across Australia, was the price of dining. A simple grab and go lunch for 2 was between $17-25. We rarely got away from a dinner spot for less than $85.
If we go back to Brisbane, I will definitely stay at the Inchcolm again. I highly recommend it.
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Thank you so much for your comprehensive review - you have really detailed so much in it.
So pleased you liked Myrtle the lift and even the passing flying foxes!!
Dining here is quite expensive in comparison with, particularly, the USA. Has a lot to do with the cost of labour here. Just as an FYI casual wait staff in even a small coffee shop are paid around $20 per hour and more on weekends. Makes it very challenging for small food and beverage operators.
Having said that, we can always direct our guests to places that offer relatively economical cuisine.
Thank you for sharing about our guest laundry and location. I think you have done a great job of providing/confirming information that will be of use to other travellers.
We wish you all the best for your travels and hope we might see you back here one day.
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