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Bowen Terrace International Accommodation
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   365 Bowen Terrace | New Farm, Brisbane, Queensland 4005, Australia   |  
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Ranked #76 of 161 Hotels in Brisbane
Adelaide, Australia
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Bowen Terrace, Brisbane”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I stayed at Bowen Terrace with my son at the end of June 2014. The atmosphere is very friendly and the host Maria, very accommodating. It is set up very well for shared accommodation. On Sunday's Maria cooks up a storm with her crepe's and everyone is invited to join her for lunch (bring your own topping).

There are some fantastic Cafe's only minutes away for top notch breakfasts, dinner etc. It is only minutes from the 196 and 199 buses that take you directly to the city. It is a 10 min walk from the nearest ferry terminal at New Farm.

It is an historic home, well appointed to suit passing travellers. Well done.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Townsville, Australia
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

* The accommodation was in a good location - close to cafés, city, parks and shopping.
* Staff that I spoke to were friendly.
* Accommodation was very clean.
* Was concerned about security in the evenings as the locking of the front door relies on guests ensuring the door is unlatched and locked.
* Didn't like that the laundry bags for bed linen and towels sat along the passage way for a couple of days.

Would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: Would try and get a room towards the back of the building.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Paris, France
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

What do you call a place that has no staff on attendance after 18h00, rowdy kids coming in at midnight and people waking you up at 6am in the communal showers next door? You are right: a hostel. And how do you call a place that presents this kind of features, but that charges hotel rates? You are right: a rip off.

Having stupidly believed the self-hyped blurb on the Bowen Terrace website (“old Queensland charm”, bla bla bla), I booked myself into the supposedly high end room of the BT (AUD 104, no breakfast). When I arrived, at 17h45, the place was open, but empty. OK, I entered the ghost hotel, followed the instructions on the A4 sheet pinned up on the wall and made it into my room, where I was welcomed by a nice smell of chlorine. The room was large, but bare-bone, with a depressing, prison-like crude light. In spite of the scare mongering instructions on the ubiquitous A4 sheets telling you to lock up every time you go out, get in, go to the toilet, etc. I actually realised that one of my windows just did not close. So much for high security. Then I explored the hotel, all the way to the basement where a few sad looking guests were watching TV in a creepy communal room, midway between “Cuckoo’s nest” and a nursing home.

My room obviously never enjoys a ray of sunlight and, even though this early “winter” was quite mild, it got really chilly in the night, but I only had a thin blanket to fight off the cold. Of course no heating in sight (must be a real issue in the heart of winter), and the following morning I boarded my flight with a cold. In spite of this internal facing location (about 1 metre to the next house’s window), the room was quite noisy, and the street traffic was present and disturbing all night long.

Well, all these flaws could have been overcome by some nice personal attention. First, there has to be one (remember the post-18h rule). And when there is a human being in sight, it is not such a relief after all: since there is no breakfast, I went out to get one, came back at 9h45, was reminded that check out was 10am (in case I had missed the 25 A4 sheets stressing this fact in the room and in the corridors). Then, at 10.01am: knock, knock, there was the reception lady very subtly standing at my door with fresh sheets. These people at Bowen Terrace really know how to make you feel welcome.

The only positive feature of my stay was the neighborhood. Granted, New Farm is not the super trendy area and the gastronomic heaven hyped by the guide books, but it is reasonably lively and hip by provincial new world standards. In any case, it makes a much needed escape from this gloomy hotel.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We stayed here while travelling the East Coast in December, the rooms were immaculate and the kitchen and shower rooms were always clean and tidy.

The front desk was really helpful with lots of tips on where to stay. We pretty much walked everywhere and recommend catching the free fastcat to Southbank. I recommend the little bakery/coffee shop just a few steps away.

The one down side was the pool though, it was quite small and not very clean. I didn't notice anyone use it while we stayed there.

However, if we ever come back to Brisbane we will definitely stay here!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Gold Coast
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16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Stayed one night to visit children in New Farm, location good, walked to the river enjoyed coffee at the Powerhouse & World photo exhibition. Bowen Terrace is lovely Queensland house, happy with Queen ensuite, comfortable night sleep. The only thing not so good was the coffee cups, 1 large 1 small & not so clean to enjoy a cuppa, couldn't find any others in the kitchen...... easy to remedy when cleaning the bedroom for future guests.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

What a great place friendly quite and clean not to mention great price! So close to everything no need to worry. If you are there on a Thursday Trivia night recommended. It was a good experience and you can even cook your own meals I liked the fact that the place was so close.

Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
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Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia
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58 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

I have stayed here three times and have recommended to friends and family who have also enjoyed the quaint queenslander style accom. We always stay in rooms with private ensuite. Situated in New Farm- plenty of restos around and 10 min walk to the city.

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: 365 Bowen Terrace | New Farm, Brisbane, Queensland 4005, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Brisbane Region > Brisbane
Amenities:
Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Brisbane
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Hotel Class:3 star — Bowen Terrace International Accommodation 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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