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“Discover Brisbane's best kept secret - fun and intimate.”

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Spicers Balfour Hotel
Ranked #17 of 159 Hotels in Brisbane
Certificate of Excellence
Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Discover Brisbane's best kept secret - fun and intimate.”
Reviewed January 8, 2013 via mobile

Stayed in Brisbane for our anniversary. We really wanted to stay somewhere different to the corporate hotel chains and Spicers fits the bill! A gorgeous building with beautiful areas - the library with comfy lounges and interesting books, the rooftop bar and intimate rooms. The staff are professional - knowledgable enough to give advice but sensitive enough to know when you want to be left alone. Great location in New Farm with shops and cafes within walking distance or a $10 cab ride to the CBD. Do yourself a favour and get breakfast included! The best breakfast I have had in a long while : )

  • Stayed January 2013
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Matt S, Manager at Spicers Balfour Hotel, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
Dear Max T,

Thank you for your lovely review. The whole team are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and that it was extra special for your anniversary.

Our breakfast chef, Maria, was particularly thrilled that you loved your breakfast. We're very proud of it and the best thing is that it's always included in your room rate. Every Spicers retreat includes a gourmet breakfast in the rate - we believe in sending people off into their day with a full belly!

We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

Warm regards
Willie
General Manager
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Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

Treated to a night's stay for my birthday. Memorable visit in a very comfortable room with all the little luxuries. Rooftop bar with views across the City and Storey Bridge made for a very romantic sunset before dinner. On the recommendation of staff we had dinner at The Continental Cafe which is a short walk. Breakfast on the verandah topped off a beautiful stay. Hotel did take charges twice from Visa however over payment was refunded ASAP when brought to the attention of staff. Have already recommended this Hotel to others.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Woolloomooloo
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Reviewed December 13, 2012

Stayed overnight. Room was Great. Staff could not do enough to help.
The Upstairs Bar Great.
Breakfast next morning. The Best Eggs Benedict I've ever had. The Check In, was Smooth the only thing needed was a Credit Card. Everything was Booked directly to Room. I liked the fact that Breakfast was included in the Bill. As breakfast was $35. A head I thought this was great Value. 5 Star.

  • Stayed December 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed December 5, 2012

From the moment I arrived at Spicers Balfour I was very impressed. I was upgraded to the Terrace Room which was delightful - from the private terrace, lovely big bathroom and decor. The bed was so comfy I didn't want to get out of it and the breakfast was the best hotel breaky I have ever had. I would come back for that alone. The service was second none. You definitely get what you paid for at Spicers Balfour - thank you everyone for a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

We booked a 2 night stay in the courtyard room, it was well decorated, modern, clean and equiped with a safe, Bosse sound system, tv, Nespresso machine, hot & cold water billi. Decent size bathroom with a rain shower and nice toiletries. A very comfortable large bed with a selection of pillows. Outside the view is a very tiny bamboo/pebble garden with a very tall grey wall backdrop, this complements the trendy boutique style and provides visual privacy.

The breakfast was superb! A selection of fruit, yoghurt, cerials, breads and a choice of mouth watering cooked delights, my favourite was the spring omelettes. The roof top bar is a must with great views of the city and Story bridge.

It is approximately a 20 min walk from the hotel to Queen street or a 10 min walk to the nearest ferry station. City Hopper provides a free ferry service and runs every 30 mins. We found it easy to get around on foot, although it is quite hilly. There are some great eating establishments around the New Farm area.

The staff were friendly and attentive. I would not hesitate in recommending this lovely hotel.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

Stayed in this modernised BnB last night - as the pics show this is a beautiful old Queenslander that has been decked out in the latest uber cool decor & rooms. Infact we are referring to this as a BnBnB = Bed & Breakfast & Bar
Don't stay in the big hotel option when you can stay at Balfours - I stay in a lot of 5* hotels for work & have to say i was thoroughly happy with my experience at Balfours - beautiful renovation, great personable service (thanks Corey), great location with on trend restaurants in walkable distance, cute rooftop bar & complimentary canapes at 6pm, great inclusive b/fast menu which offers options above the usual - i often avoid breakfast in hotels but this menu offers variety

With notice Balfours were happy to accommodate friends joining for drinkies at the rooftop bar & also family joining us for breakie - note: good access/chair lift for elderly patrons

We loved the personal touches: drinking Verve on the rooftop with views of the Story bridge (would be great for fireworks), the old school turn down service with Choc on pillow when we got home

Balfours has quality inclusions: beautiful comfy beds, pillow selection, Nespresso machine, quality room decor, innercity location however quiet residential street, good aircon throughout (important for Qld summer)

Thanks Balfours - we look forward to booking the High Tea on our next stay

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Matt S, General Manager at Spicers Balfour Hotel, responded to this review, December 3, 2012
Dear Francesfromsydney,

Thank you for your delightful feedback, you brightened our day!

Our chef takes pride in breakfast and ensures that it's a little outside the norm, but from heart. With a menu that changes seasonally, the team have fun creating new flavour combinations. Their spring Omelette with ashed goats cheese, sweet potato and caramelised is a hit with most diners.

When we welcome you next, our mint garden will be well established and ready to be picked. Fresh mint tea and high tea go hand in hand!

Warm regards
Matt
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

We recently stayed here for a couple of nights and couldn't fault the service. From the time we arrived until we checked out, the staff were always willing to assist with any request.
Canapes on the roof top were a great way to unwind and think about where to dine for dinner. The staff were also very helpful with dining suggestions.
A good selection of food on the breakfast menu.
Our room was very clean, tidy and relaxing. The inroom nespresso machine was handy to have.
Only downside is no in-room fridge, however we didn't find this to be a problem.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Matt S, General Manager at Spicers Balfour Hotel, responded to this review, December 3, 2012
Dear Rosco_FNQ,

Thank you for your wonderful feedback. The team were thrilled to hear your comments, it's just as important to understand what's in and around our local area as it is within the hotel. We love food and love recommending our favourite places to eat in the New Farm area.

Thank you for your comments also on the fridge in the room. We are pleased to advise that our honour bar fridge system will be up next time you choose to return (we did highlight this in another review for install in November, but we encountered a few set backs with receiving a fridge delivery & construction hence why you may have missed this in your last stay) This will allow guests to have access to a fridge to either store items, or even have access to fresh milk or the opportunity to select a favourite wine, beer or soft drink.

Thank you again for your feedback.

We look forward to welcoming you again sometime soon
Regards
Matt
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Property: Spicers Balfour Hotel
Address: 37 Balfour St, Brisbane, Queensland 4005, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Brisbane Region > Brisbane
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 159 Hotels in Brisbane
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Spicers Balfour Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
From the outside, Spicers Balfour Hotel resembles many of the large and beautiful classic Queenslander homes found in its neighbourhood, the fashionable inner-city Brisbane suburb of New Farm. The hotel offers nine rooms each with individual elegance and charm providing an indulgent haven with all the comforts and attention to detail expected from a leading five star hotel. Small boardroom for meetings of up to 18 delegates, onsite restaurant serving sumptuous breakfast's and high tea's daily, lunch (Monday-Friday),and dinner (Monday-Saturday), library, large and open QLD Verandah, complimentary parking facilities and rooftop bar with views of the stunning city skyline and Story Bridge. Whether it's a corporate trip to Brisbane, a romantic city escape from the kids, or just a cosy, convenient place to come back to after a show, Spicers Balfour Hotel is the ultimate city escape. ... more   less 
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