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Spicers Balfour Hotel
Ranked #14 of 159 Hotels in Brisbane
Certificate of Excellence
Pottsville, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The Most Awesomest!!”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

Omg! This would have to been one of the most personalised & friendliest hotels we have ever stayed in. Check-in was so lovely I was gob smacked and overwhelmed. The rooms décor was so stylish & our rooftop drinks & canapés where just the start of a fantastic night out. Our taxi was booked to take us to the venue. The breakfast on the verandah was just perfect. We will be definitely returning to this stunning boutique hotel for our next child free stay in Brisbane. We will also be eager to visit the other Spicers retreats, hotels & lodges. As they say in Ireland 'Thanks a Million!'.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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GM_Spicershotels, General Manager at Spicers Balfour Hotel, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
Dear Dolphy S

Thank you for you lovely comments, it was really nice to have you and your partner, we are looking forward to your return! I travelled Ireland and what a breathtaking place with caring and friendly people from Dublin all along the South Coast to The Ring of Kerry. We love to share the property and I am glad you enjoyed my team and the experience you had with us.

Warmest Regards

Willie Smuts & Team Balfour
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Brisbane, Australia
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57 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed April 28, 2013

Spicers Balfour does everything brilliantly. Service is outstanding, our room was of a good size and the bed so comfortable. All the bathroom fittings were of superb quality. The food; canapes on the roof top bar, a great place to look over the rooftops of New Farm across to the Story Bridge to the city, delicious dinner on the balcony & breakfast on our large private verandah was outstanding The beautifully converted Queenslander has lost none of its charm in the transformation into a botique hotel. We felt very welcome & very spoilt. It was an easy walk to the Story Bridge & into the city though we really didn't want to venture too far from such a grand lady.

Room Tip: Room 1 has its own lovely balcony surrounded by trees
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Poppy W
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GM_Spicershotels, General Manager at Spicers Balfour Hotel, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Dear Poppy W

Thank you for your feedback, to be able to share the “grand lady” with you was truly a delight. My team really lives and breathe service and to know that you felt welcome and spoilt really drives us. We are blessed to have so many lovely people coming through our beloved Queenslanders doors and also what truly makes every day inspiring and unique here at Spicers Balfour Hotel.

You are part of the Spicers family now and we hope to see you soon again.

Warmest Regards

Willie & Team Balfour
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed April 27, 2013

The service culture alone at Spicers Balfour immediately sets it apart from most boutique hotels I have stayed in. Then comes the beautifully appointed rooms (small but luxurious and functional) and the lovely verandah for long breakfasts and the great setting amongst one of Brisbane's more iconic suburbs. Dont miss out on a night time drink on the rooftop bar (love the honesty system) overlooking the city and Storey Bridge. If like me you think most of the major hotels in Brisbane are underwhelming this is a great option 5mins from the CBD.

Room Tip: Rooms with small courtyards are on the lower ground floor and are probably only good for smokers. Ne...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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GM_Spicershotels, General Manager at Spicers Balfour Hotel, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Dear StuckinBangers

Thank you for your kind words, my team loves feedback and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. If you haven’t made any plans for Riverfire you should come and join us on the rooftop bar, a perfect setting to experience all the fireworks and have a 5 course degustation prepared by Peter van Lunn our head chef. We hope to see you soon and would love to look after you once more.

Warmest Regards

Willie & The Balfour Team
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

Warm friendly greeting on arrival. All staff were very courteous and attentive. I had arrived early in the day (my husband had a business meeting) but the room was ready and they allowed me to check in early which was appreciated.
The courtyard room was quite small which I had expected after reading previous reviews. It was also quite dark but there is a library which is comfortable and bright for reading. Room was very clean with lovely amenities. Nespresso coffee maker and quality tea in room. Great renovation of an old Queenslander.
The food (canapés, dinner and breakfast) was delicious! Lovely to dine on the balcony.
Great location, @ 20minutes from airport, easy walk to James street shops, public transport, bike hire available close by.
The hotel had a lovely ambience which enabled a very relaxing and enjoyable stay.
I highly recommend this hotel the staff are superb and seemed very genuine. I look forward to staying again in the future.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Lp28
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GM_Spicershotels, General Manager at Spicers Balfour Hotel, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Dear Guest

Your feedback really made our week! Lee looks after our rooms and puts a lot of his heart in them as he prides himself in the look & feel of our accommodation. New Farm offers high end fashion boutiques, trendy restaurants, cheeky cafes and New Farm Park that makes it a hidden gem on the border of the CBD. Our Queenslander that just won Best Hotel Interior for Australia in the Asian Pacific Hotel awards do offer a unique dining experience with the terrace/balcony wrapped around the building. We are glad you and your partner enjoy your stay with us and the team look forward to your next visit with us. There is two glasses of French Champagne waiting by the roof top bar for you where you can come and enjoy your canapés and the beautiful sunset again.

Warmest Regards

Willie Smuts and The Balfour Team
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Brisbane
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

This boutique hotel in New Farm is a converted Queenslander, and every detail has been attended in it's conversion, from the taseful decor to the roof top bar with views (limited) of the Story Bridge. The service was excellent, nothing was too much trouble. We have the romantic couples getaway - excellent champagne, rooftop canapes of good quality and floating candles lit in our room. The only fault I could pick is the size of the rooms, which are a bit poky. But everything else was great.

Room Tip: I think the courtyard rooms are not worth the extra money.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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GM_Spicershotels, General Manager at Spicers Balfour Hotel, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Dear JustinBrisVegas

It`s always nice to have Brisbane couples during the week and weekend sharing our “Romance in the City” package. Every couple deserves a break now and then, we love to give you the brake you truly deserve and love looking after you. Having so many Brisbane couples as return guest really grows our Spicers Balfour family and we definitely look forward to your next visit. Our Terrace room offers a private balcony where you can enjoy dinner by candle light in privacy and breakfast with the newspaper as you would do at home. We serve breakfast and Royal High Tea to Brisbane every morning and please come and visit when you in New Farm next, we would love to look after you again.

Warmest Regards

Willie & Team Balfour
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed April 4, 2013

Amazing service! As soon as we walked in the door, Luke introduced himself and already knew our names. Our daughter has Celiac Disease and he was well aware of it and brought her upstairs to talk to the chef. The chef (Maria) was extremely welcoming and comforting and went out of her way to ensure she could eat safely. Balfour prides themselves on their "homey" environment and they make you feel like you are at home. The entire staff is extremely friendly and knows everyone by name (even if you haven't met!). One night, all restaurants that had gluten free in town were closed and they went above and beyond to feed us a delicious dinner!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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2 Thank Sambachica
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GM_Spicershotels, General Manager at Spicers Balfour Hotel, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Dear Sambachica

My entire team valued your comments. Our vision and goals as a team are only met by you taking the time to write such a nice review of Spicers Balfour and the team. My team lives to offer above and beyond service and your comments truly inspire and drives us on a work and more so a personal level. Thank you for choosing to stay with us, we hope to see you again.

Warmest Regards

Willie & Team Balfour
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

If you need a quiet and peaceful retreat with a short walking distance from restaurants or even Brisbane Centre and look for a bit of pampering and luxury, look no further, Spicers Balfour is THE place to go. I would not recommend it for families with kids, but as a romantic retreat or a business stopover, it ticks all the boxes. Service is impeccable. Food is excellent, and there is NO noise from outside.One can truly relax here after a long travel, and return fresh back home.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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GM_Spicershotels, General Manager at Spicers Balfour Hotel, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Dear Jarmo

Thank you for your time and we really appreciate your comments. As an urban retreat on the border to the CBD we share Spicers Balfour with Brisbane, Interstate and International guests. Our property lives a personal and peaceful environment where you can experience the morning sun in the library, read the daily newspapers and know that you will be looked after. As an international guest my international team loves to share their travel experience with you and really enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to share your visit again when you are next in Brisbane.

Warmest Regards

Willie Smuts & Team Balfour
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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 #14 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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