Ok, strange tittle for a review, I know. But let me explain. First of all, there are many positives with this hotel and I have stayed before and reviewed it positively. It has a great club lounge with wonderful staff and very good nibbles and pre-dinner drink selection and the breakfast in the club lounge is also very good. The club room we stayed in was quite small and the décor was a bit daggy in places but overall, still deserves its five star rating and the location is excellent for both business travellers and for pleasure seekers. Bed is very very comfortable and cleanliness standard was very high.
Now, to the title of the review and my issue that caused me to rate the hotel very good, rather than excellent. For some inexplicable reason, the Sofitel brand, (which tries very very hard to present itself as the ultimate in Parisian chic, even having the Aussie staff greet you with "bonjour" on every occasion) has aligned itself with the Girls Gone Wild channel. Now, I have no problem at all with hotels having an R rated adults only selection; to each their own, but in this hotel, as soon as you turn on your TV and start looking at the menu, there is a Girls Gone Wild icon right after the movie "New Releases" icon. Why is not hidden under the R rated icon so that parents don't have to explain to young children what Girls Gone Wild is all about? Also, the Sofitel management must know that the founder of Girls Gone Wild is heading to jail for assaulting women. Why, as a female traveller, do you have to look at a beyond tacky GGW icon every time you turn on the tv ? What if the icon was for say, Great Woman of the 21st Century or The Greatest Female Athletes of All Time. Imagine how much more enjoyable for myself and my young daughter to see that option every time we turned on the TV.
Have some respect for your female clientele, Sofitel, and put the GGW option icon hidden away under the R rated icon. That is, if you must continue to support a known, criminal abuser of women. Very tacky. It probably doesn't bother any one other traveller except me, so in actual fact, this hotel is an excellent choice for business or holiday makers, I just had to have my say.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Positioned in the heart of Brisbane, you will discover a hotel of sophisticated luxury and personalised service. Renowned for its inspiring arrival experience via the alluring lobby, the wide choice of food and beverage outlets and breathtaking views of the city and surrounds, the hotel's reputation as the leading choice in luxury accommodation and conferencing is truly deserved.The property boasts 433 elegantly appointed rooms and suites featuring delicate touches of contemporary sophistication creating a unique sense of luxury. The rooms and suites exude an artistic feel that links the progressive design of the new world with refined French Elegance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel Brisbane Central Hotel Brisbane
- Accor Brisbane Central
- Brisbane Sofitel