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“Annies - A wonderful historical charm in Brisbane CBD.” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Annie's Shandon Inn
Ranked #8 of 66 Brisbane B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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1 review
“Annies - A wonderful historical charm in Brisbane CBD.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2010

I cant understand why this place has got such bad press. Maybe it has impoved over the past year. I stayed here in early March and found the place just wonderful. Yes, it is a little old but it is historical full of old photographs, memorabilia and artifacts. Maybe a splash of paint here and there would give it a little face-lift but this place is so - I would fear anyone rip it apart as there is so few unique places left in the world. Yes, it’s probably a little noisy in areas but that’s because its a CITY CENTRE… what city isn’t noisy? My bedroom was super clean with mad décor, air-con and the bathroom directly across the hall. I found it calm, homely and it had a sense of warmth. I didn’t find it noisy at all. The managers were relatively new but did there utmost to help us with everthing we asked. They were fantastic, welcoming and friendly. There is a beautiful outdoor area where you can relax with all the tea and coffee you want. Breakfast is plenty to get you going for the day. This place is 5 mins from queen St and walking distance to everywhere in the CBD. Excellent location. And best of all it is budget accommodation.. so cheap for a CBD! If you are looking for a modern (boring) hotel room then this place probably isn’t for you but if you are looking for a place with history, character and warmth, a place that is different and has a past, where people are friendly and greet you in the hallways and where you will receive a warm welcome and helping hand. Then this place is for you! Enjoy

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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California
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2010

We stayed at Annies Shandon Inn and while it is in need of re-decorating, the new Irish Managers Gillian and Mark are working on this and really see where changed need to be made to bring this B&B up to date. That being said we were very satisified with Room 20. 1Double/1Twin with a nice size bathroom ensuite. Breakfast was more than adequate with Juice, Cereal, Toast made to order and all the tea and coffee you care to drink. Locatuion, Location, Location. Minutes walk down the hill to Queen St Mall and the Free City Loop Bus stops right opposite the B&B so no need for climbing hills. They are several local restaurants, a bottle shop etc with minutes of the B&B.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MaryroseCalifornia
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Outer Brisbane
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2010

Yes it is old and does need repairs but there's a kinda antique air about the place,I guess it depends on how you view things,if you want 5 star accomodation go to a big city hotel,if you want cheap accomodation and a quaint/quirky place go to Annie's Inn.I have been to Annies quite a few times over the years and all the married couples looking after Annie's Inn have been just lovely,to me anyway...there was only one time I fould a man not married I believe a friend of the owners and I thought he was full of himself,I get along with anyone and I got along with him too but yer he was full of himself...but that won't deter me going there again,I live in outer Brisbane,when my kids have had modeling and other things over days or a week,that is where I go,I have always felt welcome and comfortable there.And expect to go there again in the near future....

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Charliebel
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Townsville
1 review
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2009

I think people's experiences with Annies Inn depends on which staff member is working at the time. I stayed there December 2008, and really liked it. Staff on at the time were the fairly new managers, and they are lovely people. But I heard that if one of the other staff is in charge, expect poor treatment.
The building itself is has a great "feel" and loads of character, unlike most modern (new or revamped) motels which are usually soul-less and boring (and more expensive).
Location is so handy to city centre and train station.

  • Stayed December 2008
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank scharon
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Bendigo, Victoria
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25 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2008

I remember walking into my room and being aghast at how tiny it was. It was like Fawlty Towers in reverse, if that makes any sense. Like other reviews I have read, I too was appalled by the tiny hand basin in the room. It was barely large enough to accommodate a guinea pig. I also disliked the mattress, but I did not find mine too firm. Indeed, mine was too saggy. I needed to put the spare pillow under my back to recieve adequate spinal support. Again, like other reviewers, I was constantly annoyed by noise early in the morning directly outside my door. It was bad enough that the staff let other guests talk, shout and laugh outside my door from 6:00 AM onwards, but then they come along and join in the frivolity. If you expect a cheap room with a fridge, TV, suitable sleeping equipment and bathroom, this is not the place to stay. The staff were pleasant but not the atmosphere within the place.

  • Liked — The staff knew the layout of Brisbane CBD
  • Disliked — The mattress and no TV in room
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank marque
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London
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2008

How the Lonely Planet reviews this B & B 'awash with lace and frills' is laughable and seriously discredits the validity of their objective reviews! The place is in dire need of modernising and certainly needs a good clean, regardless of the budget price you pay. This is certainly a place you shower with your flip flops on and avoid touching most areas if you can. Probably most irritating was the noise not only from the road but also from outside in the hallway, so don't expect a peaceful nights sleep.

On the plus side it's very close to the CBD and close to the main railway station. The staff are very friendly and the breakfast is adequate.

Please note, I hardly ever have the time or the energy to write reviews on websites but I was deeply annoyed by the Lonely Planets review; supposedly the Holy Bible for travelers.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Noise
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank MrTiggles
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Kuala Lumpur
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2007

The location is ok - walking distance to the city center. I wished they have more bathroom though because I waited for 0.5 hour for my turn. Good thing i got up early and wasn't in a hurry. Simple breakfast - toast with butter and jam, plus tea/coffee. One thing I dislike the most is the noise coming from outside the building at 5+ in the morning!! I remember waking up and wondered what's going on at 5am and I was too tired so I fell asleep again.

  • Liked — Convenient location
  • Disliked — Too noisy!!
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank divine222
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Property: Annie's Shandon Inn
Address: 405 Upper Edward St, Brisbane, Queensland 4000, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Brisbane Region > Brisbane
Amenities:
Kitchenette
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Ranked #8 of 66 B&Bs / Inns in Brisbane
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Annie's Shandon Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 19
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