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Bowen Terrace International Accommodation
Ranked #76 of 159 Hotels in Brisbane
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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“For the price, its great”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

If Im travelling solo, I always stay here when in Brisbane.

For the price in this location, you cant beat it.

Sure its got no air con, but the fans are actually really powerful and Ive never been too hot. And I need to be cool to sleep.

Go to the french patisserie around the corner and get breakfast. Devine.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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BowenTerrace, Owner at Bowen Terrace International Accommodation, responded to this review, June 19, 2013
Hi Gary

We're glad to hear you enjoy your stays with us and are always happy to welcome back returning guests.

You're quite right, Chouquette is delicious and a must have when in the area.

Hope to see you again.

Maria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed February 23, 2013 via mobile

my thought:

- Location is very good. Lovely area of Brisbane near a lovely suburb.
- Unexpected upgrade on our first night! However following return from a Fraser Island trip out standard sized room was a bit small although nice enough.
- Very reasonable price!
- Front desk was only maned for a few hours each day which for a small but upmarket hostel is fair enough. Contact with the staff was possible 24/7 by phone though.
- Lovely pool!

Overall, excellent value for money.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Nunspeet, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed January 30, 2013

This hostel really felt like home! It's a nice building (house) in a residental area close to restaurants, supermarket and quite close to bars and pubs (about a 10 minute walk). I walked to the centre and it took me about 25 minutes. The dorm was very nice and clean and the bed was really good. I stayed in a 4 bed dorm and liked the shape of the room. There was a bunk bed when you entered, and one around the corner. So actually it's kind of a 1 bed dorm. The hostel is very quiet! I saw just 2 other travellers, in the living room. The kitchen was very clean! Bathrooms very ok as well, but they could be a bit cleaner (they were not very very dirty, but I've seen cleaner ones). The terrace was a great place to sit down and relax. There's a nice swimming pool in teh garden. The owners are very friendly! I really liked being here. (december 2011)

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Dili, East Timor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed January 6, 2013

Even though I was there for only a short stay, the owner kindly offered great supermarket, eating and sightseeing tips for my 24hrs in Brisbane.
Opting for a 4 bed room, Bowen Terrace provided great value for money as hostel-style accommodation, the downstairs rooms being quieter than upstairs, and conveniently closer for east access to the showers and kitchen.
My two room-mates were friendly but quiet, as expected from a non-party hostel, and the free wifi was extremely welcome and quite rare as compared to most of my Aus travels. Would stay again.
Close to the great restaurants and bars of the valley, and a few mins walk from the ferry stop for easy daytime access to the CBD and south bank.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Da Lat, Vietnam
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed November 22, 2012

This is a great snag, the people are really friendly and accommodating. We have come back to stay again in this fantastic Queenslander. The pool is great to cool down when you need. Beautiful place and a great location with a perfect touch of Queensland Australian culture in the bosom of the valley. Enjoy Australia

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

I visited Brisbane in early November 2012 and stayed in Room #7, a single bedroom with share bathroom use for five nights. The room was fine; clean and functional. There is no air con, but a ceiling fan. The room also had a TV, fridge and water kettle.
A bedside lamp would have been nice, given that the room was quite long and narrow and the switch for the ceiling light was on the wall farthest away from the single bed. My suggestion for a small improvement!
The mattress was also too much on the soft, soggy side for my taste, but this comes down to individual preferences, of course.

As others have noted, the walls are super thin, so be prepared to hear most of what is going on in the adjoining rooms and definitely pack earplugs if you are a light sleeper.

The house itself is charming; a breezy old Queenslander located on a quiet residential street in New Town. Shared facilities include kitchen, big veranda, small pool, common room with TV. All guests get 2 hours free WIFI per day. Staff are very friendly and helpful but reception hours are limited to the first half of the day. Check-out time is 10 am.

Bowen Terrace Accommodation is close to various bus routes (some just across the road), the Sydney Street ferry wharf and a 10-15 minute walk away from Fortitude Valley train station. It is also very easy to walk to the CBD.

New Farm Park, the Powerhouse, a supermarket and various cafes, restaurants and bars are also close-by.

If you want cutting-edge amenities, luxury and to be fussed over, Bowen Terrace is not for you and it does not claim to be either. I'd rate it 3,5. I enjoyed the neighbourhood and staying in a more authentic place, so I would definitely consider returning and/or recommend to independent travellers.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Halifax, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
Reviewed October 30, 2012

When I started my search for accommodation in Brisbane, I was doing so almost 7 months in advance and therefore was absolutely shocked at the high cost of hotel rooms, even with such advance notice. When I stumbled across the Bowen Terrace website I book marked it as a "last resort" in the event I could not find a central hotel at an affordable price. When I finally came around to booking Bowen Terrace I was a bit worried as to what I would find on arrival, simply because I am not used to staying in this type of accommodation. One thing is for sure, the Bowen Terrace website provides a very accurate portrayal of what awaits you. Simple, clean and comfortable budget accommodations. I was in room #4 which had a comfortable queen sized bed, a massive window and an ensuite bathroom. Two hours free wifi use each day is also included in the room price. I was pleasantly surprised by how comfortable I was at Bowen Terrace and I definitely saw the charm in staying in what is referred to as a typical "Queenslander" style home. The neighborhood is lovely and there are many unique restaurants and cafes just a few steps away. Central Brisbane is accessible on foot and by ferry. Both methods of transport make for an enjoyable trip into town. I would definitely stay at Bowen Terrace again and highly recommend it for anyone who doesn't want to spend a fortune on a Brisbane hotel room.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Bowen Terrace International Accommodation
Address: 365 Bowen Tce | New Farm, Brisbane, Queensland 4005, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Brisbane Region > Brisbane
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Brisbane
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Bowen Terrace International Accommodation 2.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bowen Terrace Accommodation provides affordable and friendly accommodation for travellers and visitors from all over the world. Family owned and operated, Bowen Terrace Accommodation will provide you with that "home away from home" feel in a welcoming and hospitable atmosphere. The style of the house is known as a 'Queenslander' and reflects unique Australian heritage. It features elevated structure with comfortable bedrooms off the long hallway, front and back veranda's, and traditional architecture that allows to experience a part of the typical Queensland lifestyle. When you're relaxing out on the back deck on a warm summer's evening, listening to the mangos drop from the tree onto the roof, you'll see just how laid-back this city can be. Yet you are just minutes from the city lights that illuminate the beautiful Brisbane skyline as well the vibrant Fortitude Valley entertainment area and a host of some of Brisbane's best cafes are along nearby Brunswick Street. ... more   less 
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