Had a great overnight stay at the Emporium in late February 2008. The hotel is set in a new residential-commercial precinct that is about 20 minutes from the airport.
Check-in procedure was quick, polite and efficient. No offer to show us to our room. Staff throughout the stay were friendly, and were able to answer questions about the local area, transport and airport transfers.
Booked a King suite, which was large, spacious and quiet at night, despite facing the street. It’s more than large enough for a stay of several nights or more. The room features a marble kitchenette (see photo) that includes a small microwave and a small dishwasher. Essentially the kitchenette could really only be used to reheat food, and as such, the dishwasher seemed a bit redundant. That said, the design of the kitchenette is stylish, and it’s nice to have a large preparation space in the room. The bathroom is large and finished in white marble (see photo); there is a concealed washer/dryer inside. There is nightlight in the bathroom that I thought was a nice and practical touch. The wardrobe hanging space is surprisingly small for a hotel room, let alone one as large as this. I’m estimating that the hanging space would be 50 cm wide. As one would expect for a hotel opened less than a year ago, everything is clean and new. The air-conditioning (absolutely essential here) worked perfectly on the day we arrived, but patchily the next.
Hotel facilities include a lovely rooftop pool with district and city views. There is a tiny gym that contains two treadmills, and elliptical walker and some dumbbells, but there is a large gym (Goodlife Health Club) about 5 minutes’ walk away in the City Homemaker complex on Wickham St.
I thought the Emporium complex and its location in Fortitude Valley was excellent. The complex contains more than 10 restaurants and cafés, which are good rather than great. (The service, whilst warm, is slow.) There is additional retail including a bookshop, fashion retail and a supermarket. Five minutes’ walk away is the James St market complex, with more cafés and retail. The centre of Fortitude Valley is about 10 minutes on foot, which includes Brisbane’s small Chinatown, pubs and clubs. For a leisure weekend, the hotel is perfectly sited.
Check-out is at 11:00, and a request for a late check-out resulted in an offer to use the room till 12:30. The staff said that beyond this, we would have to pay an hourly rate to use the room. Given the hotel was quiet, I think it would’ve been a nice gesture to be flexible on this. On further request, they did allow us to use the pool and pool shower (without charge) in the early afternoon.
Overall, I was very pleased with the hotel, and would definitely stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Winner - Australia's Leading Boutique Hotel - World Travel Awards 2017, 2016, 2015. Emporium Hotel is Australia's most awarded boutique luxury hotel, presenting a tangible vision of contemporary elegance and highly personalised service. The hotel has 102 beautifully appointed studio suites, rooftop lap pool, sauna, gymnasium, conference centre, 24-hour in-suite dining, Concierge, spectacular award-winning Cocktail Bar and Belle Epoque Patisserie. All suites feature a state-of-the-art entertainment system, Bose stereo, movies-on-demand and 10 free cable TV channels. Guests will find a marble kitchenette and private laundry facilities in every suite. Each private bathroom has a glass-enclosed marble shower with luxury Molton Brown or Etro toiletries. Some suites include a spa bath and balcony. The hotel is located in the Emporium lifestyle precinct in Fortitude Valley –a haven for lovers of fashion and food – just minutes from Brisbane's city centre and chic Valley nightlife. ... more less
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