The Marriott Brisbane is located at the end of the CBD and adjacent to the river. The hotel is beautiful – both architecturally and design wise.
I had a room on one of the executive levels – the 24th floor- which offered an amazing view of the river and city. The room was small, but very nicely decorated and comfortable. There was a king bed, chair, working desk and large TV. The bathroom had both a shower and tub, and was very clean. The executive lounge is very large and offers breakfast and appetizers/desserts 7 days a week .
All Marriott’s in Australia offer free wifi to al Marriott Rewards Members – such a great perk. And the internet speed was very good (unlike many of the hotels I’ve reviewed so far in Australia.)
The staff was incredibly helpful and went out of their way to make me feel welcomed. In fact, one of the waitresses at the restaurant, Motion, noticed the tour brochures I was looking through. After asking me a few questions , and learning that I was on my own, she recommended a different tour. She went downstairs – to the concierge – and brought back a brochure. And she was right – the tour was great.
Motion, a restaurant and Bar, was a very popular spot – not only for guests, but locals as well. The bar was packed every night and the outdoor patio was booked with special events each night. The food was very good – surprisingly good for a hotel. Separate review to follow.
I am very pleasantly surprised with how great my stays at Marriott’s in Australia have been. I was a loyal Platinum Marriott Rewards Member for many, many years and recently dropped to Gold (as a result of my switch to Starwood Platinum) However, after the last month in Australia, I am reconsidering that decision and may switch back to Marriott for 2012! That’s how impressed I have been with the Marriotts.
I highly recommend the Marriott Brisbane.