The New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites is the little gem that I don’t want to share. I know that’s rather selfish of me, but it’s the perfect place for a staycation in Brisbane and I enjoyed it so much on my recent visit, I almost don’t want the word to get out that a stay at The New Inchcolm is pure perfection, thanks to the hotel’s fantastic team, its fabulous Art Deco style and the history behind the building.
You see, the history of this heritage-listed site dates back to the 1880s and it used to be Dr John Thomson’s private residence and the building that houses The New Inchcolm today was built in 1929. The hotel has done a wonderful job at preserving this piece of history in a changing Brisbane streetscape. The moment when you set foot in the door, you are bound to be mesmerised by the charm of this place, the certain charm that captures people’s fascination in a Fitzgerald book. Think original silky oak-lined four-person elevator, black and white terrazzo tiles, rich colours of purple and gold, and velvet fabrics that dominate the reception.
Our room, located on the fourth floor, was the Thomson Suite. The well-appointed room was filled with sunlight from the windows, one of which provided a gorgeous view of St John’s Cathedral. I sank my body into the comfortable four-poster bed before I caught a glimpse of the bathroom, it was beautiful. Next to a set of white, wooden Venetian blinds was this inviting free standing bathtub, and take it from me that there’s nothing to not like about the bathroom with its spacious open shower area, his and her vanities, a mirror that extends to the length of the entire bathroom and Appelles Apothecary & Lab Black Label amenities.
In the morning when we woke up from a night of blissful sleep, the other travel bunnie and I checked out the news from the in-room iPad Mini equipped with pre-loaded apps and a guide of Brisbane, before taking Minibun George downstairs to the Thomson’s Reserve for some self-served light breakfast. The breakfast station was slightly underwhelming in comparison to what we had experienced in the restaurant the night before wth an impressive three-course dinner, but all the breakfast essentials were there: house made muesli and cereals, fresh sliced fruit, yoghurt, house baked pastries, cold cuts, cheese, toast and preserves, juice, coffee and tea. Of course, hot breakfast options were also available. I know you may be eager to find out about our dinner at the Thomson’s Reserve, but I’ll leave that for another day.
Checking out was as easy as checking-in, zero fuss and very friendly. When we stepped outside of the hotel, our car had already been parked by the valet and waited for us at the front. Valet parking cost $40 a day, which seemed fair by Brisbane CBD standards. Having said that, the hotel doesn’t have a porte-cochere and there is very limited on-street parking space in front of the hotel, so you may want to call in advance for someone to come out and park the car for you.
Bunnies’ Travel Notes
Bunnies’ Suite Number: 404 – Thomson Suite
Bath products: Appelles Apothecary & Lab Black Label
Perks that we loved: Complimentary upgrade
Check-in/check-out times: 2pm - 11am
What we paid: $359AUD for one night in the MacArthur Suite and received a complimentary upgrade to the Thomson Suite.