And finally you have to have the option to stay in a grand Queensland home. The Balfour Hotel was infact just that and its been refitted to an intimate 3-level hotel. We were firmly impressed with the Balfour Suite, decorated in the Art Deco style of the 1940’s.
And for those race goers who ‘must, must’ squeeze in a high tea during the weekend, Spicers offers a wonderful version complete with rather plump chocolate strawberries.
What about a stay in a colonial heritage hotel? This beautiful old building has been lovingly restored to luxury standards. And it comes with a Casino on the premises. (Woohoo!)
The rooms are plush with gilt mirrors and 18-ft ceilings with many an exposed beam for effect. Of course this can all get a bit over whelming. Thankfully the rooms are a bit less ‘gilt’ and much more warmly furnished. The Casino Suite seems the most impressive of the lot with its own lounge and dining access and of course quick access to the casino!
Everyone knows the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. The Gamboro’s probably heard that loud and clear. And in the racing world food is worship, (except for the jockeys ofcourse!). No racecourse is complete without hospitality tents galore. The Gamboro Restaurant offers quite possibly the most delicious seafood in all of Brisbane. So the family decided to expand the brand and build a hotel.
Now why didn’t I think of that!
Going back to the rooms, why settle for a JS suite when you can sleep in the luxurious MG suite instead. Plush, gold lined and furnished in that old world money look which would make you sink right in. Especially after a tiring afternoon of racing in the Queensland sun.
This hotel chain celebrates one artist in each of their hotels. And this is no different. This hotel pays homage to the masterful Australian abstractionist painter, Michael Johnson. And it was his namesake suite which caught our eye. The Michael Johnson Signature Penthouse suite makes one gasp with pleasure. A room with a view in the trendy Spring Hill district, it is large enough to ‘sleep the entourage’. (You know how it is, dahlings!!)
The blissfully open plan living space with a full kitchen, should your gourmet chef feel the need to whip up something in these eclectic surroundings. The room features Michael Johnson original prints and a deep rooftop balcony.
(Oh and if you don’t bring that gourmet chef, you can find Taro’s just round the corner. They serve the best ramen in Brisbane.)