Friday, December 23, 2011

Trip to Brisbane and Gold Coast: Hilton Brisbane


We were informed during check-in that the hotel was fully booked during our stay so we they couldn't upgrade us to rooms on the executive floors. We were also offered a bottle of wine since they couldn't upgrade us which was much appreciated. We also had access to the lounge even though we didn't get the upgrade with the choice of continental breakfast either in the lounge or the full breakfast in the main restaurant. As usual, internet was complimentary for Gold members and was taken off the bill without prompting. When we came back the first night, the turn down service included another bottle of wine.

Lobby Bar that was always packed

Since there were three of us, I booked us into a "double double" room which was a room consisting of two double beds instead of the typical twin beds or one queen/king bed. This made the room somewhat congested but since we were not in the hotel for the most part of our stay, this was not a problem. The hotel just completed their renovation on all the rooms so the rooms were new and clean.

View from the room
The bathroom and shower design however left much too desire. The bathtub was tiny and am not sure you could actually fit anyone in there. There was no separate shower area and instead of a normal shower curtain, some genius decided it would be better to install a small half fold able piece of glass that was supposed to prevent the rest of the bathroom from getting wet. Needless to say, it didn't quite work out as planned.

The Horrible Shower
The executive lounge was one of the smallest lounge we've visited. We did enjoy a couple of afternoon coffees before heading out but we were never back in time for the evening cocktails. 


The pool was closed while we were there and we didn't visit the gym so I can't comment much on the other facilities of the hotels.

The Hilton Brisbane is located in the heart of Brisbane on Elizabeth Street which is just next famous Queen Street Mall. It's location gave us easy access to most of Brisbane's attractions, restaurants and shopping.

Overall, we even though we loved the Hilton's location we weren't entirely impressed with the hotel itself.

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