Before we travelled to Hong Kong last summer, we stayed 4 nights in Brisbane at the Novotel Brisbane Hotel. A great luxury city hotel located in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD, with all the Brisbane attractions within walking distance.
Arriving at Novotel Brisbane
We arrived at Midnight in Brisbane after our late evening flight from Mackay. After an expensive taxi ride ( taxi prices in Brisbane are ridiculous – $50 for an 8km ride ) from Brisbane Airport to Novotel Brisbane, we got warmly and efficiently welcomed by a friendly receptionist.
As we are Le Club Accor Members we had an express check-in. Easy and Fast. ( Not that it was very busy with people checking in at 00.00 at night, but as Le Club Accor Members you will receive an email to complete your check-in before you even arrive at the hotel, so your key is ready when you arrive.
The rooms at Novotel Brisbane
There are 3 types of rooms at Novotel Brisbane:
→ Standard Room
This is the room we stayed in. Comfortable and spacious with all the necessary equipment.
Tastefully designed with warm colors and luxury finishings, great furniture, a nice workspace and chair with iPod dock, WiFi ( not free unless you sign up to be a Le Club Accor Member – which only takes you a few minutes and has some other great benefits ) and a lovely bathroom with bathtub. I mean, who doesn’t love taking baths on holidays after a long and active day out exploring.
After a good sleep in a really comfy bed, we woke up the next morning rise and shine. The room was very spacious, which is perfect for families with kids. If you have older kids who want to stay in their own room, Novotel Brisbane also have connecting rooms available.
→ Premier Room with Balcony
Like the standard room, but with a balcony, free internet, and local calls.
Food and Beverages at Novotel Brisbane
We have only been to the Gourmet Bar, which is in the same area as the reception. We loved the stylish design and sitting on the outside veranda. Staff was very friendly and they have a great selection of Food and Wine.
The other restaurants looked great too, but we always prefer to eat somewhere outside the hotel 🙂
Novotel’s family spirit
Novotel Brisbane CBD is a perfect place to stay with kids. The rooms are spacious, they have a great kids corner, late check out up to 05.00 pm on Sundays, and a balanced kids menu in their restaurant.
Up to 2 kids under the age of 16 are staying for free in their parents or grandparent’s room. Also, their buffet breakfast is also free when taken with their parents or grandparents.
We spend quite a lot of time in Novotel’s Kids Corner the last day before we had our evening flight from Brisbane to Hong Kong. We rather stayed longer at the hotel, then in the Airport, so we went to the Airport as late as possible. There as an interactive game table, a telly, chalkboard, books, toys, and blocks.
The Kids Corner at Novotel Brisbane has an interactive game table, a telly, chalkboard, books, toys, and blocks.
Not only Sem really enjoyed himself, but Lion was determined to use all the Jenga blocks to build a massive tower, which he finished as well 😉
I chilled out with some magazines in the comfy chairs.
Other Facilities at Novotel Brisbane
There are many other facilities at Novotel Brisbane like a rooftop pool with daybeds, a fitness center, a sauna ( we must confess that the Sauna didn’t look that good ) and 2 computers with printers on the main floor next to the reception.
This last thing is ideal for printing business related stuff or your e-tickets. Novotel’s interactive system even has a feature that you can use to check in straight away at your airline.
Another great thing about Novotel Brisbane is that they are ( like the other hotels of the Accor Hotel group ) very committed to sustainable development and protecting the planet.
They participate in the Planet 21 programme, which has great goals based on a few strategic priorities: Working closely with their staff, getting hotel guests involved, innovating with partners and taking action in their local communities.
Sustainable food and buildings are 2 key priorities in this project. Examples of how Novotel Brisbane participate in this are:
- Faucets fitted with water flow regulators
- Water efficient laundry to reduce water consumption
- Recovery of rainwater for green areas and toilets
- Recycling of batteries, paper, cardboard and glass with sorting carried out at the hotel
- Recycling of food waste for compost or energy
- Local food products promoted in the restaurant
- No endangered seafood to appear on our restaurant menus
- Training for staff on responsible actions towards the environment
- Sustainable trade products offered in the hotel
- Eco-designed materials in the rooms
- Certified sustainable paper for hotel printing purposes
Conclusion → Novotel Brisbane Hotel is not only a great luxury city hotel, but by staying here you indirect also help a bit towards a better planet.
♥ Thanks to Novotel Brisbane for collaborating with us | We paid Media Rates for our 4-night stay | Article is as always, based on our own personal experience ♠