Sofitel Brisbane Central
Direct Access to the Central Station
Unfortunately, Brisbane does not score with real luxury hotels. Therefore, I can only recommend the Sofitel Brisbane Central with direct access to the central station because of its location – in the business district CBD. However, it is a far cry from the “luxurious, French hospitality” with which it presents itself on the Internet. Although I was firmly promised that our suite would be ready for occupancy at 6:00 am, we had to wait for an hour. The Emirates crew checked in immediately. In general, the hotel is booked by several airlines for pilots and flight attendants.
Furthermore, I had a package delivered to the hotel – but it could not be found! The concierge assured me that my delivery had never arrived, although I could show the delivery confirmation from Qantas Airlines. In the end, the concierge only stole my time with his constant calls and abstruse claims. An absolute no-go!
The Junior Suite with separate bedroom and living/study is spacious with fantastic views of the city and Anzac Square. However, the large bathroom showed signs of wear and tear.
We didn’t use the inviting outdoor pool because we didn’t have the time.
Dinner at Thyme was excellent, though you have to appreciate the very cold air conditioning! Although it really marred the enjoyment of my meal, I couldn’t resist the dessert creations.
Insider tip: Next time I’ll visit the W (I can recommend the W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island – directly at the Grand Prix race track) or the Emp