I don’t normally stay at a Marriott hotel as I try to stay at an IHG or Accor hotel so I get my points (yep, I’m a bit shallow like that!) but this week due to all my normal hotels being full in Brisbane I decided to give the Marriott Brisbane a go having driven and walked past it many times.
The Marriott Brisbane is a relatively large hotel at the intersection of Queen and Ann Streets, though your taxi will take you to the back entrance on Howard St.
The room was a decent size and very nicely appointed. The bed and pillows were very comfortable so I was able to get a good nights sleep. My room was at the end of the rather short corridor away from the elevators so I didn’t hear any noise from outside my room.
The bathroom was on the largish size and had a separate bath and shower.
Being a member of the Marriott Rewards scheme I had free Internet access. The hotel is wired for Wi-Fi that you can log into with a very generous quota of 10 devices. This was good news as the wired connection in my room didn’t work so I could use my Apple Airport Express that I normally use to establish an in-room Wi-Fi network. The speed of the hotel Wi-Fi was excellent. Two thumbs up here!
I didn’t partake of room service this trip but decided to make use of the hotel restaurant for breakfast and dinner. The food at the Motion Bar and Grill was very good.
For my dinner the first night I chose Lamb Rump with creamed corn, confit of garlic & kipfler potato chips accompanied by a New Zealand Pencarrow Pinot Noir both of which complimented each other quite nicely.
For breakfast I went for what is now my standard breakfast when travelling of Eggs Benedict with ham which was a respectable effort, and for my dinner on the second evening I ordered a 250gm char grilled scotch fillet with creamed garlic prawns & market salad greens with a pint of IGP (Itchy Green Pants).
The only downside of the restaurant was that it seems to be understaffed which leads to delays and errors being made.
Overall the hotel is very good and would probably be my second choice for a place to stay in Brisbane behind the Sofitel.