Brisbane Marriott Hotel, Brisbane, Australia

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.

Bow Thai Restaurant, Brisbane, Australia

After eating at Cha Cha Char on Wednesday evening, we needed somewhere to eat on Thursday. A quick check with the staff at the pub we were having a drink at, and with the concierge at our hotel had us heading down to Fortitude Valley to a Thai restaurant called Bow Thai. We were told that this was the best Thai food in Brisbane.

We were all a little bit famsihed after an early start and not much to eat during the day. Entrees and mains were the order of the evening, and quick smart too!

We had some Winter Prawns to share and I had a Tom Kha Gai soup which was almost on par with the soup at Mai Thai in Auckland.

We decided to share mains, 4 in total by the end of the evening. Duck, prawn, lamb and chicken curries were all extremely tasty and not overbearingly hot.

A good Thai restaurant that I will go to again.

Cha Cha Char, Brisbane, Australia again…

I was in Brisbane for work again last week and the major decision to be made was “where do we eat?”

The obvious answer was Cha Cha Char’s. I’ve dined at Cha Cha Char’s a couple of times and the meals have always been excellent.

We’d had a couple of beers after work at the near by Belgian Beer Cafe and headed off to the restaurant around 6:30 to see if we could score a table. Since we were early we were able to get a table straight away but the restaurant filled up very quickly, so I guess we were lucky.

I love the bread rolls with gravy, so started off with one of these while we waited for our steaks to appear.

My medium rare wagyu rump, with mash and some veggies was ready pretty quick smart, and was upto the usual high standards that I’ve come to expect.

Decided to try a orange creme brulee for desert and it was probably the best creme brulee I’ve had in a long, long time.

The steak and desert were accompanied by an excellent bottle of Pinot Noir that had been recently added to the wine list.

Sofitel, Brisbane, Australia

I’ve stayed at this particular hotel probably around 5 years ago when it was the Sheraton (I think it was). Down at reception nothing much had changed in the intervening years and is was much as I had remembered it.

My room was ready when I checked in just before midday which allowed me the chance to qucikly get refreshed before my lunchtime meeting.

One major beef was the lack of somewhere to have an a la carte lunch. There was the option for a $59 buffet, but you couldn’t get a lite lunch at the hotel and we just couldn’t justify that much on a quick lunch. And don’t get me started on the price of bottled water in hotels!

The room itself was good, and the bed and pillows were great and I had a really good sleep. I was 20 floors up, and even though I was near the lift well, the room was very quiet.

Good hotel, in a good central location in sunny Brisbane.

Sebel Citigate, Brisbane, Australia

This is a review in two movements.

I’ve stayed at this hotel twice now over the past couple of months. The first stay, I would have to say, wasn’t the best.The bed was, to put is nicely, crap. It was just so uncomfortable I’d wake up more tired than when I went to bed.

The second stay was in stark contrast to the first. I don’t know if the hotel had had complaints about the beds, or they’re upgrading, but the bed in my room was magnificently comfortable. It was a pity to get out of bed in the morning.

I had a rather nice pizza from room service this stay, it wasn’t overly expensive (compared to most hotel’s) but I’d have thought they’d serve it on a plate rather than in the cardboard box you get takeaway pizzas in!

The location can’t be beat either. Its a quick walk or cab ride to most of the CBD, and probably a 15 minute walk to the Eagle Street pier where you can find Cha Cha Chars and Jellyfish.

Let’s hope I get a decent room and bed next time.