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HOTEL REVIEW: The Emporium South Bank, Brisbane

Gone are the days of just staying in a hotel because it’s in the destination you’re visiting. Instead, you visit a destination because it’s home to a particular a hotel. These are special hotels. Experiential hotels. 


The Emporium South Bank is such a hotel and will have you booking that flight to Brisbane faster than you can say Bris-Vegas.



The Emporium South Bank is a hot mix of dazzling luxury, sensational design and overwhelming comfort. And while there’s no denying the dollop of Brisvegas kitsch with its disco party lifts and fluffy chairs, it’s a well thought out sophisticated quirkiness that gives this place a huge wow factor.


The independently owned and operated Emporium South Bank is the vision of Anthony and Francine John the dynamic duo behind the original multi award winning Emporium hotel in Fortitude Valley. It features 143 luxurious suites with the entry level vista suites a huge 42 square meters. 



I am in a River City Suite, which at almost 50 sq meters is the size of a small Sydney apartment!Each suite boasts the latest in-room automation and entertainment technology; there are no switches to be seen as everything is touch panel. I am in heaven with the fantastic Bose audio system which sounds better than the one I have at home and when I am bored with my music I can watch the high definition 55-inch mirror-finish television.


Guests can have a glass of wine from their fully stocked Eurocave wine fridge and drink it sitting at a beautiful bronze bar or in their kingsize spa bath, complete with ‘now you see me, now you don’t’ privacy screen. 

The bathroom also features a double vanity, marble walls, separate toilet, and luxury Molton Brown bathing toiletries.

My massive king size bed is a Sealy Dynasty Series and I know I will have very sweet dreams here – but there’s some exploring to do first.


The WOW factor continues on Level 21 with an eye-popping, jaw-dropping and very newly opened (3 October) rooftop bar, The Terrace.



With its retractable roof, LED lit floors, fluffy chairs, multiple green living walls and gob-smacking views, The Terrace is going to be the place to come for locals as well as hotel guests. Overlooking the sparkling 23 metre infinity pool, this is the ultimate party space.


“There is absolutely nothing in Australia that compares to this,” owners representative Charles Martin said. 


“The Terrace is a phenomenal addition to the city’s lifestyle and tourism offering.“


While perfectly situated on Grey Street to take advantage of the area’s many bars and cafes, you’ll be seduced by Emporium’s very own culinary charm.


The Belle Epoque is a Parisian styled bistro serving breakfast, lunch and the most delicious pastries, and cakes.


The Terrace and soon to be opened Piano Bar will also offer premium dining options - with Chris Norman and his wife Alex Liddle (ex the Ritz of London and One and Only) in charge of the cooking you are in very safe, and delicious, culinary hands



As well as all of this, there is a selection of sophisticated state-of-the-art meeting and events spaces, including: the grand,  pillar-less Frangipani ballroom which accommodates up to 350 cocktail- style; and three purpose-built ballrooms.


I loved my stay at the Emporium but I wished there weren’t so many mirrors! I got really sick of seeing myself….. grinning like a Cheshire cat!!


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Written by: Jenny Rowland
Published: 7 October 2018

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