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Where to stay in Brisbane (Location & Accommodation Guide)

Discover the best places to stay in Brisbane with our area guides & recommended accommodation options.

Are you planning a visit to the beautiful Queensland capital of Brisbane? Are you unsure which area of the city is best for your trip? In this article, we cover where to stay in Brisbane (based on 5 years of living in South East Queensland and experiencing a wide range of luxury hotels available in the city)

You will find an overview of each area including the main attractions (what to do and see), where to eat, how to get around and the pros and cons to help you choose the best place to stay in Brisbane for your trip.

First visit to Brisbane? We recommend a walking tour of Brisbane City Highlights or this Brisbane river cruise (with lunch included) as perfect ways to familiarise yourself with this beautiful Queensland city.

With near-perfect weather, all year round Brisbane is a wonderful holiday destination and is also the perfect base from which to explore the region with numerous day trip opportunities to the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast on offer.

Discover the best places to stay in Brisbane in this area and accommodation guide.

Where to stay in Brisbane

Quick picks for your stay in Brisbane

HotelArea of BrisbaneRatingBook
Mantra South BankSouth Bank⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Book here
The EmporiumSouth Bank⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Book here
RydgesSouth Bank⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Book here
Courtyard by MarriottSouth Bank⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Book here
W BrisbaneBrisbane CBD⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Book here
Brisbane Marriott HotelBrisbane CBD⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Book here
Hyatt RegencyBrisbane CBD⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Book here
Ovolo The ValleyFortitude Valley⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Book here
FV by PeppersFortitude Valley⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Book here
Rydges Fortitude ValleyFortitude Valley⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Book here

South Bank

A great all-round area perfect for solo travellers, couples, and families.

South Bank is located across the river from the CBD and is one of the most popular areas in Brisbane for visitors. With museums, theatre venues, parklands, swimming pools, the Brisbane Eye, numerous eateries and easy access to the Brisbane river via City Cat or ferry it has so much to offer.

Things to do and see in South Bank include

  • Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)
  • Queensland Museum and Sciencentre
  • Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

Where to eat in South Bank

There is an incredible variety of eateries in Brisbane’s South Bank and there truly is something for everyone. From casual dining to cocktails with a view, you will find it in South Bank. Our favourites include

  • Popolo – A favourite riverside restaurant
  • The Jetty South Bank – Our favourite for picnic hampers (available for 2 or 4)
  • The Emporium – Terrace Bar rooftop for cocktails
  • International dining options include Yiros Street, Mucho Mexicano, Mado Turkish Restaurant, Aquitaine French Restaurant, San Kai Japanese Restaurant and Siam Thai Restaurant. Many are located on Grey Street.

Where to stay in South Bank

  • The Emporium – Luxury hotel offering beautiful views of Brisbane from the rooftop infinity pool.
  • Mantra South Bank – Modern rooms, free WiFi, contemporary restaurant, bar, heated pool and gym.
  • Rydges – Wide variety of rooms and suites many with views of the city skyline, pool bar, award-winning restaurant,
  • Courtyard by Marriott – Wide range of rooms, heated indoor pool, easy walk to South Bank eateries and the Gabba for sports fans.
Where to stay in Brisbane with a great view over the city skyline is the Emporium.
View of the Brisbane River and city skyline from the rooftop swimming pool and bar at the Emporium
Room at the Emporium Hotel in Brisbane.
The Emporium

Brisbane Central Business District (CBD)

Stay in the heart of Brisbane and enjoy everything the city has to offer. Transport links are excellent with train, bus and river transportation (City Car & ferry) options to get around. This is an easy destination from Brisbane Aiport with trains direct to Central Station. There are plenty of opportunities for sightseeing, shopping and a good selection of eateries.

Things to do and see in Brisbane’s CBD include

  • Great location for Brisbane’s iconic City Hall
  • Museum of Brisbane
  • Meander the beautiful City Botanic Gardens
  • Shop at the Queen Street Mall

Where to eat in Brisbane’s CBD

Some of our favourites include

  • Donna Chang – Cantonese food in beautiful surroundings
  • Pig ‘N’ Whistle – British fare
  • Fat Noodle – Asian cuisine
  • Maru – Korean BBQ
  • Patina at Customs House – award-winning restaurant with spectacular views of the Brisbane River

Where to stay in Brisbane CBD

  • W Brisbane – Luxury hotel offering guests beautiful views of the Brisbane River, quirky design, a fabulous pool and an overall fabulous 5* experience.
  • Brisbane Marriott Hotel Recently undergone a $20 million renovation. This luxury hotel offers views of the Story Bridge, superb dining at the Motion restaurant, an outdoor pool, and fitness centre plus family & pet-friendly packages.
  • Hyatt Regency – Located in the heart of the CBD the Hyatt Regency offers guests a selection of spacious rooms, deluxe amenities, an on-site restaurant, heated outdoor infinity pool, fitness centre and free WiFi.
Guest room at the W Hotel in Brisbane.
W Brisbane
View from the room at the W Hotel in Brisbane.
Wonderful views from our room at W Brisbane

Fortitude Valley

Although my top recommendations for areas to stay in Brisbane are the CBD and South Bank there is one other area worth mentioning especially if nightlife is an important consideration for you.

Vibrant Fortitude Valley is located northeast of Brisbane’s CBD and is an area full of nightclubs, shops, bars and restaurants. This is an excellent location for those attending events at Tivoli Theatre, Royal International Convention Centre or the Brisbane Show Grounds.

Things to see and do in Fortitude Valley include

  • Chinatown
  • Shop at the Laneways (Winn, Bakery and California Lanes)

Where to eat in Fortitude Valley

Where to stay in Fortitude Valley

  • Ovolo The Valley – A luxury boutique hotel with spacious rooms. Enjoy the 100% vegetarian menu at onsite restaurant ZaZaTa.
  • FV by Peppers – With fantastic views from the rooftop pool this aparthotel offers 1 and 2-bedroom apartments with an enclosed balcony, A/C, and a fully equipped kitchen.
  • Rydges Fortitude Valley – Spacious guest rooms, outdoor pool, well-equipped gym, on-site restaurant and bar plus free WiFi.
Lounge at Ovolo the Valley in Brisbane.
Ovolo The Valley
FV by Peppers hotel in Brisbane.
FV by Peppers

Map of the best areas to stay in Brisbane

Which area of Brisbane will you choose?

Enjoy your visit to Queensland. Whether you choose to stay in South Brisbane, the CBD or Fortitude Valley one of the fabulous luxury Brisbane accommodation options suggested in this article will be perfect for your stay.

We have lots more to read about Queensland (and Australia) to help you plan your trip