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Brisbane is the third-largest city in Australia and the capital of Queensland. There are just over 2 million people in the city. The city is centrally located about 10 miles west of the continent’s east coast along the Brisbane River. Along with being the third-largest city, Brisbane is also the third-most visited city in Australia. Tourism plays a large part in the city’s economy, along retail shopping and a growing white-collar sector, which brings in a number of business travelers.

Much of Brisbane’s popularity is owed its subtropical climate and vibrant, youthful energy. The city experiences hot, humid summers and dry, warm winters with plenty of sunshine on a regular basis. Some of the attractions that bring visitors into the Brisbane include the Alma Park Zoo, the City Botanic Gardens, and the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Manly Boat Harbor, about a 20 minute drive from central Brisbane is popular access point to the activities of Moreton Bay. The Brisbane Festival is also a very popular event for the city every September.

Visitors have a choice of a diverse set of Brisbane, Australia hotels that fit most every budget and lifestyle. It is impossible to name one hotel as the single best, so here are the top Brisbane, Australia hotels in three categories:

Most Popular Brisbane Hotel

Sofitel Luxury Hotels Brisbane Central
249 Turbot Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Phone: +61-7-3835-3535
Fax: +61-7-3835-4960

The Sofitel Luxury Hotel in Brisbane is the most popular and one of the most luxurious hotels in the city. The hotel benefits from a prime location just above Central Station. Many visitors use the Airtrain to the get to and from both the Brisbane Domestic Airport and the Brisbane International Airport. The hotel likes to call itself the first international hotel in Brisbane, but it is difficult to determine what, exactly, that means. Hotel features include luxurious, contemporary décor, a heated pool and spa, the SoFit Gymnasium, and full business center. 24-hour concierge service is provided for all guests. The hotel also has impressive meeting and event facilities that can accommodate up to 1,100 people. The rooms available come in three categories: Superior Rooms, Luxury Rooms, and Luxury Club Rooms & Suites. Every room features a luxuriously comfortable Sofitel MeBed, fully-stocked mini-bar, LCD TV, and high-speed internet. Rates start at $209 US per night.

Highest-rated Brisbane Hotel

Emporium Hotel
1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane QLD 4006
Phone: +61-7-3253-6999
Fax: +61-7-3253-6966

Although Sofitel is the most popular of the Brisbane, Australia hotels, it is not the highest-rated according to consumer reviews. That title goes to the Emporium Hotel. The Emporium is a brand-new establishment in Brisbane, having opened in June 2007. It calls itself Brisbane’s first luxury boutique hotel. The hotel is located in the stylish Fortitude Valley precinct, known for its excellent choices in nightclubs and live musical entertainment. The Emporium is also only minutes from the city’s center. Also nearby is the Queen Street Mall, Brunswick Markets, and the Chinatown Mall. The hotel features a rooftop terrace with heated outdoor salt-water pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, and a 24-hour business center. Guest dining is provided by Tartufo Italian Restaurant, and the Emporium has one of the best cocktail bars in the city. The rooms are the definition of luxury and include king beds with down bedding, a choice of pillow options, marble showers or spa bath, Plasma TV, marble kitchenette, and fully-stocked mini-bar. Rates start at $223 US per night.

Best Budget Brisbane Hotel

Metro Hotels – Tower Mill
239 Wickham Tce, Brisbane QLD 4000
Phone: +61-7-3832-1421
Fax: +61-7-3835-1013

You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars for hotels in Brisbane. There are a number of Brisbane, Australia hotels for those on budget vacations. Of the budget hotels, the Metro Hotel Tower Mill is the highest-rated and has the most amenities. The Metro Hotel is located in downtown Brisbane and offers guests great views of the surrounding city from private balconies. Both business and leisure guests enjoy the accommodations provided. The hotel features free parking, wireless internet, and 80 3.5-star rooms. The Restaurant at The Mill Hotel is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and there is an adjoining bar and lounge. Room choices include queen-bed budget rooms, executive double and twin rooms, family rooms with one queen and two single beds, and queen-bed suites. Rates start at $118 US per night.

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