Review: Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane

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FIONA HARPER checks out an inner-city apartment hotel that retains its heritage charm while offering modern conveniences.


The grand lobby of Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane. Image Fiona Harper

The grand lobby of Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane. Image Fiona Harper

THE LOWDOWN

The Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane is housed in a grand heritage-listed inner city building. A former government administration building that was one of Brisbane’s tallest when completed in the early 1920’s.  Adina Brisbane exudes a contemporary elegance typical of the art deco-era from the moment you step through the leadlight glass doors and into the elegant foyer. Bathed in light from towering windows and chandeliers suspended from an ornate ceiling, the vast lobby is a tantalising insight into the buildings’ historic charm. Original features such as bank vaults and strong rooms have been carefully restored, along with the magnificent staircase with its ornate wrought iron balustrade and cedar handrail.


The original stairwell has been beautifully restored. Image Fiona Harper

The original stairwell has been beautifully restored. Image Fiona Harper

LOCATION

In the heart of Brisbane’s CBD and a short walk from the Brisbane River, Adina Brisbane occupies a prominent position on the corner of George and Elizabeth Streets.  The Queen Street Mall, Queens Wharf, City Botanic Gardens and the South Bank precinct are all within easy walking distance.

ACCOMODATION

There are 220 rooms, ranging from compact studios, some of which interconnect with larger one-bed apartments, through to three-bedroom apartments, including some with large balcony areas.  Room 806 has a wrap-around outdoor area featuring exquisite sandstone walls and views over the Brisbane River – it’s perfect for small groups or inter-generational families travelling together. As a modern inner-city apartment-style hotel, rooms are spacious and come with kitchen facilities and washing machines as well as separate lounge/dining/work areas.


1 Bed Premium room. Image Fiona Harper

1 Bed Premium room. Image Fiona Harper

ACTIVITIES

An indoor swimming pool is suitable for lap swimmers, while the pool deck with its sun lounges is an alluring space to enjoy relaxed down time poolside. There’s a small, air-conditioned gym adjacent to the pool with quality treadmills and space for freeform exercise or weights.  The Brisbane River banks host a vast network of walking and cycling trails that wind across the city and suburbs. There are themed trails to suit varied interests, including public art, heritage, laneways, gardens and historic cemetery walks. Across the city there are more than 170 public parks with free exercise and gym equipment installed – if you can’t find somewhere to exercise outdoors in Brisbane you’re probably not trying hard enough. Seriously, Brisbane rocks the outdoor activities arena.


Indoor swimming pool

Indoor swimming pool

FOOD AND DRINK

Below street level, the original thick concrete bank vault doors blend seamlessly with Boom Boom’s  sultry vibe. A recent change in focus has seen this elegant space shed its late night party habit and morph into something a little soulful. Boom Boom Room Izakaya is where Japanese-inspired street food, sake, wine and whisky meet jazz-bar aesthetic in a beguiling multi-cultural mashup with an inviting ambience. Back at street level amid the vaulted elegance of Donna Chang, Sichuan flavours and Cantonese cuisine dominates the menu. If you’ve a hankering for lingering over roast duck with Davidson plum sauce or savouring steamed wontons, reserve a table at Donna Chang. Dim Sum selections are a good option for trying a bit of everything with small-sized yum cha morsels. Alternatively, you could utilise the grocery delivery service and whip up dinner in your apartment.


Donna Chang restaurant

Donna Chang restaurant

EXPLORE

Head to Cycling Brisbane website for the lowdown on how you can get out on two wheels, whether your style is gentle scenic cycling, hardcore mountain biking beyond the city fringe or something in between, Brisbane is a cyclist-friendly city. Brisbane City Council hosts a full program of active and healthy events with free classes in numerous locations. Yoga, aqua aerobics, Zumba, boating and Tai Chi Qi gong are just some of the activities – check the BCC website for details.

More information: Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane

The writer was a guest of Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane.

About the author: Fiona Harper is a Queensland-based travel writer – follow Fiona at Travel Boating Lifestyle

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