Hotel Review: Hilton Brisbane
The Hilton Brisbane is located in downtown Brisbane close to most important business and sightseeing spots in the city. The hotel was recently refurbished and offers a decent experience. In this review, I’ll explain what you can expect of staying there.
I’ve already written about my experience at the Sofitel Brisbane here on traveluxblog. As I thought it would be a good idea to check out another property in the city, I opted for a stay at the Hilton Brisbane.
- Classification: Five Stars
- Room Category: Executive Room
- Month of Stay: August
I’d say it’s one of the best located hotels in the city. Plus, it’s a skyscraper and thus offers great views from the rooms on the top floor. The check-in in the evening was quick and friendly.
As a Hilton Honors Diamond member I was ugpraded to an Executive Room with access to the lounge. Other benefits included late check-out and breakfast in the restaurant.
Executive Room at the Hilton Brisbane
The Executive Rooms at the Hilton Brisbane have recently been refurbished. While the new design is quite nice, it’s worth noting that the renovation didn’t include re-allocating walls. Thus, the bathroom is still very small, while the room has a good size.
The room has a spacious and comfortable King Bed as its centerpiece. There’s one proper and one small bedside table along a comfotable chair with ottoman next to the bed.
In the corner of the room, there’s a glas working desk with a proper office chair. Opposite the bed, you can also find the typical flat-screen television.
In the entrance area, there are a wardrobe and a kettle for coffee and tea.
As usual, there were two bottles of water waiting for me in the Executive Room. One of the highlights of this category at the Hilton Brisbane is undoubtedly the view.
While it was already great at night, it was especially fascinating during the day. While the view was a little obstructed, the skyline views were still an amazing feature.
Bathroom of the Executive Room
The Executive Rooms at the Hilton Brisbane come with quite a tiny bathroom. While it has been renovated as well, it feels very small compared to the room.
There’s a sink with some storage, a toilet and a very nice walk-in shower with a great shower pressure. As usual, there are the typical Peter Thomas Roth toiletries at the Hilton Brisbane.
All in all, a nice bathroom, despite its small size.
Executive Lounge at Hilton Brisbane
One of features I liked the most about Hilton Brisbane is the Executive Lounge, which is located in the highest floor of the hotel. While the lounge itself is on the rather small side, the view is brilliant once again. There are several kinds of seating options available, which I found comfortable for lounging and working.
The Executive Lounge offers small snacks like nuts and pains au chocolate during the day, while there are canapés and drinks in the evening (sadly, I checked in too late to check those out).
The breakfast spread was fine with a couple of hot and cold options. Yet, the choice in the restaurant downstairs is way superior.
Yet, you can have coffee specialties and a great view when having breakfast in the lounge, which is something the restaurant breakfast lacks.
Breakfast at the Hilton Brisbane
The breakfast is served in the main restaurant in the atrium. Sadly, this means that it is very dark in the breakfast restaurant. Personally, I really hate that for breakfast as it feels like you are not properly getting out of bed, if you know what I mean.
In addition, coffee specialties come with an extra charge, which I found annoying at all Hilton properties in Australia & New Zealand. Yet, the buffet spread at the Hilton Brisbane is quite good. There are several hot options alongside the continental selection.
That all was rounded up by a station, where you could order eggs prepared your way. The quality of everything I had was very good. Still, I found the atmopshere to be sort-of depressing for breakfast and would thus prefer starting my day with the (small) breakfast in the Executive Lounge.
Pool & Gym at the Hilton Brisbane
One of the highlights of staying at the Hilton Brisbane are the sports options. Not only is there a big and well equipped gym with lots of cardio and strength machines, including some you don’t see often at other hotels, but there’s also an outdoor tennis court.
How cool is it playing tennis on a skyscraper? The court itself is not on a very high-floor, but still is elevated, which makes it an especially funny place to play.
On the same level, but the different side of the hotel, there’s also a pool. The pool of the Hilton Brisbane is surprisingly big and great for swimming laps. Plus, there’s a jacuzzi to warm up after dipping into the pool.
You may also enjoy relaxing on one of the loungers. Yet, it’s worth noting that the pool of the Hilton Brisbane isn’t heated, which makes it rather cold in winter.
Overall impression of the Hilton Brisbane
The Hilton Brisbane is one of the better Hilton city properties I’ve stayed at. The refurbished rooms are comfortable and spacious, the view on the higher floors is just stunning and the sports options are very plentiful for a city hotel. The Executive Lounge is fairly nice as well and the breakfast spread in the restaurant isn’t bad either. The only real downside is that breakfast is served without natural daylight. Besides that, I’d highly recommend staying at the Hilton Brisbane.
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