Visitors to Brisbane have a new accommodation option in the heart of the city with TFE Hotels opening the new Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane, which features sweeping views over the Brisbane River.
On the corner of George and Elizabeth streets in the city centre, the new hotel is housed in a restored Heritage-listed building that was opened in 1922 to house the Queensland Government Savings Bank.
Several original features have been retained and the hotel now offers 220 luxurious rooms and suites, and includes an extra five levels designed to complement the historic building. Some will love the juxtaposition of old and new; others will hate it.
The banking hall has been transformed to accommodate a new hotel lobby and restaurant, with a bar below. The lobby celebrates the building's 1920s origins.
Facilities include a gym alongside a heated pool on the ground floor, which is enclosed on each side but open to the Brisbane sky.
TFE Hotels chairman Allan Vidor said: “The hotel creates a real point of difference for the Brisbane market with its magnificent sense of history, and its wonderful setting, just a few steps from the waterfront and close to the heart of the city.
"This will be a flagship for the Adina brand, which has developed since its beginnings in Sydney in 1982 into a collection of apartment hotels in Australia, New Zealand and Europe.”
The apartments are described as "spacious and contemporary". Each has its own kitchen, laundry and living room with full hotel services including 24-hour reception.
The ground floor restaurant, Donna Chang (the name is a tongue-in-cheek reference to a Seinfeld episode and far too clever by half) will open soon. It is described as a “dining experience for the senses” with Sichuan and Cantonese flavours.
Below the restaurant will be a 250-seat bar called Boom Boom Room.
Rooms are currently available at the 25% off introductory rate, starting from $135.