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20 Brisbane Hotels with River Views That Will Take Your Breath Away

There’s no denying that one of Brisbane’s best assets, along with its incredible amount of sunny days and laid-back city vibe, is its beautiful river. The Brisbane River meanders its way through the middle of the city, running alongside some of Brisbane’s most popular dining and entertainment precincts including Portside Wharf, South Bank, the CBD and Kangaroo Point.

When you’re visiting Brisbane, the river will invariably enter your day at some point, whether you’re catching the local ferry service to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, gazing out at the water from one of the many rooftop bars or rising high above it as you scale the Story Bridge. To be honest, Brisbane views don’t get any better than the ones found along the river. The perfect addition to your holiday experience, wake up to this natural wonder every day by staying at one of the many Brisbane hotels with river views.

Check in and chill out with the best view in town, as 300 million-plus annual visitors to HotelsCombined have revealed the most popular Brisbane hotels overlooking the river.

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Brisbane Hotels with River Views

Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane

Grand Chancellor Brisbane Room

Nestled in the heart of the Brisbane CBD, Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane boasts a picturesque outlook over the Roma Street Parklands, Brisbane River and city skyline. The perfect accommodation if your priority is sightseeing, this hotel is close to Suncorp Stadium, XXXX Brewery, City Botanic Gardens and Queen Street Mall.

If you want to wake up every morning to a living tapestry of Brisbane’s river and city high rises outside your window, the Superior Suite is your best bet. This indulgent abode boasts complimentary Wi-Fi, bathrobes, a kitchenette and a private balcony. The on-site Frescos Restaurant is the perfect spot for a buffet breakfast, a la carte dinner or evening cocktail.

Star Rating: 4.5*
Price: A$85 – A$378
Guest Rating: 8.6
Address: 23 Leichhardt Street, Spring Hill, Brisbane, Australia

Meriton Serviced Apartments Herschel Street

Meriton Serviced Apartments Herschel Street

The luxurious Meriton Serviced Apartments Herschel Street has developed a reputation among HotelsCombined visitors for its uninterrupted Brisbane River views. One of Brisbane’s highest buildings, the 74-storey hotel proves that sometimes bigger is better. Every suite, from the one and two-bedroom to the infinity penthouse, soaks up river and city vistas through its floor-to-ceiling windows. These oversized suites also feature plush king-sized beds, full-size kitchens, open-plan living rooms and private laundries.

Expertly designed for leisure, take advantage of the hotel’s indoor heated pool and spa, modern gym and sauna, just some of the luxurious on-site facilities available. You’re also only a short walk from the city’s iconic shopping precincts including Queen Street Mall and the Fortitude Valley, along with a variety of upscale restaurants and bars.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: A$81 – A$1001
Guest Rating: 9.2
Address: 43 Herschel Street, Brisbane CBD, Brisbane, Australia

Meriton Serviced Apartments Adelaide Street

Meriton Serviced Apartments Adelaide Street

Positioned 65 storeys above the city, the two-bedroom and three-bedroom suites at Meriton Serviced Apartments Adelaide Street give you a bird’s-eye view of the Brisbane River winding through the city. These self-contained suites feature complete kitchens, along with spacious living areas, comp­­­­limentary tea and coffee, and stylish bathrooms.

Friendly and helpful, the award-winning hotel staff provide a warm welcome and expert knowledge on nearby attractions, shopping and dining. This dedicated service goes hand in hand with its exclusive facilities including an indoor 20-metre swimming pool and sauna. There’s so much to see and do right outside, like taking an adventurous climb up the Story Bridge, but don’t be surprised if you spend more time than planned gazing out your windows at the city unfolding below.

Star Rating: 4.5*
Price: A$77 – A$813
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: 485 Adelaide Street, Brisbane CBD, Brisbane, Australia

Stamford Plaza Brisbane

Stamford Plaza Brisbane

Renowned for its riverside dining, Stamford Plaza Brisbane combines five-star elegance with intimate warmth felt throughout the entire hotel. The Stamford Suite is a haven of opulence, featuring panoramic views of the Story Bridge over the Brisbane River, along with a piano, four-poster bed and a private balcony with a fireplace. Other rooms, including the Superior, Deluxe and Junior Suite, also boast river vistas, heavenly beds and executive-style work desks.

Stamford Plaza Brisbane also includes multiple on-site eateries, such as Kabuki Teppanyaki Restaurant and The Pav Bar. However, the most popular out of the bunch is The Brasserie on the River, where you can indulge in seasonal seafood buffets while watching the boats cruise past outside. It’s also the best place to enjoy an afternoon of Brisbane’s famous high tea.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: A$145 – A$515
Guest Rating: 9.3
Address: Corner Edward & Margaret Streets, Brisbane CBD, Brisbane, Australia

The Great Southern Hotel Brisbane

The Great Southern Hotel Brisbane

HotelsCombined visitors rave about the convenient location of The Great Southern Hotel Brisbane. Positioned close to the river’s edge next to the Treasury Casino, this budget-friendly Brisbane hotel places you within walking distance of the Myer Centre, City Botanic Gardens and Queens Plaza. It’s perfect for business travellers, with a 24-hour reception and on-site parking, dry cleaning and business services.

You can choose a city or river view when staying at The Great Southern Hotel Brisbane, but we all know the best choice of view when staying in Brisbane. The river view is exceptional, seen right outside your bedroom window. The rooms also have spa baths, flat-screen TVs and climate control.

Star Rating: 3.5*
Price: A$70 – A$316
Guest Rating: 7.9
Address: 103 George Street, Brisbane CBD, Brisbane, Australia

Oaks Charlotte Towers

Oaks Charlotte Towers

Relaxation and rejuvenation come naturally at Oaks Charlotte Towers, where you can unwind with a swim in the exclusive indoor pool, kick back under the sun on the patio or sweat the stress away in the on-site gym. It’s also smack bang in the middle of town, so you’re a mere stroll from the city’s leafy parks, cosy cafes and fascinating local attractions.

Almost all of the one and two-bedroom apartments at Oaks Charlotte Towers boast impressive views from private balconies, combining two of Brisbane’s best features to create an alfresco entertaining area to overlook the city and Brisbane River. You can rest easy in the comfortable beds and cook up a feast using your apartment’s full kitchen.

Star Rating: 4.5*
Price: A$99 – A$371
Guest Rating: 8.4
Address: 128 Charlotte Street, Brisbane CBD, Brisbane, Australia

Istay River City

Istay River City

The name says it all. Istay River City offers the best of both river and city, soaking up those water views while keeping you close to all the inner-city excitement. The one and two-bedroom apartments are naturally lit through full-length windows and include private balconies that are perfect for sunset drinks.

Full kitchens and laundry amenities in each apartment ensure you’re fully self-contained while you’re in an excellent location to explore Brisbane’s best sights, from the Brisbane Powerhouse to The Wheel of Brisbane and Queensland Museum and Sciencentre. There’s also an on-site gym with state-of-the-art equipment and a stylish pool featuring timber decking and comfortable loungers.

Star Rating: 4.5*
Price: A$97 – A$436
Guest Rating: 7.9
Address: 79 Albert Street, Brisbane CBD, Brisbane, Australia

Oaks 212 Margaret

Oaks 212 MargaretYou’ll find a long list of appealing accommodation choices at Oaks 212 Margaret. The one and two-bedroom self-contained apartments are adorned with polished hardwood floors, comfortable furnishings and private balconies, while the Two Bedroom River View apartment features two bathrooms, a full kitchen, laundry and 180-degree views of the City Botanic Gardens and Brisbane River. The four-bedroom penthouse is the epitome of holiday living, however, with its spa bath, lounge room, glamorous master bedroom and balcony overlooking the river.

While staying at Oaks 212 Margaret, you can enjoy direct access to Brisbane’s renowned shopping and entertainment precincts, along with theatres, nightclubs and leafy parks. Keep those holiday kilos off at the on-site gym or spend a day or two lounging by the sun-drenched pool.

Star Rating: 4.5*
Price: A$89 – A$399
Guest Rating: 8.3
Address: 212 Margaret Street, Brisbane CBD, Brisbane, Australia

Oaks Festival Towers

Oaks Festival Towers

Despite its central location, it can be tough leaving Oaks Festival Towers, where a sunny barbeque area sits alongside two pools, an outdoor spa and a gym. The apartments are also quite enticing, blessed with the modern conveniences and deluxe style that leisure and business travellers value. These homey abodes are self-contained with gourmet kitchens and separate living and dining areas.

The private balconies look out over the tops of city high-rises to the Brisbane River as it snakes its way along the banks lined with restaurants, bars and walking paths. Recommended by HotelsCombined visitors for a shopping holiday, Oaks Festival Towers is an easy walk from the Queen Street and Brunswick Street malls.

Star Rating: 4.5*
Price: A$106 – A$382
Guest Rating: 8.3
Address: 108 Albert Street, Brisbane CBD, Brisbane, Australia

Oaks Aurora

Oaks AuroraOaks Aurora caters to families, couples, business travellers and friends looking for a Brisbane holiday with all the perks. One of those perks includes a breathtaking river vista from your private balcony, featured in the One Bedroom Executive Apartment or Two Bedroom River View Apartment. Furnished for comfort, these entertaining outdoor areas are ideal for soaking up the city’s laid-back ambience.

The Three Bedroom Apartment also captures river views from its main bedroom and lavish kitchen. Tucked in among the city streets, luxury is found in the hotel’s on-site pool, where its plush seating is perfect for a day of relaxation. There’s also a sauna and gym, along with an expansive recreation deck with a Jacuzzi. Just try not to forget about the rest of us when you’re living it up in your personal paradise.

Star Rating: 4.5*
Price: A$114 – A$506
Guest Rating: 8.1
Address: 420 Queen Street, Brisbane CBD, Brisbane, Australia

Oakwood Hotel & Apartments Brisbane

Oakwood Hotel & Apartments Brisbane

This collection of no-fuss holiday apartments is perfectly positioned between the Brisbane CBD and Fortitude Valley, two of the city’s prime entertaining areas. With the Story Bridge right outside, cross the river to Kangaroo Point for some rock climbing or kayaking, or walk along the river to Eagle Street Pier for fine dining options.

Alternatively, you can appreciate the river from your private balcony in a self-contained apartment, which yields panoramic vistas encompassing the Story Bridge, Kangaroo Point Cliffs and the Brisbane River. These apartments also include kitchens, laundries and climate control. A conference centre with four meeting rooms accommodates business travellers, while the tennis court, swimming pool, spa and sauna are ideal for fun and relaxation.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: A$81 – A$317
Guest Rating: 8.4
Address: 15 Ivory Lane, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Australia

Ibis Brisbane

Ibis Brisbane

Have you heard about the rooms at Ibis Brisbane? Many HotelsCombined visitors have been talking about their impressive size, amenities and river views, especially the Superior Room 2 Queen Beds River View, which also features signature Ibis bedding, a large desk and an LCD TV. Start your day right with a gourmet buffet breakfast at the on-site Ibis Kitchen, before finishing it with a social drink at Ibis Bar.

There are two meeting rooms and the option of checking in as early as 9am, perfect for business travellers with a busy schedule, while parents can leave the little ones with one of the hotel’s trained babysitters and enjoy a night out on the town. Within easy walking distance of Suncorp Stadium, Ibis Brisbane is popular during Brisbane Broncos, Queensland Reds and Brisbane Roar home games.

Star Rating: 3.5*
Price: A$80 – A$342
Guest Rating: 8.2
Address: 27-35 Turbot Street, Brisbane CBD, Brisbane, Australia

Evolution Apartments

Evolution Apartments

A relatively new addition to Brisbane’s hotel scene, Evolution Apartments prides itself on offering a home away from home for all types of travellers. Do you prefer self-contained accommodation with that extra touch of luxury? Book a one or two-bedroom apartment, both of which are generously sized and have full kitchens, 24-hour check-in and tea and coffee facilities.

However, if you want all this in addition to a river view, the hotel’s two-bedroom apartment is your best choice. With outstanding vistas, you will find stunning views of the river and city from both your balcony and main bedroom. Along with its contemporary accommodations, Evolution Apartments also provides a long list of facilities to enjoy, including a swimming pool, gym, guest lounge, cinema, spa, barbecue and games room with a pool table.

Star Rating: 4.5*
Price: A$121 – A$477
Guest Rating: 8.5
Address: 18 Tank Street, Brisbane CBD, Brisbane, Australia

Mantra On Mary

Mantra on Mary

Mantra On Mary combines self-contained accommodation with resort-style facilities, helping you make the most of your Brisbane holiday. Picturesque river views are always present when you stay in the affordable 1 Bedroom Riverview Apartment or 3 Bedroom Apartment. The former is perfect for couples, boasting a king-sized bed, private balcony and kitchen, while the latter has a spacious lounge room that flows naturally out to a large balcony.

This four-star hotel has an overall feeling of space, which is accentuated by the numerous facilities on site, including an outdoor pool, barbecue area and sauna. Indulge in some holiday pampering with a treatment at the on-site Aquarius Health & Medispa, before satisfying your stomach’s cravings with some delicious food at the local restaurants all within walking distance from the hotel.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: A$86 – A$633
Guest Rating: 8.3
Address: 70 Mary Street, Brisbane CBD, Brisbane, Australia

Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane

Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane

It’s rare to find such a highly rated hotel with consistently affordable prices in a city as thriving as Brisbane, yet somehow Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane achieves exactly that. Only 30 minutes from the airport, this popular hotel attracts business travellers who appreciate its range of meeting rooms with state-of-the-art multimedia capabilities.

Travellers love the rooms and suites at Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane, which showcase a sophisticated interior design coupled with cosy furnishings, sleek bathrooms and mini bars. Opt for the River View Room or River View Suite if you enjoy waking up to views of the Brisbane River that look so good they belong in an art gallery. The on-site Sazerac Bar, one of Brisbane’s highest rooftop bars, pairs exclusive cocktails and sumptuous food with panoramic river views.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: A$102 – A$418
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 99 Mary Street, Brisbane CBD, Brisbane, Australia

Mantra Midtown

Mantra Midtown

Brisbane is home to its fair share of celebrity chef restaurants and classy bars, but you’d be amiss not dining at Mantra Midtown’s 127 Bar & Bistro at least once, whether you’re staying there or not. Australian cuisine is given a modern twist and paired with delectable wines from around the world. If you are staying at Mantra Midtown, you can also take advantage of its gym overlooking a leafy city street in addition to a barbecue area, pool and sauna.

Want to wake up to a view of the Brisbane River? The apartments at Mantra Midtown not only include contemporary kitchens, air conditioning and laundry facilities, but also feature private balconies with views across the city.  These spacious balconies are revered for their size by HotelsCombined visitors, where you’ve got plenty of space to kick back and take it all in.

Star Rating: 4.5*
Price: A$104 – A$319
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: 127 Charlotte Street, Brisbane CBD, Brisbane, Australia

Treasury Brisbane

Treasury Brisbane

The five-star Treasury Brisbane is housed in one of Brisbane’s heritage buildings and has been entertaining visitors and locals alike since 1995 with its six on-site restaurants, five bars and enormous casino. A special pride and joy of Brisbane, Treasury Brisbane strikes a regal pose on an otherwise uber-modern skyline.

This old-world charm extends to the hotel’s guest rooms, which invoke feelings of yesteryear with elegant furnishings and interior designs. Upgrade to a Hotel Suite to find a marble bathroom, king-sized bed, six-seater dining table and a private balcony that looks out over the Brisbane River to South Bank. It’s matched only by the multi-level Casino Suite, which has complimentary bathrobes and unforgettable river vistas from the hotel’s highest level.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: A$128 – A$425
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: 130 William Street, Brisbane CBD, Brisbane, Australia

Hotel Location

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Southern Brisbane Hotels with River Views

Rydges South Bank Brisbane

Rydges South Bank BrisbaneOnce you arrive at Rydges South Bank Brisbane, before you can even put your bags down, you quickly realise why this hotel is so highly rated by HotelsCombined visitors. The view for one is unforgettable, taking in the South Bank parklands, Wheel of Brisbane, Brisbane River and glistening metropolis. Being south of the river means you’re even closer to South Bank’s boutiques and restaurants, the eccentric artisan goods stores and bars in West End, and cultural attractions including the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

The newly designed rooms at Rydges South Bank Brisbane boast the latest in-room technology and homey comforts including free Wi-Fi, Nespresso coffee machines, custom-built work desks and signature bedding. The luxurious Deluxe King Suite River View is a popular choice for its walk-out balcony, Apple TV, kitchenette and uninterrupted river vistas. This four-star hotel’s on-site dining options include the award-winning Bacchus modern-Australian restaurant and the Soleil Pool Bar for a fun poolside party atmosphere.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: A$39 – A$538
Guest Rating: 8.6
Address: 9 Glenelg Street South Bank, South Brisbane, Brisbane, Australia

The Point Brisbane-Hotel

The Point BrisbaneThe Point Brisbane-Hotel is the perfect accommodation if you enjoy being close to the city but prefer to surround yourself with tranquillity. This extravagant hotel is located in Kangaroo Point, a gateway suburb to South Bank and all the city’s riverside entertaining precincts including New Farm, Teneriffe, Bulimba and West End. Perched on a hilltop, it overlooks the Story Bridge, Brisbane River and the city.

Deluxe holiday accommodation is available in the hotel’s Executive and Junior suites, which both feature luxurious bathtubs. The Altitude Suite, meanwhile, also provides a private balcony from which to appreciate its effortlessly beautiful river and CBD views. However, for the ultimate in Brisbane River views, venture up to the on-site rooftop bar, Eagles Nest. Open every Sunday, it captures the best of Brisbane while serving up signature cocktails and tapas alongside live music.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: A$83 – A$245
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: 21 Lambert Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, Australia

Mantra South Bank

Mantra South BankMantra South Bank holds nothing back when it comes to pampering its guests with its on-site facilities and in-room luxury. The 20-metre heated lap pool is complemented by cushioned sun loungers and a spa, while Stone Restaurant and Bar dishes up fresh seasonal food and a hot breakfast buffet.

Ranging from the classic Hotel Room with mini bar and in-house movies to Studio, One-Bedroom and Two-Bedroom apartments, the accommodation at Mantra South Bank offers a range of impressive choices. Each one features exclusive toiletries and stylish granite or stone kitchens, while the City View apartment also captures the iconic Brisbane skyline towering over the serene river.

Star Rating: 4.5*
Price: A$118 – A$500
Guest Rating: 8.8
Address: 161 Grey Street South Bank, South Brisbane, Brisbane, Australia

Hotel Location

Brisbane is a Riverfront Paradise

Brisbane may be known for its lively attractions, rooftop bars and parklands, but all of these wouldn’t be as attractive without the river peacefully winding its way past. A gorgeous sight around almost every corner, the best way to appreciate this gentle behemoth is from your luxurious hotel room or apartment.

The city is blessed with numerous hotels that offer you exceptional river vistas from affordable and opulent accommodations. The most popular hotels with HotelsCombined visitors typically include generous on-site facilities including heated pools and spas, restaurants and gyms. We’ve also seen a high number of bookings in self-contained accommodation and hotels well-suited to business travellers and families. Welcoming all types of travellers, it seems Brisbane wants to invite everyone to enjoy its beauty.

Where is your favourite place to stay in Brisbane when you want to gaze out at the Brisbane River? Let us know in the comments below.

References

  1. Visit Brisbane
  2. Eat South Bank
  3. River City Cruises
  4. Story Bridge Adventure Climb
  5. Portside Wharf

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