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Anyone seeking the formula that makes staying in a hotel pleasant, efficient and convenient could start with the Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Central.

I stayed there last week while on with a business trip to Brisbane. The new-build hotel in central Brisbane’s Spring Hill has been open since April and repeat business is already building up. It’s the second Holiday Inn Express in Australia – the first is in Sydney’s Macquarie Park.

There are 13 more Holiday Inn Express properties to come in Australia and New Zealand as the fastest-growing brand of the UK-based Intercontinental Hotels Group makes its mark here. All are new builds.

Michael Foster, manager of the 226-room Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Central in Wharf Street, says the formula for an enjoyable and worthwhile stay has four elements:

Manager Michael Foster

1.  Value for money. Quality accommodation at a competitive price sees rates at the Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Central start at AUD 119 a night, in an IHG Escapes promotion currently running.

2. A great night’s sleep. Beds have signature bedding, which includes pillow-top mattress, crisp white linen and both soft and firm pillows. (The pillows are labelled “soft” and “firm” to make the selection easier!)

3. Free Wi-Fi. This is available in both public areas and guest rooms. I used it extensively during my two-night stay and found it fast, reliable and extremely useful. Discerning guests around the world are demanding free hi-speed internet and it’s gratifying to find a property that provides it.

4. Free breakfast. Breakfast is available 6am to 9am every day. The complimentary self-service Express Start breakfast includes coffee, bacon, sausage, eggs, toast and a variety of cereals and juices. A great way to kick-start the day. When breakfast finishes the staff at reception can make you a good coffee.

Room with view of Brisbane


Although the Brisbane hotel market is oversupplied, Foster reports occupancies at the new hotel are climbing, with clientele divided between business and leisure roughly 50/50.

“It’s built for people on the go,” he says.

It has been six years since IHG had a presence in the Brisbane market, since a former Holiday Inn switched brands.

After staying a couple of nights at the property, I can attest that it’s a perfect place for a business stay. It offers the services and amenities you want rather than those you don’t want. Reception is staffed 24 hours.

The Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Central is located a short walk from Queen Street Mall and one train stop from Fortitude Valley. A lot of little touches make the going very easy. A single button near the bed turns off the lights so you don’t have to hunt around turning them all off individually. The shower is of commendably strong force. An ingenious door turns through 90 degrees to serve either as shower door or bathroom door. It works very well.

Soft or firm pillows – choice is yours!

There’s iron and ironing board, coffee and tea, a flat-screen TV and a room safe. The décor is bright and airy. There’s a great adjustable desk lamp, of Italian design, that gives you perfect light control while you’re working. There are plenty of power points to plug your devices into – and I’ve already mentioned the free internet!

Written by Peter Needham

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