August 16, 2002
It was a Park Royal and is around 30 years old. The rooms are spacious with lounge chairs and a desk and comfortable beds, safe, iron and hairdryers. Suites are very well appointed. All rooms have a view of the Gardens or across the pool area to the city. The bathroom is well appointed with a shower bath, lots of towels and full toileteries range. The mini bar is well stocked and there are tea and coffee making facilities, fresh milk and biscuits and complimentary newspapers. There is a heated outdoor pool and spa and a fully equipped gym for the health conscious or you can stay in your room and order 24 hour room service and watch in house movies.
The lobby bar is excellent and well patronised. We met some lovely people and the bartender mixed great cocktails. The Brisbane Royal Show was on so there were quite a few country people staying in the hotel.Smoking was permitted and cigars available.We visited each evening for happy hour before and then went back after dinner as it stays open past midnight. On Wednesdays and Fridays there is a lovely lady who plays the piano and sings songs from the forties through to current day, She has been the resident entertainer for 14 years. We had a lovely time singing along with her and dancing cheek to cheek as she serenaded us-just beautiful. There are excellent ballroom and conference facilities available.
In the mornings before breakfast we walked through the Botanical Gardens pat the University and back along the riverfront which has walkways along to the city centre and Eagle Street Wharf where you can catch ferries up and down the river. There is also an old refurbished steamboat perfect for dinner cruises.
It is a 5 minute stroll to the centre of town and 15 minutes from the airport. At this end of town there are Government Buildings, Queensland University of Technology and further towards town the Casino in the old Treasury Building. There are also many pubs along Edward Street (the Embassy, The Victory and The Exchange)as you walk to the center of the city and some excellent fine dining restaurants,also cafes and a corner store.
The rate is usually say $140 US. We surfed the web and got $US 52.00 per night.
From journal A romantic weekend in Brisbane