Novotel hotels cater to both business and leisure guests so the range of facilities has to meet all needs. At the Novotel Brisbane Airport this is achieved through the Catalina Restaurant, Catalina Bar, business centre, and fitness facilities
With contemporary interiors and a relaxed atmosphere, Catalina Restaurant serves a delicious buffet breakfast to meet the needs of most travellers. I believe the buffet opens at 5.30 but I was never up that early. At 9.00 it was still going strong with food being renewed all the time. There was a selection of juices, fruit, cereal, yoghurts, bread, pastries and hot and cold dishes. For various reasons we didn’t expect to eat again until about 3pm so we took full advantage of what was on offer.
The restaurant operates with a modern Australian a la carte menu at lunch and dinner. Coffee and cake is available throughout the day. Opening hours are 5:30am - 9:00pm. 24-hour room service is available. We had an excellent dinner one evening. We thought the price was slightly on the high side but there was no doubting the quality and we left fully satisfied.
We started with some hand-made cob bread with dips at $9 after having flirted with having the peppered goat’s cheese with balsamic, beetroot salsa and baby cress $16. For mains, I had the salmon with avocado, potatoes, and tomatoes $32 while my wife was taken by the duck breast with mousse de fois gras, red cabbage and prosciutto $38. Both were wonderfully presented and were delicious. My wife gave the duck a ten out of ten for taste and texture. That is a rare event.
I washed my meal down with a Hahn Super Dry beer $5.50 while my wife had a delightful Cloudy Bay sauvignon blanc $13. After such a success with the rest of the meal we couldn’t resist dessert. My wife chose the lemongrass and guava parfait with macerated lychees and vanilla bean syrup $16 while I indulged in the mixed berry frangipane flan with honeycomb ice-cream and cognac anglaise $14.
Located on the ground floor with a separate lounge area, Catalina Bar is modern, stylish and suave where you can enjoy beer on tap, sip a cocktail, or choose from a wide range of local and international beers, wines and champagnes. Opening hours are 10:00am - 11:30pm.
Business services include a secretarial service (typing), a business centre with support staff, a fax machine, copying service and internet connectivity. For those arriving by car there is well-lit parking, valet parking and private and public indoor parking. The lobby has a Concierge, cash machine, computer hire facilities and currency exchange.
For fitness needs there is the pool, the small gymnasium, a sauna and massage.