In the heart of New Farm, one of Brisbane’s trendiest suburbs, lies a hidden gem of a hotel in the form of a renovated Queenslander. The award-winning Spicers Balfour is apart of the Spicers Retreat luxury hotel group. Every one of their hotels throughout Queensland and New South Wales are unique and situated in a prime, beautiful location, all while aiming to pay attention to the finer details. From art deco interiors to the wowing view over Brisbane from the rooftop bar, Spicers Balfour lives up to the high standards that Spicers Retreats are known for.
During my two night getaway, I experienced incredible food, slept in a comfortable yet stylish room, sipped on cocktails at the rooftop bar and explored the area of New Farm. While I wasn’t far away from my home, the Gold Coast, I sure felt as though I was as the whole experience felt special and relaxing.
On the exterior, the hotel may be passed off as a classic Queenslander home, but inside you would be shocked to see not only how spacious it is, but how much this quaint hotel has to offer its guests. You’ll find 17 rooms of varying styles, 2 event spaces and the Balfour Kitchen that serves up mouthwatering breakfasts, lunches, high teas and dinners. As a lover of the Art Deco style, I fell hard for the interiors, especially inside the Balfour Kitchen area. Up the very top, and my personal favourite aspect of the hotel, is the rooftop bar providing expansive views back over Brisbane and through to the Story Bridge.
The hotel comprises of guest and executive rooms as well as one bedroom suites (located in the Simla Building that is separate to the main building). You’ll find everything you need during your stay, including a Nespresso machine – my personal favourite touch! Draw yourself a bath like I did and relax in the spacious bathroom with the aromatic toiletries before your quality sleep in the plush Italian bed linen. I loved how the space is made the most of, and you’re given a little courtyard to get some fresh air amongst the bamboo lined walls. It really is one of those hotels where you’re more than happy to just stay in and chill out with a book or movie at night!
Food + Drink
I’m calling it now, the Balfour Kitchen might possibly serve up one of my favourite eggs bennys ever! Breakfast both mornings was nothing short of delicious and eating out on the veranda as the morning sun beamed through the frangipani trees and bamboo was so lovely. The intimate restaurant appeared to be quite popular for lunch, high tea and dinner, too. The menu consists of modern Australian food with a European touch – something that will appeal to everyone!
An ideal spot for sunset is the rooftop bar. Grab a cold drink at the honesty bar and chill out as the sun goes down over the city. Mum and I loved hanging out up here with a cocktail or two!
In my opinion, I think when visiting major cities, it’s always more relaxing and enticing to stay just out of the CBD. Spicers Balfour is located just 3km from the heart of Brisbane’s city, while the Rivercat that can take you there is about a 25 minute walk from the hotel and is right beside the popular Powerhouse. The airport is just 20 minutes away if you’re flying in, or if you’re not far away and driving, there is onsite parking. I found it was great having a car as we could get to places such as the Eat Street Markets easily!
I must say, I was seriously impressed by this boutique hotel and can only imagine wonderful the other Spicer Retreats are! The staff really made my stay that much more comfortable; it always makes a difference when you’re surrounded by friendly and happy people. A serious highlight was the food and the breakfast is something I have been dreaming about all week..! If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, a fun staycation or simply a good breakfast, look no further than Spicers Balfour.
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Book your stay at Spicers Balfour Hotel here on their website.
I was welcomed as a guest by Spicers Retreats, although as always, opinions are my own!