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Guesthouses and B&Bs
Metropolitan Motor Inn
Business hotel with trim, comfortable rooms, set with striped duvets and opening onto sizeable balconies. Check internet for specials.
Whale Watch Ocean Beach Resort
Sublime and secluded three-bedroom apartments with stylish furniture and large decks.
A short walk to both Brunswick and James Sts, the first-rate Emporium has uber-modern rooms set with high-end fittings and loads of creature comforts – luxurious king-sized beds, Bose audio systems, marble kitchenettes – and there’s a heated outdoor l...
Stamford Plaza Brisbane
At the southern end of the city, the Stamford has a historic facade in front of a modern tower. The indulgent rooms have antique touches, large beds and plenty of atmosphere...
Park Motor Inn
This comfortably furnished motel has a handy location opposite leafy Queens Park. The rooms have all the usual features and the bathrooms have full-length mirrors. It’s close to a couple of popular cafes.
Explorers Inn Hotel
A modern hotel with very friendly management and a supreme city-centre location. The downside: the rooms are extremely small, but clean and well maintained, and all with ensuite. Not recommended for those seeking space.
On busy Ruthven St and close to the CBD, this budget motel has clean, comfortable and surprisingly quiet rooms. A good-value option.
Quay West Suites Brisbane
This sophisticated hotel has opulent self-contained units with modern kitchens, fully equipped laundries, numerous TVs and stereos, and spectacular views. The refined interiors aim for luxury, and the extras include a lovely pool and gymnasium...
This clean and comfy complex has bright, cheerfully furnished rooms with fully equipped kitchens. There’s a barbecue by the pool and the staff are friendly and helpful.
Hotel Urban Brisbane
Fresh from a $10-million makeover in 2008, the Urban Brisbane has stylish rooms kitted out in masculine tones with balconies and high-end fittings (super-comfortable beds, oversized LCD TVs, fuzzy bathrobes)...
The nicely maintained Queensland Motel offers large, brightly coloured rooms with good beds. Try to get a room on the top floor where you’ll be greeted by rustling palm trees while enjoying coffee on the balcony.
Tangalooma Island Resort
Fringed with grass leading onto the beach, and thatched umbrellas and swaying palm trees providing shade, this aging resort is the only formal setup on the island...
A stylish newcomer to the Valley, the architecturally intriguing Limes Hotel has handsomely outfitted rooms that make good use of tight space – each has plush furniture, kitchenettes and thoughtful extras (iPod docks, free wi-fi, l’Occitane bath produ...
Spring Hill Terraces
Travellers give high marks for the good old-fashioned service and fairly priced accommodation at this friendly place. It offers motel-style rooms and units, all set amid greenery within 10-minutes’ walk of the Valley...
Astor Metropole Hotel
Good range of rooms – check into a Tower room for great views and 4½-star facilities.
M On Mary
Handily located a few blocks from the Botanic Gardens, this 43-storey building has modern, comfortably furnished one- and two-bedroom apartments that are good value for the money...
Brisbane City Backpackers
This place is popular, and makes good use of outdoor spaces – the rooftop has sun lounges and river views, and there’s a pool with barbecue. Rooms and dorms are generally well kept, ranging from four- to 30-bed, plus private and en-suite rooms...
Brisbane Backpackers Resort
The best feature of this popular hostel is the pool and spa, with a tiled outdoor area and a bar right next door. The rooms themselves are basic but generally well maintained. The hostel provides a courtesy bus, tours, meals and plenty of amusement...
Somewhere To Stay
Big and breezy, there’s more than 50 rooms in this enormous white Queenslander home with a very laid-back vibe.
This highly rated hostel has generous dorms with bathrooms, good mattresses, gleaming kitchens and funky decor. Being steps from Brisbane’s best nightlife, Bunk attracts a festive, socially minded crowd; and weekends are noisy...
Brisbane City Yha
This top-notch, clean and well-run hostel was refurbished in 2009, and now has a rooftop pool and sundeck with river views. Rooms range from three- to 10-bed dorms, and there’s a cafe-bar on site where you can meet other travellers...
This small and friendly two-level guesthouse has simple rooms with a wash basin and fridge and shared clean bathrooms. There’s a lounge, guest kitchen and an outdoor patio...