Spicers Balfour Hotel offers an urban city escape within heart of the inner city suburb of New Farm, with the Fortitude Valley and Brisbane CBD on its doorstep. This boutique hotel is the perfect place for a stopover in Brisbane.
At a Glance
A small and elegant retreat in stylish Brisbane
Due to its size there is a lovely home-from-home feel
A wonderful roof top bar where you can enjoy canapés, cocktails and sunset views
Delicious breakfasts showcasing the best seasonal, Australian fare
A breath of fresh air in a big city, allowing you to avoid the larger chain hotels and experience some real Aussie hospitality
Spicers Balfour Hotel is small boutique hotel at the heart of Brisbane City. With just nine rooms, there is a very personal feel to the hotel, so much so you almost feel like a family. The attention to detail is evident everywhere, from the charming rooftop bar to the almost Great Gatsby like décor.
The location of the hotel puts it is within walking distance of several of Brisbane's best restaurants and bars, shops and the wonderful New Farm Park. There is a lovely river walk right on the doorstep - a great way to wake up before tucking into breakfast. Guests love the rooftop bar and love the canapés and drinks served there at sunset even more, it is a wonderful way to start your evening before heading to the Balfour Kitchen for dinner or to the lively dining scene found in New Farm.
Being a small boutique hotel, all the rooms are individually designed. Despite not being the biggest, they are anything but lacking in comfort and amenities. The Balfour Kitchen is a destination restaurant in Brisbane and guests get priority. Breakfast is a particularly enjoyed, with some real Aussie specialties populating the delicious menu, washed down with the freshest juices and fantastic coffee.
The rooms have been designed by Coopcreative, Brisbane's award-winning design team so it's no surprise that each one has its own quirky personality and style. There is one Terrace Room, three Courtyard Rooms and five Executive Rooms. They have spacious bathrooms, luxury toiletries, internet facilities and work spaces.
We wouldn't recommend staying here with children as it is much more of an adult's retreat.
The Balfour Kitchen offers a menu of unfussy bistro-style food. Flavoursome dishes such as five spiced duck, crab and sweetcorn steam cakes or chilli pork belly are on the evening menu whilst breakfast comprises anything from toasted granola muesli to eggs Benedict to cinnamon dusted churros. However, as ingredients are locally sourced the menu does to tend to change regularly depending on the season and what is freshly available. You can choose to eat inside our outside.
Whilst you could easily stay in the comfort of your bed and take in the views from the rooftop, getting to know Brisbane itself is a must. Grab your bag and browse the quirky and designer shops dotted throughout New Farm and Fortitude Valley or head to the bigger shopping centers for more variation. If arts is your thing, Brisbane is brimming with fabulous galleries from renowned ones such as Gallery of Modern Art to smaller more intimate ones such as Bruce Heiser. For a breath of fresh air, go for a run or walk in New Farm Park along the riverside walkway and have a picnic break.
Location & Directions
Spicers Balfour is located on Balfour Street, in the fashionable inner-city Brisbane suburb of New Farm.
When to go
Winter (June-Aug) is high season in Queensland; the water can be chilly - at least to Australians - but its temperature rarely drops below 22°C. April through October is peak visibility time for divers. Summer is hot and sticky across the state. In North Queensland the monsoonal Wet season is from November or December through March or April. It brings heavy rains, high temperatures, extreme humidity, and cyclones. It's no problem to visit then, and the Wet or "Green" season allows an unusual opportunity to explore this region during a truly balmy time of monsoonal calms.