Hilton Brisbane {AUS}

Old Nov 12, 02, 12:47 am
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Hi,

I checked into the Hilton Brisbane earlier this morning. I arrived quite early. The hotel was fully booked (due to the Ashes in Brisbane). So I could not get my exec floor room (booked rate). Anyhow, they told me to go up to the exec floor club room and have some breakfast and they'll have my room ready shortly.

Clubroom - Hilton Brisbane IMHO is the best clubfloor of any Hilton in Australia. The service is always friendly and perky, the views are beautiful, and the food is always delicious. For breakfast in the clubroom, they serve beef and pork sausages (delicious!), nice fresh bacon, omlette, salmon with sauce (plenty! they always replenish), the best danish pastry, fresh fruits, yoghurts, a variety of juices, breads, cold meats and cheese (such as blue cheese, brie, etc). This is much better compared to the Hiltons in SYD and MEL. Plus the price of the Hilton BNE is considerably less than SYD or MEL Hiltons.

The rooms in Brisbane are modern (the rooms look freshly refurbished, but they've looked like this for the past 2-3 years, so they keep well), well equipped with a proper work table unlike Melbourne, modern earthy colours, very nice conservative soft tones, a nice single seater lounge with ottoman. The only thing I don't like is their fridge is auto-operated so if you lift a bottle it automatically registers on their system so if you need to move things you need to ask them to remove the charges from your a/c.

Anyhow, I had to leave after dropping my bags off into the room about 30 mins later, and I got back to find my Gold amnenity. Hilton have yet again ensured that I always get my Gold amenity, I have honestly never not received an elite amnenity, contrary to what it seems many on here miss out on.

Anyhow, I was VERY impressed by my amneity package, consisting of:

1) A bottle of Australian Shiraz Red (2001) 750ml, very nice, coupled with 2 glasses. I think ill save it and enjoy the reds in the clubroom for evening canapes instead!
2) A fresh, crunchy, large Apple, complemented with a knife, pressed cotton napkin and white ceramic plate
3) A bottle of water (375ml)
4) Two with compliments cards, hand signed by the Hotel's general manager, one for the apple, one for the rest.
5) A wonderfully blue ribbon tied box of Australian Made, Belgian Choclate Sea Shells (55g).

Well done Hilton, you again have surpassed my expectations and hence my ongoing loyalty to you.

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Old Nov 12, 02, 12:21 pm
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Wow. I stayed at the Hilton Brisbane in March and didn't get any Gold amenity. I was, however, favorably impressed with the hotel and the room I was given. Glad you're having a great stay!
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Old Nov 12, 02, 1:40 pm
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Stay at the Hilton Brisbane in September 2002, We thought the hotel was great. Loved the location on the pedestrian mall.
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Old Feb 28, 03, 8:54 am
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BRISBANE HILTON AND GOLD COAST

Has anyone stayed at the Brisbane Hilton. Any comments about the hotel will be appreciated thank you.
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Old Feb 28, 03, 2:00 pm
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I stayed there this past week. It is in a great location, in the center of town, backing onto the Queen Street Mall.

It is an old style construction, with the center atrium. Rooms are adequate; a little faded - it is time for a sprucing up.

We were put on the Executive Floor. The lounge was subpar - tiny, not enough seats, and just potato chips and a couple cheeses as the evening appetizers. It was also filled with smokers.
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Old Feb 28, 03, 2:05 pm
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Don't forget there's a Conrad's about 40 miles south in the Gold Coast area.
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Old Feb 28, 03, 3:41 pm
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Agree with the lounge comments. Also, there's a two-drink maximum (I doubt that they count if it's busy, but there's a sign posted). Breakfast in the lounge was decent, though.

The location is excellent, but there are two annoying things about the hotel: 1) it takes multiple elevators to get from street level to your room (enter in the foyer, and take the elevator to the lobby on like Level 6, then walk thru the lobby and take another set of elevators to your room floor); and 2) They offer only valet parking (no self-parking), which is just a personal pet peeve, because the valets at this hotel are probably the second slowest in the chain.

Welcome gift was a half-sized bottle of wine (Aussie Shiraz), which was decent.
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Old Mar 1, 03, 7:37 am
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There is a Conrad about 5 blocks from this hotel. It is a small, quiet, luxurious property. I was upgraded to a junior suite. It is built in a historic building, across the lawn from the Casino. I paid $225 at the Hilton and $215 at the Conrad this past week; have no idea how their rates run usually.

BTW, I'm very impressed with the train service from the airport. The domestic and international terminals have trains very well integrated. You get off in town at either the Central Station or the Roma Station. My concierge had tickets back to the airport for just $5 (AUS).
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Old Mar 4, 03, 8:17 pm
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Would definitely recommend the Conrad in BNE over the Hilton. Stayed there on a trip "home" just a few weeks ago, also for just over A$200 IIRC. Conrad has a lot more atmosphere than the Hilton, and is equally well situated in the City, being just near the "top" of the Queen St Mall.
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Old Jun 27, 03, 4:32 am
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Any good rates for the Hilton Brisbane (AU) going? 10-12 Jul..

Hi,

I need to stay up at the Hilton Brisbane for a couple of nights in Jul... any good rates around? Best i've been able to get is $195 /night which is a little on the high side to what i've paid previously :-(
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Old Jul 15, 03, 12:03 pm
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We are there in Aug/Sep. Seems self parking is next door at $3/hr. Or you can pay "only" $12 a day for valet at the hotel.

How was your stay, if you made it there. We are only Silver, so do not expect anything...so we are likely not to be disappointed. We will be plenty busy on holiday in any case.
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Old Jul 15, 03, 12:06 pm
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Did anyone try the City sight bus (19 stops, $20/day)?
Comments would be appreciated as well as stops and where it starts (buying tickets).

I cannot seem to find a web site.

Finally found it...thanks

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Old Jul 15, 03, 4:37 pm
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Kawoh,.
I am surprised thatb you are not a HILton Diamond Club stay vouchers.
member.
20% off every rate and $100 .
let me know if you are interested.
Its fantastic.
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Old Jul 15, 03, 4:42 pm
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hey everyone, ended up calling the hotel direct and got a rate of $165 and was upgraded. excellent as usual, hot breakfast, evening canapes and a bottle of wine, belgian chocolates, bottle of water and piece of fruit, hand signed card from GM upon arrival.
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Old Jul 15, 03, 10:07 pm
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ranles,

Don't know if you found this site, but it might be useful:

http://www.transinfo.qld.gov.au/TransInfoMaps

In particular you can download the full brochure on the Brisbane City Sights bus tour (including map of route) and also Citycat Ferry route map from this page (as well as many other excellent transport related things for SE Queensland).

You should note that a City Sights bus day ticket also gives you unlimited access to the Citycat ferries for the day. Recommend going "downstream" towards New Farm Park for a glimpse of waterway lifestyle and also jump off for a stroll amongst the roses in New Farm.

Hope that is of use to you.


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