Queensland Gets Its First Hotel Indigo

The brand-new 212-room property in Brisbane’s CBD plays up the quirks of the subtropical state capital.

All photos courtesy of Hotel Indigo Brisbane City Centre/IHG

Launched just yesterday (July 13), Hotel Indigo Brisbane City Centre marks the debut of the boutique lifestyle brand in Australia’s Sunshine State. IHG Hotels & Resorts’ newest outpost in Queensland tells stories of the surrounding area through its design details and guest experiences. Situated in the downtown riverside precinct of North Quay, the hotel is peppered with hand-painted works by Queensland artists, reflecting local history makers, laneways, and hidden gems. Sydney-born interior design studio JPDC gave each of the 212 guest rooms a mix of textures and curated artworks to pay homage to Brisbane’s unexpected treasures and an eclectic cast of characters that have left their mark on the city.

At the hotel entrance, visitors will be greeted by two six-meter-high red doors that are inspired by the red fairy doors on nearby Burnett Lane, one of the city’s hippest dining and nightlife destinations. A graffiti-covered Tuk Nook coffee cart awaits in the double-height lobby, while black-and-white murals adorn the reception and more wall art can be found along the corridors.

The cozy reception area of the hotel features contemporary artworks.

A 1 King Bed Premium City View room.

The bedroom of a 30-square-meter suite on level 12.

Inside the lounge area of a level 12 suite.

The hotel’s dining and drinking concepts and outlets were designed in tandem with Shane Giles from Bangkok-based F&B consultants Blue Salt. Signature restaurant Izakaya Publico offers an authentic Japanese dining experience using locally sourced seasonal produce across the menu, which features grilled dishes such as bonito tataki and kushiyaki skewers. Speakeasy-inspired bar 1603 is the place to go for local beer, wine, and cocktail favorites that incorporate sake for a unique twist.

To celebrate the opening of Hotel Indigo Brisbane City Centre, guests can look forward to discounts of up to 20 percent off overnight accommodation. A separate offer includes breakfast for two and a credit of A$100 (about US$68) per day for food and drink at Izakaya Publico or 1603, with rates starting from A$470 (US$316).

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A chef grilling fish at Izakaya Publico.

Left to right: Yakitori on the grill; Izakaya Publico’s high-ceilinged dining room.

Left to right: The hotel’s main entrance; details in a premium guest room.

The bathroom of a level 12 suite.

Some suites at the hotel come with a deep soaking bathtub.

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