The Luxe List 2018: Ovolo Inchcolm, Brisbane

There’s plenty to look at while you check in, including bespoke wallpaper and flouncy staff uniforms created by local designer Kerrie Brown.

There’s plenty to look at while you check in, including bespoke wallpaper and flouncy staff uniforms created by local designer Kerrie Brown.

From an intimate tented camp in the green foothills of Bali to a converted 19th-century Jesuit retreat in Tamil Nadu, our editors and reviewers have roamed the Asia-Pacific region to bring together DestinAsian’s annual collection of the year’s top hotel openings. Read on to discover which new properties stood out from the rest in terms of service, setting, amenities, and a singular sense of style.

The first of two Ovolo hotels opening in the Queensland capital within the space of a year—the other is taking over the old Emporium site in Fortitude Valley—Ovolo Inchcolm injects serious style into a hotel scene that has (with the notable exception of Brisbane’s new W, see below) been typically characterized by cookie-cutter business properties. The Hong Kong brand brings with it everything that guests love about its sister properties in China and elsewhere in Australia: complimentary minibar drinks and snacks, free Wi-Fi and breakfast, and nightly happy hour in the intimate bar, which happens to double as reception.

Ovolo Inchcolm injects serious style into a hotel scene that has been typically characterized by cookie-cutter business properties.

There’s plenty to look at while you check in, from bespoke wallpaper and flouncy staff uniforms created by local designer Kerrie Brown to a cabinet of curiosities stocked with weird and wonderful objets, many of which nod to the building’s history as a 1920s medical center. (Fun fact: when General Douglas MacArthur was headquartered in Brisbane during World War II, he was treated here by his personal physician in a room now known as the Socialite Suite.)

You’ll pass the excellent Salon de Co restaurant on your way to the charming cage elevator that carries guests to their rooms, all individual in design but united in fittings such as original pop art and Apple TVs. There’s also an Alexa virtual assistant to help you to do everything from pick a Spotify playlist to get a weather report. Not that you’ll need one: Brisbane is one of the sunniest cities in Australia, after all.

 (07) 3226 8888; ovolohotels.com.au; doubles from US$169.

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2018 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Luxe List 2018: Ovolo Inchcolm, Brisbane”).

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