The first hotel in Australia to allow guests to automate both check-in and check-out, NEXT took over Lennons in 2014 and, with its focus on cutting edge technology, brought an old-school lodge to the forefront of Brisbane’s accommodation market.
The rooms aren’t huge but excellently appointed — crisply modern, with plenty of dark wood and large comfy beds — all come with a smartphone that controls everything from the television to the air-conditioning.
Perched at one of the highest points of Queen Street Mall, it has excellent views across the entire city, the open-air fourth level hotel bar allowing you to people watch on the shoppers below.
Time Out tip: Ask for a room at the southern corner to catch a glimpse of the river and South Bank beyond.
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72 Queen Street Mall