The “little black dress” of apartment hotels. That was the inspiration behind the first of what’s planned to be a series of properties around Australia from womenswear designer, Alex Perry. And he’s pretty much nailed it, the 140 rooms are a timeless, unfussy combination of practicality and understated luxury. There are two styles: blonde and brunette. The latter is the pick, its dark, textured wallpaper adding a nice flourish of charisma to the hotel. As you might expect, the experience is aimed at female travellers in particular, with every room featuring ghd appliances and satin clothes hangers. The executive apartments come with a kitchenette and boast balconies, garment steamers and high-speed internet included in the room charge. Upstairs, the rooftop terrace and its heated pool have some of the better views you’ll find in Brisbane. Downstairs, Delfina’s Bistro doubles as the hotel’s restaurant, but for something different the Emporium precinct is just across the road while buzzy Fortitude Valley is a five-minute walk away.
Time Out tip: Instead of the Valley, head towards the river to try Green Beacon and Newstead Brewing Co, two of Brisbane’s best brewbars. For breakfast, Nodo Donuts — gluten free doughnuts baked, not fried — is just around the corner.