Due to its location, just across the river from the city at Kangaroo Point, the hotel is mainly occupied mid-week by business travellers. Note the magazines on selected tables in the restaurant – laid out specially for solo business travellers. Within that scenario lies an underlying message for locals: good weekend deals.
It’s easy to forget just how nice it is to walk around Kangaroo Point – views, the cliffs, and river are a hive of activity, particularly in the afternoons. For those who don’t want to jog with the crowd, there’s a gym on-site, and a very clear lap pool and deck sits just outside the restaurant. A bar is adjacent to the restaurant, and there are plenty of places to relax in the lobby where magazines are scattered.
The junior suite has a comfortable lounge and coffee table which makes a big difference to hotel fit-outs. Even though it’s a studio, the lounge chair gives the illusion of another room – a nice escape, especially if you’ve ticked off that you’re going to be spending the weekend watching in-house movies from the comfort of the king-size bed. A corner bath is a quality inclusion in the design here, and there’s a working table in the opposite corner by a full-length window. Most rooms have a view of the river. Carpets are plush, and there’s cable television. The well-priced mini bar, along with coffee-making facilities, is tucked neatly away in its own space next to the bathroom.
It’s often difficult for hotels to create a point of difference. A hotel room's a hotel room, right? Bigger beds, softer pillows, better facilities - they're all selling points. But one key standout can often be the bathroom. Not many people want a shower over the bath any more, and good hotels know it. At The Point, there’s a corner bath and separate shower which is modern and sleek. Toiletries are high grade, complete with the fancy little sewing kit. The only downer was the low-grade toilet paper. There are, however, facial tissues if the low-ply doesn’t quite do it for you.
Lamberts Restaurant is downstairs and for the venue to secure Marcus Turner was a bit of a coup. He’s given the menu some flair with starters such as seared scallops with cauliflower puree, buckwheat blini, leek fondue, bacon and rosemary veloute. There’s a truffle sauce with the pan-fried quail, and a apple and cumin puree to run with the pork belly. The signature main is herb-crusted lamb with eggplant caviar and Persian fetta. Not too many people will have enough room for the triple choc brownie to finish. A real treat of the restaurant area is the separate bar which is popular with guests.
WORTH STEPPING OUT FOR
Is that the French national anthem, we hear? In Winter, the Gabba is host to the Brisbane Lions, and it’s just a stone’s throw from The Point. During the first test, there won’t be a room available within cooee, but cricket fans might look up availability for Big Bash games. The City and Fortitude Valley are straight across the bridge for a spot of shopping.
Modern décor in the rooms is matched with quality service outside. Kangaroo Point is within walking distance of the city in one direction, and the Gabba in the other. While rooms are decked out studio hotel style, there’s a vibe of apartment living which makes this place less stuffy than typical hotels.
HOW TO GET THERE
From the bridge, follow the signs to Kangaroo Point on your left, or your right if travelling from the south towards the city. Lambert Street is easy to find, on your left at the first roundabout.
The Point Brisbane, Lambert St, Kangaroo Point. As per inner-city trends, weekend prices are better, starting at around $199 which includes late checkout, cheese platter, and a bottle of bubbly. Phone 1800 088 388, see thepointbrisbane.com.au.
- The writer was a guest of The Point Brisbane.
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