A TRULY BOUTIQUE EXPERIENCE, THE WAY IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE.
Brisbane is the type of city you can visit any time of year and never be disappointed. The atmosphere is so relaxed, the people are a pleasure to interact with and you simply
cannot fault the weather. Couple these delightful local qualities with a boutique hotel experience such as The New Inchcolm (pronounced Inch + comb), and one is truly in for a memorable getaway.
Our destiny led us to Brisbane in the month of June 2015 to celebrate the engagement of some close acquaintances. The staff at Inchcolm were incredibly welcoming and accommodating to our visit in every way. We thank them for their hospitality.
Arriving on a crisp winter afternoon, the building’s classical façade stood out from the neighbouring buildings. First impressions with the hotel are delightful & its wall’s hold so much history. Peter Flynn, owner of the Incholm Hotel, was actually born in the building as it was originally a hospital long ago.
Entering the building, you are immediately met with a swanky bar to your left that has the appearance of catering to the city’s socialites; and naturally, this is why the bar is called the Socialites Bar. Regrettably, during our short stay, we didn’t get a chance to pop by and have a drink. It is not uncommon to find owner Peter Flynn seated and having a drink himself .
The hotels interior has been well thought out and a remarkable synergy can be found between the classical hallmarks of a historic buildings, such as the amazing early 20th century elevator, and a modern touch with high quality furnishings throughout.
I was accompanied to my room where my breath was taken away as soon as I walked into the Loft. Visitor’s first impression’s will annihilate any previous expectation they had of this suite. There is that old cliche saying, ‘the photo’s don’t do it justice’. Well when it comes to the Inchcolm Loft, this is an understatement. Something just fills the air in this suite and you simply don’t feel it until you are actually there.
Living Room – The finest furniture, stunning city views and much roomier than expected. The loft living room is your first encounter with the accommodation as you walk into a lounge area with 2 occasional chairs and a 3 seater leather sofa. There is an impressive fully equipped and well stocked Maxibar servicing many delicables and even a Nespresso coffee machine. We were particularly fond of the Dark Chocolate Raspberry bark on offer! Living room also comes with a large screen TV, Foxtel channels and work desk.
Towards the upper level we go where you are greeted by that amazing stair case. Tucked away in the hotels online images, but such a hog for your attention once you are there, the stair case features an astonishing wall design and has super high ceilings. We feel this is the centrepiece of the entire room and sets it apart from anywhere else we have visited.
Bedroom – Now if you thought the view was amazing from downstairs, the top floor is sure to take your breath away once more. Views extend towards the East side of the Brisbane CBD and provides an amazing view of both modern commercial buildings and St John’s Cathedral. Simply jaw dropping and great for wedding/engagement photos. However if you don’t feel like sharing, motorised drapes will ensure that you get the privacy that you deserve.
Providing a massive Signature king bed, second big screen TV and views soaring over a CBD skyline, the Loft bedroom continues to deliver in excellence as you reach the upper level. The bedside tables provide full access to an audio system with iPhone 5 jack, cordless phone and mini iPad. This Mini iPad provides a full suite of services ranging from a Foxtel TV guide to specifics about the suite you are in. A great added bonus for anyone staying at the hotel which beats the traditional hotel booklet.
Bathroom – The delights continue as you reach the huge bathroom tucked behind the giant stairway atrium. Dual sinks vanities accompany wall to wall mirrors and a superior tiled finish that makes the bathroom another centrepiece of the suite. A varied selection of Appelles Black Label amenities cater to your every toiletry need and the oversized shower gives you the freedom to experiment with each. Several different light settings in the bathroom allow you to also adjust the mood and feel of the bathroom to suit your taste.
Notable features of the Inchcolm Loft that added that special Penthouse feeling include-
- Double sided motorised drapes. Two levels of shade cover.
- Bespoke carpets. Very classy touch.
- Modern Art that ties in with the entire décor of the suite
- Split level air conditioning
- Fully stocked bar, and we were surprised to see big names on offer such as Petron.
- Two shower heads, particularly enjoyed leaving both on at the same time.
- 24 hour reception and room service
- Dense common walls, so you’ll never hear a peep from your neighbours.
- Lovely staff who are willing and able to help!
To conclude, the Inchcolm Loft experience ended too soon and the only regret we had was not staying longer. The hotel has recently been through an entire refurbish and though we never visited previously, we can honestly say that this hotel provides a memorable experience.
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For those travelling to Brisbane, if you don’t mind treading outside the city walls, an amazing restaurant sits right at the outskirts. During this trip, we had the pleasure of visiting a beautiful family run business known simply as The Persian Restaurant. The service was amazing, food was extraordinary and we were so delighted to see the multicultural infusion within Brisbane’s suburbs. Be sure to check it out during your visit!