Hotel Review: Holiday Inn Express Brisbane

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Brisbane

Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Room: Guest Queen Room

Perfect for: Couples, Executives

Category: 4 Star

If there is one thing that is consistent with all of the Holiday Inn hotels we’ve stayed at and that’s the level of customer service! It simply can’t be faulted and that includes our stay at the Holiday Inn Express Brisbane. The hotel certainly has everything you need, and nothing you don’t! The location of this hotel is pretty central to everything you need. Click here for a list of things to do while you’re in Brisbane.

Our welcome experience…

Chris and Melissa were very welcoming. The check in process was quick and easy. The room was ready for us early and they directed us to the car park. Breakfast and dinner times were explained and we were given a map and information on how to get to the closest city cycle bikes.

The Room…

The guest rooms have everything you need. Our room was well equipped with modern features, comfortable bed, a choice of pillows (and let’s be honest how many people like the same style, it’s good to have a choice!).

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What I really liked about the room is that there are several USB charging points as well as ample power points. I don’t know about you but we can never get enough USB ports. we have two phones, an iPad and a GoPro all requiring a USB for charging – this is perfect!

The hotel and rooms have complimentary high-speed wi-fi (uncapped!) which for us if you like to stay connected during your holiday is a really important aspect of picking a hotel!

Everything else you would expect from the room is there as well such as safe, well-equipped bathroom, desk if you happen to be visiting for work and there is also complimentary tea and coffee-making facilities!

And if you happen to forget some essentials, they are available complimentary.

The view outside the bedroom window is pretty good as well. We were on level 10.

Take a look at our video so you can experience the feel and space of the room.


Included in your room rate is breakfast in The Great Room! If you’ve read any of our other reviews, you will know how we feel about breakfast – it is, of course, the most important part of our day! At the Holiday Inn, you have the option of what sort of breakfast you want (or have time for). There is the typical breakfast buffet together with some Grab and Go options for those who are limited on time or have to hit the airport for an early flight.

You also have the option of dining between 5 pm – 9 pm in The Great Room for dinner during your stay. They have a good range of healthy and classic meals for you to choose from. Or, if you’re wanting a night in, you can always get in-room dining with their 24-hour menu.

We had dinner during our stay and the service was good and the food came out quickly. The restaurant would be ideal for a business dinner. The larger tables are equipped with power points and USB chargers which are great.

Health and Fitness…

If you like to stay active and healthy while on holidays, you can stop by the gym and have a quick workout before exploring the city. The gym isn’t massive, but it does have everything you need in there for a holiday workout such as a treadmill, bike and some free weights.

Good to know…

This is pretty good to know… if you’ve been travelling quite a bit and you’re sick of wearing the same recycled clothes or washing out of a bathtub, you have the opportunity here to use the hotels on-site guest self-laundry facility! There is a chair and a TV in there as well to keep you occupied, or you can duck over to the gym in the next room while you wait for your clothes to be ready!

The hotel also has parking facilities which are helpful if you have rented a car and in the middle of a driving holiday! If you’re looking at renting a car for your trip, click here for more info on how you can do this.

There is also a corporate shuttle service available so if you’re travelling here for work, this option might work for you!

Checking out…

Very quick and seamless check our process for us!

Above and beyond…

The USB charging ports in the room and restaurant.

The not so good…

There wasn’t really a not so good for us here. If we had to pick on one thing it was that the restaurant for dinner time lacked a little bit of atmosphere. Again, this is probably because the hotel is basically brand new so we were the only two eating. But, I think if the restaurant had a few more patrons it would increase the atmosphere!

The verdict…

If you’re looking for a sneaky weekend getaway to Brisvegas, or you’re visiting for business, I would recommend this hotel.

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