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Published October 29th 2013
How did I miss this 17 storey, 191 room stylish hotel?
You would think that it couldn't be too easy to miss a seventeen storey, 191 room, four and a half star hotel, standing proudly at the southern end of Brisbane city, but I have to confess that's what I've been doing for the past year. Until recently I was totally unaware of Traders Hotel, a recent addition to Brisbane's hotel scene, and the standard bearer for Shangri La Hotels' Traders brand in Australia. Thankfully the situation has been very happily rectified with the delightful one night stay that Comedy Relief and I enjoyed last weekend.
Traders Hotel exterior at night. Image courtesy of Traders Hotel.
I suppose that when I'm in the city my attention is usually trained at ground level - you know, shops and cafe territory. This is especially the case amongst the crowded bustle of Brisbane Transit Centre, so I had failed to notice this very stylish replacement for the previous Holiday Inn. Externally the logo on the building has changed but inside it's undergone an amazing transformation.
We entered through the small but cheerful hotel lobby with its gleaming copper lighting, dark wood panelling, selection of comfortable and elegant seating and long reception desk. Flowers and plants added bright punches of colour to the mix. A friendly staff member quickly and efficiently attended to our check-in so we could leave for our Hidden Gems tour, a key element of the Traders Hidden Gems package. See my review of the Hidden Gems package here.
After a few entertaining and informative hours exploring some lesser known Brisbane treasures we returned for a quiet drink in the bar and then some relaxation in our Executive King Room prior to dinner. I have to admit that my preference is for stylish elegance rather then over-the-top opulence in hotel rooms, and Traders' restrained but fresh colour palette and quality, well-proportioned furniture and fittings contributed to a relaxed, contemporary atmosphere. The wide window ledges were a highlight, encouraging us to plant our elbows for a lazy viewing of the city surrounds.
In my book nothing beats crisp, white bed linen, so the comfy king sized bed with textured bedhead, simple white doona and chartreuse runner was another winner. Being a keen amateur interior decorator myself and with a daughter who is an interior design student I'm always on the lookout for clever and functional design elements. Traders demonstrates this in the thoughtful creation of three distinct zones - one each for work, sleep, and relaxation. Large timber-framed mirrors and a huge bathroom with bath and twin basins completed the picture.
The view from our room.
We chose to eat out for dinner because it's just a short stroll to the nearby The Barracks precinct and Caxton Street, where there are many restaurants and cafes. Traders position at the southern end of the city also makes it ideal for outings to South Bank, QPAC shows, exhibitions at QAGOMA and footy games or concerts at Suncorp Stadium.
MJ's Restaurant. Image courtesy of Traders Hotel.
We breakfasted in MJ's Restaurant, by a window overlooking the giant Moreton Bay Fig below. Its twisted branches and green leaves created a lovely, dappled effect; it almost felt like dining in a tree house. As would be expected from a quality hotel our full breakfast included all the usual favourites such as bacon, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit and pancakes, and Comedy Relief was in his element.
Deluxe King Room. Image courtesy of Traders Hotel.
We had a sneak peek at the hotel's other accommodation options, and while rooms are obviously on a smaller scale, they mirror the quality and style of the larger rooms. Accommodation is ideal for tourists, couples and business travellers.
All in all Traders is a hotel that we would be very pleased to stay at again. Thankfully no trade-offs are necessary here for style, quality and value for money. Take advantage of one of their package offers for your next visit to Brisbane or special night in the city, you won't regret it.