Mercure Brisbane is one of those rare hotels which caters equally well to business travellers and holiday makers. Even better, you don’t need a big expense account or huge holiday budget to stay there. Here is a look at the hotel from the perspective of both types of guests.
Mercure Brisbane location
The hotel is located at North Quay on a street overlooking the Brisbane River about 200 metres walk from Brisbane City Hall. This area is perhaps not that well known, particularly if you’re from out of town, but it offers a lovely outlook and is within easy reach of both the CBD and South Bank.
Business Travellers: The central location and restful river views are the perfect antidote to a stressful day at the office. You can walk pretty much anywhere from here, whether you are doing business in the city or across the river. If you feel like a break from sitting in your room, there is complimentary coffee on offer in the lobby along with a good selection of the latest magazines.
Holiday Makers: With views of the South Bank arts precinct, Brisbane River and Wheel of Brisbane, South Bank beckons and is an easy (and picturesque) 5 minute walk across the river. If you would prefer to hit the shops at the Queen Street Mall they’re only 3 minutes away from the Mercure Brisbane on foot.
Mercure Brisbane rooms
Even the standard rooms are large at this hotel and despite the central CBD location, you don’t hear much from the world outside. If you are a light sleeper it could be worth asking for a higher floor to cut down on road noise but we had no trouble falling asleep in our Level 7 room. One of the things we liked about our room was the recently renovated bathroom which had excellent water pressure and loads of hot water. We also appreciated the day bed as it gave us an alternative spot to read, relax or watch TV.
Business Travellers: Loads of hot water, free wi-fi, a comfy bed and a BIG flat screen television. What’s not to love? The decor is also contemporary with a colour scheme that appeals equally to male and female business travellers.
Holiday Makers: All of the above will likely to appeal to holiday makers as well but it’s worth noting that 2 kids under 16 can share your room for free using existing bedding (and that the room is large enough to fit them in). Up to 2 children also get free breakfast in the morning if it’s included in your room rate.
Mercure Brisbane Dining:
Along with a well-priced room service menu you will find the Mercure Restaurant and Bar on the 2nd floor of the hotel. This restaurant has been renovated and given a menu overhaul by someone who has an excellent understanding of what business travellers want.
Business Travellers: Your expense account will thank you for dining at this restaurant where a five star eye fillet with all the trimmings costs just $32. Bench seating overlooking the river makes this an especially comfortable place to dine solo. The convivial bar next to the restaurant at Mercure Brisbane is also worth a look, particularly at sunset when the river views are stunning.
Holiday Makers: Aside from the attractive pricing, the option to choose something from the menu based on how hungry you are – Small Bites, Big Bites, A Bit on the Side and Dessert. This is ideal if you have had a late lunch and only feel like something light for dinner or are absolutely famished after a day out sightseeing.
Disclosure: The writer stayed as a guest of Mercure Brisbane.
If you’re looking for accommodation in Brisbane, we have reviewed the Treasury Hotel, The Calile, Ovolo The Valley, W Brisbane, Capri by Fraser Brisbane, Hilton Brisbane, The Johnson, NEXT Hotel Brisbane, Sage Hotel James Street, The Westin Brisbane, Oaks Brisbane Festival Suites, Royal on the Park, Ibis Styles Elizabeth Street, Sofitel Brisbane, Crystalbrook Vincent, The Inchcolm by Ovolo, Alex Perry Hotel & Apartments, and Pullman Brisbane Airport.