Emporium Hotel, Brisbane $$$$
Tel: 61 7 3253 6999
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
From the fantastically funky red lobby to the zebra-print ironing boards, every trait of the Emporium is by design. Set in the food- and fashion-oriented Emporium precinct a few minutes' drive from Brisbane's city center, the hotel has 106 compact suites in a sleek red-and-silver color scheme, combining business-traveler functionality with exceptional service. The rooftop pool and gym are sleek and user-friendly, the service unobtrusively attentive, and the crowd young and hip. But pride of place goes to the cozy cocktail bar, an eccentric fusion of vintage and custom-designed pieces flown in from locations around the world: The stained glass window is from a Parisian shop front, the chandelier from a German castle, and the wine from all over, handpicked by the owner.2008 Hot List
When to go: June through September, when the weather's warm but the humidity's low.
Which room to book: The top-floor Emporium Suites have walk-in wardrobes, minibars with full-size bottles, and the largest bathrooms.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›