Spicers Balfour Hotel – Queenslands best new tourism developmen

first_imgBalfour External Spicers Balfour Spicers Balfour New inner Brisbane retreat Spicers Balfour Hotel has been recognised as Queensland’s best New Tourism Development at the Queensland Tourism Awards.Located in the fashionable inner-city suburb of New Farm, Spicers Balfour Hotel offers a unique and intimate environment for corporate and leisure travellers to retreat and relax only three kilometres from the heart of Brisbane.Launched in September 2010, the property is the newest and the first city-based property for the Spicers Retreats, Hotels & Lodges group.“It’s thrilling to have made such an impression in our first year,” Spicers Balfour Hotel general manager Matt Simpson said.“As a new property we’ve had the opportunity to do things a bit differently and really make Spicers Balfour Hotel a ‘home away from home’ for our guests.”It was important to us not to lose sight of our vision as a city retreat delivering luxurious, practical accommodation and an extensive range of onsite facilities and services designed specifically for the business traveller. “Being the first city property in the Spicers Group has been very exciting and has introduced many more people to the innovative Spicers concept of providing intimately unique experiences.”From the outside, Spicers Balfour Hotel resembles many of the large and beautiful classic Queenslander homes for which the suburb is known, however step inside and the interior reveals an unexpected contemporary European design which is eclectic, quirky and comforting.Perfect for business or pleasure, the hotel offers nine spacious rooms each with an individual charm, a small boardroom/private dining room equipped with state of the art AV equipment, sumptuous breakfast menu, contemporary library, secluded courtyard and spacious veranda. The hotel features a spectacular rooftop bar where guests can enjoy cocktails and canapés while taking in the views of the Brisbane City skyline and iconic Story Bridge. It also hosts Art Balfour – regular exhibitions featuring artworks provided by Spring Hill-based Jan Manton Art.Spicers Balfour Hotel was conceived by Brisbane businesswoman and philanthropist Beverley Trivett and developed in partnership with Graham Turner, founder of Flight Centre and Spicers Retreats Hotels & Lodges.The Queenslander-style house was built in 1901 and was used as a private home before it was turned into lodgings for ex-servicemen at the end of WWII. Most recently, it was used as a backpackers hostel until being bought by Ms Trivett in 2007. Source = Spicers Balfour Hotellast_img