EMPORIUM HOTEL BRISBANE.... Quiet as a mouse

Brisbane, like Sydney, is a regular place to visit for those doing business, a little city shopping or like us waiting an international flight. In the past we have chosen to stay smack in the centre of the CBD, but this time we ventured to inner city suburb Fortitude Valley.

Cocktails with Tequila Carmel

As soon as we arrived we hit the cocktail bar in the foyer. If you love your cocktails, this bar is for you. The margarita was something special, complete with black volcanic rock salt, dried lime and rosemary garnish, and the pink sherbet Champagne, wow.

Onto the room. Large, lots of marble, huge bathroom and my favourite….. a pillow menu. As the title of this post says, QUIET. No embarrassing noises from next door, no traffic from the motorway and no noisy trolleys heading down the hallway, just one giant king bed and a perfect nights sleep.

emporium-poolThe roof top pool is an added plus, and felt like our own personal sanctuary, the day beds pool side are perfect for a book, glass of bubbles and some “you” time.

Fortitude Valley is located a quick 9 minutes from the CBD, and the hotel itself is at the centre of a luxury square of pumping restaurants,bars and brands, but don’t let that put you off, Guzman and Gomez is an awesome budget choice and its right next door. Or as we did, order room service, it arrived in 30 minutes, piping hot and was delicious.

We only stayed one night, and was most definitely worth the $275. this hotel gets a solid 10/10 from us.




As an 80/90’s teen, I grew up with all the classics, David Bowie, Nick Cave, Billy Idol, Cindy Lauper, Bon Jovi…. the list goes on and on. So to find a Boutique Hotel that encompasses all of this was mind-blowing. Check out the Boogie Woogie Beach House.

Boogie Woogie Beach House. Photo from www.boogiewoogiebeachhouse.com.au

The Boogie Woogie Beach House is located just 3.5 hours drive from Sydney Australia in a small town close to Taree called Old Bar. Built in 1908, the property has always been used as a guest house and entertainment venue, but recent renovations has seen it turned into a true masterpiece combining luxury, music and art.

The design extends out into the hall way. The stairs that lead down to the restaurant have an upside down drum kit hanging from the ceiling with a light attached to the symbol.

Drum Kit hanging from ceiling

All of the rooms that are not being used are left open so that you can explore at your own leisure and discover more art/bedroom designs including the Mix Tape room, The Cave (Nick Cave themed), Louis room and The Grohl.

The Cassette Room

If all of that is not enough, you can sit out on the wrap around balcony on comfortable day beds and order a delicious Cheese platter (we bought our own special bottle of Red), and watch the live music playing from the Flow Bar down stairs.

The Flow Bar and Entertainment Venue. Photo from www.boogiewoogiebeachhouse.com.au

The Flow Bar is a vibrant restaurant, bar and music venue with a real seaside vibe. Reminds me of a quaint little bar we once visited in Florida Keys with Jimmy Buffett playing in the back ground. Flow Bar entertains with local and touring bands on the weekends, so check out their upcoming events, book your accommodation, and sit back and enjoy the 80’s ride.back ground. Flow Bar entertains with local and touring bands on the weekends, so check out their upcoming events, book your accommodation, and sit back and enjoy the 80’s ride.
Our accommodation cost $220 for a Saturday night in August 2015 and we rate it a 9/10

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