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Our first stop on the way to the USA is Brisbane where Donelle is attending a master class while I try and finish off some study. After we checked into our accommodation we decided to go for a stroll around Southbank on dusk. We were greeted by the smells of the countless restaurants preparing for the dinner service while commuters and joggers …
... was going to be tricky. As per usual those ominous beads of sweat were already forming on our brows just from the baking heat and we puffed our cheeks out at each other as we began our trudge to the bus stop. In my humble opinion Brisbane was a lovely city and it was the first we’d really been in since Sydney. We’d heard people put it down and saying it wasn’t anything special but it felt strangely London like which is perhaps why I likened to it. There was a ...
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... exact location of our hotel. We arrived close to midnight but luckily there was someone there who gave us our keys. Fabulous location in a beautiful little square. Boy, was the room small. And basic. Furnished out of the 1930s with an old wardrobe and very little else! English sized bathroom with the shower door hitting the toilet when it was opened. Anyway after 30 hours travelling we crashed just after midnight.
... having some time out. With the knowledge that a friend was going to be arriving a couple of days after me I also didn't feel that I had to immediately search out friends and start the standard, Where are you from? How long are you in Australia? type questions which you find most conversations revolving around. I attempted on the second day to go for a walk in the national park but was abruptly stopped by another rain cloud emptying itself ...
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Great stay at the Saville!
My whole family was impressed with the apartments at the Saville. Very modern, clean and spacious. We got into Brisbane early around 9am and we were pleasantly surprised when Reception told us that our apartment is ready and we can check-in early, and another bonus was that when I inquired if we can have a late check-out and I was expecting to pay for it , the receptionist let us have a complimentary late check-out at about 1pm because the next guests won't arrive until 3pm. This suited us just great - so with an early check-in and a late check-out, they've really made our trip to Brisbane great and we will definitely stay here again the next time we're in Brisbane.
We had a lovely apartment on the 6th floor overlooking the river and the city, I did pay extra for city/river views and it was worth it! What I also really like with the Saville is that they don't go cheapo with you with supplies like laundry/dishwashing detergents as most apartments do, with the Saville they give you buckets/bottles of good brands, I just thought I'd mention it as I was not expecting this at all. Awesome kitchen, very nice living areas and lovely bedroom. Two flat screen TVs - one in the living room and one in the bedroom. My son stayed in the sofa bed and this is free as long as the child is under 15, that's why we picked this hotel over Rydges for we would have paid an extra $40 if we stayed there and use the sofa bed and I'm glad we did as I can see that this is a much better and newer hotel than Rydges.
I also liked its position in Southbank, yes there are buildings in front of the Saville but there is also a big university building in front of Rydges which you don't see in any photos in the website. I reckon as long as you stay I think from the 4th floor up of the Saville you will have good city/river views because the buildings in front have 4 storeys. Check out my photos.
Southbank is such a great area to stay in Brisbane, with the man-made beach, endless cafes, free movies, walk/bike paths, I was in heaven here, loved it!! There is a footbridge that connects Southbank to the city, you walk straight into the Botanical Gardens. If you're coming to Brisbane with your kids you've got to stay at Southbank and enjoy this wonderful park and the best thing about it - it's free! Except for the food, of course! :) Overall, I highly recommend the Saville Southbank especially if you get a good deal on the internet(wotif).
Up to 2 children aged 3-12 years when sharing with at least 1 Adult & using existing beddding can stay free of charge.
Guest rooms at Rydges South Bank from floors 6-11 all offer City/River Views rooms with Walkout Balcony. Select from Superior Queen, Superior Twin, Parlour & One Bedroom (Junior/King/Family) Suites.
Please refer to www.rydges.com/southbank for more information on the hotel & guest room facilities.
My fiance's engagement ring was stolen from the locked boot of my vehicle when it was valet parked by the Saville's personnel. The Saville and their insurers denied any responsibility for the theft despite their personnel being the only people who had access to the vehicle and its keys at the time the theft occurred.
I would strongly recommend that customers avoid this hotel.
Great Value, Well Appointed
We came over to see U2 in concert and were thoroughly impressed with the Saville.
It was so central to the amenities without being in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city.
The rooms were immaculate as well as the whole hotel. The staff were all very helpful, which was good seeing that we were out-of-towners, assisting us with directions and short-cuts of Brisbane. We even left a jacket behind and they were so quick to have it returned to us in Perth.
We will definitely be staying here again when we return to Brisbane without a doubt.
I was very happy with my stay at the Saville. My partner and I stayed at this hotel for a couple of nights, and sure it was expensive, but well worth it. We found it quick and easy to check in and out. The room was excellent, we had a two bedroom apartment with a fabulous city view. All mod con's were provided, such as flat screen TV's in lounge and bedroom, fully kitted out kitchen, dishwasher, etc., along with comfortable beds. The location was excellent, within easy walking distance of Brisbane city centre. Also, Southbank has an abundance of restaurants nearby, so lots of options for dining out. The staff were extremely attentive and helpful. I have nothing but good things to say about the Saville. We would definitely stay there again.
I had huge problems with my booking. The Saville couldn't find my travel agents booking which was made via their website 'it got lost in their system' and when i contacted them several times to see if it had been sorted out they never returned my phone calls when they said they would. On top of this the shower screen wasn't properly sealed and water leaked all over the bathroom floor. It was also quite expensive compared to what I could have paid at Rydges next door. Would never stay there again.
Great location and every convenience
For anyone staying more than a day or two in Brisbane, I'd recommend this hotel highly. It has absolutely everything you need for a really comfortable stay. Our suite had double bedroom with TV, bathroom, lounge (flat screen TV, DVD, stereo etc) with breakfast bar and fully equipped kitchen corner including fridge, sink, dishwasher, microwave, electric rings, kettle, toaster, plus washer, drier, iron and ironing board. Everything was new and high spec. Staff were quick to supply an extra cafetiere ('coffee plunger') and a clothes drier for the balcony on request. There is broadband access at a small charge, and air con. The hotel is right on the South Bank (some suites have river views), just 2 mins from South Bank or South Brisbane rail stations and only a 10 min walk from the city centre. Our suite had a view of the railway line but with the windows closed there was no noise. The hotel restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and there is a good room service menu. But there are plenty of good restaurants nearby and a small grocery store to buy breakfast supplies. A relaxed place to stay.
A fantastic location
This hotel is located at South Bank, the best part of Brisbane to visit. Although the hotel does not have a particularly great view (aim for the highest floor that you can, on the city side), it is in a good location -- not in the centre of downtown, but walking distance to the downtown (aobut 10 minutes away). Because the hotel is located at South Bank, there are many restaurants nearby. The hotel is new. It is an all suite hotel, so the rooms are a decent size. There is an outdoor heated lap pool and gym on level 2. The service was particularly good, and the hotel restaurant (called Stone) was exceptional.
Nice Interior but very noisy
First impressions of the 2 bedroomed apartments were that they were very modern, well equipped and just what was needed. However by night that changed as the apartment was on the corner of the hotel which is situated on a crossroads so four lots of traffic revving up at all hours, also near a police and fire and rescue station so sirens going at all hours and a train line running directly behind the hotel. They did offer to move us but only 2 floors up in the same position for which there would be very little gain. Not the best hotel to choose if you want a quiet relaxing 2 bedroomed apartment. Very helpful staff, swimming pool, and gym great.
Newest Hotel in Brisbane
This hotel opened in January 2006.
It is a very modern hotel, in an excellent location, at South Bank, just over the river from downtown.
It is close to a huge number of restaurants -- the best selection in Brisbane. On a Sunday night, the restaurants nearby were humming.
You can easily walk to the downtown (about 10 minutes), and, in less than 5 minutes, to the Cultural Centre (museum, art gallery, performing arts theatres), and the convention centre. Next door was a fantastic cinema, with the largest screen in Brisbane. There are a number of colleges in the area around the hotel, and it appeared that many college students were in the area on Sunday evening.
At South Bank there is a huge huge swimming pool, that looks like a beach, with views of the downtown and the river.
The rooms were very good. I had a one bedroom suite, which was roomy. Two flat panel TVs, and a dvd player. There is a kitchen area, where you could easily cook a meal, with a fancy draw-style dishwasher and everything else that you would need in a kitchen. Washing machine and dryer, so you could stay for a while. I think all rooms have a balcony. A good work desk in the living room.
There was very limited car parking, and no valet car parking. There is no easy place to get in or out of cabs. But the porter (who was from Spain) was very friendly and helpful.
Overall, a new hotel in a good location.
Very art deco
We stayed at the saville southbank for one night in a one bedroom apartment and it was good. Its next door to rydges which is next to the brisbane convention centre so its in a good spot and you are about 3 mins walk to southbank and QPAC. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes nearby and a bottle shop which we were happy about and the cinema is just down the road too. Saville's carpark was full so we had to park at the convention centre and that cost $10 for 24 hours, but it was $20 for saville's anyway.(Anywhere you stay in brisbane, you have to pay for parking). It was a bit of a hassle to leave the bags with the porter, then drive a few minutes down the road to get a park, then walk back to the saville and check in but despite the fact that after all that we had to wait 25 mins for our room to be ready, our bags were already in our room when we did get up to our suite. The rooms are very modern, art deco featuring LCD TVs in the lounge and the bedroom, dvd player and mini hifi, pay per view movies, modern kitchen with bar stools instead of a dining table which kinda gives you more space, office desk and chair with phone, lounge with big bay windows overlooking the street, balcony off the master bedroom which also overlooks the street and a bathroom/laundry/toilet/bath/shower combo which was quite a good size also. We were on the 4th floor and although you couldnt see the river, which is a browny colour not like an ocean view anyway, you had good views of the city. The suite pretty much had everything except foxtel which wouldve been great on the lcd tvs, but we were only there for one nite to catch a show at the concert hall, so it didnt matter. The only flaw with these ultra modern suites these days is they tend to be a bit bland and cold, they dont really have many pictures on the wall or ornaments etc that give it a more homey feel, but that is the style these days, so what can you do. Staff were friendly and the buffet breaky was good although they need to top things up quicker. You had to ask for more coffee, juice, bacon, eggs etc. to be refilled and there wasnt much variety compared with other hotel buffet breakys, (where was the eggs benedict with hollandaise sauce?, my favourite) but overall it was good. We had a late checkout so we left our bags at reception and went to the southbank markets and my girlfriend bought a watch that stopped working when we got home (what do you expect?!), and there is a huge lagoon you can swim in which would be good if you had kids, the saville pool is only a lap pool on the 2nd floor so the lagoon at southbank is the go. After that we went and got the car and the porter put the bags in it and then it was all over. Im in the tourism industry and have stayed at quite a few resorts, good and bad, but on the whole, if you can afford the money for a room at the saville southbank you wont be dissappointed.