Brisbane’s Hotel Market Booms as Westin Opens its Doors


Brisbane’s latest luxury hotel The Westin Brisbane has officially opened, marking the brand’s Queensland debut, and ushering in yet another offering to the city’s blossoming hotel market.

The $200 million hotel from the Marriott Group sits within the Woods Bagot-designed 37-storey mixed-use tower on Mary Street in Brisbane’s CBD.

The Westin brings 299 guest rooms and suites to the market. The Mary Lane tower comprises 184 luxury residential apartments located above the hotel component of the development.

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The Westin promises a 5-star experience with a focus on its guests' health and wellbeing.
The Westin promises a 5-star experience with a focus on its guests' health and wellbeing.

Woods Bagot’s Bronwyn McColl described the hotel’s design as sophisticated, evoking a sense of refuge and ritual.

“Being a new building gave us scope early in the design process to marry sustainability with the values of health and wellness.”

The hotel offers a fitness studio, a spa and regular yoga and Pilates classes. Wellness is a big focus, with the hotel even offering a “run concierge” also known as a local running partner.

“Guests will feel the authenticity of a truly local experience,” McColl said.

The ground floor lobby flows into the hotel’s street-side jazz bar, as McColl says the ground floor hospitality was designed to merge with the street in a greater way than a traditional hotel.

Mary Lane
Mary LaneSupplied

Brisbane City Council's hotel incentives, announced in 2012, offered infrastructure reductions for four and five-star hotel developers.

Subsequently, a wave of hotels hit Brisbane's market in recent years, including the 103-room Ovolo, the 312-room W Brisbane.

The Malouf family opened their long-awaited $100 million The Calile Hotel just last month.

While the 164-room Howard Smith Wharves Art Series Hotel is due to open early next year.

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