My sister and I scored a great Groupon deal for an overnight stay in a Brisbane CBD hotel, so decided to have a mum’s break (woo hooooooo!) and sample some of Brissy’s delights.
Firstly, nope, this isn’t a sponsored post. Simply the story of two mums who needed a break and who love great food, good sleep and quiet time.
My sis and I had actually visited the Four Points by Sheraton in Brisbane’s CBD once before and loved it. It’s a great location between the mall and the City Botanic Gardens, with nice modern rooms, and most of all the friendly staff.
So when my sis spied a Groupon deal for a ‘mystery hotel’ that she deduced was the Four Points for a super deal of $129 including parking and late checkout, we had to take it. It took us a year to use the voucher, but finally the stars aligned and it was our time.
From the moment we arrived at the hotel (just like last time), the concierge was warm, friendly and offered to take our bags for us. It felt seamless, “here’s your bag tag, just head into reception and give us a call when you’d like us to get your car for you”.
On to reception, where we received similarly warm, friendly and professional service. In fact, every single staff member we saw at the hotel, whether in the lift or corridor, greeted us with a smile.
After many years of experience in HR, training staff in customer service in five-star hotels, I’m not fussy, I just appreciate great service. To me it’s the sign of a good GM, management team, and team culture. And the Four Points delivers.
What about our room? It was was modern with a king size, soft, comfy bed. The picture probably doesn’t do it justice. Really all we wanted was somewhere quiet to chill, watch TV, and a central base to eat and explore, so this more than met our expectations.
After lying in bed for a while watching TV (bliss) we decided to head out for a drink. Googling “Insert city here’s” best bars has worked for me before, so we did it again. Having already visited a number of the city’s bars, we wanted to try somewhere new and ended up at The Gresham.
Best decision ever. What an amazing looking bar stocked with a fabulous looking range of beverages, staffed by bartenders who are friendly and clearly know their stuff. We both love Negronis (Campari, vermouth, gin and orange peel), so ordered one each which looked the business with the giant ice cube, and tasted even better.
So good in fact, that we may have ended up having three… (hic).
Then walked a couple of blocks to our dinner destination, Mad Tong San II, a Korean restaurant on Elizabeth Street.
The restaurant was packed (we had to take a number and wait); usually a good sign. I had visited MTS before and loved their Bi Bim Bap and Kim Chi Pancake, and on a chilly night couldn’t wait to try them again.
The food didn’t disappoint. Crispy, sweet, sour and spicy Kim Chi Pancakes served with a piping hot bowl of Bi Bim Bap with a perfect blend of flavours and textures.
As for the service: they’re crazy busy so it’s more efficient than friendly, but with food like this I wasn’t bothered. And the loo review? It’s OK, but really needs some work.
After a night out raging, I fell asleep at 8:30pm watching TV – ha ha! (parents out there, you’re totally getting this).
We woke in the morn, feverishly searching the Interweb for anywhere open in Brisbane’s CBD that served great coffee (up your weekend game, Brissy cafes!).
Then I remembered friends of mine saying the café on the Goodwill bridge was great. So off we trotted, only about 10-15 minutes walk through the beautiful City Botanic Gardens, and noting the Buckwheat Crepe place at the markets to return to for brekky.
My sister was a bit cynical about this bridge café… how good could it be? We arrived at Brendans Cafe on the Goodwill Bridge to fabulous service, some upbeat 80’s tunes, a view of the river and city, and a café so full we had to wait for a seat (again, a good sign).
Then our coffee arrived on a silver platter, with the milk poured in front of us. And it was great. We couldn’t have been happier… seriously.
On to breakfast, so we walked back through the gardens and chose to share two buckwheat crepes at the City Botanic Gardens Sunday markets. At that moment some free live music started, so we sat, eating our crepes, revelling in the atmosphere and music. Sigh.
We shared two crepes – the bacon, egg, spinach, mushroom and cheese, and the feta, spinach and lemon (apologies for the lack of creativity with the photo, I was hungry).
Just like last time (yep, we’ve been here before), the crepes were earthy and crispy, with fresh, tasty fillings. My only feedback is perhaps a gruyere or Swiss cheese would really set off the brekky crepe.
And of course we had to finish breakfast with a healthy (ha!) warm croissant filled with Nutella. Double sigh (no image, because I ate it too fast) (bad food blogger!).
What do two crazy party animal mums do after a leisurely stroll, coffee and breakfast? Why sit on our bed and watch whatever we want on TV, of course!
Hours later, our bellies started to rumble. As one of the coldest days on record for that time of year in Brissie, we both wanted something warm and filling. So we opted for Ramen at Hakataya Ramen in the Mall.
It was exactly what we needed – hot, spicy, filling and tasty. Our Ramen needed some embellishing, so we grated some sesame seeds into it, added Ramen sauce and the pickles provided. Yum!
And after that, it was time for us to go home… Yet again, the Four Points staff were excellent with the check-out and delivery of my car.
In short, I’d absolutely recommend everywhere we went. The Four Points is fabulous, and I’m dying to stay there again. And I have a serious bar crush on the Gresham.
So if you need a break, don’t want to drive too far or spend too much, please use our itinerary for your own mini-break. We had a blast!
Four Points by Sheraton
99 Mary Street, Brisbane
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308 Queen Street, Brisbane
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Level 1, 85 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane
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Brendan’s Cafe on the Goodwill Bridge
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Level B1, 117 Queen Street (near the entrance to the Myer Centre), Brisbane
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