Catriona Rowntree went to Brisbane
to announce an Australian first. Portal Hotel in Brisbane's CBD has dedicated an entire floor to female guests. To put it to the test she took along six women, each with a friend, courtesy of a promotion on Brisbane radio station B105.
Georgie Woods owns the four-star European-style boutique hotel and her research showed that around 40 percent of Australia's business travellers are women, and 60 percent of those had safety at the top of their list when choosing accommodation.
During the $250,000 renovation, all 84 rooms were refurbished and the hotel now has delightful bespoke furniture and antique pieces. During the big facelift, Georgie decided that the fifth floor would be for her female guests, and it was given a definite feminine touch.
The floor can be accessed only with a special lift key before the fun begins.
Rooms and bathrooms have fresh flowers and MOR organic bathroom products which are an absolute treat. You can pop into a soft, waffle cotton robe and slippers, indulge in a face pack and catch up on the latest fashion magazines or watch one of more than 70 complimentary films on Foxtel.
Guests love the bowl of fresh fruit and scented candle that is lit when your queen "O" bed is turned down.
In place of a standard minibar, there is a Portal Pamper Bar with a range of Yuva organic products and Yealands Way Carbon Zero wines. They are made by award-winning winemaker Tamra Washington.
Bathrooms have super powerful hairdryers and hair straighteners. They've even included yoga mats. There is also free wireless internet and an iPod docking station.
If you really want to leave your room, O Bar & Restaurant on the ground floor has an ever-changing menu, and a few mean cocktails to choose from.
Catriona and her 12 new friends gave Portal the thumbs up, and they are all looking forward to another escape there.
Portal Hotel Girls' Weekend Packages start at $219 a night twin-share. They include breakfast in O Bar & Restaurant, bottle of sparkling wine, parking, MOR bathroom package each and the latest magazines. Shoppers' Dream Packages start at $189 with Indulgence Packages at $245. Room only is $179 a night.
Virgin Blue has one-way flights to Brisbane from:
- Sydney $95
- Melbourne $129
- Canberra $141
- Adelaide $145
- Hobart $179
- Darwin $198
- Perth $279
There are limited seats, which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at January 27, 2011, and are subject to change.
Prices correct at February 10, 2011.
For further information
Ph: 136 789
Portal Hotel Brisbane
52 Astor Terrace
Spring Hill, Queensland 4000
Ph: (07) 3009 3400 or 1300 076 7825