Where to stay in South Bank during the conference

If you're attending a conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, convenient accommodation is a must, especially if this is your first visit to Brisbane. Here are six of South Bank's best nearby hotels to make you feel at home during your stay.

Rydges South Bank

Rydges South Bank

Accommodation near the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre doesn't get much closer than this. Rydges South Bank is basically attached to it, and its enviable location places it within walking distance of key South Bank attractions including QPAC, QAGOMA and the South Bank Parklands. Panoramic city views are the clincher, and Rydges is also home to award-winning restaurant Bacchus and the popular rooftop Soleil Pool and Bar.

Pro tip: For the caffeine addicts, CBD | Cafe, Bar, Dining on the ground floor starts pouring at 6.30am.

Features: Free wi-fi, valet parking, gym, spa

Nearby:
BCEC: 200m
South Brisbane station: 200m

Mantra South Bank

Mantra South Bank

The Mantra is within walking distance of South Bank's long list of restaurants, one of which is right downstairs from your room. Stone's Restaurant is on the ground floor and you can call upon them for room service at any time, handy for when the jet lag or sugar cravings hit at 2am. QPAC and QAGOMA are just a short walk away, and the South Bank Parklands can easily be explored for hours.

Pro tip: Wander along the South Bank boardwalk and get some very Insta-worthy views of the city.

Features: Foreign exchange service, valet parking, gym, heated lap pool

Nearby:
BCEC: 250m
South Brisbane station: 400m

Menso at South Bank

Picture this: taking a dip in an infinity pool overlooking fabulous views while sipping on a cocktail from the rooftop bar. Sounds like the life, right? There is also a restaurant on site, as well as a barbecue and deck area on the rooftop.

Pro tip: Order a picnic from nearby Popolo and sit on the grass beside the river with a glass of wine in hand.

Features: Self check-in system, secure on-site parking, self-contained rooms, free wi-fi

Nearby:
BCEC: 500m
South Bank station: 350m

The Capitol Apartments

Capitol Apartments

There's plenty to do near the Capitol Apartments with those moments of free time - the day spa on Level 2 is an opportunity to relax and unwind, or QAGOMA is across the road, where entry to most galleries and exhibitions is free. A short walk to West End serves up a variety of restaurants and bars, and the Queen Street Mall is just a 10-minute walk away.

Pro tip: Local favourite Julius Pizzeria is just around the corner, and hideaway cocktail bar Maker is just close enough that you won't forget the way home.

Features: Self-contained apartments, free wi-fi, fitness centre, outdoor pool

Nearby:
BCEC: 750m
South Brisbane station: 600m

Swiss-Belhotel

Swiss Belhotel

Outdoor enthusiasts will love the location of the Swiss-Belhotel. For the early risers, hire a CityCycle bike from the station nearby and take a ride across the Goodwill Bridge to the City Botanic Gardens. Stop off at Brendan's Cafe along the way; it opens at 5am to greet you with a warm caffeinated hug.

Pro tip: For the casual explorer, following the South Bank Boardwalk takes you past many of South Bank's excellent restaurants, coffee carts and photo opportunities as you make your way towards the Wheel of Brisbane.

Features: Gym, indoor heated pool, complimentary guest parking, free wi-fi, Cafe 63

Nearby:
BCEC: 1.2km
South Bank station: 500m

The Sebel South Brisbane

The Sebel South Brisbane

Within walking distance of some of the best views of the city, the best vantage point from The Sebel South Brisbane is its very own rooftop sky deck. For even more spectacular views, pack a picnic and follow the Cliffs Boardwalk to the Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park and watch the city light up at night.

Pro tip: Five-minutes' walk and you'll find hole-in-the-wall Padre, a popular watering hole on Stanley St with live music on the weekends and stand-up comedy on Wednesday nights.

Features: Fully serviced apartments, gym, outdoor pool, car parking

Nearby:
BCEC: 1.8km
South Bank station: 800m
Mater Hill bus station: 150m


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