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37 Balfour St, Brisbane, Queensland 4005 Australia
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Located in the fashionable suburb of New Farm, Spicers Balfour Hotel is just minutes from Brisbane city centre and 30 minutes from the airport. Step inside this iconic Queenslander and you’ll discover a chic and stylish interior that’s welcoming and warm and perfectly complements the high standard of personal service expected from a Spicers Retreat. The Balfour Kitchen serves Brisbane’s best all-day breakfast & lunch menu until 2pm daily. We also offer our famous Balfour High Tea seven days a week (must be prebooked). For dinner, we offer antipasto and cheese boards to be enjoyed in our beautiful frangipani courtyard or overlooking the city in our Rooftop Bar. Whether it's a corporate trip to Brisbane, a romantic city escape from the kids, or just a cosy, convenient place to come back to after a show, Spicers Balfour Hotel is the ultimate city escape.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
Adults only
Rooftop terrace
Electric vehicle charging station
Valet parking
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Rooftop bar
Baggage storage
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
24-hour check-in
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Minibar
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RobertGoldCoast wrote a review Aug 2022
Gold Coast77 contributions19 helpful votes
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Really good value for money if you get the breakfast & dinner included rate. Obliging staff, charming Suite accommodation, very good onsite restaurant that is worth a visit even if you’re not staying at the hotel. Great location!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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AllanJGJ wrote a review Jul 2022
Wellington, New Zealand3567 contributions1953 helpful votes
We were super-impressed by our three night stay at this little boutique hotel in New Farm. We were in "Simla", the annex building which had some art deco features and was perhaps built in the thirties. Our ground floor suite was spacious with a large bathroom, and a sunroom as well as a spacious bedroom. Very comfortable bed, very quiet, and scrupulously clean. And what a great location - only a short walk down to New Farm Park and to Fortitude Valley in the other direction and about three minutes down an escalator to Howard Wharf, so lots of restaurants nearby, as well as easy access to the brilliant Brisbane ferry system. We've stayed in a number of different areas in Brisbane but New Farm (and Spicers Balfour) will be our first stop in future. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Kane P wrote a review May 2022
8 contributions2 helpful votes
The positives first. The gentleman (host) that sat us to our table on Saturday for our Mother's Day high tea was delightful! What a gem. Very personable and professional. Our table waiter was good too (no complaints at all). Efficient and pleasant. The building is gorgeous and I would imagine with the plumeria in full bloom it would be spectacular! Now the cons. Parking was a pain. There are 8 spaces in the back of the building and other than that, it is street parking. The high tea was so ordinary and nothing special. For $ 99 pp, more effort should have been made to create delicious and eye appealing delicacies. What we got was average fare (sadly on the bottom of the list of all the high teas we have had). The scones tasted like stodgy flour. Not pleasant at all. Not what we expected for a 5 star hotel/restaurant. We wouldn't go back for high tea.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from GM_Spicershotels, General Manager at Spicers Balfour Hotel
Responded 10 May 2022
Thank you for taking the time to provide us with this feedback on your experience with us on Mother’s Day. I was disappointed to hear that the offering fell below our usual high standard on this occasion. I do also apologise that you had difficulty finding parking on the day. We hope to welcome you back another time soon to improve your impression of the kitchen offering, we will take the feedback on board to improve our High Tea for next time.
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Kaeri wrote a review Mar 2022
Noosa, Australia124 contributions41 helpful votes
Location was great. Though parking was at a premium and we missed out. Parked on the street which was challenging, but we found a spot. Our room, number 7 was small - I have stayed in hotels in Japan with more space. Room 7 was noisy too- felt like we were in the kitchen. I really wanted to love this place, but found it disappointing. There are better options in the area for this price.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Avoid room 7
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Response from GM_Spicershotels, General Manager at Spicers Balfour Hotel
Responded 27 Mar 2022
Thank you for your review Kaeri! We are sorry that you found parking a challenge and room 7 noisy. We hope that you will consider staying again where we can put you in a room further from the kitchen so you can enjoy our usual experience here.
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Sam L wrote a review Feb 2022
Temuco, Chile11 contributions2 helpful votes
Beautiful hotel and lovely room with amazing attention to detail. Had breakfast and dinner here and the food is absolutely to die for. Very helpful and attentive staff. Can't wait for my next trip to Brisbane to stay here again!
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Response from GM_Spicershotels, General Manager at Spicers Balfour Hotel
Responded 19 Feb 2022
Thank you for your great review of Spicers Balfour Hotel. We are so glad you enjoyed your entire experience with us and we look forward to welcoming you again soon on your next trip to Brisbane! - Team Balfour
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Foddy63 wrote a review Feb 2022
Launceston, Australia38 contributions13 helpful votes
From our initial booking directly through the hotel, check in to checkout everything and everyone was a pleasure. Absolutely exquisite accomodation in a picturesque suburb. Perfect position to the river walks with all the eateries, ferries and city.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled on business
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Responded 1 Feb 2022
Hi Robyn, Thank you for your wonderful review! We are so glad you enjoyed your entire experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you back on your next trip to Brisbane! Team Balfour
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dl0ng6 wrote a review Jan 2022
Brisbane, Australia7 contributions1 helpful vote
Recently stayed 2 night at The Balfour. Took the Dinner and Breakfast package. the Dinner on both night was exceptional. We had the tasting menu which was changed on the second night so we didn't have the same meal twice. service was excellent. The waitstaff were attentive and knowledgeable. We ate both night on the verandah which was a very pleasant location. Our room was in a sweet in the Art Deco section of the Hotel. Size and amenities were first class. The entire team at the hotel made our 2 night s city getaway very memorable
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Responded 17 Jan 2022
Dear dl0ng6, Thank you for your lovely review of Spicers Balfour Hotel! We are so glad you loved your whole experience with us! Looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future (perhaps in Autumn when we release our next menu?)! Warm regards, Simon & Team Balfour
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Mark K wrote a review Nov 2021
Sunshine Coast, Australia43 contributions44 helpful votes
We had been wanting to stay here for a while just to try the restaurant. The food is fantastic with a very friendly team to boot. We had a chance to chat to the chef and his passion for food is obvious with what comes out on the plate. Loved it.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Responded 18 Nov 2021
Good morning Mark, Thank you for your fantastic feedback! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Team Balfour
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gl0b3tr0ttR wrote a review Oct 2021
Gold Coast, Australia83 contributions51 helpful votes
We stayed in the Balfour Suite - located in a tastefully restored Art Deco building. Very spacious and well appointed. King bed is very comfortable. We loved the deep bath and rain shower. The suite is located in Simla House - a few doors up from the main hotel, which contains the restaurant, bar and other suites. We enjoyed cocktails at the rooftop bar. The restaurant is excellent - we recommend the tasting menu for dinner. We could hear a bit of traffic noise from the suite, at times, as Balfour Street intersects Brunswick St - which is one of Brisbane's busier streets. Also, we had to be overly conscious of our privacy - as the ground level suite is within eyeshot of the street and neighbouring house. Lastly, we don't think the Hotel is especially accessible for wheelchairs or prams. Overall we had a pleasant stay and would probably return.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Responded 6 Oct 2021
Thank you for your feedback gl0b3tr0ttR! We are so glad you enjoyed many aspects of your time at our hotel and we look forward to seeing you again in the near future! -Simon & Team Balfour
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Anna_Bannana629 wrote a review May 2021
Gold Coast, Australia330 contributions61 helpful votes
Hubby surprised me on my birthday with an overnight stay at Spicers Balfour. The location was great - just a 2 min easy walk to Howard Smith Warves. The hotel has their own customer parking so that was an additional bonus! Staff were really nice and lovely. We also had dinner & breakfast at their restaurant and food was top notch! The room can do with a bit of some dusting though. The aircon vents were really dusty which didn’t agree with my asthma. The bathroom where we stayed was also too dark so had to get ready near the door where there is proper lighting. Aside from that, we had a really great time during our stay. Thank you!
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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US$224 - US$288 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Spicers Balfour Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Spicers Balfour Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Story Bridge (0.5 km), River to Bay (0.3 km), and New Farm Cinemas (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Spicers Balfour Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Spicers Balfour Hotel?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Spicers Balfour Hotel?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Spicers Balfour Hotel?
Yes, free parking, street parking, and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Spicers Balfour Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Betty's Burgers, Bella Tiarnie Italian Restaurant & Gourmet Pizzas, and Istanbul 1923 Restaurant and Bar.
Are any cleaning services offered at Spicers Balfour Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Spicers Balfour Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Spicers Balfour Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) (3.6 km), Brisbane Arcade (1.6 km), and Newstead House (1.6 km).
Is Spicers Balfour Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.