Oakwood Hotel & Apartments, Brisbane

Sitting on the river bank of its name sake is our states capital city, Brisbane.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with this location the bustling city is a short one hour drive from our home on the Sunshine Coast, (Queensland.)  Filled with museums, galleries, shops, restaurants, a man made beach and the beautiful botanical gardens, Brisbane city strikes a keen balance between city chic and relaxed Aussie charm.

My husband and I recently enjoyed a baby free (YOLO) stay at the Oakwood Hotel and Apartments, located right next door to the Story Bridge in Fortitude Valley.  The hotel is known to boast Brisbane’s best river views so I couldnt wait to check it out!  The Oakwood offers their plentiful yet affordable ‘City Escapes Package’ which gives one nights accomodation, a bottle of sparkling wine, delicious cheese platter and a late midday check out all for just $299.

This place screams relaxaton… on arrival our car was valet parked while we were treated to a glass of bubbles and tasty macaroons.  A modern and tastefully decorted room was waiting for us and featured one bedroom, a seperate lounge room, full kitchen, bathroom and laundry… and of course a huge balcony taking in that amazing river view!  Our complimentary bottle and cheese platter were beautifully set out and too delicious not to enjoy straight away.  The balcony really was the perfect spot to watch the sunset over the city.  Later we took a short walk along the river to Eagle Street Pier where some of the cities best restaurants sit.  We looked at many optins and settled on a Greek feast at George’s Paragon.  After a delcious meal and a few tasty martinis our gorgeous balcony view called.  We wondered why we would stay at a resturant/bar when we already knew we had the best seat in the house back at our hotel…so a night of pretty skies and chatter that was uninterrupted (by a toddler) is exactly what we enjoyed.

After a restful sleep and an epic sleep in (until 8am a huge perk to our adults only night away) we enjoyed the hotels buffet breakfast at their No. 15 Resturant and Bar. There was a large selection of vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes, as well as a gorgeous setting under monochrome umbrellas.  We then spent the rest of the morning enjoying the Oakwood’s facilties including their outdoor pool, hot spa tub and tennis court before heading home.

This fun and vibrant hotel would be perfect for both business and leisure trips.  We thouroughly enjoyed the perks of our ‘City Escape Package’ and can’t wait to head back for more RnR in the future.



  • Cruise the Brisbane River on the Kookaburra Show Boat.
  • Shop up a storm at Queen Street Mall.
  • Grab a ‘CityCat’ and head to Eat Street Markets.
  • Climb Brisbane most iconic structure the Story Bridge.
  • Enjoy a stroll to the Botanical Gardens.
  • Eat out at Eagle Street Pier.
  • Check out Chinatown.

For more information regarding the Oakwood Hotel and Apartments Brisbane or to book visit – https://www.oakwoodasia.com/serviced-apartments/australia/oakwood-brisbane or www.instagram.com/oakwoodbrisbane

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