I felt somewhat self-conscious walking through the Brisbane Central Business District in my t-shirt and shorts, hauling a large backpack, while everyone else seemed to be dressed in suits and ties. As I approached the Brisbane Marriott, I began to realize that this was going to be the quintessential business hotel, smack dab in the middle of the CBD, and I would be sticking out like a sore thumb for the duration of my stay. Luckily, it would only be for one night.
The high-rise building looked fairly new, and the lobby was tastefully designed with a subdued palette of colors that exuded quiet elegance. The gentleman behind the front counter welcomed me and acknowledged my one-night reward booking at a cost of 30,000 points for the Category 6 property (it has since risen to Category 7 with redemptions costing 35,000 points per night).
Unlike the super friendly agent at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, he didn't engage me about my travels through Australia, nor did he give me an amazing suite upgrade. I was provided, however, with a Brisbane River view room and complimentary WiFi as a recognition of my Silver Elite status. In addition, Silver Elites receive a 15% discount on food and beverage items consumed at the Motion Restaurant, M Bar, and in-room dining.
Brisbane Marriott lobby
Room 1804 was bright and clean, although I wasn't a fan of the somewhat dated carpet and furniture. The standard-sized room had two queen beds, a work desk, a comfortable lounge chair next to the window, and a rather small flat-screen TV. I was happy to see a large bottle of water placed on the small table beside the lounge chair, until I noticed a $6.50 AUD price tag. This was definitely a business hotel, nothing more and nothing less.
Despite the "river view" moniker, much of the actual view was blocked by other high-rise buildings. The portion of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge that you could see, however, was quite stunning.