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Tom Goward | 25/11/2021

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79/ 100

Flight Hacks expert rating

Hotel X Brisbane is a great option for a short stay in Brisbane, offering stylish accommodation just moments from shopping and attractions

  • 15/ 20
    Location & Cost
  • 16/ 20
    Hotel Design
  • 15/ 20
    Room Design
  • 17/ 20
    Food & Beverage
  • 16/ 20
    Food & Beverage


  • Incredible staff
  • Stylish and comfortable rooms
  • Great dining/drinking options


  • Small rooms
  • Poor views on lower floors

Introducing a sensational luxury experience in the heart of Fortitude Valley, just around the corner from Brisbane’s CBD.

Hotel X is all about the unexpected and is certainly unlike any other IHG property. A cocktail of thrills awaits in Fortitude Valley, with Hotel X’s distinctive design features and premium facilities celebrating the iconic Brisbane neighbourhood.

In one word, it’s different.

Booking Hotel X – Handpicked Holidays by IHG

Hotel X is one of the properties available through IHG’s all-inclusive Handpicked Holidays packages. These deals are exclusive to IHG Rewards members and include a suite of inclusions and upgrades designed to take care of everything and offer unbeatable value.

IHG is offering a 2-night package at Hotel X starting at A$785/room. You’ll also get:

  • Complimentary upgrade to Deluxe King room​
  • Daily gourmet breakfast​
  • Tasting flight of five bespoke Winston and Quinn Gin​
  • Luxury Transfers to New Farm Park picnic with snacks​
  • Late checkout to 1pm​
  • $35 surcharge applies for stays on a Friday and/or Saturday​
  • 5,000 Bonus IHG Rewards Points

Already in the mood for travel? Check out the full IHG Handpicked Holidays offer here.

Hotel X Location

While it’s not right in the CBD, everything is within reach of Hotel X. Just a short walk to the bars of Howard Smith Wharves, the boutiques of James Street and the best restaurants and clubs in Brisbane, Hotel X literally marks the spot.

The Room – King Standard

I was booked in one of the basic King Standard rooms, which clocked in at just 28sqm. Despite its size, the room flows well with softening cream and greys offset by playful photographs and the occasional splash of gold and purple detailing.

Hotel X Brisbane Fortitude Valley (photo: Tom Goward)
To the right of the entry was a well-sized area to store luggage, alongside a wardrobe for hanging items. This is also where the comprehensive minibar lives, alongside a simple coffee machine.

Hotel X Brisbane Fortitude Valley (photo: Tom Goward) Hotel X Brisbane Fortitude Valley (photo: Tom Goward) The room is complete with a king bed, occasional seating and a large TV. In-room gadgetry is intuitive for room service, pillow selection, hotel info and controlling the lights from the comfort of your bed.
There’s also some funky indirect wall lighting above the bed that really comes alive in the evening.

Hotel X Brisbane Fortitude Valley (photo: Tom Goward) The black-and-white tiled bathroom was appropriately sized and complete with a rain shower and Karl Lagerfeld toiletries.

Hotel X Brisbane Fortitude Valley (photo: Tom Goward) Hotel X Brisbane Fortitude Valley (photo: Tom Goward) Dining At Hotel X

The first of two dining concepts at Hotel X is Bisou Bisou, a French-inspired restaurant located on the ground floor. French for ‘kiss kiss’, Bisou Bisou takes a modern twist on the traditional French-style brasserie. Bisou Bisou is where you’ll want to be for breakfast, with guests able to select from a choice a-la-carte menu.
Hotel X Brisbane Fortitude Valley

If the ground floor isn’t for you, jump in the elevator and hit rooftop for a heaven of colourful cocktails, Mediterranean-inspired eats and killer views of Brisbane City and beyond. This is Iris, and it’s the place to be of an evening, or during the day if you prefer a head start.
Hotel X Brisbane Fortitude Valley (photo: Tom Goward) Hotel X Brisbane Fortitude Valley (photo: Tom Goward)

Hotel X Amenities

Next to Iris is the beautiful 15-metre rooftop pool complete with panoramic views of the city and stylish lounge chairs. There’s also a gym, but after you visit the pool it’s hard to turn back!

Hotel X Brisbane Fortitude Valley Hotel X Brisbane Fortitude ValleySumming Up – Hotel X

Hotel X in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley is one of the hottest places to stay in Brisbane right now. While the location may be a bit far for some, I enjoyed staying outside of the city. Plus, a short riverside walk through the Howard Smith Wharves precinct is all it takes to get cityside.

It was great to stay somewhere so different, while still keeping IHG status perks at hand. So, I’ll definitely be back, although next time, I’d book a larger room.

Full Disclosure: This article was sponsored by IHG Australia.

Hotel Details

  • Address: 458 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
  • Phone: (07) 3519 1000

American Express Explorer

  • Up to 2 MR points
    per $1 spent uncapped
  • 240,000 MR Point points after spend criteria

Tom Goward

Editor of Flight Hacks with a passion for aviation and travel


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