Brisbane's Best Accommodation Spots, World Leader Style

a fancy hotel restaurant with people eating on rounded red couches and waiters serving them

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Published 17 November 2014

Flight Centre Author


Rachel Surgeoner

Writer and content creator


While the 'New World City' doesn't have a Ritz Hotel per say, Brisbane sure knows how to 'Put on the Ritz' with a barrage of it's classy hotels putting up the 2014's G20 delegates in style this past weekend.

If there’s one thing Tony Abbott didn’t get shirt-fronted on at the G20 in Brisbane, it was the cost of his hotel room. Abbott’s digs at Rydges cost a fraction of that of President Obama’s suite at the Marriott Hotel. Being the leader of the world’s only ‘superpower’ has to have its perks.

If you want to stay like a world leader in Brisbane, here’s where to book and what it’ll cost you. From a humble room at the Novotel fit for Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo to China’s President Xi JingPing’s Stamford Suite at the Stamford Plaza.

Check out Brisbane accommodation – world leader style – from the highest to lowest price points per room per night:


Live like US President Barack Obama for a night in the Presidential Suite at the Marriott Hotel. For AU$2,500 a night you’ll sleep sound in a king size bed in the lofty 131-square-metre room with panoramic views of the Brisbane River. You’ll be treated to complimentary hors d’oeuvres, desserts, as much Coca-Cola as you like and complimentary drinks and canapés between 5.30 and 9.30pm. You’ll most likely have more time to enjoy the services and explore the city more than Obama. Located on the river front just a stone’s throw from both the centre of the city and the heart of the Fortitude Valley, the Marriott is a great location for a luxury night in Brisvegas.

Rooms at Marriott Hotel range from $300-$2,500

 a villa with a wooden post, wooden dining table and a bedroom with a king sized bed with white beddings
Kick back in the Presidential Suite at the Marriott Hotel

Stamford Plaza X President Xi Jinping

China’s President comes in second place in the luxury stakes, his Stamford suite at Stamford Plaza checks out at AU$1,695 a night. Here you’ll be located on the highest floor of the Stamford Plaza with panoramic views and a baby grand piano to boot. Upgrade to the ‘High Life Package’ for AU$10,000 a night and a 24-hour private butler, French champagne, a chauffeured limousine on call, massages, a picnic hamper and a private dinner party for eight people are just some of the perks. We’re sure Xi Jinping will be back to experience the high life next time he’s in town as has a little more free time.

Rooms at Stamford Plaza range from $300-$4,000

Top of the Treasury to you!

Tally-ho! UK Prime Minister David Cameron chose to stay in a suite at the Treasury Hotel for AU$1,259 a night. Located right at the top of the Queen Street Mall with easy access to South Brisbane, Mr Cameron's choice was all about location! See the best of the city from the Treasury, also handy for those who like to gamble.

Rooms at Treasury Hotel range from $300-$1,500

Do your best Mozart impression on the baby grand piano at Stamford Plaza

Side of Seafood

If you’re a fan of shellfish, look no further than the Signature Suites at Gambaro Hotel on Caxton Street. The President of Burma, Thein Sein stayed here for AU$1,180 a night and enjoyed 5-star service, rainfall showers and luxury bedding. Downstairs, indulge in mouth watering Mud Crab and Moreton Bay Bug. Gambaro’s has great access to Suncorp Stadium and chic inner city suburb Paddington.

Rooms at Gambaro Hotel range from $200-$1,200

Putin gets much needed Zzz’s at the Hilton

When you’re on a tight schedule and international relations are getting you down, nothing is more important than a good night’s sleep. For AU$615 a night you can find refuge in a king suite at the Hilton in the heart of the CBD. Recharge at the ‘Chefs Hat’ awarded Vintage Bar + Grill with an aged beef steak and a full-bodied red. Perfect for those who appreciate gusto.

Rooms at Hilton range from $300-$1,100

 a fancy hotel restaurant with people eating on rounded red couches and waiters serving them
Stay classy like Putin at Hilton

Fair Dinkum value at Rydges

Australia’s own Prime Minister Tony Abbott stayed on the south of the river at Rydges South Bank for a cool AU$309 a night. You’ll get free Wi-Fi a rooftop pool and views of the Brisbane Wheel! Plus, South Bank’s Streets manmade beach is just minutes away! Don't forget to pack your budgie smugglers!

Rooms at Rydges range from $200-$460

Practical and German = Four Points

Angela Merkel stayed at one of Brisbane’s newest hotels, Four Points by Sheraton. Located at the quieter end of the city, this modern hotel offers boutique style accommodation just a stone’s throw from the Riverside and the City Botanic Gardens.

Rooms at Four Points range from $200-$500

 a minimalist hotel room with a clean white king-sized bed, blue bedside chair,  light blue carpet, and black lamp
No nonsense conventional luxury at Four Points

Japan’s PM shirtfronts them all

Thriftiest of the world leaders, Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo opted for a standard room at the Novotel for AU$200 a night. Smart thinking! Lead by example and stay at the 4.5 star Novotel on Creek Street in the heart of the city, walking distance to the Queen Street Mall and Riverside.

Rooms at Novotel range from $180-$650


Flight Centre Author


Rachel Surgeoner

Writer and content creator


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