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A Sneak Peek Inside South Bank’s New Emporium Hotel

When the Emporium Hotel opened in 2007 in Fortitude Valley, it established a new class of luxury for Brisbane. The design-driven, independent boutique property brought to life by Anthony and Francine John of the Anthony John Group quickly became a luxury hotspot raking in awards and accolades such as Australia’s Leading Boutique Hotel for the third consecutive years at the World Travel Awards.

It’s been included in the Queensland Tourism’s Hall of Fame and now, a new sister property, Emporium Hotel South Bank is ready to do the same.

Newly opened, the Emporium Hotel South Bank features all the luxury travellers love about the original property with 143 suites, a rooftop infinity edge pool with views over the Brisbane River and city skyline and rooftop bar including a Piano Bar and French-style Belle Epoque restaurant.

The Signature Restaurant – previously slated to be named Opal under chef Jose Lopez prior to his early departure – offers seating for 50 with a walk-in wine library, private dining room and a solid food and beverage menu.

At the helm of the food and beverage team is husband and wife team Executive Chef Chris Norman and Executive Sous Chef (Pastry) Alex Liddle who’ve spent the past three years in key roles at Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast. Both bring extensive culinary background in luxury hotels, Michelin-Starred restaurants and high-profile Australian eateries.

“Our vision is to provide our guests heightened sensory experiences from the moment they walk through the door and, of course, cuisine plays a crucial role in this,” says the Emporium Hotel South Bank general manager, Peter Savoff.

“Working in some of the country’s and world’s most reputable and distinguished restaurants and venues has allowed Chris and Alex to hone their skills in catering and banqueting to the highest level, which will be key to placing Emporium Hotel South Bank firmly on the map.”

Executive Chef Chris Norman and Executive Sous Chef (Pastry) Alex Liddle Photo: Supplied

Located on Grey Street, design lovers will swoon over the billowing metallic skirt the hotel sits above. This $4.35 million art installation from San Franciscan artist Ned Kahn is a kinetic screen uniting the three towers within the complex.

As one of Australia’s largest public exhibitions, it includes thousands of tiny panels of extruded aluminium in four different metallic tones strategically placed to move independently with the breeze and reflect light.

The Emporium South Bank showcases a blend of contemporary design and functionality, with a number of Queensland-based artisans behind the numerous bespoke features.

“The owners have engaged the incredible skills of local artisans to create spectacular showpieces throughout the Hotel, says Savoff.

“For instance, the attention-grabbing back-lit red glass shard wall in the lobby, along with the giant Emporium ‘E’ entry statement were created by award-winning Cairns-based John Hyde Glass Innovations.

“The striking mirror-finish, 4m tall frangipani doors seen in the hotel’s lobby and in the ballroom, were produced by Langford Industries, one of Queensland’s largest fabricators of sheet metal, and the porte-cochere’s stunning water feature was designed and manufactured by Focal Point Water Features,” he adds, saying the glam luxury continues into each of the hotel’s suites.

“What is also particularly exciting is the fact that some of the stunning features from the original hotel in Fortitude Valley have been carried across, including the beloved antique Parisian shopfront, which will have pride of place in its new home”.

Savoff says the suites have been designed for indulgence and to satisfy even the most discerning traveller. There is no ‘entry level’ experience here, he says. Each room features a bronze wet bar, 55-inch mirrored television that doubles as functional art, Bose Sound Bar, and a large ensuite with double vanities, privacy switch glass and premium bathing amenities.

“An extended mini bar offering, including a Eurocave eight-bottle wine fridge stocked with premium local and international drops, and 24-hour in suite dining menu heightens the luxury experience,” says Savoff.

“Of course, and most importantly, we remain committed to ensuring we provide guests with outstanding service, which is what we are renowned for.”

The Emporium Hotel South bank is surrounded by some of Brisbane’s best bars, restaurants and is a short walk to the Queensland Performing Arts Complex, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, and the Queensland Museum and State Library.

Published 27 September, 2018