Capri by Fraser – Brisbane
Situated in the heart of Brisbane's CBD and a short walk to some of the city's key places of interest including; Queen Street Mall, Eagle Street Pier and the city Botanic Gardens – Capri by Fraser is a perfectly situated hotel for the business traveller that is keen to experience some of Brisbane's sights and sounds in their spare time.
FCm Travel Solutions' Global Communication Manager, Adrian Letilovic recently tried out the Capri on Albert Street and he has shared his thoughts on the hotel and amenities with us.
What were your first impressions of the hotel?
I stay in Brisbane every month for work but I usually stick to the same hotel which just happened to be booked out on this occasion. I'd heard good things about Capri and I was interested to see what the converted old office block looked like now.
The foyer as you enter is very striking and you're immediately immersed with an edgy kind of arty feeling of geometric shapes and cool neon colours which continues throughout the hotel.
Tell us about the room itself.
I stayed in a studio deluxe room which is a fairly standard hotel room in terms of size – however that's where my use of the word "standard" ends when describing this room. The room is very thoughtfully appointed, and seems particularly designed for the business traveller. Wi-Fi was included (always a bonus when you're roaming on data) and the desk features a clever design mirror lift out and is very spacious for those inclined to answering a few late night emails.
Also a favourite of mine was the Bluetooth music player – many hotels still feature iPod docks that are no longer compatible with the latest model or Android phones and it's always nice to put on some music when getting ready or chilling out in the room.
What was the bathroom like?
The bathroom is very cool and was the highlight of the room for me. The design work of award-winning Ministry of Design really shines through here. I feel like I'm showering in the near future, in front of a modern tile mosaic wall and the Malin + Goetz toiletries smell so nice that I unashamedly pack the unused items to take home (I like to collect these). There's all the expected mod cons including a power point for shavers – but also strangely, an Ethernet cable point next to the toilet (still trying to figure that one out).
Anything else that stands out about the room?
My room came with a microwave which is a nice touch and not often seen in your standard hotel room. Also there's a coffee pod machine with the milk frothing device which is another thoughtful inclusion and a nice change from granulated instant coffee and powdered "creamer" which is quite common in hotels anywhere outside of Australia.
Did you order room service or dine in the hotel restaurant?
Yes, both. The "Asana" restaurant features menu items designed by Chef Pete Evans and the in-room dining is also provided by Asana. This was the one drawback for me – after a couple of beers post-work – I was very much looking forward to a pizza in my room. I ordered the Pork Belly pizza which looked OK on the menu but it turns out it was a paleo pizza and had plenty of red cabbage and not a lot of meat. Again at breakfast time the assortment of paleo options had me wondering where the bacon and eggs were (I managed to find them) but my overall impression of the food was that it was very much skewed to a modern superfood eater, which isn't really my MO but I'm certain that this menu would appeal to many others.
Any final thoughts and how many stars do you give Capri?
I'm disappointed I only got to stay one night as there was an indoor pool, gym, spa and sauna that I never got to check out! This is definitely the kind of hotel that I could spend a week in comfortably. I think the hotel is really suited to business travellers staying in Brisbane for short to medium stays (up to a week). I think the younger Gen Y's and even Millennial professionals would particularly like this hotel, it is in a great area with some cool restaurants and bars within minutes walk from the hotel.
Overall I give the Capri four out of five stars. I'm glad my usual hotel was booked out and that I got to try something new as I would definitely stay here again – I may even have found my new 'regular' Brisbane hotel.