24 Hours at the Brisbane Marriott


Last weekend I jumped at an invitation to spend 24 hours at the Brisbane Marriott to bask in the hotel’s delightful services, devour food and relax in a luxurious room overlooking the Brisbane River.

I was uber impressed with the service and welcoming nature of all of the staff I encountered, and the facilities were nothing but the best. And don’t get me started on the Motion Bar & Grill! I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, complete with all of its embellishments. So much so that I got home on Sunday afternoon and, despite my looming to-do list, continued to relax and recharge because the last 24 hours at the Marriott had left me in a state of total bliss.

Here’s what I got up to…

6pm – The car was handed over to the concierge upon arrival and parked in a secure offsite location for the duration of our stay. Practical and convenient as everything we wanted/needed was either in the hotel itself, or within walking distance. A smooth check in sent us up to our room on the 23rd floor within minutes. Our #staycation had officially begun!


6.30pm – After gawking at the view and booking dinner we ducked out to hunt for pre-dinner snacks and stumbled upon some cheese, crackers and salami. Perfect!They went down a treat as we got ready for dinner at the Marriott’s hotel restaurant, Motion Bar & Grill Restaurant.


8.45pm – A late dinner reservation in the Motion Bar & Grill welcomed much contemplation when it came to picking just one thing off the short, but concise dinner menu. I wish I could eat seafood, because the neighbouring tables Seafood Tower of scallops, bugs, prawns, smoked salmon, mussels, oysters, crab legs, calamari and dipping sauces looked divine. Instead I opted for the safe, but equally tasty Lemon/Thyme Chicken Breast with carrot, parsnip puree, green pea and pan juices. My partner chose the sirloin with mushroom sauce and said it was the most glorious steak he had ever had (a big call coming from a carnivore!).


10pm – Finally, it was time to hit the hay in the heavenly king-size bed complete with 6 perfect pillows. I slept long and hard into the next morning without a single stir.

8.30am – Sunday morning was spent lazing around in bed and catching up on some work online thanks to the speediest hotel wifi connection I think I’ve ever encountered. Reading my backlog of magazines and oogling at the river view were morning essentials I happily ticked off my to-do list before packing.


10.30am – I had to coax myself into getting out of bed with the promise of a walk along the river and a fresh juice stop. Checking out was easy-peasy and our luggage was safely stored with the concierge team until our afternoon departure (another very convenient service the Marriott offers). After a short, balmy stroll down the river walk I found myself at the Eagle Street Pier before climbing onto a stool at Riverbar & Kitchen with a refreshing tropical juice cylinder in tow.


Midday – We headed back to the Marriott for the experience I was most looking forward to – High Tea! I LOVE a good high tea spread and the offerings at the Motion Bar & Grill resembled a perfect tier of sweet and savory goodness. Down went a selection of sandwiches with fillings such as free-range egg and lettuce, cucumber and dill cream, smoked turkey with cranberry, shaved ham and English mustard and smoked salmon with caper mayo before a selection of desserts from the pastry kitchen. The freshly baked plain and sultana scones were to-die-for, especially when paired with strawberry jam and a blissful white chocolate/vanilla/cream combo. A glass of French champagne rounded off the unbeatable High Tea spread.



1pm – Feeling full and satisfied we headed back to the concierge to collect our luggage and car. Within minutes, our car rounded the corner and appeared at the sliding glass doors with our bags already packed inside. Talk about good service!


Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to a treatment at the in-house day spa, however judging by the rest of the experience and quality of all other Marriott services, I can almost guarantee the awesomeness of the Dome Spa Retreat. There’s always next time!

All smiles and a thumbs from this happy #staycation-er!

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