Spicers win top international design award
Inner-Brisbane retreat Spicers Balfour Hotel has been recognised as one of the world’s best boutique hotels, taking out a top international design award.
The stylish nine-room property, located in New Farm, Brisbane, won Best Hotel Under 50 Rooms and was the only Australian hotel to be recognised at The International Hotel & Property Awards in London last week.
Hosted by leading London-based design magazine Design et al, the awards recognise the best in hospitality interior design and architecture from across the globe. The winners were announced in a gala ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel.
Located just three kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD, Spicers Balfour Hotel opened its doors in September 2010 as part of the Spicers Retreats, Hotels and Lodges portfolio of seven boutique properties owned by Flight Centre founder and managing director Graham Turner and his wife Jude.
Originally built in 1901, the building is a grand three-storey Queenslander that once housed returned World War II servicemen. In 2010, Brisbane-based designers Coop Creative and the Spicers Group developed the Queenslander into a contemporary nine-room boutique hotel with a vision to offer a unique, intimate and stylish city retreat for corporate and leisure travellers.
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