Meriton Suites Herschel Street

Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Brisbane Australia (2024 Updated)

Perhaps it’s the region’s San Francisco–like weather and progressive vibe, or its diverse yet well-integrated population (you won’t find a concentrated “gayborhood” like Sydney’s Darlinghurst and Oxford Street here); Melbourne and Brisbane in  Australia are about as LGBTfriendly as they come. With many gay friendly hotels Brisbane to choose from it’s a great summer or winter destination

Australia is one of the most LGBT-friendly countries in the world. In a 2013 Pew Research poll, 79% of Australians agreed that homosexuality should be accepted by society, making it the fifth most supportive country in the survey behind Spain (88%), Germany (87%), Canada and the Czech Republic (both 80%).

Brisbane, capital of Queensland, is a large city on the Brisbane River. Clustered in its Southbank cultural precinct are the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, with noted interactive exhibitions. Another South Bank cultural institution is Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, among Australia’s major contemporary art museums. Looming over the city is Mt. Coot-tha, site of Brisbane Botanic Gardens.


You may be fooled into thinking that Brisbane isn’t worth visiting when you’re touring Australia. A modern city without the rich history of Melbourne or Sydney, with less culture to offer on the surface. However, Australia’s third largest city packs a massive punch when it comes to places to visit and things to see.




1. Aparthotel Alcyone Hotel Residences  4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Brisbane

Alcyone Hotel Residences
Alcyone Hotel Residences


Guests staying at Alcyone Hotel Residences can enjoy a day of shopping at Portside Wharf, a stroll along the Brisbane River, 3 minutes’ walk from the property, or a day in, relaxing by the properties outdoor pool. Secure on-site parking is available.

Alcyone Hotel Residences is 6 minutes’ drive from Eagle Farm Markets, open on Sundays, and 12 minutes’ drive from Eagle Farm DFO. Brisbane CBD (Central Business District) is 7 km from the property, while Brisbane Airport is a 15-minute drive away.

Each self-contained apartment has air-conditioning, laundry facilities, free toiletries, a hairdryer, flat-screen TV and a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave, refrigerator, oven and a stove top. Some apartments have a balcony. Limited housekeeping is available.

Alcyone Hotel Residences is a new development at the epicentre of Brisbane’s most sought-after destination, Portside Wharf. Alcyone’s exclusive luxury apartments seamlessly blend the upscale yet relaxed Portside lifestyle where guests enjoy their stay amidst the hub of restaurants, cafes, fashion boutiques and lifestyle offerings. The LED digital artwork display, which is the largest of its type in Australia, offers a hint that we’re unlike any other hotel. Our spacious apartments deliver great value for your money without sacrificing luxury amenities. Perfect for long or short stays, a remarkable accommodation experience awaits in a place where the warm comforts of home meet the unsurpassed amenities of a hotel.

Great location to take in all the great cafes and restaurants at Portside. The hotel is modern and very clean with a lovely fragrance in the room. Apartment style accommodation with modern comfortable furniture. The staff are all fantastic. Parking was easy and convenient. Will definitely go back.

This hotel is a located in a very good place in Brisbane. It is right next to some very nice restaurants and even walking distance from Race Course Road which has a whole bunch of very good restaurants. Additionally, it is far enough away from downtown Brisbane, so it isn’t too crowded, but if you want to go into downtown, the RiverCat is right by the hotel and it is a very pleasant 15-20 min ride to get to downtown.

The location at Alcyone Hotel Residences really does allow our guests to have the best of both worlds, with so many restaurants, river walks, and close to the airport or CBD.

This hotel was fantastic, the staff recommended us to use the ferry public transport which takes you down the river and you can get off at any spot! We took the ferry down to the city centre for some lunch and I would highly recommend this!

The hotel itself is beautiful with an amazing pool! Rooms are very spacious and with great decor

The rooms are modern and have comfy and tasteful decor and furniture. Our views never disappoint and we always feel so spoilt. The staff always go the extra mile to ensure our stay is everything that we have expected and are friendly and hospitable. We love our food and are always delighted with the huge choice of cafes and restaurants to visit. There is nothing more perfect than grabbing a glass of wine by the rivers edge at one of the numerous bars!
The cruise ships that dock simply tantalize us even more!
Eat Street is our absolute “go to” and we love that it is just a leisurely stroll there and back from the hotel. We adore going out for breakfast together and are spoilt by the many choices of delicious options.
We love how the apartments are self contained with cooking and cleaning amenities. With a small food store adjacent, we have everything at our fingertips. With the movies just a few meters away and gorgeous boutiques sprinkled around, this is our kind of getaway!! We love that every few months we can come together and spoil ourselves for a weekend of fun, food and that little bit of sophistication and style…it’s all about creating memories.
Gay Friendly Hotels Brisbane
Gay Friendly Hotels Brisbane

How much does a room costs at Alcyone Hotel Residences?

Prices start 149 $/night for One-Bedroom Apartment. The One-Bedroom Apartment with Balcony and Study is 153$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

The bedroom and lounge both feature Smart TVs with free Netflix and WiFi. A full kitchen plus a washing washing and dryer are included.

Where to book online – Alcyone Hotel Residences – Gay Friendly Hotels Brisbane you can find the best hotels deals in Brisbane during Brisbane Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Brisbane on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


2. Hotel Amelia Boutique Hotel 3* – Gay Friendly Accommodation Brisbane

Amelia Boutique Hotel
Amelia Boutique Hotel

Amelia Boutique Hotel is set in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, 250 m from Fortitude Valley Train Station, Chinatown and a range of bars, restaurants and nightclubs. The property is located 300 m from the Brisbane Showground (Ekka). Free WiFi is provided in the lobby area.

All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV.

Finding an ideal charming guest house in Brisbane does not have to be difficult. Welcome to Amelia Hotel, a nice option for travelers like you.

Amelia Hotel features baggage storage and a coffee shop. Plus, guests can enjoy breakfast, which has made this a popular choice among travelers visiting Brisbane. For guests with a vehicle, there is paid private parking available nearby.

While staying at Amelia Hotel, visitors can check out St. John’s Anglican Cathedral (0.6 mi) and Anzac Square (0.9 mi), some of Brisbane’s top attractions.

When you’re feeling hungry, be sure to check out George’s Paragon Seafood Restaurant Brisbane, Blackbird Bar and Grill, and Jellyfish Restaurant, which are some seafood restaurants that are popular with locals and out-of-towners alike.

Should time allow, Roma Street Parkland and Catholic Old St. Stephen’s Church (chapel) are some popular attractions that are within walking distance.

Amelia Hotel puts the best of Brisbane at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable.

The room was quirky which is what had originally attracted me to book to stay. The bathroom was clean, with a lovely shower, and the air con in the room was very good. Great location, really close to Fortitude Valley station and also walking distance from loads of bars and restaurants.

The room was beautifully decorated and clean. The bed was comfortable and a quiet street no noise. The coffee we bought the next morning from downstairs in the hotel was delicious.

Toilet and shower were neat, except the shower temperature was a bit hard to control. Kitchen was clean. Breakfast was basic and I liked the fresh fruits every morning. The only downside was there was no elevator in the building, so carrying a big luggage up to 2 to 3 levels on narrow stairs an be tough, but fortunately we got big helps by all friendly staffs incl. the kind receptionist herself. We were really grateful for that.

Location is good. Short walking distance to bus stops to the CBD (180 to 360 meters), and close to Fortitude Valley train station. Free bottle of water every morning.

The room we stayed in at the Amelia Hotel was very small, there’s no denying that, but the use of space was brilliant and the bathroom upgrade one of the best I’ve come across. The ceiling was painted with the night sky and had separate lighting which made it a highlight. I quite enjoyed sleeping under the stars :). The bed was comfortable and the room clean. The location is amazing if you’re using the train system to get around. We arrived at the airport, straight onto the train, off at Fortitude Valley Station and 3 minute walk to the hotel.

The bed is always comfortable, establishment is always outstanding clean. I highly recommend a stay at this unique Hotel every room is different. Our room had 4 power points in the room itself with a extra 5 USB charging points, huge tv, mini bar with fridge, tea/coffee faculties, private bathroom and a desk the attention to detail is incredible. photo of the room and light above the bed with a usb port?

Gay Friendly Hotels Brisbane
Gay Friendly Hotels Brisbane

How much does a room costs at Amelia Boutique Hotel?

Prices start 62 $/night for Deluxe Queen Room. The Deluxe King Room is 73$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Where to book online – Amelia Boutique Hotel – Gay Friendly Hotels Brisbane you can find the best hotels deals in Brisbane during Brisbane Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Brisbane on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3.  Hotel Meriton Suites Herschel Street 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Brisbane

Meriton Suites Herschel Street
Meriton Suites Herschel Street

Just 100 m from the Brisbane River, Meriton Suites Herschel Street offer modern self-contained accommodation with a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a DVD player on request. Guests enjoy unlimited free WiFi at the property.

Meriton Suites Herschel Street are located in Brisbane’s CBD (Central Business District), Herschel Street are 5 minutes’ walk from Roma Street Train Station, and 1 km from Brisbane Private Hospital. Suncorp Stadium is a 5-minute drive away.

All suites have a fully equipped kitchen with a stove, a microwave and a refrigerator. Each suite has laundry facilities and a bathroom with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Complimentary toothbrushes and toothpaste may also be available, subject to availability.

Arriving in Brisbane, you will find your destination in ease as you head towards Brisbane’s tallest building. Be treated to five-star luxury as you are welcomed in by a team of delightful porters and amazing Guest Services staff 24 hours a day. Feel the anticipation as you soar to new, 74-level heights and be welcomed into one of our 260 beautifully appointed suites, fully equipped with the finest furnishing, internal laundry facilities and the superior comforts of a gourmet kitchen.

Those staying in our 2 and 3-bedroom Altitude Suites will be subjected to unrivaled views of the beautiful city below and beyond, while our Infinity Penthouse treats guests to a phenomenal luxury living experience from the very top of Brisbane city. Indulge in our exclusive guest recreational facilities. Including an indoor heated lap pool and spa, sauna and gymnasium. Getting around will be made simple as we are conveniently nestled adjacent to Roma Street transit hub.

The property is located in Brisbane CBD. Main tourist attractions (Queen Street Mall, South Bank) are within walking distance, which is big plus. Staff was friendly and helpful. The room I stayed was High Altitude suite on 69th floor, with view of South Bank and Brisbane River. It was spacious and has kitchen, washing machine and dryer.

The Suite was AMAZING. The staff had placed a bottle of bubbly in the fridge and left a lovely handwritten card wishing us good wishes for our anniversary. The suite was very spacious, with a separate bedroom, laundry, bathroom and powder room area, together with a complete kitchen with microwave and dishwasher. I have previously worked in a hotel so I am fussy with cleanliness but the suite was SPOTLESS. The location was perfect with easy walks to Southbank, the Queen Street Mall, restaurants and Roma Street Railway Station.

Meriton Suites on Herschel Street great location as it is just a short walk from Queen Street Mall and across the bridge from the 7News Ferris Wheel, Streets Beach, and other attractions.

If you’re coming from the airport, you’ll want to take the Air train from Brisbane Airport (about a 20 minute ride) and get off at the Roma Street exit. From there it’s a very short (less than 10 minute) walk from the train platform to the hotel lobby. Even with luggage is a quick and simple walk.

Infinity Tower as its called is also the tallest building in Brisbane, giving sweeping views of the city. The extra few dollars for the top floor is well worth it. There’s nothing like a suite on Floor 70.

The rooms themselves are fantastic, offering spacious living room and kitchenette space as well as spacious bedrooms and bathrooms. The staff is very friendly and the stewards do a great job at cleaning the rooms.

The Herschel apartments are great, close to city and wonderful views at reasonable prices .
Modern contemporary rooms , very clean and quiet considering the location.

Limited floor access was by use of a card, so security was good. It did initially throw me having not encountered this before. Walked into a spacious, bright one bedroom apartment with an excellent kitchenette comprising oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, kettle, toaster, coffee machine, cooking utensils, cutlery, tableware and glassware. Laundry area off kitchen with washer and separate tumble dryer. Comfortable bed in separate bedroom, and separate smart bathroom. Apartment had express daily service. Great hotel and staff. Great location.

The staff at reception were awesome and so helpful. The apartment was clean and fresh, the bed was very comfortable and the river view was gorgeous, especially at night. Loved having a coffee machine on hand. The gym, sauna, pool and outdoor terraced gardens were lovely and a great hit with my son. The close proximity to the CBD and public transport was just so convenient. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here and recommend it without hesitation.

Gay Friendly Hotels Brisbane Australia
Gay Friendly Hotels Brisbane Australia

How much does a room costs at Meriton Suites Herschel Street?

Prices start 86 $/night for Standard Suite. The Two Bedroom Altitude Suite is 162$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Featuring two separate bedrooms, this suite is located on levels 65-73. This suite has a stovetop, electric kettle and DVD/CD player on request. The master en suite bathroom features a bathtub and shower, while the second bathroom includes a shower. Guests enjoy complimentary Kevin Murphy bathroom amenities.

Where to book online – Meriton Suites Herschel Street – LGBT Friendly Hotels Brisbane you can find the best hotels deals in Brisbane during Brisbane Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Brisbane on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.