Tourist in my Town: Getaway to Rydges South Bank, Brisbane

If you’re after a sophisticated, grown up staycay with a priceless view, a short trip up to South Brisbane can see you ensconced in the luxurious Rydges South Bank for as little as an astonishing $180 per night. Always a popular, well run venue, the 2017 multi-million dollar refurbishment has turned it into an absolute feast for the senses, with plush carpets, artistic lighting and breathtaking designs throughout, from the rooms themselves, through the hallways, the delightful Soleil pool deck, and even down to the bathrooms. Superior attention to detail.

Situated right in the heart of the cultural precinct, Rydges South Bank is close to a range of excellent entertainment and artistic venues and an exorbitance of exciting local food and drink options. None are more exciting, however, than the hotel’s own Bacchus restaurant, long considered one of Brisbane’s premiere dining establishments, and with good reason.

The Bacchus menu is modern and innovative, the décor sumptuous, and the service absolutely top notch. The staff – in particular the outstanding Sommelier Andrew Giblin – see to your every request with the professionalism and sophistication one would expect in such a venue. Head Chef Massimo Speroni has created a menu of note-perfect contemporary Australian cuisine with an abundant use of classic and modern French techniques and splashes of his own Italian heritage peeking through.

Standards such as Quail and Angus Beef sit comfortably alongside an Australiana offering that includes Emu and Crocodile, with a smattering of left-of-centre items such as Sea Urchin Pasta and the most delicate of Fish Pillows, all perfectly balanced and so beautifully presented that you can hardly bear to touch them. Our pick of the night would have to be the French Mulard Duck Foie Gras – the best we’ve ever had – served with a touch of theatre to boot.

Speaking of theatre, Rydges South Bank is constantly running a series of packages which include show tickets, meals, and extras, so you can essentially utilise the hotel’s booking service as a one stop shop. On our stay we chose the Chicago package, and enjoyed treats on arrival, valet parking, a King Deluxe suite with deep bath, an extraordinary view, the world’s most comfortable bed, and a delicious buffet breakfast at Bacchus. In addition, we also nabbed A Reserve tickets to the sassy and hilarious Chicago at QPAC (Casey Donovan – wow!),  a fun topper to an already-perfect evening. We may have even sidled over to Cowch for some ridiculously sweet dessert cocktails with the other theatregoers after the show…

With every convenience provided, and quality details throughout, Rydges South Bank is as close to the perfect Brisbane getaway as we’ve ever experienced. Needless to say, we’ve already organised our return trip. has everything you need to get booking now.

Note: Blank GC were guests of Rydges South Bank.

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