The opening of Pullman Brisbane Airport has made a good bed and a great meal close to Brisbane Airport much easier to find.
Just five minutes’ walk from Brisbane’s Domestic Terminal and a few minutes’ drive from the International Terminal, this new hotel has everything needed for a comfortable and stylish stay when you have a long transit or have missed a flight.
The hotel’s Apron Restaurant is a new dining gem with a strong focus on local produce and an innovative menu. It’s destination dining before you get to the destination!
Pullman Brisbane Airport Room review
With a view over the airport tarmac, there’s no danger that you are going to forget your impending departure. However, don’t expect to hear the planes or have them disturb your sleep because it just doesn’t happen.
The spacious rooms are well kitted out for a traveller’s needs with plenty of spaces to charge your phone in places where you won’t forget it. (Yes, this happens a lot!)
The bathroom has everything you need plus a makeup mirror, which is often lacking in hotel bathrooms. The hairdryer has enough grunt to dry your hair in minutes not hours like some of the pathetic, noisy excuses for a hair dryer I have experienced in my travels.
For the plane spotter, the ultimate temptation might be the ability to push back the glass doors surrounding the bathroom and still plane watch while sitting on the loo!
Pullman Brisbane Airport Hotel has 132 rooms with two Presidential Suites, six Junior Suites and 45 Executive Rooms.
The 20-metre ground floor lap pool has series of daybeds and pergolas for the ultimate in relaxation. The pool is only open to house guests.
The 4-star Pullman Airport Hotel is located right next door 3.5-star to ibis Brisbane Airport Hotel which has another 243 guest rooms.
On the ground floor of the Ibis, the Cribb Island Beach Club is a relaxed bistro with adjoining café. It takes its name from the suburb of Cribb Island which has been taken over by the airport development.
Perched atop the ibis is the Sky Lounge, the city’s hottest new rooftop bar and function area offering views out to Moreton Bay and beyond. It is a great location to watch the sun set on another beautiful Brisbane day.
Eat local at Apron Restaurant, Pullman Brisbane Airport
Taste the region with Moreton Bay oysters, local barramundi or free-range suckling pig or a mud crab congee at the hotel’s upscale restaurant, Apron.
Located on the ground floor of the Pullman, the 90 seat a la carte restaurant and private dining area has a carefully-curated menu which features excellent produce sourced from the regions directly around the hotel.
Executive Chef Justin Zammit’s menu features suckling pig from Shultz Farm, where a fifth-generation Toowoomba-based farming family produces pigs using non-intensive traditional methods, focusing on small-batch production, ethical animal welfare, local produce and the preservation of heirloom breeds. It’s pork you can eat with confidence knowing the animal has had a good life.
You’ll also see wagyu fillet from Darling Downs producer Macquarie Downs. These ‘artisans of the long feed’ have 10,000 hectares of pasture to produce their world class product.
We eat bugs in Queensland, but they are Moreton Bay Bugs, a lobster type shellfish caught in the vast bay just off the end of the airport runway.
The local food adventure continues with desserts where you can sample chocolate made from cocoa trees grown in the Daintree and cheese from artisan growers in the Scenic Rim.
Don’t miss the camel’s milk ice cream made with produce from Summerland Farm in Harrisville, not far from Ipswich.
For a special experience, take a seat at the Chef’s Table and watch the kitchen as they turn out the flavour miracles that will soon grace your plate.
Relax at the Apron Bar
If you just want to escape from the airport to somewhere quiet, the Apron Bar is an excellent choice. Take a seat in the lounge area or prop yourself at the bar from midday through to late in the evening any day.
The bar has a nifty phone charger built into the bar top. If your phone is not the latest enabled charging model, they have red ring adapters on hand for patrons. With the new iPhone 8 and iPhone X, you can charge your phone at the bar simply by putting it in the right spot. Staff research shows it takes about one minute for each percent to charge. That’s guilt-free drinking/charging for 100 minutes.
Where is it?
A five-minute walk from the Domestic Airport train station, Pullman Brisbane Airport Hotel is where you want to be before that early morning start or stopover.
Rooms start at around $212 per night. Check with the hotel for their day rates.
Find it 2B Dryandra Road, Brisbane Airport.
Disclaimer: Ed+bK was a guest of Pullman Brisbane Airport Hotel