Self contained apartments are a cheaper option than hotels in Brisbane Australia. In fact it is a great option when you visit almost anywhere in Australia.
I’ve visited Australia and indeed Brisbane numerous times over the last decade. I’ve stayed in hotels and I’ve stayed in self contained apartments.
When I’m out and about Brisbane Australia I know that being in or around the CBD (Central Business District) is a great location. You can have access to the South Bank, the main shopping areas, the footie stadium and more all by foot. You are always close to the attractions in Brisbane.
My most recent visit saw me stay in the Evolution Apartments on Tank Street. This is right beside the Brisbane River in the very heart of the CBD.
I arrived at close to 11:30pm on a Tuesday evening so it was great to see a 24 hour reception desk. I’d already pre-paid for my accommodation in Brisbane online so checking in was quick and easy.
There is a nearby gated car park dedicated to the tower block accommodation. It would cost me $25 a day to park my rental car here but that is pretty average for parking in the CBD of Brisbane.
I was also delighted to see that the self contained apartments come with free wifi. Yes, free wifi in Australia! Well I was given a 4 day allowance of 500mb. Enough for basic browsing. This seemed quite fast in the mornings. However as the evening went on and more people logged on the connection became tediously slow. Clearly there was not enough capacity for the volume of users.
Evolution Apartments in Brisbane are in a multi-function tower block. There is a combination of residential and rental apartments, not unusual for Australia. As a result and quite rightly parties are not allowed so don’t get any ideas.
I’d booked a one bedroom apartment and the self contained accommodation was more than up to the task.
I entered through swiping a card to a card reader on the door. No need to worry about carrying around or losing a physical door key.
The bedroom contained a decent size double bed and ample wardrobe space. There was a side table on either side of the bed plus an alarm clock radio. Admittedly the bedroom was not massive yet the space was more than adequate for my needs.
The great thing about self contained apartments in Brisbane or anywhere in Australia is the space. I had a comfortable size lounge/kitchen. There was a two seater sofa and coffee table plus a dining table and four chairs.
I had access to a large flat screen TV with quite a few channels including some from Foxtel. I was disappointed to see some channels reported a weak or no signal. The majority worked and I had no problem watching the State of Origin decider.
I also had access to a stereo and a DVD player. Basically all the entertainment home comforts in my temporary home in Brisbane.
The kitchen area in my self contained apartment included a microwave, a fridge freezer, oven and a dishwasher. Sufficient cleaning materials were provided as well as some complimentary tea, coffee and sachets of milk. A kettle and toaster was also provided.
The lounge also provided access to a balcony with table and chairs. A great idea to be able to sit, relax and enjoy a drink or two. My apartment was inward facing so my view from here was of office blocks and the reasonable size outdoor swimming pool downstairs.
I mentioned that my accommodation in Brisbane Australia was self contained. As a result it also offered a washing machine and a dryer. Unfortunately these are located just outside of the bedroom so little chance of putting them on to run overnight.
Within the slide wardrobes I was also able to find an iron, ironing board and even a vacuum cleaner!
The bathroom was a good size. Unfortunately the shower head was fixed, that is fixed at around my shoulder height. I had to lower my head to wash it and often banged my head by accident. Come to think of it there were quite a few things about this shower which I did not like.
Bathroom towels were changed every day and the bed was made. However as a self contained apartment in Brisbane I was responsible to ensure all my dishes were washed, either by hand or the dishwasher provided.
Evolution Apartments are self contained so there is no restaurant or direct food facilities from the managers. There is however a barbecue area available for use, we all know that Aussies love a barbecue.
In addition the apartments had access to what was called a “Room Service” menu. This allowed you to place orders with nearby restaurants to deliver food to your apartment. There was a selection of cuisine however you did have to note the minimum order charges and extra charges for paying by credit card. The service was available between 5-9pm seven days a week.
If like myself and you arrived very late there were a couple of breakfast options. Reception were selling breakfast packs (mostly cereal and some extras) or there was a café open just a few steps away from the entrance to the Evolution Apartments.
Over the years I’ve stayed in numerous self contained apartments in Brisbane and Australia. Evolution Apartments were as good as any of them. Whilst I was disappointed with how slow the internet connection became in the evenings, I could live with this since I had a USB mobile broadband stick to fall back on. The fixed shower head was a little bit of a frustration yet not untypical of showers in Australia.
When I look for somewhere to stay I think self contained apartments in Brisbane Australia are a good and reasonable price alternative to hotels. Evolution Apartments on Tank Street did not disappoint.