A Royal Staycation in Brisbane

Summer is coming and we’re excited!  The school holidays are just around the corner and many families from across the globe are flocking to the Sunshine State.  The Gold and Sunshine Coasts are always a popular choice but if you’re visiting Queensland, don’t forget to give our hometown of Brisbane a try!

We love being tourists in our own city and recently had a mini staycation at Royal on the Park in Brisbane’s CBD.  This hotel has recently undergone a major refurbishment and as we discovered has a lot to offer families.

Why we loved our stay at Royal on the Park

– The Royal has the largest outdoor pool in the CBD! There is a heated spa and croquet lawn also making it perfect for kids to play and enjoy.




–  The City Botanic Gardens are right across the road. We took the boys for a scoot through the gardens and finished up with some playtime in this amazing playground. I’m not sure why but it reminds me of a Disney castle! Anyway…back to the story…



– There is easy access to Brisbane’s surrounding suburbs and attractions. Take a ride on the City Cat up and down the river, stop off at Southbank for a day at the beach and to ride the Wheel of Brisbane, enjoy a coffee at Bulimba…or just stay in the city and catch some of the free entertainment put on by the Brisbane City Council. Tip: The Lord Mayors Christmas Carols are held at the RiverStage across the road from the hotel.  Make it a great night, not a late night by checking into this hotel.

– Meal times are family friendly. You can ENJOY an al la carte family dining experience in ‘The Walnut Restaurant and Lounge‘. Yep, even if it’s your kids that are there. 😉  The kids menu comes with colouring on the back and the service team were very good with our boys.


fullsizerender-55fullsizerender-54Note: Make sure you stick around for breakfast. The breakfast buffet is a standout, with plenty of healthy options for little people. The juicing station was a big hit with the boys.

– Room configuration. Various arrangements are available for families with children of all ages. We enjoyed a twin room with two queen size beds. Interconnecting rooms, roll-away beds ($45 AUD per night) and cots are also available (rate $15 AUD per night)


– The bears!  Each room contains two teddy bears.  Alice and Albert are fundraising bears and are named after the adjoining streets. The boys loved cuddling them and it was a great way to get them settled and ready for bed.

– It’s a great deal for families!  The Royal’s stay and dine school holiday package is a complete bargain.  From $169 AUD per room per night including breakfast, wi-fi and a goodie bag for the kids I can’t see why anyone wouldn’t want to stay here. Seriously. #nobrainer


Editors Note: My husband wanted to me to mention: Coffee pods in the room, Nespresso pods at breakfast and a brand new iron. It’s good that he notices these things, I was too busy gazing at the river through the park. 🙂 


Royal on the Park is Brisbane’s longest standing hotel.  Originally built in 1969 it’s known for its Great Gastby-like prestige furnishings.  The Royal has been home to some of the world’s most celebrated celebs including Elton John, Led Zepplin and ACDC and has recently under gone a major refurbishment but kept close to its distinguished and iconic features.  This hotel offers both contemporary and traditional services for its guests and we loved it.

For more information please visit:  www.royalonthepark.com.au



We stayed as media guests of Royal on the Park. All opinions are our own and correct at the time of publication.