TFE Hotels has opened the doors of the new Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane, offering views across the Brisbane River and interiors inspired by early 20th Century grandeur.

On the corner of George and Elizabeth Streets in the city centre, the hotel is housed in a restored heritage-listed building that was completed in 1922 to accommodate the Queensland Government Savings Bank. The hotel now offers 220 rooms and suites, and includes an extra five levels designed to complement the historic building, with expansive views and balconies for many of the rooms.

The banking hall has been transformed to accommodate a new hotel lobby and restaurant, with a bar below. The lobby celebrates the building’s 1920s origins, with double-height original timber-panelled walls and ornate ceiling roses. The gym is alongside a heated pool on the ground floor, which is enclosed on each side but open to the Brisbane sky. The hotel is also close to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Southbank.

TFE Hotels Chairman Allan Vidor said the hotel creates “a point of difference for the Brisbane market. This will be a flagship for the Adina brand, which has developed since its beginnings in Sydney in 1982, into a collection of apartment hotels in Australia, New Zealand and Europe.”

The ground floor restaurant Donna Chang (the name is a tongue-in-cheek reference to a Seinfeld episode) will open soon. It is described as a “dining experience for the senses” that gives a nod to Sichuan flavours and Cantonese cuisine. The restaurant is by Ghanem Group, the team that created Blackbird Bar & Grill on Eagle Street Pier. Below the restaurant a 250-seat bar called Boom Boom Room will fuse avant-garde design with an inspired cocktail list to form a basement-level lounge. The bar will be housed in the space where the bank’s vaults once were, providing a visually dramatic setting.

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