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Central Hillcrest Apartment Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We appreciated the lifts, smoking balcony, parking, the pretty views of Brisbane, free laundry on each floor and the free continental breakfasts. However, I wouldn't recommend staying in their smaller apartments for more than 5 days. The bathroom is very small, the "double" bed is two single beds pushed together (very uncomfortable). It can be hard to get into as it's up on a busy hill. They provide a kettle but no light in the tea making area of your room. A small microwave and a dish cloth would've been nice as they told us they don't service our room. All our dish washing was done in the small bathroom sink. Their restaurant is only open for breakfast (no other meals) and is also only open during the week. Staff weren't overly friendly. And during the night there was a lot of noise as it is located very close to two big hospitals (both had helipads) so there are helicopters flying over and landing near the rooms, loud, and sad. However, there is a gym, sauna, spa and pool. I honestly believe this place is way over priced and wouldn't recommend it for stays longer than 5 days.

Stayed here for a business trip and although not right in Southbank it's only a short 10 minute walk from the main entertainment area and much better rates than the big places on the main street. It's clean, relatively modern and with large rooms, great for one or a few nights. Free wifi is a bonus, and a complimentary continental breakfast in the restaurant downstairs. The restaurant wasn't open the night I was there, so it was a short walk down the hill and around the corner for dinner.

Only a minutes walk to the Mater private hospital and maybe 10 minutes to South Bank. The studio rooms are compact and dated however the price for location is very good. Very helpful staff, off street secure parking and all the amenities you will need for an extended stay. Have stayed here a number of times and quality and service is consistent.

Positives: Very close the mater & lady cliento hospitals - can walk to both very easily & quickly. Car parking is excellent with the option of underground parking or street level (don't forget to display the parking pass in your car at all times as staff check cars daily). Breakfast is extremely basic but the apartments have a full sized kitchen to prepare your own meals (all though the utensils weren't overly clean!) View of the Brisbane river was fantastic. Washing machine & clothes dryer in room. Negatives: The rooms are very dated. Air conditioning is either on or off so the rooms get very very cold. Not friendly staff. Would not walk to Southbank at night.

I quite liked this apartment, there were many positives worth mentioning with only a couple of negatives. Positives: nice pool, spa & Sauna. The room was very clean and modern. Parking was easy and free. Negatives: the gym was small, restaurant closed on weekends with no buffet breakfast only continental. Overall I found this apartment good value for money and I would reccomend it to people.

We have used Hillcrest quite a few times for convenience for hospital. The rooms were clean and comfortable. Nothing too much trouble. Will definitely stay there whenever we need to go to south brissie

We booked a 2-bedroom apartment and a King Room for 4 nights after New Year for a short holiday with overseas family. Booking was easy and everything was exactly as listed in the ad. My son upgraded himself and his family to a 1-bedroom apartment quite easily and for not much more. There were definitely plusses and a few minuses with this place, although on the whole the good outweighed the annoying!! In a wonderful location, with a large balcony and a great view up the river to the Storey Bridge (which was beautifully lit up at night), the apartment was plenty large enough for 4 adults, with loads of cupboards for storing stuff. The beds were super comfy and in the main bedroom, there were sliding doors leading to another balcony with the same great view. The bathroom was clean and modern with plenty of hot water and extra towels if you requested them and there was also a laundry in the apartment with a washer and dryer. The kitchen was adequate although there could do with being more crockery to use in the microwave and I would have expected a dishwasher these days. One petty thing that really annoyed me was the issue of 1/4 of a Chux cloth (!!) for cleaning both the kitchen and the bathroom. That's really so ridiculous when a whole pack of 10 only costs $1!!! As mentioned in some of the other comments, the A/C was pretty noisy and set on one constant temperature, which I suppose avoids people messing with the controls and constantly needing attention for it. The reception staff were friendly and helpful and the housekeeping staff were delightful, even though we did not make use of their services. They were always ready to offer clean linen or towels had we required them. There is good security parking and the location cannot be beaten for access to Southbank Parklands with its lovely gardens, many restaurants and large play and pool areas. It's a pleasant walk across the footbridge to the CBD and the Gabba is just down the road. I cannot comment on the onsite restaurant as it was closed for refurbishment during our stay but that was clearly advertised on the webpage before I booked. It was not a problem as we either self-catered or visited one of the many local restaurants and bars. Finally, there is a smallish onsite pool and a great spa which was wonderful, especially as we had kids with us. Sadly, the steps to the pool were broken during our visit and one of our party could not access the pool without them as she would not have been able to get out of the pool. When she asked about this, the response was less than helpful to say the least; it was more or less, "Well - deal with it - we can't do anything about it right now." This was unfortunate as in the main the staff were great. All in all, this place is great value for money and we enjoyed our stay there.

Most accommodation fully booked around Brisbane, had to stop here and found out this nice hotel, comfortable and easy going. Check in quiet fast. no issue excepted the towels missing in our room. will recommend.

We stayed for 3 nights in a 1 bedroom apartment for the test match. The hotel had ensured our room was ready early so we could settle in and be at the Gabba for the first ball. Excellent under cover parking included. Very roomy and comfortable 1 bedroom apartment looking back over the Mater Hospital. Very comfortable King sized bed, full kitchen ( but little in the way of dishes for the microwave or oven ) , no dishwasher, bathroom had a large shower , washing machine , clothes dryer and laundry tubs. Clean and functional. No road noise but air conditioning just has an on off switch and was loud. Immediate area is not attractive but short walk to Southbank, Botanical Gardens and the CBD . There is a Coles supermarket close by. We have booked again for a day night match in January but significantly dearer for next year's test match.

We booked 2 rooms: 1 x One bedroom apartment (room 303) 1 x King Room, which had a king plus a single bed (room 606) The Good: The staff are lovely and the parking is hassle-free :) The location is excellent - especially if you're needing to be accessible to either the Mater or Lady Cilento Hospitals, or the Gabba. Only a 2-3 min walk to the Southbank Parklands - great for walks along the river and an abundance of restaurants and bars to choose from! The beds were super-comfy, and all the bedding was fresh and in great condition. Both rooms were very clean. Room 303 has a nice sized balcony, where smoking is ok and an ashtray is provided. This apartment is also quite big, and easily accommodated four of us sitting around watching tv after dinner! Room 606 has a lovely view over to the city. The Not-So-Good: The rooms are quite dated (especially the bathrooms), though in good condition. The air conditioning in room 303 is set by maintenance staff, though we asked at reception and they had someone adjust it to suit. It is also quite a noisy thing. The shower cubicle in 606 is quite small, being a plus-sized lady I found it to be a bit uncomfortable.

311 Vulture Street South Brisbane QLD

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to The Gabba
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool

Central Hillcrest Apartment Hotel places you next to Mater Private Hospital Brisbane and a short stroll from other popular sights like The Gabba. This 4-star aparthotel has 56 guestrooms and offers an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. It's in central South Brisbane and also close to Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and Brisbane Botanic Gardens.


Start weekdays with continental breakfast, available for a fee from 6:30 AM to 9:00 AM.


Central Hillcrest Apartment Hotel's 56 apartments are air-conditioned and provide balconies, refrigerators, and coffee makers. TVs come with DVD players, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Phones and ironing boards are also standard. Limited housekeeping is available.

Property features

At Central Hillcrest Apartment Hotel, guests enjoy features like an outdoor pool, a health club, and a spa tub. A stay here includes free parking. Front-desk staff can assist with tours or tickets, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Additional amenities include a sauna, an outdoor tennis court, and free WiFi in public areas.

Room options

Hotel King Room

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Apartment, 1 Bedroom

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms

Full 1 | Sleeps 5

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

54% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 112 reviews