The Portal Hotel: Spring Hill, Brisbane

THE PORTAL is a four-star European-style boutique hotel designed for business travellers, or those wanting to stay over night in the city when visiting the theatre or going shopping.

Located on a quiet street just a block from Central Railway Station, it enables easy access to and from the airport via the Airtrain and is within walking distance of the city centre.

Rooms are compact and functional with a focus on conservation, like an electronic compendium on the TV and environmentally efficient bathroom lighting (albeit slow to brighten).