Hotel Indigo, Brisbane: Big On Personality

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Giant red doors, inspired by Brisbane’s fairy doors.

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Giant red doors, inspired by Brisbanes fairy doors.

Brisbane’s Hotel Indigo is a small(ish) hotel with an intimate feel but a big personality. It’s a hotel that speaks – absolutely and without question – to its location. Sitting on the reception desk at check-in is a well-worn copy of Boy Swallows Universe, the book that Trent Dalton penned about his youth in the suburbs of Brisbane.

A huge painting of the book’s signature blue wren gazes out over the ground floor lift lobby, while the hero artwork is a 16-storey high mural, also featuring a blue wren, painted by Queensland artist Blends on the hotel’s exterior. A myriad of installations and artworks in and around the building reference the city’s history, people, and streetscapes.

The stories begin even before you enter the building, with the mural in the porte-cochère inspired by Brisbane seamstress, trade union activist and suffragette Emma Miller. Once inside the lobby, there’s a graffiti-covered Tuk Nook coffee cart where you can grab a cuppa and a muffin or pastry.

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