Belinda Feek

checks into the

Mercure Hotel, King George Square, Brisbane

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Getting there: Taxi, shuttle or — in my case — a chauffeur.

Check in: Was great with very friendly, efficient and welcoming staff, despite me arriving three hours before check-in.

Room: A medium-size room with queen size bed on the 13th of 16 floors, with TV, couch and separate bathroom. Air-conditioning, too, which is a must during summer in this city.

Price: According to its website it's a very reasonable $122 per night.

What's so good about this place: The location. King George Square and a plethora of shops and shopping malls are literally across the road.

The bad: I was surprised you had to pay for barista coffee at the breakfast buffet, something noticed by other guests who were not shy in expressing their disappointment.

Toiletries: The basics: shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, shower cap and sanitary bag.

Food and drink: There's two bars, including a new rooftop bar, 16 Antlers. Unfortunately the weather wasn't on our side so we had drinks in the ground-floor bar instead, which was still nice. The buffet breakfast was tasty with an on-site chef to cook you eggs or an omelette.

The bed: A pretty comfy queen bed with amazing sheets. Hotel sheets always seem so superior to normal sheets.

Room with a view? Right out on to King George Square and City Hall with its attached clock tower.

Bathroom: Not overly big, but a very comfortable size.

Free Wi-Fi: Yes.

Noise: Despite the clock tower being across the road, I didn't hear a thing.

Room service: Yes.

Value for money: Yes.

Exercise facilities: Gym and pool on the top floor. The pool was closed; the small gym had all the basics.

Perfect for? If you're in town to watch the league, Suncorp Stadium is just down the road and a team usually stays there. The North Queensland Cowboys were staying there during our visit.

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