Need to know
97 suites and two Penthouses.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $115.43 (AU$145), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates do not include breakfast; dishes on the à la carte menu cost between AU$7 and AU$22. With treats such as oats with rhubarb and vanilla mascarpone and sourdough crumpets with burnt-honey ricotta, you may be tempted to segue into brunch.
The hotel are fabulously flexible: hit Fortitude Valley’s clubs and bars a little too hard? Just fancy snuggling up for a bit longer? The Johnson offers an overstay check-out service, where you can snooze for until the room’s required. If you really can’t tear yourself from your bespoke bed, you can have one custom-made for you – order from the hotel’s online store.
At the hotel
Gym, sundeck, art library, laundry, free WiFi throughout. Smart cars and Lekker bikes are available for hire. In rooms: TV with a dedicated arts channel, Art Series signature bed, minibar, Evo bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Consider yourself an art connoisseur? A true culture vulture? Check-in to a Studio Suite and Michael Johnson’s archival prints are hung for you to ruminate on at leisure – look closely and you’ll see the outline of a butterfly wing, the glimmer of a beetle shell and the bioluminescent forms that move under the ocean on a dark night. Magical. But, that’s not all: there are art books to flip through, and turn on the TV to watch art to your art’s content on a dedicated channel. If you’re art-ied out, abscond to the balcony to give Brisbane the eye.
Designed by Olympic gold-medallist Michael Klim, the hotel’s heated, deep-blue pool is a 50-metre-long qualifying champ; but it’s well-suited to a refined doggie-paddle if you can’t face accolade-scoring laps. Elevated over the city, the pool has neon-light-flecked views after sundown. The MK50 pool deck has a high-tech gym, but for the sybaritic (and slothful) a barbecue area and plentiful shaded loungers to loll on provide low-key time-wasting.
Arrive with a dinky guide to Australia’s modern-art scene for some eleventh-hour swotting, and bring your comfiest, coolest PJs for in-room slumming.
The building is fully wheelchair-accessible with ramps to doors and elevators to all floors. The Studio Suites and the Deluxe Studio Twin rooms are the most comfortably-sized for guests with mobility issues.
Children can stay, but this white-walled, art-laden hotel isn’t best suited to sticky-fingered smalls and rascally runabouts.