Novotel Brisbane.
Novotel Brisbane. Ross Eason

Take a break for economy's sake

IT'S being dubbed disaster guilt – the feeling that we should stop going to restaurants or having a weekend away because so many of our fellow Queenslanders are suffering.

The reality, however, is if we all did that, then even more of us would be suffering the impact of a tourism slowdown, which will only add to our state's economic burden.

Walking the streets of Brisbane on a recent Sunday morning, I could see what they were talking about.

Normally bustling eateries such as Jimmy's on the Mall had more wait staff than customers at 8am, while South Bank was all but deserted – apart from resident runners and cyclists.

Yet only the night before, Brisbane was buzzing with young people enjoying a night out on the town or checking out a movie.

Brisbane itself shows little remnants of the severe flooding – apart from South Bank's swimming pool being more like a construction zone – and of course the loss of some ferry services.

Top hotels are putting on some awesome deals in a bid to lure Queenslanders back to the capital.

My wife and I, celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary, checked into the Novotel Brisbane, enjoying one of its refurbished, top-floor Premier rooms.

Situated on the 14th floor, it offers guests the ultimate in inner-city accommodation.

Fitted with a state-of-the-art Nespresso coffee machine, iPod docking station, 32-inch LCD TV and its own private balcony with Brisbane City views, we found little need to leave.

A weekend without the kids saw us reading books and enjoying the large lap pool and sundeck before venturing downstairs for dinner and then out to see a movie.

Within easy walking distance of the CBD, the Novotel Brisbane caters well for business travellers and conference guests – or just those wanting a weekend away in the city.

A Premier room includes bottled mineral water, bathrobe and slippers.

The refurbished and very stylish hotel features a state-of-the-art iMac station for guests and extensive business and meeting facilities as well as a restaurant, cafe, lobby bar, secure undercover parking and a gymnasium.

The Novotel has a special weekend rate of $197 per night for the Premier room including breakfast for two.

Special Wicked packages also are available.

For additional information or to make a booking, call 33093309 or go to the hotel's website at

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