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Brisbane's New Riverside Art Series Hotel Is Inspired By Famed Aussie Painter Vincent Fantauzzo

And it's being built into the cliff underneath the Story Bridge.
By Sarah Ward
November 28, 2018
By Sarah Ward
November 28, 2018

First announced in 2015, Brisbane's second Art Series Hotel is getting closer to opening its doors — and when it launches in March 2019, it'll pay tribute to world-renowned Australian painter and photographer Vincent Fantauzzo.

Each of the brand's hotels takes inspiration from a different artistic great, and Fantauzzo is in the spotlight at the new Howard Smith Wharves hotel, which will be known as The Fantauzzo. A winner of plenty of weighty prizes — the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the Archibald Packing Room Prize, and the Archibald People's Choice Award a whopping four times — Fantauzzo has committed everyone from Heath Ledger and Matt Moran to Brandon Walters and Julia Gillard to his canvas.

Prepare to feast your eyes on 500 of his most recognised pieces, with reproductions set to grace The Fantauzzo's walls — but that's not the hotel's only stunning sight. Built into the cliff underneath the Story Bridge, the $100 million site will boast one mighty fine view of the city and the Brisbane river, plus custom furniture and original artworks.

Across six levels, it'll also include 166 guest rooms, four spots to eat and drink, a hotel bar, a gym and three conference rooms. Like Brisbane's only other Art Series Hotel, The Johnson in Spring Hill, its pool will be a highlight. Here, guests will be able to splash around on the rooftop while gazing out over the CBD.

The Fantauzzo marks the eighth Art Series Hotel across the country, with five in Melbourne and one in South Australia. If you're keen to make a staycation date with the brand's newbie, it'll start taking reservations from Friday, November 30 for stays from March 2019 onwards.

And, of course, given the Howard Smith Wharves location, you'll be right on the doorstep of Brisbane's newest precinct. It already has its own riverside brewery, will welcome an overwater bar this week, and will later include a Greek taverna, a two-level Asian fusion joint, Brisbane's first Toko restaurant, indoor entertainment spaces, outdoor multi-use areas and entertainment stages, and a whole heap more.

Find The Fantauzzo at Howard Smith Wharves, 5 Boundary Street, Brisbane from March 2019. Visit the hotel website for further details and to make a booking.

Published on November 28, 2018 by Sarah Ward
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