Paddington was once home to the city’s working class but this inner city suburb has since been transformed into a trendy and vibrant entertainment hub. Home to a thriving restaurant and bar scene and the famous Suncorp Stadium, there is plenty to keep you entertained around here. Especially if you are staying at the sleek 68 room Gambaro Hotel.

The Gambaro family began their long-standing hospitality career as award winning restaurateurs so it’s no surprise this chic boutique hotel has excellent dining choices. Across the road is the family’s award winning Black Hide Steakhouse Restaurant. Next door to the hotel, the iconic Gambaro Seafood Restaurant has been dishing up some of the city’s best seafood since the 1950s. It is far more upmarket these days but you can still order a plate of fish and chips or classic seafood platter.

Gambaro Hotel room

Scallop entree at Gambaro Seafood Restaurant

The hotel itself is the epitome of urban chic with subdued yet stylish decor in muted greys and blacks, complemented by striking original art works. It is a sexy hotel with a masculine edge which seems fitting given its proximity to one of Brisbane’s most famous sporting venues. If you want to treat your man to a special getaway, this is the place.

All rooms offer bathing pleasure with large marble bathrooms containing a rain shower with his and hers vanities and Appelles hair, body and bath amenities. Other in room features include a coffee machine and Bose iPhone clock radio, bath robes and pillow menu.

Contemporary art adds a splash of colour

Luxury marble bathroom

There is also a ‘hidden’ outdoor terrace on level 3 which offers stunning sunset views and a place to enjoy a quiet BYO beverage or two, particularly if there is a on concert on at Suncorp Stadium. Save yourself the price of a ticket and book a room at this stylish hotel where the music is yours to enjoy on the terrace for free.

Outdoor terrace on Level 3

Atrium rooms are an excellent option for those whose love of gorgeous hotels is larger than their holiday budget. These are arranged around a central atrium decorated with a striking fish sculpture that goes hand in hand with the family’s restaurants and an atrium skylight which provides ample sunshine to illuminate these inner rooms.

If you have a little more to spend, Paddington Suites have views of the surrounding historic workers’ cottages and Suncorp Stadium. Noise isn’t a problem as all rooms come with triple glazed windows and doors, however on game nights at the stadium Caxton Street will be louder than normal. However, you do get to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere.

Fish sculpture in the atrium

The only downside of a stay here is the parking which costs $35 per night with not much available on the street due to the two-hour parking limit which is enforced around the stadium. There is limited parking available at the hotel so confirm your parking request when booking or skip the expense and opt for a 5 minute taxi or bus ride from Brisbane’s CBD.

Dinner at the famous Gambaro Seafood Restaurant is a must, with the iconic restaurant filled with families and friends enjoying a night out. Those who miss out on a table at Gambaros (you definitely need to book with food this good) can dine up the road at The Barracks, an imposing-looking brick building which originally housed police barracks and the notorious Petrie Terrace gaol.

Back in the late 1800s, few people visited this place by choice but now they can’t seem to stay away from this upmarket dining precinct. The Barracks can get more crowded than the notorious gaol did when there is a game on. It’s just one more reason to stay at Gambaro Hotel so you can retreat to your luxurious room instead of trying to hail down a cab at the end of the night.

Disclosure: The writer grew up in Paddington and stayed as a guest of Gambaro Hotel. She loved the hotel and revisiting her childhood stomping ground which has certainly changed for the better!