Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Relaxation in the Heart of CBD

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Relaxation in the Heart of CBD

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Byline: Anthea Gleeson anthea.gleeson@thechronicle.com.au

CALL me simple if you like, but I like a comfortable bed. Just to knowing that you have something deliciously comfortable to crawl into at the end of the day gets me through some of the tedium of daily life.

I wouldn't call myself a bed expert just yet - but I have stayed in my fair share of hotel rooms and I know what I like.

I have discovered quite possibly the most comfortable bed in the world (not literally, it was probably the head-honchos of the Accor group who instigated the My Bed concept into the Sofitel hotel conglomeration).

Crisp white linen is complemented by fluffy bedding and a personalised pillow. Upon arrival I am delighted to find a pillow 'menu'- every type of head support is listed including U-shape, latex and firm.

A simple phone call to reception and my pillow selection is provided by housekeeping, along with complimentary bottles of water and a couple of yummy chocolates.

It is the delight in these little touches that make staying at the Sofitel Brisbane Grand Central, located in Brisbane's heart, just wonderful.

Aside from the bedding, the newly renovated hotel has a relaxed ambience.

A $10 million renovation to the lobby, cafe and dining areas have created a light, breezy and contemporary welcome to the hotel.

The rooms are exceedingly comfortable and the bathroom features quality Roger and Gallet toiletries.

Another highlight of the room is the inclusion of a nifty Nespresso coffee machine.

To get great tasting fresh coffee, you simply insert a little coffee capsule into the machine, push the lever and out comes freshly brewed espresso - too easy.

The fresh coffee in your room is just the tip of the iceberg in this hotel's dedication to gastronomy.

Under the guidance of newly appointed French-born chef Patrice Falantin, the hotel's in-house restaurant Thyme 2 offers a wonderful journey into gastronomical delights.

Whether you choose to take part in the 'interactive dining experience' (it is essentially the same as a buffet with a fancier name) or choose something off the exquisite a la carte menu, your tastebuds will be in for a treat. …

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