This week, we’re delighted to meet Freya, “a GSA / Delight Agent at Ovolo Inchcolm in Spring Hill Brisbane”. Freya was born in Toowoomba which is 1.5 hours from Brisbane, “however,” Freya says, “I’ve lived in 22 houses and 3 different states since then, so it’s funny I’ve ended up so close to my origin”. Freya describes Ovolo as “like no other hotel chain, from the branding to the furnishing to the freebies to the music. I don’t have to act any more formal than I naturally am and our bosses actually encourage us to work with humour and humbleness as opposed to formality which is so refreshing. They even invented my role as the Delight Agent to ensure that all staff questions are answered, birthday gifts are organised and free Lunch days are planned! Ovolo actually cares about the vibe at work, Shiny Happy workers mean Shiny Happy Guests.” How cute is that?! Let’s investigate the Inchcolm…
Favourite locale when enjoying a day off
I moved to Brisbane from the coast and so I do tend to retreat there whenever I get the chance, HOWEVER Farm House cafe in Kedron does a mean Grilled Ruben, afterwards you could find me trawling through Op Shops or playing Frisbee with my housemates in one of our local parks.
Where she takes her own guests when they visit
First recommendation is our own restaurant, Salon De Co, of course – after that I point them just down the road towards Eagle St pier and the plethora of Bars and Restaurants on offer there.
It’s a rainy day but we want to explore, what we should do
GOMA! [Gallery of Modern Art] Take the ferry from Eagle St Pier wharf and jet across the river to Southbank where the ferry lands around 100m from the Gallery. While you’re there you should check out Gunshop Cafe in West End because they do amazing brunch.
Her recommendations as night-time entertainment
One of our staff favourites is Jellyfish on Eagle St Pier however, I personally have discovered a little hidden gem in Fortitude Valley: a delicious authentic hole-in-the-wall Italian Ripiena – a two-man show where your pasta is made in front of you using traditional tools and methods, cooked very simply and packing amazing flavours. $2 corkage as well!!
Key phrase visitors should learn
“Free Happy Hour” 5:30 to 6:30 every day for guests who book direct with our hotel (make sure you try the Passiontini Cocktail)
The best shopping
Queen Street Mall is the closest option and certainly has heaps to offer – about a 10 minute walk downhill from the Hotel.
A child-friendly thing to do or place to go
If it’s a nice, sunny day take the family out to Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium – Planets and plants, what a good combo. Otherwise, Kangaroo Point Cliffs offer abseiling packages if the kiddies are a bit older; great picnic facilities right next to the water, too.
Her best-kept secret or favourite hidden treasure
I’m not sooo proud to admit – but being a big houseplant fanatic there are one or two spots around the city where Devil’s Ivy grows wild and very plentiful – we’ll call it propagation 😉
The best way to get to the airport
Central Station is a whopping 30-metre walk from our front doors and you can pick yourself up an airtrain ticket for around $15 which delivers you right to the departure doors.
The best time of the year to visit
Definitely end/start of the year before the corporate world goes back to work. People are more relaxed, the hotel is a bit quieter and therefore, the free drinks at happy hour flow a bit quicker than they normally do!
Anything else we should know when visiting
Public transport isn’t amaaazing if you want to explore outlying suburbs or natural beauties, like the Sunshine Coast or Maleny, which are both day-trips. A hire car would be a huge asset when visiting further afield.
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