For a long time we have enjoyed the odd visit to Portside, usually to enjoy a relaxing meal. However, on this occasion, we took the time to spend a few nights in the precinct to enjoy the fireworks on New Years Eve and explore the facilities on offer.
Usually choosing the city for New Year, we wanted to avoid the big crowds this time round. Plus were also,looking for something a little more reasonably priced as city accomodation prices, rise immensely just for the one night. A little research inspired us to book into the Link Portside Apartments. For a full, modern, fully self-contained apartment, prices are affordable, with better value if you stay an extra night or two. Well appointed, with your own balcony, these apartments are certainly clean and comfortable. Apartment is definitely roomy enough for a couple. Two fans, one over the bed in the bedroom, plus airconditioning in the main living area, help to cool the apartment. We did find the bedroom was a little hot unless you left the air conditioner to run longer, assisted by the two fans. As long as you prepared in advance, there was no problem cooling the bedroom down before you retired. To be fair this was the only point we did notice. Balance this against all the pluses for this property though, and it definitely receives the thumbs up.
Not a high rise, 4 levels, but to be able to take the lift downstairs emerging a few steps away from the shops, is very convenient. Your car stays tucked up underground, making use of the free parking attached to the apartment booking.
Supplies are easy from the IGA across from the apartments. Friendly staff, coupled with a supermarket style shop, make it easy to pick up the items you need for your kitchen pantry. A short stroll towards the river, through the restaurant precinct, and you can take a stroll long the foreshore, or simply enjoy the views offered in this area. Always someone out testing one of their water sport craft on the Brisbane River. Only takes a leisurely walk and you can catch a ferry to the city as well.
Prefer a movie? Check out Dendy in this complex. Good value tickets, plays buy your wine or beer at the bar, and the helpful staff will pop it in an ice bucket for you to take in with you. Very clean tidy and roomy theatres make this much better value than gold class.
A smattering of retail shops provide an outlet for the shoppers amongst you. For those cruising, should you need to come to Brisbane before or after your cruise, consider staying here, as you simply wheel your luggage a couple of hundred metres around the corner and hey presto, there’s the cruise terminal, right on your doorstep.
Next to the cruise terminal are the infamous Eat Street Markets, where the variety of food is endless. Latest attraction for the markets, is the outdoor drive (or walk in) movie theatre.
One has to mention, the very helpful, well informed ladies taking bookings and checking you in. They make the process easy and painless.
Must admit, Portside is one of my personal favourite parts of Brisbane. 😄👍