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Our Story

Emporium transcends traditional classifications, beyond simply a “property development” or “hotel” to create a class of its own. Emporium is a pillar of pioneering vision. It is a master class in mixed use precincts, an exhibition in elevating amenity into an art form, and a showcase of making a place into an experience.

Emporium is an evolution. While it now stands in South Bank as part of the $600-million-dollar Southpoint precinct as an icon of contemporary construction and design, its inception has been decades in the making.

Exterior view in Emporium

The Emporium story began in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley in the early 2000s with architect/designer development duo Anthony and Francine John. The visionaries behind The Anthony John Group undertook the first urban renewal of its kind in Brisbane at the time, bringing together residential, commercial, retail and a hotel in one unique, vibrant precinct. And just as its namesake Emporium precinct was without equal, Emporium Hotel Fortitude Valley was too a leader in its class.

2018 2019 & 2020

With Anthony and Fran’s constant desire to push the limits of expectation, their ability to be ahead of shifting trends and their hallmark design-driven approach to development, they launched the inimitable Emporium Hotel South Bank in October 2018. Billed as “the last piece of South Bank” it was certainly a case of saving the best to last. South Bank’s first 5-star hotel set new standards for style, comfort and service, with the new Emporium taking the mantle from its predecessor as ‘Australia’s Leading Boutique Hotel’ at the 2019 World Travel Awards. It also carved its own niche by combining the 143 luxury hotel suites with the 220 fully serviced Emporium Residences, taking the honours as ‘Australia’s Leading Hotel Residences’ in 2018 and 2019. This rare integration of hotel and residences - along with the impressive line up of premium bars, dining and events, including the iconic Terrace rooftop – are truly defining characteristics of the Emporium.

In the year that was 2020 Emporium Hotels, in partnership with Training Evolution introduced the Emporium Academy, a 12 month program commencing February 2021, to ease the pressure of leaving high school and preparing 15 year 12 graduates for a career in hospitality. Students will able to study and learn offsite at Training Evolution's Milton Campus and return to our exquisite hospitality environment to complete hands on work integrated learning. Upon successful completion of the program, you will earn a nationally recognised qualification, the Diploma of Hospitality Management. The best of both worlds come together conveniently to provide students the best possible learning experience.

While Emporium Hotel South Bank has quickly gained instant icon status, its core commitment to innovation and exceeding expectations will continue to leave a lasting legacy. This is only the beginning.


Awards & Honours

Emporium Hotel is committed to ‘surprising and delighting’ each guest. For us, it is about remaining connected with our guests through the creation of enchanting memories and breath-taking splendour. We are pleased to present the following as testament to our approach.


Australia’s Leading Boutique HotelEmporium Hotel South Bank    
World Travel Awards Oceania

Australia’s Leading Hotel ResidencesEmporium Hotel South Bank    
World Travel Awards Oceania

Travelers’ Choice Award for Hotels in Australia Emporium Hotel South Bank    
Tripadvisor Traveler's Choice Awards

The Best Luxury Boutique Hotels in Brisbane, AustraliaEmporium Hotel South Bank    
Luxury Lifestyle Awards


Australia's Leading Boutique Hotel, 2019 Emporium Hotel South Bank    
World Travel Awards Asia & Oceania

Australia's Leading Hotel Residences, 2019 Emporium Residences South Bank 
World Travel Awards Asia & Oceania

Best Boutique Bar Queensland, 2019 The Terrace Rooftop Bar
QHA Awards (Queensland Hotels Association)

Wine List Of The Year, 2019 Signature Restaurant
Courier Mail Food Awards

Delicious 100 Restaurant, 2019 Signature Restaurant
Sunday Mail Delicious 100 


Australia's Leading Boutique Hotel, 2018 Emporium Hotel
World Travel Awards Asia & Oceania

Australia's Leading Hotel Residences, 2018 Emporium Residences
World Travel Awards Asia & Oceania