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From Utopia to Brisbane

Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013

Sofitel Brisbane Central, in partnership with Muk Muk Fine Art will open a new retrospective exhibition by renowned Aboriginal artist Kudditji Kngwarreye at Sofitel Brisbane Central on Friday 19th July.

Now in his late 80’s Kudditji is one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal artists. Heralding from the small remote community of Utopia in Central Australia, Kudditji has achieved international success with his signature abstract painting style.

Likened to the work of Mark Rothko, Kudditji Kngwarreye employs blocks of complementary and contrasting colours. These works move in gradients of colour or sharp contrasts, telling a narrative of connection to country. Audiences engage with the works spiritual nature through the movement of light and colour across a landscape.

The exhibition is on display at Sofitel Brisbane Central lobby gallery from Friday 19th July until Saturday 5th October.

Sofitel launches Wine Menu to celebrate Fête de la Musique

Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Sofitel, the only worldwide French luxury hotel brand has launched an innovative new Wine Program that highlights a rich variety of French vintage wines. A select number of Sofitel’s across the globe, including Sofitel Brisbane Central, will showcase prestigious French appellations such as Bordeaux, Médoc, Saint Emilion, Margaux, Bourgogne, Côtes du Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape or Alsace as well as the talent and expertise of the wine producers. The three part Sofitel Wine Program will be rolled out in the hotels via a number of different events, including Sofitel Brisbane Centrals up coming Fête de la Musique festival, which takes place this Friday June 21 at Cuvee Lounge Bar. French wine experts Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve have handpicked a selection of wines specially tailored for each of the 25 Sofitel hotels taking part in the global wine program. Wine lovers of Brisbane are invited to sample the expertise of these wine masters whilst enjoying the musical talents of the European inspired Louise Denson Trio. The local Latin group will be playing in Cuvee Lounge Bar this Friday from 6pm until 9.30pm in celebration of Fête de la Musique 2013. Fête de la Musique is the world’s largest free international live music event. Held in 350 cities across the globe on the very same day each year, from Paris and Prague, to Barcelona and Brisbane. The festival encourages amateur and professional musicians to showcase their talents to the public.


Grant Burge Winemaker Dinner Sofitel Australia

Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013


The coveted wines of Grant Burge, an award-winning winery from the Barossa Valley region in South Australia, will be explored and enjoyed at a series of wine dinners to take place in partnership with Sofitel Luxury Hotels in Australia this winter. Wine lovers can experience the wines of Grant Burge in a series of special wine dinners at Sofitel Hotels in Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, and Brisbane. At these events, Sofitel's signature restaurants will match sumptuous cuisine to an outstanding range of Grant Burge wines. Proprietor and Barossa Valley winemaker, Grant Burge, will also present the first public tasting of his new 2004 Helene Grand Cuvée from Tasmania.

The Grant Burge dinners will be held on the following dates:

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth - Garden Court Restaurant - Friday 12 July 2013 - for bookings and prices call (02) 9228 9188

Sofitel Melbourne On Collins - No35 restaurant - Wednesday 7 August 2013 - for bookings and prices call (03) 9653 7744

Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach - Room81 restaurant - Tuesday 20 August 2013 - for bookings and prices call (07) 5570 0396

Sofitel Brisbane Central - Prive249 restaurant - Friday 23 August 2013 - for bookings and prices call (07) 3835 3535

Adam Cullen Exhibition at La Galerie

Posted on Monday, May 20, 2013

Sofitel Brisbane Central, in partnership with Muk Muk Fine Art is set to host a major retrospective of the works by the late Adam Cullen, one of Australia’s most controversial and influential artists.  Passing away in 2012 Adam Cullen left a legacy of artworks that are both polarising and irresistible.

The exhibition opens Saturday 18 May at the hotel’s Lobby Gallery and will be on display to the public until Saturday July 13, showcasing a collection of works painted over the past decade. “We’re very excited to celebrate the talent of Adam Cullen and offer our guests and the public the opportunity to admire the works at our Lobby Gallery. Art is an important element of Sofitel’s heritage and we look forward to working with Muk Muk Fine Art to continually bring remarkable exhibitions to our hotel”,  says Sofitel Brisbane Central’s General Manager Marcus Hanna.

Long regarded as the ‘enfant terrible’ of the contemporary Australian art scene Adam first gained notoriety in the art world when he chained a decomposing pig’s head to his ankle for two weeks. He shot to fame and prominence on the broader Australian stage in 2000 when he won the prestigious Archibald Prize with his portrait of actor David Wenham. He entered the Archibald Prize regularly after winning and was hung as a finalist nine times. Adam was instrumental in changing perceptions about the conservative nature of the Archibald Prize.

“Adam’s works hang in many of Australia’s major institutions”, says Mike Mitchell, Managing Director of Muk Muk Fine Art. “He was undoubtedly one of the most fearless artists that Australia has produced. His works polarised his critics like few other artists in our history.  Some find his works inspirational, others find it irritating but he is nothing if not thought provoking”.

A New Era For Sofitel Brisbane Central

Posted on Thursday, March 07, 2013

Following a multi million-dollar rooms refurbishment Sofitel Brisbane Central offers a new level of luxury accommodation for Brisbane city. A visual landmark on the city horizon, the luxurious yet minimalistic interior of the hotel lobby has been replicated throughout the guest rooms. All 433 rooms including 81 Club rooms, and 21 luxurious Suites have undergone a makeover of impressive proportions.

“We’re the largest luxury hotel in the city and our clients demand a high level of service and surroundings. When I arrived at the property in 2012 the owners and I identified that our rooms provided an opportunity to enhance our offerings and create a unique product for the business and leisure market”, says Marcus Hanna General Manager for Sofitel Brisbane Central.

New finishes, furniture, lighting and technology ensure both the business and leisure traveller are well catered for throughout a variety of room types. All rooms access wifi and are provided with a dedicated data connection. Bedrooms have been appointed with sensor operated LED reading lamps, integrated bed heads and additional LED floor lamps.

Local design group DBI Design worked closely with Sofitel to create the collection of room types using a variety of tone and décor. Superior rooms are embellished with peacock inspired highlights whilst Luxury, and Luxury Club rooms boast a richer regal feel with velvet and plum accents. Junior Suites shimmer in luxury with silver and warm grey colour palettes layered with textured fabrics in duck egg blue.

“ We commenced the process mid last year and I’m pleased to announce that all 433 rooms of the property have now been completed, with the Prestige and Opera Suites undergoing complete remodelling. Our design concept focused on infusing French elegance with elements of our local heritage, and has resulted in a fresh and sophisticated décor, whilst still reflecting traditional French design influences throughout all room types”, adds Hanna.

The Prestige and Opera Suites exude a warm palette of mulberry accents, deep garnet and champagne with furnishings from B+B Italia, Max Aalto and Mooi. The Suites boast a homely feel reminiscent of a chic European apartment. The tasteful colour palette has been incorporated into the floor coverings, upholstery and soft furnishings with even the smallest of touches such as the internal desk draws reflecting the colour theme of the room.

A unique art concept has been adapted throughout celebrating the Sofitel global philosophy of combining old world heritage with modern local culture. DBI Design commissioned a stunning photographic collection, which features throughout each room of the property and showcases Parisian landscapes alongside iconic Brisbane landmarks.

The popular Opera Suite has been completely remodelled during the refurbishment project and now sprawls across one level, on floor 28 of the property. The lounge space of the suite leads off to the discreet powder room, with an en-suited bedroom unveiled behind large sliding panels decorated with spectacular designer wall coverings. A grand ensuite incorporating a stone bath and vanity basins, rain head showers and dressing area offers the finest in imported European finishes by Arper and Fantini, with tapware created by famed Japanese designer Naoto Fukusawa. State of the art surround sound, iPod and iPad connectivity and intelligent lighting, AV interface controls and electronic black out blinds ensure the tech savvy are simply a click away from their IT needs.

Sofitel’s exclusive MyBed continues to feature throughout all guest rooms. Immaculate, high and plumped up with feathers and down, Sofitel’s MyBeds create the perfect cocoon for a nights rest. The secret lies in the unique alliance of gentle softness and airy lightness to bring guests a sleeping experience that continually creates late checkout demand!

Experience Sofitel’s inspiring savoir-faire and enjoy the new era of hotel luxury at Sofitel Brisbane Central. The hotel is celebrating the refurbishment of the property with Magnifique Romance*. Enjoy new luxury accommodation in Parisian inspired surrounds, a bottle of French champagne, a mouthwatering chocolate platter, and breakfast in bed from just $315 per night.

For reservations contact Sofitel Brisbane Central via 07 3835 3535

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