Stamford Plaza Brisbane Riverside Venue

Aug 23, 2020Brisbane Events, Event Photography, Venue, What's Hot

There aren’t many Brisbane hotel venues that sit along the Brisbane river which have uninterrupted views of the story bridge, which is why the Stamford Plaza Brisbane is popular amongst VIPs such as Lady Gaga and US President Barack Obama.

Brisbane Riverfire at Stamford Plaza Brisbane Riverside

Popular for weddings due to the venue’s refined architectural design and elegant staircase and the neighbouring City Botantic Gardens and the Brisbane River – plenty of choices of amazing photo backdrops.

The Stamford Plaza has a range of venue spaces including their Garden Marque which offers uninterrupted views of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge making it a great event space.

About The Venue

This iconic building embodies luxury and style and is home to some of the world’s most famous celebrities and guest actors. There is the stunning Stamford Suite, which has been home to some of the world’s biggest stars, with picture frames on display in the elevator. 

Ballroom Stamford Plaza - Event Photographer

The Stamford Plaza may be popular for weddings but the long and narrow shaped rooms aren’t overly popular for larger corporate events. The pillar less Grand Ballroom measures 23m by 12m and offers 283.1m² of space with a ceiling height of 3.9m.

Staircase at Stamford Plaza Brisbane

The Stamford Plaza’s grand staircase and courtyard however makes for great photo backdrops and also popular for group photos – of course, be respectful of other guests in the hotel.

In The Area

Located along the Brisbane River and a stone’s throw away to the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens, it’s no wonder this hotel is a popular spot to stay within the Brisbane CBD. Follow the Riverside Walk to Eagle Street Pier and to the Story Bridge or keep walking to find yourself at Howard Smith Wharves.

The Queen Street Mall is a short 600m walk where you can find The Myer Centre and other retail stores and restaurants. For those who like to enjoy the outdoors can take a stroll through the City Botanic Gardens and walk over the Goodwill Bridge and wonder around Southbank where there are a number of restaurants and bars or simply enjoy the Brisbane city views.

The Eagle Street Pier provides a range of food options from fast food to fine dining, or perhaps prop yourself up at one of the many bars overlooking the Brisbane river.

Transport options are plenty from the Stamford Plaza Brisbane as taxis are readily available, but there are also bus, train and ferry options all within walking distance.

Marque at Stamford Plaza - Event Photography

Essential Information

Where is Stamford Plaza Brisbane?

The street address for the Stamford Plaza Brisbane is 39 Edward St, Brisbane City, QLD 4000.

Events held at the Stamford Plaza Brisbane are usually done by midnight and noise is monitored by event staff. At the time of writing, there are no other noise restrictions.

Contact Stamford Plaza Brisbane for pricing and inclusions as packages vary on your catering options, beverage packages and event date.

As a rough guide, based on the Website:

Standard Conference Package (mininum. 20 pax)
– Room hire
– Arrival tea & coffee
– Morning tea & coffee with fruit basket and bakery item
– Buffet lunch served in hotel restaurant
– Afternoon tea & coffee with fruit basket and bakery item
– Whiteboard & flipchart
– Projection screen
– Lectern & microphone
– Pads, pens, mints and iced water

The Stamford Plaza is a fabulous riverside venue with several unique spaces featuring a selection of indoor or outdoor options.

Here are the seated capacities of each event space:
Raffles 1/2/3 | Room Size: 128m² | Theatre: 120
Grand Ballroom | Room Size: 284m² | Theatre: 310
River Room | Room Size: 120m² | Theatre: 100
Brasserie Marquee | Room Size: 120m² | Theatre: 120

Please note that the capacity displayed does not factor in a Covid Safe practice or social distancing rules.

Events at Stamford Plaza Brisbane

This hotel boasts six function rooms with flexible meeting and event space able to cater for up to 320 guests, many featuring natural light with a number of weddings and events held at the Stamford Plaza Brisbane, popular for events held during the day where guests can enjoy the uninterrupted views of the Story Bridge.

Events we’ve covered at the Stamford Plaza Brisbane

  • The High Tea Party
  • VISY Client Event
  • Singapore Airlines Riverfire Event
  • Women of Influence Conference

Venue Review

This venue would be an ideal location to hold an event during the day or an intimate dinner event.

Here are a few reasons why:

  • Great view from some of the venue spaces
  • Unique marque setup can make for some nice images with the Story Bridge backdrop
  • Amazing location to enjoy the Brisbane Riverfire
  • Large staircase which makes for a nice setup for posed photos

The Stamford Plaza Brisbane provides 5 star European style atmosphere through the use of elegant furnishings and high quality service. All guest rooms are spacious and provide views of the Brisbane River, while the dining options and recreational facilities are first class.

Photographer’s Review

The parking situation at the Stamford Plaza Brisbane is hardly a pleasant experience – especially when you have made arrangements prior to arrival only to be given the run around (several times now), but once you’re in the doors it is pretty smooth sailing.

As lovely as the view are from the ballrooms, it can be a nightmare to photograph due to the light coming in from only one side of the room. The limited space can be hard to walk around and setup additional lighting and the low ceilings can make the room feel tight.

The outdoor marque is a lovely space but you are at the hands of mother nature. If you are unlucky to get rain on a warm Brisbane day the space feels humid and damp and if you are too lucky with sunshine it can become very warm.

We think this venue has some of the best views of the Brisbane River and gives a great backdrop for events. Unfortunately the loading options can be stressful when you’re in a hurry and have to battle traffic in the city, then trying to find parking while dealing with one way streets.
Conference at Stamford Plaza in Brisbane


Is there parking at the venue?

Very limited Valet and Self parking is available at the Stamford Plaza.
Paid undercover parking by Secure Parking at 60 Edward Street.
Paid undercover parking by Care Park at 240 Margaret Street.
Paid undercover parking by Wilson Parking at Eagle Street Pier.
Limited 3 hour street parking can be found on Alice Street.

Is the venue accessibility-friendly?

Yes. Access to all levels are available via lifts in the hotels however there are a few tight turns.

Does the venue have in house Audio Visual?

Encore are proud to partner with Stamford Plaza Brisbane in providing dedicated on-site audio visual and event services for all meetings and events hosted in this stunning Brisbane venue.

What accommodation options are nearby?

Sofitel Brisbane Central
Novotel Brisbane
Hilton Brisbane
W Brisbane
Pullman Brisbane King George Square
Next Hotel Brisbane
Capri By Fraser
The Westin Brisbane
Royal On The Park
Treasury Casino and Hotel

Need a Brisbane photographer?

The Stamford Plaza Brisbane can be a challenging venue for a Brisbane event photographer but having been to this venue many times we have founds ways to make your images pop!

Get in Touch With The Venue

Did you know that popular Brisbane hotel venues book out well in advance?

To avoid disappointment, use the following form to lodge an availability and pricing request and we will deliver it directly to the venue manager.

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