Review: The Johnson Hotel, Brisbane

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Art is subjective, but then again, so is a hotel review. What one person likes is confounding to another. What’s charming to some will be dishevelled to others. At The Johnson in Spring Hill – the first Queensland hotel for the Art Series group – there aren’t quite enough guests right now to draw a poll.

I’ve booked in for one night before an overseas trip and the back half of the property is still under construction, that’s how fresh this hotel is. But after I step out of what looks like the service elevator, the juxtaposition from tradies to sparkling lobby couldn’t be more surreal.

Art Series Hotels centre around a singular artist of note, and in this case it’s abstract painter and vivid ‘colourist’, Michael Johnson – winner of the Wynne Prize in 2014.

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