Spice Hot 100 Hotels & Venues for 2023

The hotly anticipated results are in, as voted by Spice magazine readers!

Over the past year, so many incredible new hotels and venues have opened across Australia and New Zealand. Our hugely popular annual feature celebrates them and the firm favourites that came before in our Hot 100 Hotels & Venues for 2023, as voted by you.

Best business hotel

W Brisbane
Brisbane, QLD | @w_brisbane

The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
Sydney, NSW | @fullertonhotelsydney

Sydney Harbour Marriott
Sydney, NSW | @sydneyharbourmarriott

Hyatt Regency Sydney
Sydney, NSW | @hyattregencysydney

Pan Pacific Perth
Perth, WA | @panpacificperth

Best boutique hotel

The Calile Hotel.


The Calile Hotel
Brisbane, QLD | @thecalilehotel

Emporium Hotel South Bank
Brisbane, QLD | @emporiumhotels

Ovolo The Valley
Brisbane, QLD | @ovolohotels

Pier One Sydney Harbour
Sydney, NSW | @pieronesydney

Hotel Bellinzona
Hepburn Springs, VIC | @hotelbellinzonahepburnsprings

Best regional hotel

Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort
Hunter Valley, Pokolbin, NSW | @oaks_hotels

Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific
Central Coast, NSW | @crowneplazaterrigalpacific

Pullman Magenta Shores Resort
Central Coast, NSW | @pullmanmagentashoresresort

Gibraltar Hotel Bowral
Bowral, NSW | @gibraltarbowral

Bannisters by the Sea
Mollymook, NSW | @bannistershotels

Best venue or studio for virtual/hybrid events

ICC Sydney
Sydney, NSW | @iccsyd

Sydney Masonic Centre
Sydney, NSW | @sydneymasoniccentre

Encore Studio
Australia wide | @encoreapac

Connected Event Group Studio
Alexandria, NSW | @connectedeventgroup

Big Picture Australia
Sydney, NSW | @big_picture_au

Best convention centre hotel

Novotel Sydney Darling Square
Sydney, NSW | @novoteldarlingsquare

Pan Pacific Melbourne
Melbourne, VIC | @panpacificmelbourne

Rydges South Bank Brisbane
Brisbane, QLD | @rydgessouthbank

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
Sydney, NSW | @sofiteldarlingharbour

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
Hobart, TAS | @grandchancellorhobart

Best resort

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas.


Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas
Port Douglas, QLD | @sheratongrandportdouglas

JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa
Gold Coast, QLD | @jwmarriottgoldcoastresort

Eight Willows Retreat
Margaret River Region, WA | @eightwillowsretreat

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort
Hayman Island, QLD | @intercontinentalhaymanisland

Peppers Moonah Links Resort
Mornington Peninsula, VIC | @moonahlinks

Best regional conference venue

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley.


Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas
Noosa Heads, QLD | @peppersnoosaevents

Pullman Bunker Bay Resort
Naturaliste, WA | @pullmanbunkerbay

Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort
Exmouth, WA | @mantarays.ningaloo.resort

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
Lovedale, NSW | @crowneplaza_huntervalley

Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains by MGallery
Leura, NSW | @fairmontresortbluemountains

Best MICE hotel in New Zealand

Cordis, Auckland.


Cordis Auckland
Auckland, NZ | @cordis_auckland

Hilton Lake Taupo
Taupo, NZ | @hiltonlaketaupo

Heritage Auckland
Auckland, NZ | @heritage_auckland

Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Queenstown, NZ | @millennium

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Queenstown, NZ | @hiltonqueenstown

Most sustainable hotel or venue

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
Broadbeach, QLD | @gccec

Greenfields Albert Park
Melbourne, VIC | @greenfieldsalbertpark

ICC Sydney
Sydney, NSW | @iccsyd

Crystalbrook Kingsley
Newcastle, NSW | @crystalbrookkingsley

The Hotel Britomart
Auckland, NZ | @thehotelbritomart

Best wellness hotel or resort

Elysia Wellness Retreat.


Elysia Wellness Retreat
Pokolbin, NSW | @elysiawellnessretreat

Lancemore Mansion Hotel Werribee Park
Werribee, VIC | @lancemorehotels

Sequoia Lodge
Adelaide Hills, SA | @sequoiaaustralia

Billabong Retreat
Sydney, NSW | @billabongretreat

Swan Valley Retreat
Perth, WA | @swanvalleyretreatwa

Best venue for a product launch

Luna Lu
Sydney, NSW | @lunalutherocks

The Calyx
Sydney, NSW | @rbgsydney

W Brisbane
Brisbane, QLD | @w_brisbane

The Venue Alexandria
Sydney, NSW | @thevenuealexandria

Beta Events
Sydney, NSW | @beta.events

Best private dining venue

Settimo by Guy Grossi


The Charles Grand Brasserie & Bar
Sydney, NSW | @thecharles.sydney

Chancery Lane
Melbourne, VIC | @chancerylanebistro

Settimo by Guy Grossi
Brisbane, QLD | @settimobrisbane

O Bar and Dining
Sydney, NSW | @obardining

Vue de monde
Melbourne, VIC | @vuedemonde

Best hotel bar

Melbourne, VIC | @curious_melbourne

Mary Mary
Hobart, TAS | @marymarybar

Dean & Nancy on 22
Sydney, NSW | @deanandnancyon22

Sydney, NSW | @zephyrbarsyd

Epoche Lounge Bar
Pokolbin, NSW | @vocokirktonparkhv

Best hotel restaurant

Mode Kitchen & Bar
Sydney, NSW | @modekitchenandbar

UMA Restaurant
Perth, WA | @umaperth

Gold Coast, QLD | @kiyomi_gc

Hearth Restaurant and Lounge
Perth, WA | @hearthperth

Perth, WA | @ascuarestaurant

Best small venue in Australia (1-50 pax)

Stokehouse, St. Kilda.


Sydney, NSW | @mumu.4u

Raffles Hotel
Perth, WA | @rafflesperth

Stokehouse St Kilda
St Kilda, VIC | @stokehouserestaurants

Wolf Lane
Perth, WA | @wolflaneperth

Le Ciel Events
Melbourne, VIC | @leciel.events

Best convention centre catering

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
Broadbeach, QLD | @gccec

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, VIC | @mcec

ICC Sydney
Sydney, NSW | @iccsyd

Adelaide Convention Centre
Adelaide, SA | @adelaidecc

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Brisbane, QLD | @bcec_brisbane

Best venue for a gala dinner

Flames of the Forest.


The Jackson
Sydney, NSW | @thejacksonsydney

Pier One Sydney Harbour
Sydney, NSW | @pieronesydney

The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
Sydney, NSW | @fullertonhotelsydney

Flames of the Forest
Port Douglas, QLD | @flamesoftheforest

The WINX Stand, Royal Randwick – Australian Turf Club
Sydney, NSW | @australianturfclub

Best mid-sized venue in Australia (51-150 pax)

Party Higher
Melbourne, VIC | @partyhigher

The Marion
Canberra, ACT | @themarion.au

Kimpton Margot Sydney
Sydney, NSW | @kimptonmargotsydney

Sophia at The Prahran Arcade
Melbourne, VIC | @sophia.prahranarcade

Light ADL
Adelaide, SA | @light_adl

What is the best large venue in Australia? (151-500 pax)

Queensland Art Gallery Watermall.


Eureka 89
Melbourne, VIC | @89_eureka

Alto Event Space
Melbourne, VIC | @altoeventspace

Queensland Art Gallery Watermall
Brisbane, QLD | @qagoma

Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park
Sydney, NSW | @sheratongrandsydney

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Sydney, NSW | @mca_australia

What is the best mega venue in Australia? (501-5,000+ pax)

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
Broadbeach, QLD | @gccec

Melbourne Showgrounds
Ascot Vale, VIC | @victoria.pavilion

Optus Stadium
Perth, WA | @optusstadium

ICC Sydney
Sydney, NSW | @iccsyd

Marvel Stadium
Melbourne, VIC | @marvelstadium.au


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