Premier appears to have given away her type of luxury hotel quarantine room
Photo celebrating Ariarne Titmus's win shows a large painting in the background
Painting is used in Brisbane's Westin's Hotel for two very similar room types
The 'Renewal and Premium' suites have 'spa style' bathrooms, 'heavenly' pillows
Government insists accommodation is 'same type as everyday Queenslanders'
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Annastacia Palaszczuk appears to have accidentally revealed she is quarantining in a luxury suite with 'heavenly' pillows, a lavender-scented 'superking' bed and a rain-style shower.
Ms Palaszczuk's camp has described her quarantine set up as a 'normal hotel room' and a senior police official called them 'modest' digs.
'Put it this way, I am not staying at the Lodge,' the Premier told a parliamentary committee hearing this month, referring to the PM's Canberra residence.
However, a painting hanging above the Premier's desk in a photo she tweeted from her room this week indicates she is staying in one of the hotel's most exclusive rooms.
The same painting is visible in photos the hotel uses to advertise its 'Renewal' and 'Premium Renewal' hotel rooms.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk appeared to give away that she is staying in a luxury 'renewal' or 'premium renewal' suite at Brisbane's Westin Hotel, with this photo she posted to Twitter earlier in the week. At top is a distinctive painting used in only some rooms
The painting is visible in photos the Westin uses to advertise its exclusive Renewal and Premium Renewal hotel rooms. The Queensland Government insists 'everyday Queenslanders' can stay in the same style of room during their 14 day hotel quarantine experience
Above is the inside of the Premium Renewal room which Ms Palaszczuk is likely staying in. The accommodation includes a lavender-scented 'superking' style bed, a balcony and city views
The marble bathroom was described as providing a 'spa-like experience with signature White Tea Heavenly Bath Amenities' and a Dyson hairdryer
Both potential room types feature a private balcony, 'beautiful views' of Brisbane city and a 'spacious living area'.
A marble bathroom 'provides a spa-like experience with signature White Tea Heavenly Bath Amenities and a Dyson Hairdryer,' the website said.
'Wind down naturally in your SuperKing Heavenly Bed with the Sleep Well Lavender Balm, infused with relaxing oils of lavender and chamomile.'
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The room's price wasn't available given the venue is serving as a hotel quarantine site.
A Queensland Government spokeswoman said the Premier wouldn't be confirming her precise accommodation arrangements for security reasons.
'The accommodation type is the same that everyday Queenslanders can receive when they stay in hotel quarantine at the Westin,' the spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia.
'The Premier is staying on the same floor as other members of the community in hotel quarantine at the Westin.
'I am told there are tens of other rooms on the same level used for quarantine and tens of other rooms just like this across the hotel.
'Any suggestion that the Premier is accessing accommodation different to that able to be accessed by anyone else completing hotel quarantine would be 100% incorrect.'
The spokeswoman noted other Westin hotel rooms, including its 'entry-level' room, include the likes of supposedly 'heavenly' bathroom amenities infused with lavender and chamomile.
Above, Queensland Premier Annastacia arrives at Haneda Airport ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games
In Tokyo, the Premier secured the Games for south-east Queensland in 2032 - but became the subject of a media spectacle when Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates bizarrely 'ordered' her to attend Tokyo's opening ceremony.
On the home front, Ms Palaszczuk was criticised for taking up a place in hotel quarantine given that she had lobbied the Federal government to halve arrival caps just prior to her trip.
As the Australian Associated Press reported this week, there have been rumours circulating among the local political scene that Ms Palaszczuk was staying in a luxury three bedroom suite.
Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski publicly denied that was the case. He saying the premier was in a 'modest' room, selected in partnership with the police protecting her.
'It is what I would call a modest room, certainly not a three bedroom suite which would be a complete inaccuracy, and of course it has been set up so she can do her job, including being able to connect into National Cabinet.'
The premier helped secure the 2032 Olympics for Brisbane, but was also criticised because she successfully lobbied the federal government to halve arrivals caps
Ms Palaszczuk backflipped on her promise not to attend last Friday opening ceremony after being awkwardly ordered to so by Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates (left)
Health Minister Yvette D'Ath likewise publicly denied that the premier had secured a bigger room than those allocated to typical travellers.
'She's one person staying in one of the many rooms that have been set aside for hotel quarantine,' Ms D'Ath was quoted saying earlier this week.
'So this room has been used by many other people who have been in hotel quarantine.'
As for Ms Palaszczuk herself, she has continued to tweet from hotel quarantine about working while watching the Tokyo Games on TV.
The tweet which appeared to give away her room type said: 'Day four working from hotel quarantine.
'Paused to watch (swimmer) Ariarne' (Titmus)'s epic win - how good was that.'
The Queensland premier started her 14-days at the Westin Hotel on Mary Street on Sunday after returning from a controversial week-long trip to Tokyo
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