Sipping on an expertly prepped Negroni and channelling Miami-Vice under the so-haute-it-hurts pool umbrellas.
In a nutshell
No. of rooms
The design aesthetic is...
a thoughtful mix of sixties chic. Soft tone marble and pastel hues juxtaposed with modern architectural arches, exposed brick, cement and gold finishes.
The typical guest is...
the young and achingly hip. Creatives and sophisticated business travellers wanting a resort vibe smack bang in the middle of Brisbane city.
The sustainability features (ie. plastic free, recycling, green wall, garden) are...
luscious green-garden roofing; architecturally designed building to specifically maximise ventilation and cut CO2 output; minimal-plastic policy.
The location is...
right in the heart of Brisbane’s uber-cool James Street precinct; where high-end retailers front-up next to well-known bars, eateries and commercial spaces.
Interaction is encouraged by....
sunset cocktails and canapes by the pool, the Lobby Bar and Hellenika, the on-site Greek Restaurant.
You should stay here because
it oozes urban cool.
Great social vibe... most people welcoming interactions, very easy to meet people, a bar or meeting place/lobby to hangout in.
What took you there?
A little staycation in the city.
What was your room like?
Rooms at The Calile are divided by colour. Mine had tiles with a beautiful shade of pastel green, but other rooms are accentuated with soft-pastel pinks or calming blue hues. The décor is minimal, yet chic; with thoughtful accents like plants and gold fixtures in the bathroom, marble flooring as well as wooden furniture which tie the room into a uniquely cohesive space. There’s a bar station with pre-mixed cocktails and linen robes for comfort. Your surroundings make it easy to slide into said robe and sip on a sneaky cocktail on your private balcony overlooking the pool or city skyline.
What about the venue
Perfectly situated on James Street, Brisbane’s fashionable beating heart of Fortitude Valley, The Calile caters for solo-business travellers, girl-gangs on bubbly-weekenders or romantic city staycationers. Touted as Australia’s first urban resort, the hotel highlights Brisbane’s sub-tropical climate with wistful open-air archways, white bricks and leafy aesthetics. Its Lobby Bar is a popular haunt for Friday after-work tipples from nearby brands and businesses, and Hellenika, the on-site restaurant serving up – you guessed it – award-winning Greek fare, is the perfect spot to people-watch.
Tell us about the destination
The James Street precinct in Brisbane’s long-since gentrified Fortitude Valley is quintessential Queensland at its urban best. The hotel is surrounded by more than 130 retailers, café’s, restaurants and businesses, and is on the fringe of the CBD. It’s close to everything Brissy has to offer.
Who did you meet there?
Pretty much everyone I know who lives or works within the area. Most locals (read: beautiful people) stop by for a meal or a drink at Hellenika on the weekend.