Designed by local architects Richards & Spence, the 175-room hotel is achingly attractive, thanks to a subtle pink sand palette and miles of marble. Brass accents add a polished elegance to every room — and even extend to the pool, where the name of the hotel is spelt out beneath the gently rippling water. The surrounding sunbeds may just be the hottest property in Brisbane — so if you prefer your lounging a little more low-key, you might want to consider a mid-week getaway.
Otherwise, lie back, relax, and treat yourself to another poolside cocktail.
Across the road, you’ll find Same Same and some of the tastiest food in Brisbane. Inspired by Thai street food, the menu is bursting with flavour bombs. Save yourself the stress of decisions and order the banquet — which opens with sticky pork and prawn snacks, and ends with the most exceptional coconut panna cotta. Every dish is a winner, but the Queensland king prawn curry will haunt your dreams.
With greenery draping nearly every corner of the James Street precinct, a quick stroll around the shops feels more like a nature walk. It’s a genius ploy as you carry that light, bright, wholesome feeling into the surrounding boutiques and find yourself breezily handing over your credit card. From Camilla and Marc and St. Agni to Scanlan Theodore and Zimmermann, you’ll find the best in Australian fashion here, plus a few international favourites. There’s also an impressive array of homewares (tricky to take home in a suitcase) and all manner of delectable delicacies from James St Market and Jocelyn’s Provisions.
The Calile Hotel
48 James St, Fortitude Valley, Qld
Facilities: Prices from $309 per night for an essential room
Free WiFi: Yes
Concierge: 24 hours