Brisbane’s hotel scene is in the throes of an almighty transformation. Long gone are the days when the name of the game was simply cramming in suits-and-ties for short-term stays. A fresh wave of boutique and resort-focused properties now reflects Brisbane’s status as a true destination for travellers, rather than one giant conference centre or jumping off point for North Queensland.
Among them is the Johnson, Peppers FV, Ovolo Inchcolm, W Brisbane and Emporium South Point and, since 2018, The Calile.
Over the course of 18 months locals watched as the hotel took shape on the corner of James and Doggett streets. Renowned local architects Richards and Spence created the $100 million “urban resort” by taking inspiration from other hot-weather cities. Hallways feature breeze blocks, open-air nooks and fans instead of traditional dark, carpeted corridors. Every room has a balcony of some sort, and the vast majority of the 175 rooms look over a 30-metre-pool lined by palm trees and plush cabanas. The exterior features the distinctive Richards and Spence touchstones of white brick, concrete facades and geometric shapes that have come to define James Street in recent years.
Each room’s (including the nine suites) contemporary design draws on natural elements and celebrates the Queensland environment. Marble surfaces in natural pinks, blues and greens meet timber panelling, cork flooring and brass fixtures. It all creates a minimal yet playful look. The curved shapes of the exterior archways are echoed throughout the interior, perhaps most interestingly in the shower walls.
The Calile is calling itself an urban resort and much like any resort experience it’s a destination unto itself.
Guests have access to a range of luxury amenities including Kailo Wellness Medispa, gym and fitness facilities via Forme Fitness, and a ground level retail precinct that includes debut Queensland stores by Baasike, Dion Lee, Venroy and Love Stories.
The food and drink options include the hotel’s own Lobby Bar and a second edition of Simon Gloftis’s hugely popular Gold Coast restaurant, Hellenika. Both are open breakfast through to dinner.