A truly great hotel, no matter how luxurious, goes far beyond just providing a bed for the night, they provide an experience. The Calile does just that. In fact, if you stay here, you’d be in danger of not seeing any of Brisbane at all because this is a hotel that is seriously hard to leave.
The Calile, located in Fortitude Valley, is without a doubt, Brisbane’s most photographed hotel. The Palm Springs meets Brisvegas vibe and the combination of luxurious marble, chic, minimal design and neutral and soft pastel shades creates a calming atmosphere, perfect for a rejuvenating mini-break.
If you can bring yourself to leave the hotel for a few hours, the the surrounding James Street precinct has become a lifestyle destination in its own right with cool bars, high-end dining and a number of upscale boutiques. But it’s inside the hotel where there is real magic can be found.
Sleep in Beauty
The hotel has nine room types – starting with the Essential Room and going all the way up to the Calile Suite. Every room is stunningly designed, but if you opt for the signature Calile Suite, you’ll be treated to 69sqm of internal space, a private, multi-level rooftop and terrance with framed city views and separate living area with day beds and a dining table.
But, no matter which room type you choose, you’ll find ethically-sourced materials throughout. For example, the first thing you’ll notice is the extensive use of cork throughout the rooms in place of carpet and wallpaper.
The cork is harvested from the bark of the cork tree without felling it or clearing the land. Stripping the bark does not harm the tree in any way and the bark regrows after each harvest. Cork trees are also the masters of carbon capture and they require no pesticides, irrigation or pruning. They are also harvested by hand – making this one of the most sustainable building products on earth.
In Brisbane’s hot, tropical climate, there’s the temptation to rely heavily on air conditioning, but The Calile is doing things differently. Each room is designed to maximise airflow from its private balcony and when the balcony door opens, the air-conditioning turns off.
Also, each room is set to eco mode which means everything goes to sleep when the room isn’t occupied. So, when the sensor detects the room has been empty for a while, both the air- conditioning and lights turn to sleep mode and the blinds close automatically to reduce any wasted energy.
Rest, Rejuvenate, Repeat
Perhaps the most Instagrammed place in the hotel is the pool, and for good reason. Evoking vintage California vibes, this might just be the chicest place to take a dip in Australia. Surrounded by day beds and luxury cabanas, you could easily spend an entire day here repeating a cycle of reclining in the sun, drinking cocktails, and taking refreshing dips to cool off from the Queensland sun. And, if you get peckish, be sure to order a bite from Helenika, The Calile’s authentic Greek restaurant.
But the pool deck isn’t the only space in the hotel you’ll find to relax. The Kailo Medispa is calming sanctuary under the arches of The Calile. It has been designed with reclaimed timber, stone and features gently falling water. Upon enring the spa, you’ll be transported to a fairy tale forest where an array of treatments are on offer.
Whichever way you look at it, The Calile is the place to stay in Brisbane.
Address: The Calile, 48 James Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006