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The Limes is a new favorite topic for design lovers and a recent post about it summed up the whole theory of designer Alexander Lotersztain pretty nicely:
Alexander concentrated his design focus on the 21 rooms to cater for the independent traveller, rejecting the 5-star norms and opting to focus on guests' primary travel requirements through unique design solutions in styled lodgings.
Some of these "primary travel requirements" turn out to be things like hammocks on the balconies, which definitely add a welcome relaxing touch to a Brisbane stay, or chocolate brownies on arrival: absolutely a travel requirement.
The Limes has now been open a couple of months and they have started offering a few specials; we like the sound of the Pampered People package with two nights' accommodation for two, sparkling wine on arrival and two selections from the bar menu--remembering it's a roof-top bar near the roof-top cinema--from A$499 (US$470).
[Photo: Limes Hotel]
It might not be planning to check in any guests until 2012, but the Westin chain are excited enough to tell us that they are planning to open up in Brisbane soon as part of an Australian expansion.
Queensland's sunny capital, Brisbane, will house the third Aussie Westin after Sydney and Melbourne. The new Westin will be purpose-built and will have 306 rooms in a handy spot in the center of the city--near the Central Station, casino and the large convention center. It will share a 66-story tower that will also include private residences.
The Westin bed will be there, of course, and a spa, indoor pool and fitness center--although they're not saying yet whether we'll be able to get fit with their Wiis or not. We sure hope so. Then again, come 2012, there might be an even more fun way of getting a workout.
Boutique hotels in the Queensland capital of Brisbane are quite a new thing. The Design Hotels group has just announced that another one is on its way, with the predicted May 1, 2008 opening of the Limes Hotel in Brisbane's nightlife district, Fortitude Valley.
However, designer Alexander Lotersztain says that it's not exactly a hotel: it's a "designer bar/cinema with contemporary rooms". The Limes website is full of poetry espousing the virtues of the not-exactly-hotel, with a few spectacularly corny lines like:
Night falls your head onto our heavenly beds / Home ... you'll find yourself not wanting to leave / Luxury at your fingertips down to your feet.
There'll be 21 deluxe rooms at the Limes, and they'll be equipped with Ploh bed linens and select toiletries by L'Occitain. Free WiFi will also be standard (yay!). The cinema Lotersztain talks of is actually an outdoor one (perhaps a la San Diego's Pearl) and there's also a tapas bar and a rooftop lounge bar. Online bookings aren't open yet--making it seem like they're not so confident about the May 1 opening--but we'll keep you informed.
We are suckers for a room with a killer view. We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.
Sometimes we get killer views from hotel rooms, and sometimes we get tips on seeing a killer view without checking in. And that's what we've got for the Novotel Brisbane in Queensland, Australia, although it seems like a reasonable hotel to actually stay in, too.
This view is down to Anzac Square in Brisbane, and traveler bram_souffreau had this to say:
I took this picture from the highest level of the Novotel hotel. Walk through the lobby, take the elevator and choose the highest level. There's a window with a beautiful view over Brisbane. You don't need to sleep there...
Ironically, the Novotel Brisbane has a motto on its website saying "Giving you the space to do as you please, which is kind of what this photographer did.
· Brisbane Hotel Reviews [HotelChatter]
· Travel Stories in Brisbane [Jaunted]
Claiming to be the first "real" boutique hotel in Queensland's capital, Brisbane, the Emporium Hotel was scheduled to open this month, but now says it'll be ready to operate in June 2007. While boutique gives the impression of being a bit private and secluded, the Emporium is actually a part of the massive retail and dining precinct.
We might be overly suspicious, but the pre-marketing of the Emporium is just too sickly-sweet to sound realistic. The way they say it, the Emporium will be:
A tangible vision of contemporary elegance and hospitality ... The Emporium Hotel interiors will surprise and delight, creating a fusion of the exquisite with the eclectic, delivered in the art of elite bohemian elegance.
On the factual side of things, suites will include king-size beds, kitchenettes, washing machines, plasma TVs, Wifi, and a pillow menu. Room rates are set to start at almost A$500 (US$415) which is not exactly on the cheap side for Brisbane.
[Photo: Crazy Boot]
· Brisbane Set To Welcome First True Boutique Hotel [eHotelier]