4001 Travel Guide
After an afternoon in "The Valley"--Fortitude Valley in Brisbane--we were feeling a bit thirsty, so we headed to the top of local hotspot, The Limes Hotel. There, we were greeted by some friendly Aussie bartenders and this song lyric by Moby.
We had forgotten how much Aussies like Moby and his likeminded chill-out tune pals, but after sipping on a kiwi fruit cocktail here, we were taken back to sun-splashed lazy afternoons spent inside a 'schooner' (a glass of beer). Drinking is a national pasttime in Australia, and with gorgeous nighttime views of Brissy, this is a great spot to do it.
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]
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.
Needless to say this FlyerTalker is still pissed. (To get the full effect of pissiness, we kept the grammatical errors in this bit.)
Went to stay at the Hilton Brisbane and then didn`t. Because: When i reserved the room I was told that "yes there is a sauna/steam bath, gym and whirlpool". We arrived and guess what, nothing of that at all. Only a little pool. Called HHonors and through them I could cancel even though i was check in. They promised to change the profile asap. And till today absolutly nothing in the hotels profile has changed.
Which is very sad, as if one wants to have the mentioned Spa like things, it only leaves you to the Hilton in regards to sauna / steam bath.
BTW The rooms are, in my opinion, out dated, small and awfull. And the Mariott is worlds better.
Wow, they really poured salt in the wound on that last sentence. Now imagine how much more effective this would be if they could actually spell?