Brisbane: Limes Hotel
142 Constance Street, Fortitude Valley
Ph: (07) 3852 9000
Cost: Rooms start at $440 for a deluxe room and $550 for a courtyard room, but mid-week you'll likely get one from $209-$239 on one of the deals sites. Friday and Saturday starts at $289 - if you're early.
Limes is a small boutique hotel in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley. It has 21 rooms and a swanky rooftop bar.
Step inside this boutique hotel and you could be in Seoul, where space restrictions encourage intelligent design. Long and lean, the rooms feature all the mod-cons without feeling cramped. While there are no bathtubs (a legacy of the water restrictions in place when Limes was built), the showers are large and luxuriant, with Corian vanities and expansive benchtops.
Each room also has its own feature wall, hand-painted using a mineral coating technique. The soft furnishings and other touches are carefully selected to give a sleek appearance, while still feeling homely. The Nespresso coffee machine is a particularly welcome touch.
The best feature is Limes Hotel’s connectivity – the whole place is Wi-Fi enabled. It’s a joyful point of difference, given that so many luxury hotels still charge for the internet.
Limes’ room service comes from its sister restaurant Alfred and Constance, and what a delight it can be to flop down on the bed after an exhausting day to chill out with the twice-cooked caramelised pork belly ($14.90) and a freeka salad ($16.90) from their winter menu. There’s plenty of meat and seafood to whet your appetite should you fancy something heavier – try the Josper grilled duck breast for $32.
Alfred & Constance also serves a variety of easy-to-grab breakfast orders such as wraps and quiches. A simple ham-and-cheese toasted sandwich became a mouth-watering delight with the addition of succulent brioche bread.
An alternative would be to wander into the Valley where there is a wide range of Asian-style eateries, cafes and restaurants. There are plenty of fast-food options for those in even more of a hurry.
After-dark entertainment is right upstairs at the Limes Rooftop Bar. Sample the cocktail menu while enjoying modern music and sleek surrounds. On Wednesday or Thursday night, the Rooftop becomes an open-air cinema, with tickets just $10.
Alfred & Constance has a more relaxed feel to it, being a converted Queenslander. Sample a range of local and imported craft beers and chill out in one of its many nooks and crannies.
If you want to venture further into the Valley, you’re just a few minutes’ walk from music venues like The Zoo on Ann Street, and the pubs and clubs of the Brunswick Street Mall. Just around the corner is the Judith Wright Centre for the Contemporary Arts, and a short bus ride down Brunswick Street will take you to the Brisbane Powerhouse. Both venues offer up a smorgasboard of contemporary theatre, art, comedy, music and cabaret.
Shopping is ample in and around the Valley and New Farm. Check out the funky labels along Ann Street, or head to James Street for the high-end retail experience.
Limes is a great choice for that big weekend in the city. There are parking options near the hotel, which means you can enjoy a night out without the hassle of waiting for a cab home or organising drivers.
Do it either inside our outside the confines of the hotel.