Fortitude Valley's new boutique luxury hotel
YOU DON'T need another reason to enjoy a mini break in Brisbane, but it's good to have an excuse.
With the opening of Sage Hotel in Fortitude Valley you can enjoy all the charms - and there are many - of the area in a new boutique luxury hotel
Located in the heart of vibrant James St with its high-end shopping, cafes, restaurants and art galleries Sage is an excellent base, small enough to welcome you like family, big enough to give you all the comforts you want from a luxury hotel.
We loved the newness of it, the contemporary look with polished concrete floors and recycled brick.
The lobby has a semi-industrial vibe with bold and modern artworks and a living garden wall seen through a glassed-in courtyard.
There are traditional elements also, in-keeping with the historic Queens Arms hotel next door which Sage seems to nestle right into.
On four levels, some of the 93 rooms overlook James St and it's comforting to note there are a few charming old Queenslanders still standing stoically among the cutting-edge action of the street.
There is a lot to like about this new hotel - free WiFi for a start, and a mini bar that eschews the norm and is stocked with only Australian products, most of them locally made in the surrounding area.
A coffee machine is very welcome for early morning starts.
A walk-in wardrobe with plenty of drawer space leads to a spacious soothing grey and white bathroom - so modern you'll never find the light switch to turn off the fluorescent light beneath the mirror (you wave you hand under the mirror, but any questions can be immediately answered from the 24 hour reception.
Room décor is relaxing and up-to-the-minute contemporary with beautiful bedding, black-out curtains, an office space/nook and splashes of bold colour in bed cushions.
Once outside the door, all of James St is there, no need to get the car out.
Designer stores and fabulous restaurants beckon and there are innumerable pit stops to rest for coffee or just a sit down.
If you have to get into the CBD, a free courtesy car and driver will get you there.
On-site dining options include the Botanical Kitchen & Bar as well as a deli and café.