The Calile Hotel will open with Australia’s most sought-after fashion labels

The Calile Hotel

The Calile Hotel will position itself as Australia’s first urban resort, celebrating a subtropical climate combined with city streetscape. Guests will have the freedom to explore the late

With its Spring opening in September, they have confirmed a stellar line-up of top retail, spa and restaurant offerings. Australia’s most sought-after fashion labels confirmed this week that they will open their Queensland flagship stores on the ground floor of the hotel in James Street, which has established itself as Brisbane’s foremost retail, design and lifestyle precinct. Acclaimed fashion innovator Dion Lee; sustainable organic cotton favourite Bassike; Sydney leisure success story Venroy; internationally successful Bec & Bridge; and Dutch lingerie brand Love Stories will open stores in the hotel’s beautiful ground floor space, amid its indoor hanging gardens. Also joining The Calile Hotel will be current James Street retail outlets – Calexico Man, Wolfe & Ordnance, Andronis Fine Jewellery and Mister Zimi.

TFE Hotels CEO Rachel Argaman said “The Calile Hotel would be much more than a hotel – it would be a highly sought-after destination for the city’s stylish set and for interstate and international visitors. Encompassing the brand’s ethos of beautiful design, bespoke service and attention to the individual,

The hotel’s 175 generous guest rooms include nine suites and two premier suites. Each is designed with the ultimate guest experience in mind, with an individual balcony, Bluetooth sound bar, motorised blackout blinds, 55” flat screen television and complimentary new-release movies. Leisure facilities are designed to help guests embrace the authentic charm of the sub-tropical locale. Guests can unwind at the Lobby Bar, enjoy a poolside cocktail and dinner, energise in the fitness centre, or be pampered at the spa, which will offer a range of wellness services. Beautiful and flexible event spaces cater to intimate culinary soirees, poolside cocktail parties, a grand ballroom celebration or wedding for up to 500 people.

Developer of the hotel, Calile Malouf Investment director Michael Malouf said: “Carefully curated independent fashion has always been a hallmark of James Street. It’s great to see some of the country’s most exciting designers such as Dion Lee and Bassike bring flagship stores to this already thriving precinct. The exciting thing about these tenants is that for most of them, it will be a Queensland first store.”

Dion Lee CEO Amelia Fincher said: “The environment of James Street is where our customer wants to shop; it really was the obvious choice.” Bassike design duo Mary Lou Ryan and Deborah Sams were attracted to James Street for similar reasons. “James Street is a neighbourhood precinct with great independent fashion and hospitality businesses and our brand felt at home in this environment,” said Ryan. “Being a part of a project like The Calile, which will contribute so much to local business, is an incredible opportunity for our brand.”

Bec & Bridge had James Street on top of their list since they began their retail journey 18 months ago, opening their first stand-alone retail store at Bondi Junction, Sydney. “Opening on James Street was always a dream for us,” said Becky Cooper. “It has a great atmosphere with the perfect combination of quality dining and shopping. We could not imagine a better spot for our first Queensland store. We fell in love with The Calile Hotel the minute we laid eyes on the architectural plans.”

Venroy’s casual linens and escape wear will bring an injection of more menswear to the street when Theo Smallbone and Sean Venturi open their first Queensland store in The Calile. The young lifestyle brand now doing womenswear too – will be the perfect fit for James Street’s youthful energetic vibe both from design and price point.

“We are very focused in terms of the lifestyle we design for, so both our offer as well as our store environments are a reflection of the leisure life,” said Smallbone. “We are an exclusively direct to consumer brand which means we have total control over all aspects of our business and most importantly where our customers can interact with our product. James St is the perfect fit for us because it is a lifestyle destination where people go to relax and enjoy themselves. What is even more exciting for us is that we are opening as a part of The Calile hotel’s retail assortment which we feel has total synergy with our brand. The street and climate reflects our style. We are not about being in large shopping centres.”

The Calile Hotel
48 James St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, Australia
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