Brisbane’s street art-inspired hotel is definitely a unique stay. With its quirky design, eclectic artwork and first class service. This playful hotel embraces a four star urban feel and unrivalled location in the heart of Fortitude Valley’s cultural hub. Moments from the city’s nightlife, dining and entertainment scene.
The sun was out in Brisbane when I arrived and the commute to the hotel was seamless. A simple trip on the Airtrain offers convenient services between the airport and Brisbane city.
It’s a quick couple of mins from Fortitude Valley train station, and wasn’t sure where I was walking myself into. Constance St seemed more like a side alley, across the road a BMW dealership and on the other a popular night spot – the Fringe Bar and Kerbside Lounge Bar.
You definitely feel a boutique vibe from the moment you step into the lobby. The staff greeted me with a friendly and personable attitude. Now my room wasn’t ready when I arrived, note: check-in time was from 2pm, I arrived like 9am. So before I could check into my room, I was the offered some options whilst I wait for my friend to arrive. I could go out and explore the city or enjoy some breakfast and a coffee from Chur Restaurant.
So while I wait, I decided to have a quick bite to eat, sorry to hungry and half awake to take a photo. But try out the Avocado with persian feta and marinated cherry tomatoes $12.
Up the glass elevator I noticed bare red brick walls glide past of street inspire artwork, they called themselves Rone, Beastman, Fintan Magee and Numskull. As I entered into my King Room, immediately I notice the prominent vibrant pop of orange in the room, spacious surrounds and the funky glass graffiti sink basin. From the lush king-size bed, Foxtel, movies on demand, free Wi-Fi, bluetooth speakers, Vittoria coffee pod machine (for those don’t like instant sachets).
Making the most of my stay, I decided to take full advantage of the day and went out exploring. With it’s convenient location, walking to Newstead, New Farm and the Brisbane River was a pleasant stroll. For the art aficionado the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane Powerhouse and the Queensland Performing Art Centre at the top picks.
Sure after a long walk with a friend, we got a bit peckish. There was no time to check-out the rooftop gym for a quick workout, the welcoming ground floor Chur Burger was the perfect reward. With a variety of $12 burgers up for grabs, I enjoyed the marinated grilled chicken with mint slaw and hot sauce mayo, whilst my friend has the spiced chickpea fritter with raw beetroot and honey labne – OK we shared a side of sweet potato fries with aioli ($8). It was a moment of silence for a few minutes – yuuum!
After our meal, we met up with one of the senior team members and took us up the lift (which is located at the back of the restaurant) to Up On Constance – a rooftop bar everyone talks about. This airy, open space and colourful furnishings offers great views and a pretty cool cocktail menu. Note to all travellers, it doesn’t open on a Monday. I couldn’t tell you how sad and disappointed I was. Opened from Thurs to Sunday at various times in the afternoon till late.
Lucky for us, we did scope out a local institution called the Empire Hotel, part of the Katarzyna group.
Sure I only had one night here, but the in-house facilities on offer to cater for the business travellers and event organizers. With flexible options available from Chur, cocktail events at UP on Constance, to brainstorming sessions and boardroom style at the Library.
I thought Brisbane was a quiet city, I was wrong. Rich in culture and plethora of activities and endless entertainment. Tryp Brisbane embodies a unique character and partnership with Australian street artists and covering all bases to eat-drink-play for all type of travellers. I’d definitely look forward to returning to the hotel – and to experience the roof top bar i missed out on.