Hotel and Apartment Boom In Fortitude Valley

A construction boom is going on in Fortitude Valley, with several apartment and hotel developments set to open in the next few years.

Forrester Properties is building a 56-unit apartment with its own cafe and wine bar, a deli and convenient store, and private dining room, has begun. Called Baxter St Apartments, the apartment building will rise to 10 storeys. There will be 25 one-bedroom units and 31 two-bedroom units. Forrester Properties will retain management rights.

photo credit: Baxter St Apartments

The former Queens Arms Pub and its adjoining hotel is undergoing an extensive $5 million rehabilitation and will reopen in 2017. With 93 rooms spread across four levels, the hotel will also have a coffee shop, restaurant, a boutique wine cellar at ground level, and basement car parking. Once owned by rugby league legend Arthur ‘Artie’ Beetson, the project is being run by development company Pacifica and will be managed by SilverNeedle Hospitality. The hotel will be rebranded as the Sage Hotel James Street.

photo credit: SilverNeedle Hotels

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Hotel chain TFE Hotels will be building a 178-room luxury hotel in Fortitude Valley, which is set to open in 2018. Calile Hotel, which is being developed by Calile Malouf Investments, and will be operated by TFE Hotels. Designed by Richards & Spence Architect, the seven-storey hotel will also include more than 2600sqm of retail and hospitality space. There will be restaurants and cafes on the ground floor, a podium level with a swimming pool, cabanas, a fitness centre, a business centre, a restaurant and a day spa. Also housed on the same level will be a 300-seat function room. At the basement there will be parking for 220 vehicles.

photo credit: TFE Hotels

A new 140-room hotel is being planned on 458 Brunswick Street, with an opening date of 2020. Hotel Indigo, to be built by West End-based developers Pointcorp, is planned as a boutique hotel and will feature several art galleries, laneway restaurants and boutique stores when it is finished. Pointcorp also recently signed a management agreement with the hotel chain Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG), which will manage the hotel. IHG currently has 26 hotels operating in Australia under the brands Intercontinental, Holiday Inn, and Crown Plaza, and Holiday Inn Express.

photo credit: IHG