Playful, bold and unexpected. For a totally unique stay, the gentleman’s choice is Tryp Hotel. Located in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, this boutique retreat awe inspires with street art designs showcased throughout.

We arrive at Tryp Hotel on a Saturday afternoon, passing by the popular nightspot Kerbside next door. Although nestled in one of Brisbane’s liveliest suburbs, the hotel is surprisingly peaceful once inside. You definitely feel a boutique vibe from the moment you step into the intimate lobby. Greeted by friendly, helpful and personable staff, we are checked into our room within minutes.

We take the (very stylish) elevator up to the second floor and easily find our King Room with Internal Spa. Expecting a typical shoe-box sized room, we were blown away by the generous proportions featuring extra living space, a king size bed and huge spa bath. The fit out is top-notch and very trendy. I particularly enjoyed the orange colour accents, subway tiled bathroom and graffiti pattern sink. We spent some time checking out the space (and playing with the remote controlled blinds) before heading downstairs for a bite.

One of the best aspects of Tryp Hotel is its convenient location. You are right in the centre of Fortitude Valley, with an array of dining options on your doorstep. But you don’t need to even leave the hotel to experience one of Brisbane’s best burger joints. Chur Burger serves up a variety of burgers from the classic cheeseburger to unique chef’s specials. We enjoyed a karaage chicken burger with Asian slaw, served on a brioche bun – deeeelicious!

After our meal, we took the lift (which is located at the back of the restaurant) to Up On Constance – the resident rooftop bar. With fun, colourful furnishings, great views and a pleasing cocktail menu, we found ourselves staying there for most of the evening. The best part was that it only took two minutes to get back to our room at the end of the night – no need for a tedious walk or cab fare.

The next morning we had a glorious sleep in (thank you block out blinds!) before heading out for the day to explore nearby New Farm Park. Oh, we did have some french toast downstairs first. Who would have thought a burger joint could make such great breakfasts?! Being Brisbane locals, a trip to New Farm Park usually requires a lengthy drive from the suburbs, then spending a while trying to find a park. Staying at Tryp meant we were able to walk to New Farm Park easily, passing through the popular James St precinct.

Although our weekend was one for pleasure, I think Tryp Hotel would make an ideal spot for a business trip. The location is only minutes from the CBD and I was able to check my emails all weekend long using the free Wi-fi. A small meeting space and library are also available.

I’d definitely look to stay at Tryp Hotel again if I was seeing a gig at the nearby music venues; the Triffid, The Zoo or the Tivoli. But even if you don’t have a particular reason to stay in Fortitude Valley, Tryp Hotel is well worth a visit, if only to relax and unwind in a home away from home. The hipster interiors and surrounds are more than enough to entice a return visit from me.

Tryp Hotel
Instagram: @trypbrisbane
Chur Burger
Instagram: @churburgerbrisbane
Up on Constance
Instagram: @uponconstance

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