If Fortitude Valley is Brisbane’s hippest arts and entertainment district, then TRYP Fortitude Valley Hotel is its coolest choice for accommodation. Located in the heart of The Valley (as the locals call it), TRYP Fortitude Valley Hotel manages to combine street-art, hipster-style with a luxury hotel feel. Read on to find out about my two-night stay at Brisbane’s most arty hotel…
Arriving off a very delayed train from Bundaberg – feeling exhausted, ill and just downright dirty – I navigated my way from Fortitude Valley train station to the muraled-exterior of TRYP Fortitude Valley Hotel on Constance Street. Just 10 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD, The Valley is known as the nightlife hub of the city, as well as the dedicated arts and entertainment district.
Under the eyes of the huge woman painted onto the front of the building, I entered the lobby and was surprised to find a well-dressed, elderly couple checking-in at the reception desk in front of me. Apparently, TRYP attracts all types – from hipsters to middle-class business travellers and tourists – although the staff eyed-up my backpack in a way that told me they don’t often see backpackers splurging on two nights accommodation in one of their King Rooms.
After spotting one of Agoda’s awesome “Secret Hotel” deals (where you book an offer based on review score and location, without knowing which hotel it is you are going to) at a hugely discounted rated, I treated myself to two-nights in the 4.5-star hotel, for under $200. I was desperate for a break from hostels, shared dorms and, to be perfectly honest, other backpackers (anyone who says travelling isn’t tiring has experienced hostel life in Bundaberg!)
After a weird moment with the receptionist (who charged me a $100 deposit upfront for the room, instead of just taking my credit card) he led me to a glass lift and we whizzed past brick muralled walls to the first floor.
Opening the orange door into my room – a King Room with a view onto attached restaurant Chur Burger’s laneway – the receptionist explained something about the motorised blinds but my tired brain was already eyeing up the huge bed!
After he left and I dumped my backpack, I had the chance to properly check out the space – a decent sized room with a glass-boxed bathroom and another huge mural of a woman adorning the wall. In one corner, a stylish desk and chair sat below a framed street-art shot and a massive TV hung directly in front of the bed.
Aside from Vittoria pod coffee machine (which was a nice little luxury for a coffee addict like me!) and a well-stocked mini-bar that included Freddo bars (amazing!), the room’s main feature was the bathroom sink…seriously!
The rest of the bathroom was kitted out with stylish monochrome accessories…but the sink was definitely the star attraction. TRYP had one of the graffiti/street-art style basins custom made for each room – bringing the artwork from the rest of the hotel into the bathroom.
The bathroom also had some nice little ZAMBELI toiletries and a great rainfall shower – although I noticed that it wasn’t exactly 4.5 star-standard clean when I arrived. Outside of the bathroom, the rest of the room was stylish, modern and perfectly aligned with the TRYP hotel brand. An iPod docking station sat next to the bed and the motorised black-out blinds were a cool touch.
Both the window and the headboard had the option for blue side/back-lighting, which gave the room a somewhat nightclub-ish feel with the main lights switched off. The bed couldn’t have been more perfect (although I was at the point of exhaustion and probably would have found any bed comfortable!) – with huge soft pillows and enough room for three people.
The massive TV gave you the option for local channels and paid-for-movies, as well as being the control for the free Wi-Fi – which was, by Australian standards – fairly reliable. After a shower and a nap, I checked out the Chur Burger menu in my room and decided that eating in the hotel was an excellent idea.
Attached to the lobby, Chur Burger is one of Fortitude Valley’s most popular burger and breakfast joints…and they seemed to offer better value for money than anywhere else I came across. I had a huge pulled pork burger – with Chur BBQ sauce, red slaw and fennel mayo – for just $12.
The next morning, I managed to drag myself out of the ridiculously comfortable bed and headed back down to Chur Burger to check out their coffee and breakfast menu.
I sat at one of the outside tables, in the street-art covered laneway, and devoured a plate of their waffles with bacon, ice cream and maple syrup, as well as a caramel latte (I needed the sugar!).
I spent the rest of the morning exploring and photographing the Valley (which you can read more about in my Quick Guide to Fortitude Valley) before making my way back to TRYP for an afternoon of catching up on writing and emails.
I also had the chance to check out the TRYP library and lounge area (very stylish, with space for meetings too) and the hotel’s rooftop bar – Up on Constance – which serves expensive bar snacks (think cheese boards and seafood), cocktails and offers impressive views of the city.
Most of the time when I travel, a hotel, hostel or whatever form of accommodation I’m using isn’t much more than a place to dump my bag and sleep at the end of a long day’s exploring…but with TRYP Fortitude Valley, it was different.
The hotel feels so much like a part of the surrounding district, and features so many works of art, that it’s more like one of the unmissable places you must see whilst you are visiting the Valley than it is simply just somewhere to sleep!
tryp fortitude valley hotel: need to know
Location: Constance St, Fortitude Valley
Booking & Cost: I booked two nights accommodation in a King Room at TRYP Fortitude Valley through Agoda Secret Deals for £120 (GBP), which at the time of booking was approx $190 (AUD). King Rooms are available from $149 (AUD) on the TRYP Fortitude Valley Hotel website.
- Central location
- Free WiFi
- Unique design
- Comfy bed
- Free tea & coffee
- Luxury ZAMBELI Toiletries
Tel: 07 3319 7888
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***No part of this stay was comped by the hotel – I paid the same as you would, and booked one of the Secret Deals through Agoda. This post does contain affiliate links, which don’t cost you anything but help (in a teeny, tiny way) towards the running cost of this blog***