Staycation: The Calile Hotel


I’ve always wanted to do a staycation in my own home city, but there hasn’t been a hotel that’s got me excited enough to book in. That of course changed when I discovered The Calile Hotel – a brand new hotel in Brisbane.

Photography (first four images) Sean Fennessy / Photography (rest of images) Mark Zeidler


There’s something quite unique about doing a staycation in your own home town – I’d highly recommend it as you see the city in a total different light – as a tourist. You try new cafes that you might not necessarily get to normally, explore surrounding shops at a more leisurely pace (no need to worry about the parking meter expiring) and if you forget to bring something – home is not too far away!


So what did I love about The Calile Hotel? Everything. This hotel is very much focussed on details. Every single detail within the hotel was so well thought out and beautifully designed. A hotel should inspire you, and that’s exactly how I felt while there, so many ideas within the hotel and some that I’d love to implement (on a smaller scale/level) in my future home. Travel should always inspire, and this staycation certainly did that.

Our poolside room featured rose pink walls, cork floors and rosé-tinged marble details throughout and oh, a heavy-handed splash of brass (yaasss). It had me oohing and ahhing at every turn. Like a kid in a candy shop I spent the next twenty minutes after check-in going over every single little thing in the room – from the blockout blinds (that yes make the room completely black so you can sleep in), to the custom made circular mini bar, to the brass bin (I’m still trying to hunt one down for myself). And of course the view of the pool from the balcony is fantastic. It was calling my name, so of course I had to oblige.


The pool area is gorgeous. I found myself lusting over the mint striped umbrellas and all of the design details within the cabanas – from the circular inset ceiling, arch-shaped breeze blocks, linen curtains, and even a ceiling fan and speakers – they really did think of it all. I so want to recreate the look in my future home! Hellenika restaurant is located on the pool level, and you can order off their poolside menu whilst lounging about on their deck chairs or cabanas (order the zucchini trips – trust me – they’re highly addictive). And Hellenika even seat guests in some of the cabanas, they just convert the middle of the day bed into a table – genius.


The Calile Hotel is in my opinion, a world-class hotel and is no doubt a destination in itself. Interstate and international readers reading this – add Brisbane to your itinerary and book a stay! Click here to book your stay.