Vacations & Travel - - Tried & Tested - By Danielle Lan­caster nex­tho­

Wel­come to the Sage Ho­tel James Street, a con­tem­po­rary, new ho­tel sit­u­ated in For­ti­tude Val­ley, Bris­bane. Pro­vid­ing 93 guest rooms built around the iconic Queens Arms ho­tel, the Sage Ho­tel seam­lessly com­bines the tra­di­tional façade with modern ho­tel in­te­ri­ors. The ho­tel is sit­u­ated close to Bris­bane’s CBD, Chi­na­town and the city’s art precincts, parks and gar­dens. Take the short 3 km walk to New Farm Park, with beau­ti­ful gar­dens bor­der­ing the Bris­bane River and the Pow­er­house Mu­seum, an arts cen­tre on the east­ern end of the park. Con­sider strolling in the op­po­site di­rec­tion, and the same dis­tance will take you through Chi­na­town to the city. The ferry sys­tem is an in­ex­pen­sive, ef­fi­cient and fab­u­lous way to ex­plore Bris­bane and you will find many ferry ter­mi­nals along the way. Within a few blocks of the ho­tel, you can browse the bou­tique designer stores and fab­u­lous eater­ies along James Street – Ger­ard’s Bistro, hid­den down a laneway, is just one ex­am­ple.

The cor­ner rooms on the fourth floor are the cream of the crop with views across planted ter­races to the city and sub­urbs. With a DreamWeave Sleep­Sys­tem mat­tress, 300-thread count li­nen and pre­mium feather pil­lows, sleep should come eas­ily. A 24-hour re­cep­tion, valet park­ing, free gym and pool ac­cess, along with a com­pli­men­tary city chauf­feur in their very own Mercedes-Benz E-Class is sup­plied. Add to that, high-speed WiFi – no timers, no fees or lim­its on de­vices – a se­lec­tion of movies plus an espresso ma­chine all com­bine to form an ex­cel­lent place to stay at one of the new­est ‘kids on the block’ in Bris­bane.

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