The luxury hotel is the latest in a slew of five-star properties that have opened their doors in Brisbane in the past 12 months
Ovolo The Valley has opened its doors in the heart of Brisbane’s vibrant and cultural precinct of Fortitude Valley as a contemporary oasis for urban dwellers.
Inspired by the diverse culture and iconic history of Fortitude Valley, guests of Ovolo The Valley can expect an eclectic and whimsical interior featuring plenty of colour and art, quirky details, fun wallpaper, eccentric furniture and illustrations curated throughout.
The launch of Ovolo The Valley marks another milestone for the boutique hotel collection and is the second Queensland hotel to fall under the design-led hotel group, following the opening of Ovolo Inchcolm earlier this year.
With a rooftop swimming pool looking over the unique vista of Fortitude Valley, Ovolo The Valley comprises of a gym, a sauna and a unique meeting room aptly named ‘B.I.G’. The large-scale project was led by award-winning global architecture firm, Woods Bagot, who have been behind a long list of recent hotel overhauls and new developments including West Hotel and Primus Hotel in Sydney, and The InterContinental Hotel Perth.
“Our brief to Woods Bagot was that each of our hotels must have their own unique personality and style, inspired by local surrounds, culture, heritage and Ovolo’s playful, forward-thinking spirit, and they’ve delivered exactly that,” said founder and CEO of the Ovolo Group, Girish Jhunjhnuwala, adding that an element of fantasy, escapism and play comes to the fore at Ovolo The Valley.
Ovolo The Valley seems to have been designed with the aesthete in mind, showcasing eye-catching design in every space and each of the 103 rooms, creating a frenzy of colour. Guests can choose from five styles of room – Medium, Large, Large Spa, The Valley Suites and Rockstar Suites – with each designed to cater to different levels of space and indulgence.
Go all out and book one of the Rockstar Suites and expect a king size bed and a separate lounge, bar and dining area featuring a dining table, arm chairs, speaker unit and original art pieces by Daniel R. Watkins and Gerwyn Davies.
The art displayed throughout the hotel is put front and centre rather than as complementary décor additions, with art curator, Kathleen Wilson, having been commissioned to create playful and quirky artwork pieces for the hotel’s unique public spaces.
The new Ovolo The Valley will feature the Ovolo brand’s ‘effortless living’ ethos, with 24-hour room service, large flat-screen televisions, Google Chromecast, additional wall plugs, phone chargers in every room and even Amazon’s Alexa cloud-based voice service, to assist guests with just about every command.
As a brand standard, guests who book directly with Ovolo will also receive complimentary Wi-Fi, self-laundry, breakfast, social happy hour, mini-bar and a bag full of treats.
A restaurant and bar will open at Ovolo The Valley in early 2019 headed by chef and restauranteur, Justin North, who has also worked at Sydney’s Ovolo 1888 darling Harbour’s restaurant, Mister Percy.
The opening of Ovolo The Valley comes during a period of massive development in the city of Brisbane, which is being marketed as ‘Australia’s new world city’ on an international stage. 24 new hotels and more than 1200 hotel rooms have opened, on average, each year in Brisbane in the past four years, with the most recent being The Westin Brisbane, The Calile, Emporium Hotel Southbank and The W Brisbane.
Tourism Industry Development Minister, Kate Jones said of Ovolo The Valley’s opening: “Following on from the Ovolo Inchcolm opening last year, we see the group’s second hotel as a major vote of confidence in Brisbane.
“With investments totalling approximately $90 million, this project is helping to solidify Brisbane’s reputation as a world-class destination.”
Ovolo The Valley is now open for bookings.