The Calile takes no.12 ranking in inaugural World’s Best 50 Hotels awards

The Calile, The World’s 50 Best Hotels awards.
The Calile Hotel, Brisbane. Image supplied.

Brisbane’s The Calile Hotel has been named no.12 and the best hotel in Oceania at the inaugural The World’s 50 Best Hotels awards

The Calile Hotel in the James Street precinct of Fortitude Valley in Brisbane has taken home the 12th placing in the first edition of the World’s 50 Best Hotels awards, presented in London on 19 September.

Organised and presented by the World’s 50 Best Group, the awards are aligned with the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and World’s 50 Best Bars lists, which have been ranking some of the most innovative and spectacular dining and drinking establishments around the globe since 2002 and 2009, respectively.

Selected by the World’s 50 Best Hotels Academy, a group of more than 580 independent leaders with independent expertise, the list of hotels is designed to provide a transparent hotel ranking system and celebrate those properties setting new bars and pushing boundaries for guests, according to World’s 50 Best Group Managing Director Tim Brooke-Webb.

Voting criteria were based on selecting the seven best hotel experiences during the voting period, with voters asked to consider every element of the hotel’s operation, from first contact point to room comfort, quality of food and beverage, on-site facilities, and check-out.


At the awards ceremony in London, The Calile Hotel Co-owner Catherine Malouf highlighted the property’s urbanity and resort-style ambiance as giving it a broad appeal with guests and the wider travel industry.

“There is no doubt The Calile Hotel has carved a name for itself and sparked a trend in ‘urban resorts’ with its bold architectural commitment, sustainable practices, and by embracing its local and sub-tropic climate within an urban setting,” said Malouf.

The 175-key hotel was designed by Brisbane-based architects Richards & Spence to embrace the city’s tropical climate with a light green-tiled pool, lined with cabanas and sun lounges, and a leafy terrace where guests can enjoy al fresco dining.

Hotel General Manager, Rob Unson, said the accolade was a fitting fifth birthday present hotel and a win for Australian tourism.

“It takes an outstanding team to deliver outstanding guest experiences, and I want to take a moment to thank the hotel team — from our housekeepers to our pool attendants, maintenance and kitchen teams, and our front-of-house guest service attendants — who go above and beyond to welcome our guests back through the arches time and time again,” he said.

“This accolade is a testament to their professionalism, and tonight is a win for them.”


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