Despite the affordable price tag, there’s no cutting corners at Sage Hotel James Street, a central Fortitude Valley property. In the bright, smart rooms of this Brisbane hotel, espresso machines, plush beds sheathed in fancy linen and spacious bathrooms ensure both convenience and comfort, while balconies with sweeping city views and complimentary access to a nearby pool and fitness centre ticks more than a few boxes in the “holiday” column. Read on for the full review.
In this part of Fortitude Valley, it’s a case of same ’hood, different house: some might be happy to pay a premium for more ’grammable digs but when you’re steps from the same crowd, cafes and convivial vibes, no-fuss comfort can go a long way.
Where is Sage Hotel James Street?
Sage Hotel James Street sits on its namesake road, a main run through the middle of east Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, less than 10 minutes’ drive from the centre of Brisbane CBD. It’s about 20 minutes by car from Brisbane Airport.
What’s near Sage Hotel James Street?
Sage Hotel James Street is amongst the action in Fortitude Valley, a lively little cluster of Federation-fronted boutiques, bars and cafes. From here, the renowned Hellenika (and its incredible Greek grub) is a mere 200-metre walk away, while the good-time-hub of The Prince Consort, a multi-level, multi-space venue of tequila corners and floral drinking gardens is 15 minutes away on foot. The IMA (Institute of Modern Art) is even closer than that.
Dressed in tones of midnight and centred on photographic murals of striking industrial scenes, Sage’s rooms are a treasure trove of big-brand amenities, provided at a more budget rate. Dig around and find fluffy, monogrammed bathrobes, Vittoria pod espresso machines, free in-room movies, soaking tubs (in Superior City View Queen Rooms and above), DreamWeave beds with 300 thread count sheets, as well as feather pillows and bathroom goodies. In Superior Queen and Deluxe King rooms, balconies flow out from the floor-to-ceiling windows, with Brisbane’s skyline on stunning display from west-facing rooms.
Travel for work
Every room includes a small desk, ergonomic chair and free wi-fi.
Gym and pool
All guests at Sage gain access to Valley Pool & Gym Brisbane, a vast facility that has everything from yoga classes to swimming lessons and a heated pool indoors for wellness seekers. It’s about a 10-minute walk from the property.
The Special Access Room offers the same comforts, as well as being spacious enough for wheelchair users, as well as a fully accessible bathroom.
What you need to know
Dogs are warmly welcomed at Sage as part of the Paw Pads program. Treat your beloved to a ground-level courtyard room, complete with poo bag and water bowl provisions, as well as an adorable in-house guide to the best dog-friendly venues in the local area.
Best for: Staycay-ers and business travellers
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Rates: From $169
Parking: Available in a secure, nearby car park for $25 a day
Address: 70 James Street, Fortitude Valley
Phone: (07) 3222 3111
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