Limes Hotel (the first Australian member of Design Hotels) is not just a hotel, nor is it merely a bar. The Fortitude Valley establishment is both, providing accommodation and a popular rooftop bar.
The hotel's guest rooms favours a design philosophy that combines style and comfort. Each room is furnished with trendy but practical furniture and has a king sized bed, 32 inch LCD television, Nespresso coffee maker, Wi-Fi and daily newspaper service – all the modern comforts you need – as well as a balcony or private courtyard, depending on your preference.
The Rooftop Bar has become a popular destination for the twenty and thirty something market, who flock there on Friday and Saturday nights to enjoy live music and/or skilled DJs. The bar is well stocked with a massive variety of regional liqueurs, five different types of gin, Mexican tequilas, French cognac, absinthe from the Czech Republic, whiskeys from Scotland and Ireland and loads more.
But Limes is just as entertaining during the week. The Rooftop Cinema opens on Monday nights and airs recent releases (like Avatar) and cult classics (Kill Bill, Boogie Nights). Enjoy an al fresco cinema experience for only $14.90. Movies start at 7.30pm every Monday night.
Tuesday and Wednesday nights provide foodie experiences, with the Tuesday Night Soup Kitchen serving up warm soup on cold winter nights. On Wine and Cheese Wednesday, customers can grab a cheese platter and bottle of red wine for $30, which they can enjoy while listening to live music. Cocktails and tapas are also available.
If you're a jazz aficionado and lament the lack of Brisbane venues, Limes has you covered. Head down (or up) to the Rooftop Bar on Thursday night to see a different jazz, blues or soul artist each week. Finally, rejuvenate on a Sunday afternoon at the sunset & decks session, a laid back afternoon of tropical cocktails, ice cold beers and soulful music while you watch the sun set. Bliss!
If you are planning on spending a night here, keep in mind that you will be sleeping underneath a bar, and that the rooms aren't sound proofed - not exactly the place to be if you want a good nights sleep after a long day. Patrons have also complained about the lack of signage, although the hotel's distinctive design makes it easy to find on the street. Limes Hotel is not the place you'd book for a family holiday, but it does make for a fun night out and the views of the city from the Rooftop Bar are amazing.