It was settled as a penal colony and was notorious for its treatment of the convicts. Free settlers began to arrive in Brisbane in 1837 although they were not allowed closer than eighty kilometres to the penal area. This set a pattern of a decentralised city that is evident today—Brisbane has several distinct communities as well as the central area. Gold discoveries in Queensland helped Brisbane’s growth and in 1859, Queensland became a self governing colony with Brisbane as the capital. Queensland’s other natural resources—coal, silver, lead and zinc—were also developed and Brisbane flourished. A leisurely stroll around the wide streets of the small city centre is an ideal way to pass time and see the mixture of old and new buildings. The Brisbane River winds its way through the city. A river cruise is a very pleasant way to see the city and to get to the many riverside tourist attractions. Surrounded by some spectacular country, there are a variety of day trips to experience from the city including the Gold Coast, the Gold Coast Hinterland, Mount Glorious, the Sunshine Coast, and the offshore islands.
The first Australian member of Design Hotels, the Limes Hotel, is located in the hub of Brisbane’s nightlife, also known for its trendy cafes, shops, bars and restaurants—Fortitude Valley, more commonly referred to as “the Valley” by the city’s locals. You will be warmly welcomed by their attentive hotel staff, comforted by styled guestrooms, and embraced by a new hotel experience for Brisbane. A stunning yet simple urban retreat, Limes is complete with open-air roof top bar and intimate roof top cinema. Whether staying for a night, a drink, a movie, or all of the above, Limes presents an accommodation experience for business or pleasure.
Featuring twenty-one rooms catering to the independent traveller, Limes rejects the 5-star norms opting to focus on guests’ primary travel requirements in styled lodgings. Choose between a balcony or courtyard room—complete with hammock—that complement the gorgeous weather of Brisbane. Textured practical modern furniture, comfy beds and logically set out light fixtures and switches enhance the living space. The attractive bathrooms feature large black tiling and white corian. Sorry, no bathtubs—Brisbane is on tight water restrictions! Other guestroom amenities include kitchenette with working bench space, free Wi-Fi or broadband access, iPod dock, 32inch LCD televisions, and L’Occitane toiletries, Daily Newspaper Service, and Complimentary Beverage on the roof top.
Leisure and business travellers, and even locals seeking a weekend getaway, will appreciate such a versatile Brisbane lodging with a high degree of in-room design and refreshing amounts of imagination. You’ll receive the guestroom essentials you require, with a few things that strike a clever chord.
- FREE in room unlimited internet (wireless or broadband)
- 2 Guaranteed Entry Passes to the Roof Top Bar
- FREE Daily Gym Pass for Fitness First
- Daily Newspaper Service – have either the Australian or Courier Mail delivered to your door by 7am. Complimentary daily service on request
- Complimentary Beverage on the roof top – A complimentary signature Limes Cocktail or glass of our “wine of the month” at the roof top bar during your stay.
- Maximum 2 Guests. Bedding is configured as one King Size Deluxe bed.
From just $12 (plus online booking fee) per ticket you can enjoy a great evening watching a movie under the stars with the city lights as a back drop. The rooftop bar opens from 5pm so drinks and tapas can be purchased prior to and during the movie screening. There are generally two sessions per night, and the 1st session commences sharply at 6:30pm and our bar remains open until midnight. Also, stay around after the screening and enjoy the urban atmosphere this rooftop has to offer.
Brisbanes fantastic weather and excellent restaurants makes dining out a particularly pleasurable experience. Regional specialities such as Moreton Bay bugs, tiger prawns, mudcrabs, reef fish, and barramundi are just some of the delights available to tempt your taste buds.
Mt Glorious lies to the northwest of Brisbane in the Brisbane Forest Park, 28 500 hectares of subtropical forests and hills. Take the Mt Nebo route and you will be rewarded with some spectacular mountain views along the way to the sleepy settlement of Mt Glorious nestled within the dense forests of the mountaintop. Walking tracks at the peak allow you to fully experience your surroundings. Stop at Wivenhoe Outlook, a forest platform with magnificent views of Lake Wivenhoe on the upper Brisbane River. Take the alternative route, just as scenic, back to Brisbane via Samford.
The warm tropical currents of the waters around Brisbane provide a mix of temperate fish, such as bream, whiting, and flathead plus tropical fish species including snapper, sweetlips, and reef cod. Estuary, beach, reef, and offshore fishing is all possible.
Enjoy the Limes’ comfort and luxury as you explore Brisbane and surrounding communities.