Arriving at the new Rydges Fortitude valley is like coming home – to a home you never knew you had. Comfortable and welcoming, this 208-room hotel oozes funky, rural charm with its industrial-chic interiors, while blending a contemporary-meets-country feel with all the necessary touches to make it quintessentially Queensland.
Located within the Brisbane Showgrounds precinct in Bowen Hills, Rydges Fortitude Valley is positioned right between the showgrounds themselves and the Brisbane CBD, just a short seven-minute drive away. Meanwhile, the bustling centre of Fortitude Valley can be reached in 10 minutes on foot and Brisbane’s international and domestic airport is only a mere 16-minute drive away, making this an ideal option for those in transit.
For travellers on a budget, Rydges Fortitude Valley certainly over-delivers, with modern amenities and an impressive array of facilities, including all of the essentials; free in-room WiFi, the renowned ‘Rydges Dream Bed’, a huge flat screen TV, rain shower-heads, room service and full blackout curtains, not to mention the cute animal cushions on each bed, adding a welcoming and cosy touch.
Dining options include the signature Six Acres Restaurant, which boasts a paddock-to-plate concept offering fresh, mouth-watering dishes from behind floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the RNA Showgrounds. The Paddock Bar lends itself as a lively meeting place with an urban-chic vibe and indoor-outdoor areas. Grab yourself an expertly crafted cocktail – I recommend the Negroni for gin lovers – and perch yourself on the wooden deck under a tree outside for a perfect end to the day.