Ovolo the Valley to open in November
Following its acquisition of Brisbane’s Emporium Hotel last January, the Ovolo Hotel Group is increasing its stature in the capital of Australia’s state of Queensland. Brisbane’s newest hotel will open next month as Ovolo The Valley.
The US$40 million project, including the renovation of the iconic property by global architecture firm Woods Bagot (the award-winning designers behind the revitalization of Brisbane’s Howard Smith Wharves and The Ivy in Sydney), takes staying in Brisbane into a new era with a hotel inspired by the eclectic culture and iconic history of the city’s Fortitude Valley. Ovolo The Valley will draw guests sleeping in its 103 rooms into a whimsical oasis of color, art and eccentricity.
“There are many new aspects to the Brisbane hotel market,” says CEO and Chairman of the Ovolo Group, Girish Jhunjhnuwala, “but what sets us apart is exceptional design and exceptional customer service; we strive to exceed expectations and our rankings and customer feedback say it all; we’re confident that Ovolo The Valley will be a market leader in Brisbane.”
“Our ethos demands that each of our hotels must have its own unique personality,” Jhunjhnuwala continued, “with style inspired by it surroundings, culture, heritage and Ovolo’s playful spirit. There is an element of fantasy, escapism and play in The Valley and we see it as the perfect contemporary oasis to escape busy urban lives.”
Queensland’s Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development, Kate Jones, said that the opening marks a great milestone for Brisbane. “We’re proud that Girish has chosen yet again to bring his unique Ovolo style and sensibility to Brisbane,” she continued, adding that “the group has seized the opportunity to reposition and bring one of the city’s most well-known hotels into a new era as Ovolo The Valley. Following on from the Ovolo Inchcolm opening last year, we see the group’s second Brisbane hotel as a major vote of confidence, and with investments totaling around AUS$90 million, this project is helping solidify the city’s reputation as a world-class destination.”
Woods Bagot’s Principal and Hotel Sector Leader (Australia), Bronwyn McColl, says the design of Ovolo The Valley celebrates Fortitude Valley’s eclectic mix – the rich colors of the streets and laneways, its social and cultural diversity.
“With an eccentric mix of art, fashion, style and a whole lot of fabulous, we’ve created a new personality in Brisbane’s hotel market that will take the Ovolo guest by surprise – including the most incredible rock star suites in honor of the late David Bowie with 1970s-inspired velvet lounges and a gold bar for those who dare!” added McColl.
The interior design for the new hotel’s rooms focuses on creating a whimsical oasis for guests, with colorful elements and commissioned art pieces, including custom wallpaper and eccentric furniture and illustrations. Ovolo the Valley will offer 24-hour room service, large flat-screen televisions, Google Chromecast, multiple wall plugs, phone chargers and Amazon’s Alexa cloud-based voice service, able to assist guests with just about every command.
A rooftop swimming pool, gym, sauna, meeting rooms and Ovolo’s signature standard inclusions – free breakfast, free WiFi, free in-room mini bar, free laundry and free happy hour drinks daily – make The Valley the ultimate luxury hotel experience.
The foyer at Ovolo The Valley
While Ovolo The Valley will open next month, work by Woods Bagot in collaboration with AvroKO in New York, will continue on the hotel’s standalone restaurant and bar concept to open next year.
Food and drink is a big part of the Ovolo Hotel Group concept, with award-winning restaurants at its other Australian properties, including; Alibi at Ovolo Woolloomooloo (Sydney) fronted by restaurateur Matthew Kenney, and Monster Kitchen & Bar at Ovolo Nishi (Canberra). The group recently opened Mister Percy at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour (Sydney), a Mediterranean-style wine bar fronted by renowned chef Justin North.
With room rates starting at AUS$300 (approx. US$214) per night, Ovolo The Valley will mark a second Brisbane milestone for the boutique hotel brand following last year’s opening of Ovolo Inchcolm.
About Ovolo Hotels
Founded by Girish Jhunjhnuwala in 2002, Ovolo Hotels has become one of Hong Kong’s largest independent owner, operator hospitality firms, by providing business and leisure guests with the best in effortless living. The company keeps in touch with the modern traveller through award-winning interior designs, detail-driven comforts, focused all-inclusive service and cutting-edge ensuite technology, all done in Ovolo’s signature style. A proud Hong Kong brand, Ovolo remains a family owned and privately-operated business with a charitable core. The company now runs four hotels and a service apartment in Hong Kong, and three hotels across Sydney and Melbourne. Ovolo has also recently launched a new brand Mojo Nomad, in Aberdeen Harbour Hong Kong which opened its doors on 22nd December 2017. Mojo Nomad is a co-habitation concept for global nomads that combines travel, lifestyle and community at its core and will be entering the Australian market in the near future.
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