It’s edgy, It’s colourful. It’s cool. It’s the TRYP Fortitude Valley Hotel in Brisbane.

The TRYP has found its home on Constance Street, the eclectic street in the Fortitude Valley. And this Brisbane hotel is not shy. The TRYP Fortitude Valley is art-inspired that takes the word cool to a whole new level.

Once the address of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes clubhouse, in 2008 it was bought over by developer Jay McPhee. For a few years the building laid dormant and it soon became a canvas for local street artists. In 2013, McPhee teamed up with the Wyndham Hotel Group to bring to life the TRYP hotel brand in Australia.

And so this Brisbane hotel was born.

Hotel Corridor | TRYP Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Hotel | Hello Raya Blog
The Corridor leading to our room

The TRYP is modern and playful, with all the fittings needed for business and leisure travellers alike. The rooms are decked out with a well-stocked mini bar, comfortable sized bed, Vittoria Coffee Pod machine, iPod stereo… just to name a few.

Part of what makes the TRYP Fortitude Valley a unique Brisbane hotel is its street art. No, I don’t mean random graffiti tags. The TRYP has teamed up with street artists including Fintan Magee, Beastman, Rone and Numskull to showcase their creative styles.

Street Art | TRYP Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Hotel | Hello Raya Blog
Street art features throughout the hotel

The Experience

It’s the early afternoon and I arrive on Constance Street. My eyes instantly catch the impressive mural adorned on the façade of the building – the work of Fintan Magee. Already the TRYP personality shining through and I haven’t even left my Uber yet. I was intrigued.

The check-in process is smooth sailing and we are even escorted by the receptionist to our room – what service!

Queen Room | TRYP Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Hotel | Hello Raya Blog
The Queen Room

We arrive to our Queen Room and instantly my eyes catch on to the glass basin in the bathroom. Not something that would normally catch my eye, but when it is a bright orange graffiti tagged glass basin, you definitely pay attention. What a centre piece in amongst the black fittings of the bathroom… and it was custom made for the TRYP Fortitude Valley.

Graffiti Glass Basin | TRYP Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Hotel | Hello Raya Blog
The custom made Graffiti glass basin

It was from this moment on, I knew I would love my experience staying at the TRYP.

The room was compact, but a decent size for a city hotel. And even for its compact size, the room had all the fittings for a comfortable stay.

Comfy bed, check.

Well-stocked mini bar, check.

Vittoria Coffee Pod machine, check.

iPod Stereo, check.

Ironing board, check.

Remote controlled blinds, check.

Safe, check.

….And I can continue on….

Other features that I really liked in the room included the blue lighting on the backboard of the bed. And the wallpaper in the room is fantastic. I am a huge fan of colour, so I instantly fell in love with the multi-coloured wallpaper. Would I want it in my own home? Um, yes please.

There is also a gym onsite, as well and a cool lounge/library on the second floor.

Lounge | TRYP Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Hotel | Hello Raya Blog
The Library/Lounge at the hotel

Eating & Drinking

This Brisbane hotel is well positioned in the Fortitude Valley. It is walking distance from a variety of food and drink options. Plus, public transportation is easy to find here, including the train which is only a 5-minute walk away.

If you are looking for great food and drink options that are within walking distance, I would recommend the following:

  • Chur
  • Eleven Rooftop Bar
  • Kwan Brothers
  • Donut Time
  • The Mill on Constance
  • Kerbside
Chur Restaurant | TRYP Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Hotel | Hello Raya Blog
Chur Restaurant

Chur is located in the lobby area and serves up great burgers, tacos and drinks. I recommend trying the “Salty Sailor” drink, which is a combination of the Salty Dog drink with Sailor Jerrys rum. The music was a mix of hip hop and R&B – many songs were old school, which was a fun atmosphere.

This Brisbane hotel is also walking distance to Brisbane’s Chinatown, James Street and New Farm areas, which has a whole variety of food and drink options to choose from.

So as you can see, location wise, you can’t go wrong at the TRYP Fortitude Valley.

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The Verdict

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I highly recommend the TRYP Fortitude Valley. This Brisbane hotel is full of life – it’s exciting, it’s youthful, it’s eclectic.

Have grown up living in the world of the hotel industry, I am always on the look out for unique and cool hotels. The TRYP definitely ticked the box for me and I would not hesitate to recommend it.

The hotel is comfortable, and well located, making for a great time in Brisbane. I really enjoyed my time here and cannot wait to be back!



No compensation was received for this review, however the TRYP Fortitude Valley kindly offered a complimentary night. All opinions remains my own. 

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9 Comments on TRYP Fortitude Valley – A Brisbane Hotel inspired by Street Art

  1. What a fun hotel! I’m loving all the color and art that has been incorporated into the hotel. Definitely a stay you would never forget!

  2. Thanks for writing up this review. Even though I rarely get out to experience hotel accommodation, this looks exactly the sort of place I’d like to stay. It’s all about the art for me. I’m not so sure about your ‘young’ recommendation comment though, lol. I know of lots of people in their middle years who would find this place amazing, and up tempo. I’ll be letting them know about it.

    • Thanks for your comment :-). It was definitely such an awesome place that I think would suit people of all ages.

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