In a stellar achievement for the Queensland hospitality scene, The Calile Hotel has secured its place as the No.12 hotel in the world and earned the prestigious title of “The Best Hotel in Oceania” in the inaugural The World’s 50 Best Hotels awards. The event, a global gathering of representatives from the top 50 nominated hotels, unfolded at London’s historic venue, The Guildhall.
The World’s 50 Best Hotels list, curated by The World’s 50 Best Hotels Academy, an influential assembly of over 580 independent leaders renowned for their expertise in the global hotel industry, promises to revolutionize the world of hotel rankings with its commitment to fairness, utility, and transparency.
Catherine Malouf, Co-owner of The Calile Hotel, expressed immense pride in representing the Malouf family and the dedicated employees of the hotel at this significant celebration. She stated, “This is a win for our team, our collaborators, our loyal guests, and a win for Brisbane as a destination. We are humbled to represent the Australian hotel industry on the world stage.”
The Calile Hotel has made a distinct mark with its bold architectural design, sustainable practices, and its ability to seamlessly blend into the local sub-tropic climate within an urban setting. Designed by renowned architects Richards & Spence, who are celebrated for defining the aesthetics of Brisbane’s James Street precinct, The Calile’s design incorporates an established tropical vernacular. The elevated light green stone-tiled pool and leafy pool terrace, outdoor dining, cabanas, and sun lounges are perfect for a cocktail or two and key elements that embrace the region’s subtropical climate.
Tim Brooke-Webb, Managing Director of World’s 50 Best Group, remarked at the opening of the awards event, “The 50 Best Hotels has redefined hospitality, setting new standards and pushing boundaries to create unique moments for guests.”
Rob Unson, Hotel General Manager, acknowledged that being ranked 12th in the world was a fitting fifth birthday present for the 175-room boutique hotel and a significant win for Australian tourism. He praised the exceptional teamwork at the hotel, emphasizing that “It takes an outstanding team to deliver outstanding guest experiences.”
The voting criteria for these awards were based on selecting the seven best hotel experiences during the voting period. Voters were asked to evaluate every aspect of the hotel’s operation, from the first point of contact to room comfort, quality of food and beverage, on-site facilities, and check-out.
The announcement of The World’s 50 Best Hotels marks the first global launch by the “50 Best” group since 2009. This prestigious accolade joins the group’s existing portfolio, including The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, The World’s 50 Best Bars, their regional editions, and the 50 Best Discovery culinary search engine.
The recognition of The Calile Hotel on the international stage not only celebrates its excellence but also highlights the vibrancy of the Australian hospitality and tourism sector and encourages visitors from around the globe to book their next stay in Australia.