Fortitude Valley's GPO Hotel Is Being Taken Over by the Hospitality Group Behind Cali Beach Club

Artesian Hospitality is giving the iconic Ann Street spot a hefty makeover, turning it into "a variety of unique experiential venues".
Sarah Ward
August 24, 2022

One of Fortitude Valley's iconic buildings is getting a revamp behind its heritage-listed facade. After giving the Gold Coast a rooftop beach club, as well as a variety of other venues around the city, Artesian Hospitality is heading north to take over Fortitude Valley's GPO Hotel.

Artesian's Cali Beach Club has unsurprisingly proved a hit on the coast, welcoming in over half a million patrons since it opened nearly a year ago — in both its summer and winter guises. The hospitality group also has Surfers Pavilion, White Rhino, Saké Sisters and Havana RnB to its name, and makes a move into Brisbane to give the Fortitude Valley General Post Office building on Ann Street a hefty makeover.

"We couldn't pass up the opportunity restore this building and bring to life a variety of new and iconic Brisbane venues," said Artesian Hospitality's Founder and Managing Partner Matthew Keegan. "Our vision for the historical 2000-square-metre, multi-building site in the thriving Fortitude Valley is to deliver a variety of unique experiential venues that patrons love to visit again and again."

As for exactly what that'll mean for Brisbanites, that hasn't been revealed as yet — other than adding the building and its spots to eat, drink and hang out to your trips to the Valley.

"We're remaining tight-lipped as to what exactly that will entail right now, but it won't be long before we release that information," continued Keegan.

Artesian's Brisbane debut is just one upcoming project on its slate. The group is also planning to turn the Surfers Paradise site that's home to Cali Beach into a multi-venue precinct, as well as its corporate headquarters. The building will be renamed Artesian House, too.

With its Brissie plans at the the Valley GPO , Artesian is setting up shop in a spot that dates back to 1887, and is one of the most eye-catching spots in the inner-city suburb.

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The Fortitude Valley General Post Office building is located at 740 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley. We'll update you when Artesian Hospitality announces a new launch date, and further details.

Published on August 24, 2022 by Sarah Ward
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