The 130-year-old Queens Arms Hotel has re-opened its doors to the public after undergoing a $5 million face lift.

The refurbishment includes a significant expansion and a 40 square metre green wall.

Designer and builder Apollo Property Group began working on the Fortitude Valley institution nine months ago, with owners Chris and Lou Condon helping to balance the renovations with the building’s heritage status.

“We’ve been meticulous in both the design and implementation of the Queens Arms renovations, balancing its century-old heritage elements with key design features set to amplify the functionality of the hotel,” Apollo Property Group director Leon Bowes says.

“We’ve maintained original materials such as flooring, brickwork and timber and have teamed these with the likes of a 30 square metre glass panel entry and a state-of-the-art kitchen providing meals 20 hours a day that in turn will service the new adjoining Sage Hotel.

“Modern features included in the bistro, new Botanical restaurant, and James Street Conference Centre further establish the Queens Arms Hotel as a venue that transcends fluctuating hospitality trends — appealing to the masses as it has done for over 100 years.”

Queens Arms Hotel owner Chris Condon says opening the doors on the new-look hotel has been his proudest achievement in eight years as the publican of the venue.

“The QA has always been a popular choice for those in the Fortitude Valley attracting locals both young and old, and as such, we’ve made ample investment to ensure we are the venue of choice in the area,” Condon says.

“These renovations solidify our hospitality credentials as both a lively pub and top-notch restaurant, as well as attracting additional business with the adjoining Sage Hotel and almost 24-hour kitchen.

“We look forward to joining our regulars and new customers alike for a beverage to celebrate our long-standing history and exciting new aesthetic.”

You’ll find the new-look Queens Arms Hotel at 64 James St, Fortitude Valley.