4 of Perth’s prettiest hotels
Perth’s booming economy has seen new hotels popping up all over the city like particularly exotic wildflowers. Which will you choose?
There’s something in the air at the moment in Perth. On virtually every corner, it seems, a new hotel is opening its shiny doors: from the big and bold, by five-star brands you know and love, to the sleek ‘n’ chic, by cutting-edge operators keen to make their mark with new, daring and different.
The only commonalities? Pride of presence and sense of place. No matter which place you choose, you’re guaranteed a taste of Perth’s local magic.
QT hotels have very different themes in different locations – from a brash, fun vibe on the Gold Coast to the art and curio designer cool of Wellington. It was always going to be interesting to see what the company thought was right for Perth… the answer is industrial luxe, AKA urban chic.
The new, 18-storey QT Perth offers dark stone bathrooms, velvet bedheads, and polished brass. It’s sophisticated but quirky, with the odd juggler and stilt walker thrown into the equation, and lots of West Australian references, including some very funky black cockatoo wallpaper. To top it all, literally, the Rooftop at QT is the highest rooftop bar in the city.
The Westin Perth
The old Perth fire station has been transformed into the hot, new The Westin Perth, a luxurious five-star hotel that dominates the new Hibernian Place precinct on Hay Steet and is leading a revitalisation of the city’s East End. More than 2000 pieces of art – including many West Australian works – complement the natural tones inspired by nature and the understated sophistication of the Westin’s 368 generous rooms and 24 suites.
Headlining the dining options is Garum, offering Roman classics amid the restored, heritage surrounds of Hibernian Hall, in Melbourne chef Guy Grossi’s first foray into the west.
If you want independent and boutique, the Alex Hotel has been charming visitors to the bohemian neighbourhood of Northbridge in its unconventional way since 2015.
Located right by the galleries and museums of the Perth Cultural Centre, Alex works on the principle that a hotel should be like a home, and puts an emphasis on getting guests into communal spaces such as the Mezzanine Breakfast Bar, all natural light and sourdough, and the Mezzanine Lounge, with its colourful couches, books, magazines and music on vinyl. Even the complementary Dutch-designed bicycles are cool.
COMO The Treasury
Behind the elegant, restored façade of Perth’s old State Buildings, the much-lauded COMO The Treasury, now three years old, offers one of the most stylish city stays you’ll find anywhere. Serenity is the name of the game in the 48 super-sized rooms and suites, each of which has its own unique features, including handcrafted European furniture, Juliet or walk-out balconies overlooking Cathedral Square, fireplaces, and stunning bathrooms with deep-form German baths and travertine stone tiles.
With dining options including Post (an Italian osteria occupying the grand franking room of the old General Post Office), and Wildflower, overlooking the Swan River, you may never want to check out.