From hipster hangouts to old-school elegance, Perth’s best hotels cover all the bases.
By Ute Junker
Perth's hotels include some of the best in the country, with styles ranging from luxurious heritage properties to stylish make-yourself-at-home havens. Whether you decide to base yourself downtown or prefer one of Perth's hip neighbourhoods, there are plenty of inviting hotels to choose from.
Como The Treasury
It’s not just locals who think highly of Como The Treasury: not long after it opened, the hotel was named the second-best hotel in the world by the prestigious magazine, Conde Nast Traveler. Local firm Kerry Hill Architects were responsible for transforming three historic government offices into a lifestyle precinct that is also home to a clutch of the city’s best bars and restaurants. The Treasury has built its reputation on its superb service and its elegantly understated rooms, complete with opulent bathrooms, free mini-bar and Wi-Fi. Guests can also enjoy the sky-high lap pool and the sumptuous spa, as well as superb breakfasts at Post, overlooking the gorgeous Postal Hall, and dinner at the magnificent rooftop Wildflower restaurant.
Crown Towers Perth
Although it lies 15 minutes drive from the centre of town, Crown Towers Perth is still in the heart of the action. The hotel is the newest and most luxurious addition to the Crown complex, a destination in its own right complete with a theatre, a casino and a mouth-watering selection of restaurants helmed by big-name chefs such as Nobu and Neil Perry. It’s clear from the moment you walk through the door that the developers were thinking big: the seven metre (23 foot) high ceilings and the spectacular chandeliers – weighing three tons – are proof of that. But it’s the little details that really impress, from the silky lining of the dressing gowns to the ultra-clear filtered ice cubes in the cocktails.
It’s not that we don’t like the rooms at Alex Hotel, the minimalist grey interiors jazzed up with splashes of yellow, it’s just that the hotel’s homey public spaces are so irresistibly welcoming. Pull up a seat at the long, sun-drenched breakfast table and help yourself to complimentary sourdough toast and freshly-baked muffins, or chill out in the lounge, where you can pop an album on the record player and relax on one of the velvet sofas. Alternatively, help yourself to a glass of local wine or beer from the honesty bar and head up to the roof terrace. Northbridge’s many bars and restaurants are within walking distance, but at the Alex, you may well find yourself staying in.
Designed for the modern traveller, Tribe Perth is seeking to redefine the traditional hotel. Located in West Perth, this innovative boutique hotel is part collaborative workspace, part social scene and part home-away-from-home. Each room is equipped with a smart TV, a signature bed and a striking design. You’ll find some of the city’s best bars and restaurants just a short walk from Tribe’s door, and bike hire is available for exploring Perth’s unique neighbourhoods. The onsite café is open for morning coffee and late-night tipple alike.
With its edgy design and quirky qualities, it’s no wonder why QT Hotels has become one of Australia’s favourite boutique hotel groups. Located near Elizabeth Quay in central Perth, QT Perth is equal parts playful and plush. Unwind in a stunning freestanding bath, gaze out onto Perth city views and enjoy the industrial chic décor. When it comes to dining, guests are spoiled for choice. The hotel contains a ground-floor café, two distinct bars and the ambitious Italian-inspired Santini Bar and Grill. Dig into the bold menu, which features Western Australia’s fresh seafood and artisan gems like custom-made burrata.
Hougoumont Hotel, Fremantle
A trip to Fremantle, the port city 30 minutes out of town, is an essential part of any Perth visit, but if you want to explore this fascinating area properly, check in for a night or two at the Hougoumont Hotel. The hotel channels the typical Fremantle hipster-meets-heritage vibe, with a historic central building expanding into a series of stylish rooms built into shipping containers. The standard rooms are as snug as a ship’s cabin; couples may prefer one of the more spacious staterooms. The hotel’s welcoming vibe extends to free-of-charge coffee and fresh fruit in the mornings and a complimentary happy hour in the evenings, featuring local wines and cheese.