Como the Treasury, Perth, Western Australia © COMO The Treasury
Where to stay in Perth
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
Where: 1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth
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. 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
Where: Great Eastern Highway, Burswood
Although it lies a 15-minute drive from the centre of town, Crown Towers Perth is still in the heart of the action. The hotel is a destination in its own right complete with a theatre, a casino and a mouth-watering selection of restaurants helmed by big-name chefs. 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.
Where: 50 James St, Perth
There's no doubt you'll like the rooms at Alex Hotel, the minimalist grey interiors jazzed up with splashes of yellow, but you might find yourself spending more time in the hotel’s homey public spaces, which are 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.
Where: 4 Walker Avenue, West Perth
Designed for the modern traveller, Tribe Perth is seeking to redefine the traditional hotel. 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.
Where: 133 Murray Street, Perth
With its edgy design and quirky qualities, 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.
Where: 15 Bannister Street, Fremantle
A trip to Fremantle 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.
DOUBLETREE BY HILTON WATERFRONT
Where: 1 Barrack Square, Perth
Located on Elizabeth Quay, DoubleTree by Hilton Waterfront enjoys a beautiful setting on the Swan River waterfront. It’s well located to a number of local attractions and experiences, including Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Rottnest Express Ferry, the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, and a number of bars, eateries and shopping, all within walking distance. Head up to the rooftop infinity pool for panoramic views of the city skyline, river, and that famous Western Australian sunset.
THE RITZ-CARLTON, PERTH
Where: 1 Barrack St, Perth
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is known all over the world for its ultra-luxurious hotels, and its 100th hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Perth is no exception. The stunning high-rise building is an architectural masterpiece which sits on the riverfront, affording exceptional views of the Swan River and city skyline. Inspired by the natural beauty of Western Australia, the design features earthy tones and natural materials, while signature restaurant Hearth takes you on a dining journey that celebrates local culture and ingredients. For sunset views over the river, head to Songbird rooftop bar where expert mixologists can create just about any type of cocktail you’re in the mood for.
Where: 18 The Esplanade, Perth
Conveniently located on the waterfront Esplanade in the heart of the city, Quay Perth offers an abundance of dining, shopping, entertainment and attractions within easy walking distance. This 80-room boutique hotel is laid-back yet stylish, taking its design cue from the region’s natural landscape. On the 10th floor, the rooftop HQ Bar and Kitchen dishes up Chinese-inspired share dishes and tapas alongside local craft beers, wines, ciders and cocktails, perfectly complimented by views over Elizabeth Quay.
THE WESTIN PERTH
Where: 480 Hay St, Perth WA 6000
The Westin Perth takes sleep seriously. From the ultra-plush signature Westin Heavenly Bed, to the lavender-infused sleep balm in your bedside drawer and a bedtime menu of sleep-enhancing superfoods, a good night’s sleep is pretty much guaranteed. Add to this a range of wellness experiences, 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness centre, heated infinity pool, and the tranquil Bodhi Day Spa, and you’ve got the ultimate respite from the bustling city outside. Located in the east end of the city, this five-star hotel is just a short stroll away from an array of dynamic shopping and dining options.
VIBE HOTEL SUBIACO PERTH
Where: 9 Alvan Street, Subiaco Perth
For those wanting to stay just outside of the city, the trendy neighbourhood of Subiaco is close to all the action of the city centre but feels worlds away. Surrounded by parklands and leafy tree-lined streets, 'Subi’, as the locals call it, offers boutique shopping, galleries, jazz bars, an array of dining, and famously good coffee. Vibe Hotel Subiaco Perth provides the perfect base from which to explore all the gems of this vibrant village and beyond.