Why everybody's talking about Perth right now
It’s boom time in Perth but it’s got nothing to do with mining and everything to do with sleek new hotels adding up to 3500 new rooms to the city.
They’re getting trendier, more boutique, and spreading out to the city fringes.
“That boutique vibe where there’s a shared public space and people are encouraged to get to know each other has certainly changed the hotel scene in Perth,” Tourism Western Australia Executive Director Strategy, Brand and Marketing Services, Louise Scott, says.
And the “firsts” and awards are flying in thick and fast on the west-side – Tribe hotel, which opened in May, is Australia’s first integrated modular design hotel, and Aloft Perth is the first Australian hotel for the brand, while COMO The Treasury was last year awarded the gong of Best Hotel in Australia by Conde Nast Traveler.
“Historically we struggled with availability, particularly mid-week… now we have around 3500 new hotel rooms opening up, which makes us more accessible for the leisure visitor than ever before,” Scott says.
Perth will also become the stopover destination du jour when Qantas launch the first-ever non-stop flight from the UK to Australia in March 2018.
Heading west-side? Here are three Perth hotels for all budgets.
From $140 (Aloft Room)
As the first Aloft Hotel in Australia, this new kid on the Perth hotel scene – having opened in May – is luring travellers out of the CBD to the eastern banks of the Swan River at Rivervale.
Working very much as a leisure destination in its own right, guest rooms featuring 9-foot ceilings and platform beds are complemented by buzzing public areas and the proximity to the new Perth Stadium will make this a hot favourite come footy season next year.
Artworks specially commissioned from young local artists hang throughout the property while on-site restaurant, Springs Kitchen supports local artisans like Humblebee Coffee Roasters, Bread in Common Bakery and Mary St Bakery.
There’s everything any hyper-connected traveller could ask for with free WiFi, 24-hour fitness club and indoor heated pool connected to a backyard area with ping pong and foosball tables.
Fraser Suites Perth
From $195 (Studio Deluxe)
Within earshot of the WACA and overlooking the Swan River, these apartment-style residences make a comfortable Perth base.
The hotel’s location means you can also make use of the Free-Transit Zone, meaning you can ditch the Uber and get around on buses and trains within the zone without spending a cent.
Thoughtfully designed in warm tones, studios come equipped with a kitchen, work desk and L’Occitane bathroom amenities. Free WiFi is available throughout and 24-hour room service is available from Pete Evans’ predominantly gluten-free on-site restaurant, Heirloom.
There’s a 24-hour gym on site, as well as a pool, sauna and lobby lounge bar while the Crown Entertainment Complex is a 30-minute walk away and the first international outpost of Bali’s iconic Ku De Ta, is just five minutes away.
Crown Towers Perth
From $298 (Deluxe King)
With 500 sumptuous guest rooms, the new Crown Towers wears the, well, crown of being the biggest hotel in Perth, opening in December 2016.
Deluxe king rooms are bathed in natural sunlight from floor-to-ceiling windows with views over the Darling Ranges and boast work desks with free WiFi and deep soaking baths.
Work your way through the all-day dining at Epicurean and indulge your inner Augustus Gloop at the world’s largest freestanding chocolate fountain. Then slip into TWR for cocktails along an impressive marble bar and sink into the turquoise velvet lounges after taking in an iconic Perth sunset over the Swan River.
Outside a multi-tiered lagoon pool is framed by day beds and private cabanas with ‘The Enclave’ a VIP option if you prefer to be completely secluded, with plasma TV and mini-bar to boot.
*This post first appeared in print in Escape on 16 July 2017.