NEW BOOM IN BOUTIQUE HOTELS
It’s boom time in Perth but it’s got nothing to do with mining and everything to do with sleek new hotels which have added up to 3500 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’s 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 named Best Hotel in Australia by Conde Nast Traveller.
“Historically, we struggled with availability, particularly midweek … now we have around 3500 new hotel rooms opening up, which makes us more accessible for the leisure visitor,” Scott says.
Perth will also become the stopover destination du jour when Qantas launches the first non-stop flight from the UK to Australia in March 2018.
The first Aloft Hotel in Australia opened in May and is luring travellers out of the CBD to the eastern banks of the Swan River at Riverdale. The hotel is a leisure destination in its own right and its proximity to the new Perth Stadium, due to open early next year, will make it a hot favourite come next footy season. Guest rooms with 2.7m-high ceilings and platform beds are complemented by buzzing public areas. Artworks by young local artists hang throughout the property while on-site restaurant, Springs Kitchen, supports local artisans such as Humblebee Coffee Roasters, Bread in Common bakery and Mary St Bakery. There’s everything for the traveller including free Wi-Fi, 24-hour fitness club and indoor heated pool.
Within earshot of the WACA and overlooking the Swan River, these apartment-style residences make a comfortable Perth base. The hotel is also in the FreeTransit Zone, which means you can get around on buses and trains within the zone without spending a cent. Thoughtfully designed in warm tones, studios come with a kitchen, work desk and L’Occitane bathroom amenities. Free Wi-Fi 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 branch of Bali’s iconic Ku De Ta is just five minutes away.
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 have work desks, free Wi-Fi, and deep soaking baths. Work your way through the all-day dining at Epicurean and indulge at the world’s largest freestanding chocolate fountain. Then slip into TWR for cocktails at an impressive marble bar while watching the sun set over the Swan River. Outside, a multi-tiered lagoon pool is framed by daybeds and private cabanas with “The Enclave” a VIP option if you prefer to be completely secluded.