NEW BOOM IN BOU­TIQUE HO­TELS

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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.

CELESTE MITCHELL

AF­FORD­ABLE

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.

MID-RANGE

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.

TOP-END

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.

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