Liv­ing life at the ex­ec­u­tive level

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - SUITE LIFE SHERATON PERTH - Kara Mur­phy

IF WALK­ING or run­ning helps keep you sane when you’re vis­it­ing a city for busi­ness or plea­sure, then the Sher­a­ton Perth Ho­tel, lo­cated less than 200m from the pic­turesque Swan River and its fore­shore parks and recre­ational tracks, just might be good for your men­tal health.

Even if you’re not keen on ex­er­cise, many of the 486 guest rooms and suites have river views.

We­like

I was for­tu­nate enough to have one of the 50sq m+ suites on one of the new Ex­ec­u­tive Club lev­els, which opened in Fe­bru­ary 2008 as part of a $ 20 mil­lion ex­pan­sion project. This meant I had ac­cess to the 7th floor Club lounge’s com­pli­men­tary treats: a break­fast buf­fet ( where scram­bled eggs with blue cheese and mush­rooms be­came a rit­ual), evening drinks and canapes, af­ter­noon tea on week­ends, wi-fi ac­cess and two com­put­ers with high-speed in­ter­net ac­cess.

The suite’s ex­pan­sive, 15sq m mar­ble bath­room grew on me quickly, par­tic­u­larly the abil­ity to soak in the tub each evening and look out to­wards the LCD flat screen tele­vi­sion in my bed­room. en­ter­tain­ment dis­tricts; how­ever, dur­ing the week, cor­po­rate folk are more ob­vi­ous than tourists. With all those suits around, I had wardrobe is­sues when con­tem­plat­ing ven­tur­ing into the Ex­ec­u­tive Club lounge.

A sign in my suite stated that a smart dress code ap­plies in the Club lounge at all times. As such, I’m not sure if my tourist at­tire qual­i­fied. No one work­ing the lounge said any­thing about my at­tire – they were po­lite – but I still felt un­com­fort­able.

Also, I found the in-room din­ing menu rather steep. For ex­am­ple, a small sand­wich and crisps costs $ 20 plus a $ 7.50 de­liv­ery charge. If you want a light, rea­son­ably-priced take­away meal, you’ll have to go for a walk, and the blocks clos­est to the ho­tel aren’t ex­actly bustling.

The dam­age

The Sher­a­ton Perth Ho­tel has a Suite In­dul­gence pack­age start­ing at $ 450 a night for an Ex­ec­u­tive Suite, in­clud­ing Club lounge ac­cess, a bot­tle of Aus­tralian sparkling wine, $ 100 din­ing credit to use in Ori­gins or Mon­tereys, ac­cess to Sher­a­ton Fit­ness, news­pa­pers on re­quest, and a 1pm check­out. The of­fer is valid un­til De­cem­ber 31; rates ap­ply to Fri­day, Satur­day, and Sun­day night stays only.

De­tails

Sher­a­ton Perth Ho­tel, 207 Ade­laide Tce, Perth.

Ph: ( 08) 9224 7777.

RICH EL­E­GANCE: Ex­ec­u­tive suite at the Sher­a­ton Perth.

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