Living life at the executive level
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.
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 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.
Sheraton Perth Hotel, 207 Adelaide Tce, Perth.
Ph: ( 08) 9224 7777.
RICH ELEGANCE: Executive suite at the Sheraton Perth.