Perth’s hotel scene is becoming rather crowded with two new, and very different, hotels opening in time for Christmas.
Next month the lavish 500-room Crown Towers debuts with all the bells and whistles associated with the brand; meantime the justopened Peppers Kings Square has taken a more pragmatic, middle-market approach.
Using a modular building system that saw the 17-storey property go up in super quick time, Peppers is in the heart of the city’s Shafto Lane precinct and claims the fastest hotel Wi-Fi in the city and good value opening rates (from $159) until the end of May next year.
Australia’s tallest prefabricated modular hotel is ideally situated, a short walk from the Perth Arena, Art Gallery of Western Australia, His Majesty’s Theatre and laneway bars. The property features 120 user-friendly guestrooms, each offering a Nespresso machine, quality teas, twin or king beds, large LED TV with Foxtel and complimentary shoeshine.
Executive category rooms have a desk, bathrobes and slippers as well as express turndown service.
The premium Sky guestrooms afford long city views and guests are provided with an arrival cocktail, evening turndown service with handmade chocolates and morning wake-up call complete with espresso and newspaper.
Hotel facilities include 24-hour reception, concierge and valet parking; in-room spa treatments are available from Rosemoon, a fivestar mobile spa service.
DON’T MISS: An in-house barista or cocktail class; check with the hotel restaurant for details.
DINING IN: Executive chef Craig Spence hails from Scotland where he cooked for the world’s best golfers at St Andrews. At Peppers’ new Stage Bar & Kitchen the focus is on local fare with a regional wine list. He recommends the West Australian crab wonton stuffed with avocado mousse and caramelised lemon or the goat’s cheese dim sum with shaved fennel, toasted pine nuts and chermoula dressing.
DINING OUT: Check out Varnish on King for cocktails, Angel Falls Grill on Shafto Lane, Perth’s first Venezuelan restaurant, Little Bird Cafe in Northbridge for breakfast and The Standard Bar Garden Kitchen, also in Northbridge; all are less than five minutes’ walk from the hotel.
ASK THE CONCIERGE: If you want to explore further the hotel is within strolling distance of Kings Park (1.5km) and Elizabeth Quay (1km) from where you can jump a ferry to Fremantle.
CHECKING IN: Opening rates from $159 (Friday to Sunday) and $179 (Monday to Thursday) including an arrival gift from the chef, two bottles of water, one espresso per guest and free Wi-Fi. More: peppers.com.au/kings-square.
ALSO TRY: Peppers Docklands, Melbourne; Ibis Adelaide; Rydges Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.
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