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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: pep­

ALSO TRY: Pep­pers Dock­lands, Mel­bourne; Ibis Ade­laide; Ry­dges For­ti­tude Val­ley, Bris­bane.

CHRIS­TINE McCABE Sir Sav­i­gny Ho­tel has opened in a his­toric build­ing in Ber­lin’s arty Char­lot­ten­burg district with 44 fab rooms by Am­s­ter­dam-based de­signer Saar Zafrir fea­tur­ing vin­tage rugs, cus­tom fur­ni­ture and lo­cal art; from €150 ($217) • and­Be­yond has be­gun a pro­gres­sive ren­o­va­tion of Bateleur Camp in Kenya’s Ma­sai Mara; guest tents will be re­built and en­larged and a new cof­fee bar will dou­ble as a gin bar af­ter dark; dur­ing ren­o­va­tions guests stay­ing three nights pay for just two • The ac­claimed Nam Hai, on the beach­front near Hoi An on the cen­tral coast of Viet­nam, re­opens on De­cem­ber 20 as a Four Sea­sons re­sort fol­low­ing the ren­o­va­tion of all 100 vil­las • The fam­ily-run Sri Panwa re­sort in Phuket, south­ern Thai­land, is host­ing a stel­lar pop-up from De­cem­ber 1 to 7 when Miche­lin two-star chef Ste­fano Baiocco and his team land from the ac­claimed Grand Ho­tel A Villa Fel­trinelli to cre­ate eight-course menus based on clas­sic Ital­ian fare; reservations es­sen­tial • Book three nights or more by De­cem­ber 6 to save 25 per cent for stays from De­cem­ber 19 to Oc­to­ber 8 at Ad­ina Apart­ment Ho­tels’ 29 prop­er­ties in Aus­tralia, New Zealand and Europe; from $142 a night in Syd­ney, $102 in Mel­bourne, €87 in Ger­many.

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