The best Perth boutique hotels range from the brand spanking new QT Perth with its whimsical glamour to the luxurious minimalism of COMO The Treasury, along with a clutch of contemporary design driven hotels that are stylish, yet cosy and welcoming.
I had to pinch myself while writing that intro, because it wasn’t all that long ago when you’d be hard pressed to find a stylish hotel with personality at all in Western Australia’s capital, and here I am compiling a guide to the best Perth boutique hotels.
Now, WA’s long sunny but increasingly sexy capital city boasts a whole new breed of boutique hotel, from intimate properties like the Alex that have worked hard to create a hotel that truly feels like a home away from home, to functional, design-driven hotels like Tribe. These are our picks of the best boutique hotels in Perth.
Best Perth Boutique Hotels from Casual Glamour to Designer Driven
The brand-spanking new, sexy QT Perth has just opened in the centre of the Western Australian capital and it’s arguably the best of the best Perth boutique hotels. It’s drop-dead gorgeous with the same playful sense of style that brought smiles to our faces when we stayed at QT Sydney a few years ago. The casual glamour and whimsicality will be right at home in Perth, which is laidback, low-key and fun. QT Perth is the rapidly growing Australian brand’s tenth property and if they’re all going to look like this, we’re wishing they’d grow over our way. Design inspirations include the rugged beauty of Western Australia’s Outback and the state’s abundant flora and fauna, represented in everything from the delightful printed wallpaper featuring wildflowers and black cockatoos, to the Jarrah floorboards, and the colour scheme of the big, bright lobby (above) that gives a nod to the gemstones and minerals that made the state wealthy. This is definitely one of the best boutique hotels in Perth for lovers of interior design and decor who will enjoy seeing the theme carried through beautifully to the hotel’s glam rooms, which dazzle with their polished brass, plush velvet, and black marble bathrooms, and public spaces, such as the striking Santini Grill with its stunning rooftop bar with sweeping city and Swan River vistas. Rooms boast flatscreen HDTVs, Bang and Olufsen speakers, free hi-speed Wifi, De Longhi coffee machines, and QT’s award-winning mini-bars. The hotel also offers guests a complimentary pilates class in the hi-tech gym if Perth’s hilly streets don’t give you enough of a work-out.
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COMO The Treasury
We’ve always wanted to snoop inside some of Perth’s majestic 19th century government buildings, so we were thrilled to see Singaporean hotelier Christina Ong open up a few of those to the public. Ong commissioned Australian architect Kerry Hill to transform several heritage properties into her luxurious COMO The Treasury, which is part of a remodelled complex called the State Buildings, home to restaurants, bars and boutiques. COMO The Treasury is easily the most elegant of the best Perth boutique hotels. Its 48 light-filled rooms and suites are enormous and minimalist in keeping with COMO’s style, with lofty ceilings and balconies with views over leafy Stirling Gardens and Cathedral Square. The beauty is in the detail, from hand-woven rugs to Travertine stone tiles. There’s a gorgeous green 20-metre indoor swimming pool and COMO’s heavenly Shambhalah Spa, where you can indulge in signature treatments. If you’ve done the long haul to Perth, book the Jet Lag Recovery package with a 75-minute massage, bright eyes treatment, and foot soak, scrub and massage. With two outstanding restaurants on site, this is easily one of the best boutique hotels in Perth for foodies. Dress up for the rooftop restaurant Wildflower, which offers Swan River views and cuisine driven by wonderful Western Australian produce and based upon the Aboriginal seasons. Downstairs is David Thompson’s buzzy Long Chim dishing up outstanding Thai street food, exotic cocktails, and an impressive range of WA wines, including plenty from the Margaret River, and on Friday evenings there are DJs and nibbles in the courtyard.
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Perhaps the most likeable of the best Perth boutique hotels, Alex Hotel is also the most idiosyncratic. The Alex Hotel ignited the explosion of stylish lodgings in the WA capital and remains the most local to boot. The notion of a hotel being a home away from home was hijacked from the holiday rental industry by hotel marketers some years ago – while it’s ludicrous to promote a thousand-room tower as such, the Alex is possibly the closest a boutique hotel has come to being a home, in a good way. Painted in warm hues, with comforting light woollen throws on the beds, the 74 rooms come in an array of sizes – small, medium, large, X-large, and adjoining rooms for friends or a family travelling together. There is free WiFi, free in-house movies, locally produced Sodashi toiletries, complimentary breakfast, access to laundry facilities, and guests can borrow the retro-style Lekker Bikes, which come with a helmet, lock and map. Some rooms have balconies and views, but there’s also a rooftop terrace with stunning city vistas – along with comfy ‘living spaces’. On the mezzanine there’s another terrace, breakfast bar and communal lounge, with a library of artsy books, where you can help yourself to complimentary tea and coffee, and an honesty bar stocked with craft brews, ciders and Margaret River wines. Off the lobby is another café offering single-origin coffees, more local beverages, and charcuterie and cheese plates. The hotel proprietors also own the bakery-café, Bread in Common, and Sultry Shadow Wine Bar and Dining Room, which hotel guests will definitely find themselves frequenting. Located in the Northbridge cultural district, the Alex is also one of the best boutique hotels in Perth for culture vultures and art lovers.
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One of the best boutique hotels in Perth, Tribe is located by magnificent Kings Park in West Perth, which is our favourite spot for walks and picnics when we’re in the WA capital, and is just a 20-minute stroll or five-minute cab ride into Perth’s centre. It’s not a small hotel with 126 rooms, but it’s boutique in style with a more intimate vibe than you’d expect from a nine-storey tower. The minimalist rooms are compact, but floor-to-ceiling windows ensure they’re not claustrophobic. Tribe itself is a new design-driven, Australian hotel brand aiming to provide “an accessible luxury alternative” and “edited experience” for tech-savvy, time-poor travellers, which means it’s the most youthful of the best Perth boutique hotels with a focus on function. They’ve done away with things they see as expensive out-dated extras such as concierges, bell boys and trouser presses. Instead, expect free fast Wi-Fi and a thoughtful design making the best use of the space. For instance, there’s room to store your luggage under the bed. The communal spaces are contemporary yet welcoming, with lots of exposed concrete, velvet seats, marble-top tables, and a vertical garden in the open plan lobby that doubles as a café by day, bar after dark. Tribe also offers a flexible check out time, which will be appreciated in a country where check out is usually at an outrageous 11am.
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Sage Hotel West Perth
Located at the Subiaco end of Hay Street in the city centre, and just a short walk up the hill to Kings Park, the Sage Hotel consists of a modern tower built beside a beautiful heritage-listed two-storey mansion dating to 1902, which is now home to Italian restaurant Julio’s. Helmed by an Italian chef, Simone Ariano cooks up honest fare from his hometown, including pastries baked on site. While the contemporary rooms may lack the personality and individuality of some of the stylish properties, above, it’s comfortable and functional, with big flat screen TVs, complimentary high speed WiFi, espresso machines and a 24-hour gym. The Sage is also one of the best boutique hotels in Perth for families with complimentary bicycles, free parking in a city where secure parking is expensive, and fun extras for families – a teepee set up in the room, colouring packs, child-size robes, and the kids get to eat for free from a children’s menu when dining with adults.
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Image of QT Perth courtesy of Luxury Escapes.