As the world’s most isolated mainland capital city, Perth feels like a true getaway. But even though it’s geographically distant from the rest of Australia (the nearest state capital, Adelaide, is a 28-hour drive), this waterfront city shares the best features of Down Under: friendly locals, world-class cuisine, lively nightlife and enough beautiful beaches to choose between a popular sunset lookout, a great surf break or a quiet bay to yourself. Whether you’re in town for the cricket, the coastline or just the gorgeous weather, why not pamper yourself – book the best luxury accommodation with Culture Trip.
Consistently ranked in the world’s best hotels lists, Como lives up to the hype. This five-star hotel in Perth, spread across the former treasury and post office buildings, is an impressively restored complex of bars, restaurants and day spa behind a grand Victorian-era facade. At an average 70sqm (750sqft), the huge rooms have custom-made beds, walk-in wardrobes and marble bathrooms with heated floors as well as window-side baths that deliver cool city views. For a treat, dine at the rooftop Wildflower before a nightcap in the basement jazz club.
For an affordable luxury hotel in Perth, the Alex is hard to beat. There’s the rooftop terrace, which gives you fine uninterrupted views of the city. And then there’s the wine bar – your best excuse ever for not going out. The free bicycle loan is a boon, if technically unnecessary because staying here means you’re within walking distance of museums, theatres, galleries and lots of drinking and dining hotspots, including Chinatown. The mezzanine is a communal lounge area, home to a record player – play your choice of vinyl – and a self-serve kitchen with free tea and coffee.
There are plenty of five-star hotels in Perth, but there is only one Ritz-Carlton in Australia (another one is set to open in Melbourne in 2022). You’ll find it at Elizabeth Quay, where the city meets the Swan River. The property is known for its food, drinks and impressive aquatic views from the infinity pool. At Hearth, select from local delicacies and the world’s longest Western Australian wine list, or sip a cocktail beside the fire-pit at indoor-outdoor bar Songbird. All rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and huge bathrooms with deep bathtubs and dimmable lighting for that perfect cosy night in.
Prefer to stay in the quieter end of town? Try Fraser Suites, in East Perth, which has serviced apartments with fully equipped kitchens, laundry facilities, 24-hour food and beverage offerings, a swimming pool and gym. Some long-stay guests have settled in for several months and even multiple years. If you’re travelling for business or entertainment, it’s conveniently close to the Convention Centre, WACA cricket ground, Crown Casino and Optus Stadium. To appreciate your downtown surroundings, upgrade to a room with a balcony.
Australian-owned QT is the most centrally located luxury hotel in Perth. Even city residents like to drop into the celebrated Santini Grill or the rooftop bar for its twinkly vista at night. Special touches in each designer room include free on-demand movies, king-size beds and black-marble bathrooms stocked with sweet-smelling Kevin Murphy products and freestanding bathtubs. For a good barista-made coffee, go no further than the ground-floor cafe. Touchless check-in is available via your phone at the 24-hour reception.
This sophisticated five-star Perth hotel delivers all signature touches you’d expect of this luxury hospitality brand: tick boxes for the Westin Heavenly Bed, as well as the central location, a wellness-inspired in-room dining menu, impeccable service and an elegant high tea in the lobby lounge. For an Italian-style aperitivo and dinner, savour ancient Roman cuisine with a contemporary twist at Garum, by Australian chef Guy Grossi. Work it off in the 24-hour fitness studio or heated infinity-edge pool, or just relax with a treatment at the Bodhi J Spa.
If you travel with a laptop, this is a great place to base yourself: check out the ergonomically designed workspaces with Swan River or city views. Swim laps in the 20m (65ft) heated outdoor pool – the largest of any five-star hotel in Perth – or order refreshments from the poolside bar. The property is handy if you fancy a riverside jog along nearby tracks. For indoor exercise, the 24-hour gym has a digital personal training system, but human trainers are also available on request.
Have you got tickets to a concert, show or big sporting event at RAC Arena? They’re an easy stroll across the street from the Four Points by Sheraton Perth, directly opposite Western Australia’s live-entertainment hub. Unwind with a craft beer and local food on the outdoor patio before snuggling into your signature Four Points bed – as comfy as a cumulus cloud. This is an impressive four-star hotel that gets added points for its location, a short walk from the shopping, dining and cultural centres – whether you fancy splashing out in Yagan Square or Northbridge.
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