Housed in the former buildings of Western Australia’s Treasury, Lands and Tittles building, this Kerry Hill designed ultra-lux sleepery is unquestionably the city’s architectural crown jewel. Spread across three interconnected, 140-year-old structures, the hotel’s 48 hushed rooms and suites in matt powdery hues stand in stark contrast to the boisterous common areas at street level that buzz with activity posing as Perth’s social ground zero.
Abandoned and neglected, the former eyesore in the city’s financial centre has been given a new lease of life following a Dhs300 million renovation. A Shambhala signature spa, private members club and far-flung socializing areas have also been added, along with an indoor lap pool and a wonderfully low-key reception area that could easily be mistaken for Donna Karan’s living room.
Each of the 48 rooms and suites has been fit into the 19th-century building's original blueprint; therefore, none are tantamount. Featuring plush king-size beds, minimalist handcrafted European furnishings and oversized windows that allow for an abundance of natural light, the peaceful and airy rooms are fabulously spacious. For the ultimate sense of lofty serenity, be sure to book one of the comfortable Studio Suites with views over iconic Cathedral Square.
Emerging as Perth’s foremost luxury boutique hotel, COMO The Treasury has also grown into the city’s culinary epicentre. At street-level the “Post”, an ambient osteria, serves Italian cuisine with an Australian twist along with COMO Shambhala classics for health-conscious guests.
In the basement, an outpost of celebrated chef David Thompson’s purist Thai kitchen “Long Chim” serves classic Southeast Asian street food-inspired flavour rockets using local and regional ingredients. Just as lively and contemporary, and a stone’s throw away down the main hall, the “Petition Kitchen” is a favourite among Perth’s jeunesse dorée with ingeniously flavoursome tapas-style dishes to share and an open oyster bar thrown in for good measure.
But it's on the rooftop, hovering above Perth's inner city with sweeping views over the Swan River, that hides the hotel's most celebrated culinary treasure. Headed by executive chef Kim Brennan, "Wildflower" offers a fine-dining experience of the virtuoso variety. Revolving around the six indigenous seasons, a farmer-and-forager-driven menu makes for a contemporary cuisine experience where nature is the actual boss, and only the finest Australian produce is used to whip-out outstanding dishes through haute cuisine techniques.
With King’s Park and the water promenade just a short walk away and the city’s up-and-coming Northbridge district nearby, COMO The Treasury is the perfect place to start exploring the many facets of Western Australia’s capital city and a sanctuary of calm in a boom town that has, only recently, gotten its mojo back.
From Dhs1,140 per night; comohotels.com
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