Perth's Most Charming Hotels
COMO at the Treasury, Perth
Housed in Perth’s 140 year-old State Buildings from the mid-19th century, COMO was once a government headquarters, post office and treasury building. After laying dormant for 20 years, the COMO went about creating a luxe hotel while retaining the building’s rich history - all the original government office rooms were kept in-tact, with the team working around the existing structures rather knocking down walls. The end result is 48 guestrooms that are all uniquely different, and a hotel that oozes heritage charm. The outstanding conservation of the building even took out the WA Heritage Award in 2016, and the likes of Conde Nast Traveller and Gourmet Traveller have dubbed this 6-star hotel the best in Australia.
The Melbourne Hotel, Perth
Don’t expect a stock-standard hotel experience here – no two rooms at The Melbourne are the same. Oozing heritage charm with a little bit of luxury, each room showcases the unique layers of the original 1897 building while also offering an abundance of natural light, modern technology and comfort. Even the staff at The Melbourne retain some of that old-fashioned mentality, thinking of themselves as friendly hosts who welcome you on a personal level, rather than just hotel staff checking you in and taking your bags. For a real historic experience, book a stay in one of their Raw Heritage Rooms which nod to The Melbourne Hotel's past by showcasing an original 1800’s feature wall.
Criterion Hotel, Perth
The Criterion is the only remaining art-deco hotel in Perth, making it quite the attraction for history and architecture enthusiasts. The building originally popped up on Perth’s Hay Street back in 1848 as a pub, before being taken over by the Swan Brewery in 1937 and remodelled as a hotel. The new hotel, designed by prominent art-deco architects Hobbs, Forbes & Partners, boasted 74 rooms plus three bars decked out with jarrah, tiles and chrome. Today, the Criterion continues to provide accommodation for visitors to Perth, as well as giving guests a trip down memory lane with its legacy and history.
Miss Maud’s Swedish Hotel, Perth
If you want a truly unique hotel experience in Perth then make your way to the Miss Maud’s Swedish Hotel. Established in 1973, this spot offers a quintessential Swedish experience. This place will make you feel like you’re right in the middle of Stockholm, plus you get a complimentary Swedish smörgåsbord breakfast in the renowned Miss Maud Restaurant nestled within the hotel.
Sage Hotel, West PerthSitting on the site of the 1902 heritage-listed Walsh Family Residence is Perth’s Sage Hotel, a mix of old and new wrapped up in a rustic setting. The hotel is also home to Julio’s, one of Perth’s most iconic Italian restaurants, which provides another nod to the past being located in the former residence of one of Perth’s menswear moguls. The heritage-listed building has been carefully restored on the exterior, celebrating a piece of Perth’s history, while the refurbished interior still shows signs of 1900’s charm – think lots of candles, cosy fireplaces and ambient interior brickwork.
- 06 Oct '19