Perth’s Como The Treasury has been named the best city hotel in Australia and New Zealand by the New York-based tourism magazine, Travel + Leisure.
Every year, the US tourism magazine asks its readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. The magazine honoured this year’s top hotels, travel destinations, and companies worldwide in their 2020 World’s Best Awards.
Perth is a city in the process of reinventing itself. From laneways filled with street art to the new riverfront precinct, Elizabeth Quay, every corner seems to hold a new surprise. The single most exciting pocket of the city, however, is the complex of former government buildings known as the State Buildings, centrally located on the corner of St Georges Terrace and Barrack Street.
Como The Treasury resides within the Perth’s recently revitalized 19th-century State Buildings. Once housing the land titles office, the treasury and the city’s first post office, the structure underwent a meticulous decade-long restoration by Kerry Hill Architects, returning the iconic complex to its former Victorian glory.
Enter from Cathedral Avenue and you’ll find yourself in the heart of the hotel. Both the lobby on your right and the Treasury Lounge and Bar on the left have a welcoming feel, with plenty tactile materials and lovely prints of West Australian wildflowers, by local artists, softening those high-ceilinged heritage spaces.
Those gorgeous illustrations hanging in The Treasury Lounge and Bar are pieces from the Cape Arid Collection by acclaimed botanical artists Philippa and Alex Nikulinsky, inspired by their trek through Cape Arid National Park. You can purchase a print to take home or get the entire collection in book format as a special Western Australian keepsake.
Head upstairs to find the rooms, the spa, the gym and the lap pool, or alternatively, continue on the ground floor to explore the rest of the building. Centred in the lovely Postal Hall you will find a tempting array of shops, eateries and bars.
There are 48 elegant guest rooms and suites with original features, as well as two restaurants, a bar, a lounge and a library. Each spacious room and suite includes an urban or green view. Some rooms afford multiple vistas best appreciated from the Juliet and walkout balconies.
Stocked with Riedel glassware, Limeburners whisky, Sue Lewis chocolate and Vasse Felix wines, it’s easy to understand why the minibar is a highlight at this Perth hotel.
Standout room features include oversized opening windows, custom-made furnishings, fireplaces, truss ceilings, expansive open bathrooms with heated travertine stone flooring and German deep-soaking Kaldewei Duo freestanding bathtubs.
Allowing the architecture to shine, the accommodations’ walls are free of artwork except for the sculptural bronze-cast mirrors by artist David Brazier.
Perched above the city, Wildflower is The Treasury’s top restaurant. Contemporary in design and slick in service, the stylish venue is overseen by executive chef Jed Gerrard, who sources his ingredients from local farmers and foragers while revolving the menu around the six seasons of the indigenous Nyoongar calendar.
Formerly a franking room (where postage is administered), Post serves a seasonally driven menu crafted around updated Italian classics. Stop by on Sunday to indulge in the La Famiglia Lunch menu, an array of sharing platters meant to be enjoyed as a group.Facilities also include a gym, 20m indoor pool, and a range of holistic therapies.
You could easily spend an entire weekend exploring the State Buildings, alternating between a spot of shopping and a bite to eat.
Aside from the hotel restaurants, other must-visits venues include Thai guru David Thompson’s superb street food restaurant, Long Chim, and Petition Beer Corner with its range of craft brews. If you are ready to look further afield, take a tour of the city’s impressive street art with Oh Hey WA, explore the cool bars and cafes in the city’s laneways, or visit the brand new riverfront precinct, Elizabeth Quay.