Suite: Heritage Balcony Room | Size: 60 Square meters| Price: From $495 per night
COMO the Treasury is an elegant urban hotel housed in the 19th-century State Buildings in the heart of historic Perth. The stone and brick Victorian exterior hides an elegant contemporary interior, which is home to 48 rooms and suites, several dining options, and the highly acclaimed COMO Shambhala spa. The $110-million heritage restoration was undertaken by the late Kerry Hill and has returned 95 per cent of the building to its 19th-century origins, while the remainder exudes modern sophistication. With more than 60,000 slate tiles imported from Wales covering the rooftop, complete with copper trimmings, it’s one of the city’s most impressive landmarks. Subtle colours, bespoke furniture, hand-knotted rugs and softly lit corridors create a warm contemporary feel.
Rooms are very large. Starting at 55 square metres and going up to 120. My Heritage Balcony Room was light and bright with oversized windows (that actually open!) and a Juliet balcony overlooking Cathedral Plaza. Each room is different, with the shape dictated by the design of the building. I immediately made use of my replace as I cuddled up in a cozy chair and enjoyed the local goodies from the complimentary mini bar. The massive ensuite had a beautiful freestanding tub with heated travertine stone floor tiles and aromatherapy- based COMO Shambhala amenities.
The Treasury is in prime position, just a short stroll from the Swan River and Kings Park, and surrounded by great shopping and restaurants. e State Buildings also feature several hand- picked retail shops supplying artisanal foods, handmade chocolates, specialty teas, a barber shop, chic bars and restaurants, and the Honeycake, a cake shop with a cult following. You can even take a ferry to idyllic Rottnest Island from the wharf just five minutes away. Perth airport is a 20-minute drive from the hotel.
Wildflower is located on the hotel’s rooftop and serves dishes revolving around the six indigenous seasons. Executive Chef Jed Gerrard showcases the best ingredients Western Australia has to offer, relying on local farmers and foragers. Post, named for its location in Perth’s original General Post Office, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Choices include contemporary Italian fare or healthy COMO Shambhala cuisine. The seasonal greens with poached egg and ‘green goddess’ sauce was my favourite way to start the day. The Treasury Lounge and Bar is a stylish area for a cocktail or afternoon tea with comfortable sofas and leather armchairs.
It’s hard to go past COMO Shambhala Urban Escape, which feels like a retreat with dark wood and stone tiles. With both Western and Eastern wellness therapies, the spa specialises in hands-on healing and holistic treatments. Along with massages, they offer a number of purifying body detoxifications. Besides four treatment rooms, the wellness sanctuary also includes a gym and 20-metre heated lap pool.
For more information visit COMO the Treasury