When it comes to five star hotels, The Westin Perth is an example of modern design, style, and innovation done well. This five star Perth hotel is one of several new accommodation options that have arrived in the CBD. However, The Westin Perth challenges the concept of corporate cookie-cutter hotels by utilising artistic design and a clever use of in-room space to deliver a luxury stay with a difference. It’s been almost 20 years since we visited Perth and we’re both surprised and impressed with how the city has grown and changed. I am also impressed by the number of Porches, Ferraris, and Lambos that we pass on the way to the hotel and see when we drive into The Westin Perth.
We love the two metre-high mural by street artist Rone displayed on the hotel’s façade, a sign of the artistic style at The Westin which we weren’t expecting for a corporate hotel. A warm smile and greeting by the concierge has us arriving at the reception area feeling like welcome and valued guests. The Westin Perth consists of 368 guest rooms and suites in differing configurations from Deluxe King rooms to Club Suites and Executive Suites with a focus on corporate comfort. This is highlighted with the generous room sizes which are a significant change from the somewhat lacklustre business hotels of old we remember from our first visit to Perth all those years ago.
We have a King Club Guest Room that gives us access to the Club Lounge located on the third floor of the hotel and this is one option I would recommend. The Westin Perth Club Lounge is well worth the extra spend and one of the best Australian club lounges we’ve stayed in, catering brilliantly to both leisure and corporate guests. After receiving our keys and a rundown on the hotel and its facilities we head to our room for a much-needed refresh after the long transit from Australia’s east coast. It’s at this point we notice The Westin Perth’s stylish reception and foyer areas which have a warm yet refined European feel. Incorporated into the reception area is The Haven Lounge and Bar area which flows outside to an extensive alfresco seating space.
Arriving at our room, we are impressed with the fully automated system which adjusts the lighting, retracts the curtains, and activates the air conditioning as soon as we enter the room. Apart from the high tech inclusions, of which there are many, there is also that generous room size as mentioned previously. Our room is a mighty 42 square metres and has a king size bed, couch, work desk, coffee pod machine, and the all-important complimentary (and very fast) wi-fi. The décor is made up of soothing soft greys and creams with vibrant art works by Christian Fletcher showing off stunning aerial photographs of Western Australia.
Bathing pleasure is guaranteed with a large bathroom which has a walk-in rain shower stocked with designer toiletries. The only thing we aren’t keen on is the settee/seat in the bathroom that extends into the entry to the bathroom and proves to be a bit of a hazard for late-night toilet visits. In need of a coffee to combat the time change, we explore the hotel starting at the Club Lounge located on Level 3, which to our delight, has coffee and cookies. Club guests enjoy exclusive access to the Westin Club Lounge with daily breakfast, evening drinks, and canapes in a very stylish and well thought out space. The club has a luxe lounge feel and isn’t like some other hotel club lounges which feel more like a cafeteria-cum-bistro.
Eats and drinks are high quality and abundant with cheeses, dips, and a hot selection that we’re told changes daily. Even when the lounge gets busy, it is so well designed that it doesn’t feel overcrowded. Breakfast is also well catered for at the lounge, but unfortunately, only with a make your own coffee machine. Oh, the pain of not having barista coffee.
More exploration takes us to the pool located on Level 5 with the spa area run by Bodhi J, which is also located here. The pool is an oasis in the city and in high use with both couples and families alike. Pool staff and the bar area adjacent to the pool are attentive and kept busy with drinks, eats, and towels in hot demand. The pool is heated perfectly to take the chill away but still feel nice and cool.
Dining at the Westin is taken care of at Garum Italian Restaurant, the Haven Lounge for all-day dining plus there is the Westin’s signature high tea experience. With Garum Restaurant, The Westin Perth brought in celebrity chef, Guy Grossi from Melbourne, of Grossi Florentino fame, to create the menus and food style.
The restaurant takes pride of place in the historic Hibernian Hall with its beautiful wooden beams and ceiling and serves both breakfast and dinner. Garum has an impressive breakfast buffet in true Italian style with freshly baked focaccias, ricotta pancakes, and breakfast sweets to die for, and a large selection of traditional hot items. Get breakfast included in your room, it’s so worth it.
Overall the Westin exceeded my expectations for both style and service. It is an example of a corporate hotel done right and one that caters to business and pleasure equally well. I would be more than willing to return to this hotel and indulge in a few more nights. And I would definitely make a plan (and make a booking) to visit Garum Restaurant for dinner as well as breakfast next time.
Disclosure: The writer stayed at The Westin Perth as a guest of Tourism Western Australia. He would not hesitate to return to this hotel and stay at his own expense.
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