Let’s get hip in Perth: the city’s coolest boutique hotels

By Lachlan Probyn,

A little like double denim, Perth has made a comeback. From the buzzing art scene peppering inner-city Northbridge to the cutting-edge fashion and small bars of William Street,  find your inner-hip in the WA capital.

Northbridge is perhaps one of Perth’s best kept secrets. Unused heritage buildings are being transformed into boho bars and restaurants for locals to play in, and the Perth Cultural Centre has ensued a dynamic mix of art and creativity in the area.

Along with this wave of cool, Perth has witnessed a sprouting of edgy, boutique hotels. So if you’re looking for a seriously stylish stay on the west coast, check out our collection of the city’s finest below.


Alex Hotel

Northbridge

Situated right in the heart of Northbridge is Alex Hotel. This boutique hotel presents a clean, contemporary design, in a modern building but fitting in nicely beside its industrial neighbours. With a communal lounge, outdoor terrace and roof garden, there is plenty of space to relax after checking out the local bars and restaurants.

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Rooms tastefully blend a colour palette of neutral tones and flecks of pastels, and all are decorated with hand crafted furniture from Douglas and Bec. The queen and king-sized beds are resplendent in Beltrami Italian linens and feature classy bedheads and bedside lighting.

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To catch one of Perth’s beautiful sunsets, head to the 6th floor rooftop bar overlooking the city and recline in the aerial space with a craft beer or artisan spirit.

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Como The Treasury

Perth City Centre

If you’re the type of traveller who’s all about class, glamour, and style, look no further than Como The Treasury! Set in a 19th century former government building, this hotel voices the grandeur of yesteryear while offering all of the necessary mod cons for the savvy traveller. Think high ceilings and carved white columns alongside an indoor heated pool with cityscape views.

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Holding the coveted title of best new ‘city hotel’ in Australia, Como The Treasury treats guests to elegant rooms designed by Kerry Hill Architects. All boast custom-made beds and freestanding Kaldewei baths, making comfort key.

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For some true relaxation, book a signature body treatment at the Shambhala Urban Escape Spa, with aromatherapy, reflexology, and Swedish massages available. It’s ultimately a slice of heaven bundled into the one city centre hotel.

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Citadines St Georges Terrace

Perth City Centre

Hello glamour, hello St Georges Terrace! When it comes to sophisticated accommodation in Perth, this apartment hotel is at the helm of the scene. With all the necessary mod cons of an apartment paired with the comfort of a hotel, Citadines St Georges Terrace makes for an enjoyable stay in Perth.

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Rooms are contemporary in design, balancing soft grey tones with vibrant cityscape-themed artwork. Furnishings are modern and the large windows create the feeling of being in a hip New York warehouse.

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For those looking for a truly relaxing experience, go for the one-bedroom deluxe which comes with a separate living space as well as an inviting spa bath to conclude your evening in. Located just a short stroll from the scenic Swan River and Hay Street Mall, St Georges Terrace is ideally positioned in the thick of it all.

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The Nest on Newcastle

Northbridge

The Nest on Newcastle is another welcomed feature of Perth’s Northbridge, and it’s easy to see why. The refined boutique hotel successfully fulfils the needs of the cool-seeking traveller thanks to its elegant design and artistic flair. Located behind a 115-year-old heritage house, the hotel seamlessly blends the old and the new, creating an eclectic and unique guest experience. Think exposed stone walls alongside glass doors and contemporary artwork.

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The 20 rooms are tastefully designed, with quality furnishings and a range of modern facilities, including free Wi-Fi and a Nespresso coffee machine – ideal for those mornings in!

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For a spot of grub, head to the hotel’s in-house restaurant, The Old Crow, which serves tasty Southern-American style sharing plates and snacks. Quite simply, it’s the ideal place in Perth in which to nest for the weekend!

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Sage Hotel

West Perth

Cutting edge, contemporary, and full of pizazz – welcome to Sage Hotel. One of the newer hotel kids on the block, word is already out that Sage promises an exceptional experience from start to finish.

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Rooms boast a chic design, with clean lines and contrasting tones fit for the modern traveller. Think minimalist furniture in dark woods and greys, with bright throws and feature pillows adding welcomed patches of colour.

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Sage Hotel is positioned a short five-minute walk to the beautiful Kings Park, but if you’d rather take things slowly and stay in, several communal facilities are on offer including in-house restaurant, Julio’s. Located in the hotel’s heritage-listed front building, Julio’s serves contemporary Italian fare, with Chef Simone Ariano creatively working at the helm.

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Attika Hotel

Northbridge

Are you an independent voyager who appreciates the convenience of a serviced apartment? If so, you will be smitten with Attika Hotel. Situated in the heart of cool Northbridge, Attika Hotel offers sophisticated, boutique style apartments, which boast a modern design and offer all the necessary facilities for a comfortable weekend away.

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The apartments are appointed with fully equipped kitchens and are decorated with soft grey hues that echo the hotel’s contemporary exterior. Tasteful coloured throws and fabrics are dotted throughout, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.

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If you’re looking to build a home away from home, nestle in the one-bedroom executive apartment, which offers a dreamy king-sized bed as well as an elegant separate living space that’s perfect for a spot of entertaining!

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Hotel Rottnest

Rottnest Island

Ready to frolic in refreshing waves as they lap against the sandy shore? Or how about grabbing some selfies with a family of friendly quokkas? Welcome to Rottnest Island! Located just a short ferry ride from Fremantle, this pedestrian-only island is the perfect way to experience island life with the convenience of being close to the big city. Beach, sun, and nature best resonate with this sanctuary, so if you’re looking to get all of this and more, book a night at Hotel Rottnest.

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Set in a former Government building that dates back to 1860, Hotel Rottnest gives you the chance to get your old-school vintage on! Rooms are restored and refurbished in serene beige and chocolate tones, with splashes of refreshing blue.

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The hotel presents a stylish blend of period features with all the essential mod cons for the 21st century kind of traveller. Bayside rooms boast private courtyards with sun lounges, umbrellas, and uninterrupted views of Thomson Bay – all that’s left to bring is the bubbly!

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Sorrento Beach B&B

Sorrento, Northern Perth

Refined elegance meets bespoke attention to detail at Perth’s Sorrento Beach B&B. Just a short walk from beautiful Sorrento Beach, this bed and breakfast is an ideal solution for those seeking a chilled out kind of weekend away from the bustling downtown.

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The coolest thing about this place is that it’s one booking per stay, meaning you’ll get the whole house to yourself. Hello independence!

Ideal for large groups or families, the house boasts two spacious bedrooms, which are fitted with vintage-style furnishings and soft lighting. The open-plan living room upstairs is the perfect haven in which to recline, offering a LCD TV and a balcony that overlooks a scenic canopy of treetops.

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If you’re looking to dabble in Perth’s culinary scene, the B&B is located a short stroll from Sorrento Quay Boardwalk, which offers a tasty line-up of restaurants and bars. Sounds like it’s time for your weekend cocktails!

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Want to venture out of the city? Here’s our guide to Mandurah and the Peel Region.