Recently, Perth has added a number of unique hotels and glamping sites into its repertoire making a weekend away even more enjoyable and memorable.
Perth is a city much considered as the hidden gem of Australia. The perfect hub providing an eclectic mix of a bustling city to oasis-like beaches with thriving state forests almost a touch away. Although Perth’s CBD is the place to be, we’ve found some unique stays in and out of Western Australia’s capital, encapsulating the true taste and feel of this much-beloved city.
When the team of creative minds at Little Creatures Brewery in Fremantle decided to embark on a new project, no one in the Perth scene expected it to be an independent and boutique hotel. Yet, in 2015, the Alex Hotel opened in the heart of Northbridge, located on the doorstep of the Perth Cultural Centre and in close proximity to the State Theatre Centre, the train station and a slew of hip restaurants, bars and cafes. The hotel has been described as ‘hipster meets vogue’ and is styled with Turkish cotton towels, locally made Sodashi bathroom products and floor to ceiling windows. However, in spite of its boutique feel, there are a number of things which are different about this hotel; there is no reception desk, no room service and no minibar. Instead, Alex Hotel aims for its guests to enjoy the communal areas within the hotel and explore the streets of Northbridge. One restaurant worth visiting is The Shadow Wine Bar which is attached to the hotel and serves a beautiful variety of wine paired with European style dining. A very unique stay in the hustle of Perth, with rooms starting from $250 a night.
Alex Hotel – 50 James St, Perth WA 6000
Mile End Glamping
Although it is located outside of Perth in the Margaret River region, the Mile End Glamping is one of the most unique accommodation experiences in Western Australia and exudes luxury despite the reference to camping. The traditional tents have been transformed into transparent geodesic domes which include a private bathroom, kitchen, king bed, deck, a barbeque area and a private spa bath. The entire experience is comfortable and intimate, with the domes nestled on a private estate surrounded by native bushland and wildlife, the river and local wineries. Easily the grandest off-the-grid glamping experience in Perth.
Mile End Glamping – 76 Yelverton Rd, Yelverton WA 6280
The QT Perth hotel is new to the urban and luxury hotel scene in Perth, having only opened in August 2018. Yet, it has quickly become one of the most popular hotels for travellers to Perth, especially due to its location on the corner of Barrack Street and Murray Street which opens visitors up to premium shopping, restaurants and bars, Elizabeth Quay, the Bell Tower and the Swan River. The hotel has worked to incorporate aspects that are unique to Western Australia such as the jarrah flooring in the lobby, local wildflowers, artwork showcasing black cockatoos and handmade ceramics by local artists. The rooms begin at $220 a night which is worth it for the view over the Perth city and hills from the rooftop where some of the most delicious cocktails are being served.
QT Perth – 133 Murray St, Perth WA 6000
Empire Spa Retreat
Nestled in the tranquillity of the Yallingup bushland in Western Australia’s south-west is the Empire Spa Retreat where we suggest staying for an all-encompassing mind, body and soul rejuvenation. There are 11 suites at the retreat which offer the kind of privacy and escape you would expect on a down south getaway. The luxury villa includes an open fireplace which is perfect for those cold nights in Yallingup, a sunken lounge area, a large spa bath, an outdoor shower and a timber decked balcony with a daybed. The suites are built around the original farmhouse which houses the dining room and an entertaining area with an open fireplace. The spa allows guests to re-energise with their traditional spa therapies and their use of natural products which finishes off the perfect getaway to Yallingup at the Empire Spa Retreat.
Empire Spa Retreat – 1958 Caves Rd, Yallingup WA 6282
Discovery Rottnest Island
If you are looking for something slightly away from the hustle of Perth’s CBD, it is highly recommended you jump on the next ferry to Western Australia’s island paradise to experience glamping at Discovery Rottnest Island. Since March, visitors to the island have had the opportunity to get a taste of luxurious glamping right on Pinky Beach which is home to the famous Pinky’s Beach Club. We suggest that you spend the day relaxing on the beach soaking up the sunshine before freshening up in your fully-furnished ensuite at night time and walking over to the bar to try some unique cocktails and enjoy fresh, locally-sourced meals. At the end of the night, we can’t imagine anything better than sleeping in a glamorous eco-tent on the beach right under the stars.
Discovery Rottnest Island – Pinky Beach, Rottnest Island
Hidden Valley Eco Lodges and Day Spa
The Hidden Valley Eco Lodges are located in Pickering Brook in the Perth Hills and are an adults-only luxury retreat which serves as the perfect escape out of the chaos of the city, for you and a loved one or a close friend. Each of the self-contained lodges have spas and a fireplace as well as premium access to boutique wineries, the neighbouring suburbs of Kalamunda and Bickley Valley and the jarrah rainforest which is perfect for trail walking. The massages, facials and treatments at the day spa are a way to unwind, relax and finish off a beautiful weekend out in the Perth Hills.
Hidden Valley Eco Lodges and Day Spa – 85 Carinyah Rd, Pickering Brook WA 6076
The rooms at Tribe Hotel include gorgeous and simple interior designs topped off with some amazing views of the city and of King’s Park. Whether you choose to explore the array of restaurants, bars and cafes located around Tribe Perth or decide to venture to the communal area downstairs, this hotel takes pride in knowing you always have an option to try something different and use the hotel space however you like it. We strongly suggest not giving Tribe Foods – the communal restaurant – a miss as they take pride and care in making your morning coffee and can also whip up some crazy concoctions behind the bar late at night! Think of it as your home away from home where one thing is definitely certain; a luxurious stay in a hotel that has so much personality.
Tribe Perth – 4 Walker Ave, West Perth WA 6005
The Local Hotel
The old Seaview Hotel in South Fremantle made its mark on the Perth accommodation scene in 2015 when it reopened its doors as the newly refurbished The Local Hotel. From the outside, The Local Hotel is a relaxed pub on a busy corner with polished wood flooring, large windows and a refined list of wines and beer including tap beers from Gage Roads and Feral to try. However, on the inside, the eight boutique rooms at The Local Hotel are fresh and modern, having been styled individually by local creatives. The best part about this hotel, other than the pub-grub classics on the menu and its location on South Terrace, is that it will be opening more of these unique rooms over the coming months giving all of us the perfect excuse to keep coming back.
The Local Hotel – 282 South Tce, South Fremantle WA 6162
The Bibbulmun Track
The Bibbulmun Track is a strenuous yet rewarding 1000km walking trail which stretches from the suburb of Kalamunda in the Perth Hills to Albany in the south-west. It’s one of the world’s greatest long distance walks and is a way to explore the beauty of Western Australia. While the track takes anywhere from six to eight weeks to complete from end-to-end, people generally choose to walk shorter sections over much shorter periods. Nevertheless, the accommodation options are endless and unique, ranging from hotels, bed-and-breakfasts and private chalets in each of the 12 towns along the track or the simple and basic on-track accommodation. The Colliefields Hotel in Collie is located 500m from the track which means after a long day of walking, you can rest your body in bed straightaway. No matter where you stay, each of the accommodation options prepare you for a long day of walking.
Bibbulmun Track – various locations