It’s hard to believe three historical buildings – dating back to the mid-19th century –remained derelict in the heart of Perth for so many years. Now transformed into Como’s first hotel in Australia, they’ve been given a new life with cutting-edge comforts, effortless charm and old-world elegance. There are only 48 sun-drenched rooms, which means even the smallest is quite spacious, featuring a delicate palette of neutrals, separate sitting area and a gleaming ensuite with deep bathtub. The Como Shambhala Spa, renowned for its holistic treatments, and Wildflower restaurant – perfect for both business lunches and special-occasion dinners – further add to the hotel’s appeal.
Como The Treasury is located on Cathedral Square, one of the most beautiful nooks of the Perth CBD, about 20 minutes drive from the airport. Some of the city’s most happening dining and shopping precincts are right out the door, while the burgeoning waterfront hub of Elizabeth Quay is about five minutes walk away.
Elegant to a tee, the rooms at Como are bright, spacious, high-ceilinged and tastefully furnished with beautiful blond furniture. Other creature comforts include electronic blinds, sprawling bathrooms and complimentary minibars that are replenished every day. Our favourite are the Heritage rooms with Juliet balcony, overlooking the serene Cathedral Square.
Food and drink
There’s no dearth of exemplary dining options within the State Buildings (the site of Como The Treasury) – from David Thompson’s Long Chim Thai eatery to Petition Kitchen, one of the best places in Perth for brunch. And yet all roads lead to the hotel’s own Wildflower restaurant, located on the fourth floor. Chef Kim Brennan is at the helm with a fine-dining menu inspired by the six seasons of the Noongar people. If you’re after something more casual, head to the hotel’s Post restaurant for offerings such as tagliatelle with Shark Bay honey bug and Berkshire pork cotoletta.
For business travellers
There are a number of spaces within the hotel for corporate chinwags – from the private dining room at Post restaurant to the boardroom that can accommodate a group of 20. Even the Treasury Lounge and Bar on the hotel’s ground floor can be exclusively reserved for a gathering of up to 30 people. And if your group is much larger, why not book the Wildflower restaurant where events of up to 120 can be hosted?
For wellness travellers
Wellbeing is one of Como’s core values and the onsite Como Shambhala Spa is a testament to that. Complement the spa’s menu of face and body therapies with yoga classes and the Como Shambhala cuisine at Post restaurant, where healthy favourites range from dry-aged striploin with salsa verde to quinoa spaghetti with dried tomato.
The wow factor
The architecture and design are the hotel’s strongest suites. The juxtaposition of the old and the new, historic and contemporary is impossibly clever.
Best for: Luxury travellers
Number of rooms and suites: 48
From: $421 a night
Wi-fi: Free and fast
Parking: Valet parking is $40 per night
Address: 1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth
Telephone: +61 8 6168 7888