A new luxury offering in the CBD combines a touch of sophistication with a great choice of dining hotspots.
There’s a swag of five-star hotels opening in Perth over the next couple of years but the InterContinental has beaten them all to the punch. And it’s a knockout. Conceived by Woods Bagot, with interiors by Chada, the old Rydges in the centre of the CBD has been transformed into a sandstone palace featuring 300 works by 13 local artists. But it’s the dining options that give it buzz, from the streetside tapas bar to The Loft, which features a terrace overlooking Hay Street.
Busy day? Long journey? Step into room 902 and feel instantly calm. It’s all neutral colours and satin drapes, designed to echo the Western Australian landscape. Thought has gone into the individual elements of this room, from the nifty concealed cupboard that swings open to reveal glassware to the smart swivel chair at the desk. The bathroom is tiny – no bath, sorry – but home renovators will be coveting the textured tiles and sleek black Parisi tapware.
Location Smack-bang in the middle of the CBD, next to the King Street shopping precinct.
Number of guestrooms 240, including one penthouse and six Club InterContinental suites and 40 Club InterContinental rooms, which offer access to the lounge (complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, drinks and canapés), the pressing of two items of clothing per stay and use of the private boardroom.
Check in/out 3pm/11am.
Food and drink Four restaurants and bars: upmarket Ascua, tapas bar Heno & Rey, hole in the wall Graffiti for coffee and snacks and The Loft lounge bar.
Wellness Decent 24-hour gym. The concierge can organise access to a nearby complex with an Olympic-sized pool.
Business facilities 24-hour business centre and five meeting suites for up to 16 people. Each suite has access to The Pantry, which offers refreshments.
Minibar Very small selection of drinks (although the solo traveller might appreciate the 375ml wine options). Nibbles are a bit fancier and include Simon Johnson Snack Mix with Asian Herbs and Valrhona Dulcey Crunchy Pearls.
Water in room Two free bottles of Capi mineral water.
Pillow menu No menu but feather and synthetic fibre available.
Bath In the suites and penthouse.
Bathrobe Terry towelling number that feels appropriately soft.
The housekeeping test A request for a pair of scissors was met in 16 minutes.
The concierge test When asked for a good walking route, Sheena Kodituwakku came to the room with a map and plotted out a scenic river walk.
Amenities InterContinental hotels use products from Agraria, a San Francisco aromatherapy brand.
Room service A breakfast of bircher muesli and toast took 28 minutes to be delivered (eight minutes longer than advised). But it was worth the wait – the bircher was excellent and the toast, unlike most room service offerings, was crisp.
TV and movies There are smart TVs in every room so guests can access their Netflix or Stan accounts, or pay for access to the latest movies.
Parking Valet parking is available for $65 (although vehicles are parked in a nearby public car park and guests are asked to allow 20 minutes for delivery). There is a car park near the hotel that charges $35 a day.
Price From $320 a night.
Ask for… A corner room for more space and extra windows. Failing that, try for a suite on a higher level.
Verdict Polished yet punchy.
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