Perth is the largest city in Western Australia and the state capital. As the fourth-most populous municipal centre on the continent, home to 2.1 million people, this thriving metropolis is characterised by its curious mix of 19th-century art deco dwellings and sleek skyscrapers.
The city landscape is bursting with art galleries, wine bars, and restaurants just waiting to be discovered. While Perth is an urban playground, it is also wildly beautiful. Wider Perth is a natural wonder and a scenic three-hour drive away from Margaret River - a popular wine region that is an oasis for oenophiles. Bursting with epic experiences and profound landscapes, this truly is the land of luxury, perched upon verdant green hills. An explorer’s paradise, Western Australia is a fairy-tale land of candyfloss pink lakes and bright yellow spires rising from enormous dunes, deep verdant ancient forests to rainbow carpets of neon wildflowers, the famous Valley of the Giants and so much more...
The BusinessClass.com guide to the best hotels in Perth and Margaret River:
Como The Treasury, Perth - 9/10
COMO The Treasury, Perth is a 48-room modern luxury hotel in city's historical heart, housed within the mid-19th century state buildings once home to a post office, land titles office, and treasury. Today it contains a hotel, restaurants, a bar and a spa. Designed by Kerry Hill, rooms feature king-size beds dressed in Egyptian cotton and European furnishings. Bathrooms contain showers, deep bathtubs, twin vanities, stone tiles, and heated floors. City rooms overlook Perth’s cityscape or courtyard, while heritage or treasury rooms peer over Cathedral Square, Stirling Gardens, and Swan River. Spacious studio suites feature truss ceilings, dormer windows, and wood detailing while treasury suites provide a ‘home from home’ with a sitting area. Choose the COMO Suite for 120 square metres of indulgence with a vast living area and bedroom and stunning views of St Georges Terrace, Stirling Gardens, or Swan River.
The rooftop-based Wildflower restaurant, run by Kim Brennan, specialises in foraged ingredients, while Post serves up Italian cuisine and The Treasury Lounge and Bar is ideal for drinks. Meanwhile, COMO Shambhala Urban Escape presents a sanctuary from the city with yoga, massage therapy, and facials on demand. There are four treatment rooms, a 20m heated indoor pool, and a state-of-the-art techno gym.
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Alex Hotel - 9/10
This independent family hotel has 74 minimalist rooms with flat-screen televisions, Wi-Fi access, and bathrooms with showers and Vasse Virgin amenities. There are eight sets of small, large, and extra-large rooms on each floor and family rooms connecting to two-bedroom apartments. The extra-large room 515 is the hotel’s biggest with a balcony for sunset watching, while four of the medium-sized rooms have disabled access.
Take a vintage-style Lekker bike for a spin before dinner, then enjoy modern European cuisine at Shadow Wine Bar & Dining, a restaurant with a bar and lounge behind the hotel. It serves delicious Italian al a carte charcuterie and cheese plates, while coffee, beers and wines can be purchased in the lobby café. Floor-to-ceiling windows spill out into the street and a small outdoor terrace to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. In the absence of room service, the honesty bar, stocked with craft ales, lagers, ciders, as well as wines from the Margaret River region, is open 24 hours a day. Located in Perth’s cultural centre, this rare gem of a hotel in Northbridge is close to James Street’s bars and clubs and modern-art galleries.
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Crown Towers Perth - 9/10
Overlooking the eastern bank of Swan River, Crown Towers Perth’s 428 guest rooms and suites display dazzling city views and are wired up to the latest technology. This is one of the most expensive hotels built in Australia and guests can choose from the deluxe king or twin rooms, richly furnished with marble bathrooms and relaxation areas, floor-to-ceiling windows, a deep soak bath, a chaise lounge, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Of the four suites, the cream of the crop is the Premier Club with a generous living and dining area to soak up the magnificent views of the city skyline and Swan River. The bedroom features a king-size bed and a large bathroom.
There are numerous restaurants & bars, so take your pick of fine dining at French restaurant Bistro Guillaume, Italian at Modo Mio Perth or Japanese at Nobu. Over at Junction Grill, opt for a range of pasta, wood-fired pizzas and fresh seafood or treat yourself to a fat juicy steak at Rockpool Bar & Grill. Unwind at Market & Co with a casual drink beside friends and family and later dance the night away at a nightclub or spend time in the 24-hour casino. The spa offers La Prairie facials and empowering women’s massages. Crown Towers Perth is on Swan River, 10 minutes’ drive from Elizabeth Quay and 13 minutes’ drive from the centre of Perth Central Business District.
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The Melbourne Hotel - 9/10
This stylish hotel’s façade is grand and pays homage to its roots in the glamour days of travel, but also embraces the bright, contemporary personality of Perth. Experience legendary Australian service as you stay in one of the 73 guestrooms that celebrate both old and new. Each room is unique but shared features are the plush Sealy Posturepedic king-size beds, Molton Brown amenities, fluffy bathrobes and slippers, Wi-Fi, and smart televisions. The historic accommodation categories are characterful and ooze old-world charm. Each chamber showcases the original building design while offering natural light, modern technology, and comfort. The 24 square metre heritage room takes you on a time-travelling journey through the hotel’s past. With sash French doors, the 25 square metre heritage verandah rooms have a study corner with a desk. Contemporary rooms at The Melbourne are bright and spacious with refrigerators and tablet computers, while the 28 square metre deluxe premier rooms have freestanding bathtubs and Molton Brown amenities.
Feast on Japanese sushi at Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King, the first Keisuke in Australia. With Perth becoming a food lovers paradise, The Melbourne Hotel brings to you a taste of the Orient. Inspired by the old world, the menu is based on Cantonese flavours. For a traditional pub, experience takes a trip to Baun & Co formerly the ‘Old Melbourne’ pub. Watch the sunset at the Aurora Rooftop Bar, sipping a cocktail as the breeze teases your hair on the outdoor terrace. The hotel doesn’t have a spa but some rooms have freestanding tubs to melt away any cares and woes. Perth Convention Exhibition Centre and Perth Arena are on the doorstep, along with the best restaurants, bars and shopping opportunities.
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The Ritz-Carlton, Perth - 9/10
Towering majestically over the Swan River, The Ritz-Carlton exudes an air of luxury and excitement. Overlooking Elizabeth Quay, the urban skyline and parks, this hotel boasts a river-view infinity pool and a luxury spa. All 205 chic rooms and suites boast skyline and river views, living and dining rooms, a study and kitchenette, some with balconies. There’s a spacious bathroom and a powder room for guests, with a standalone bathtub and rainforest shower, dual vanity ottoman and Asprey amenities. The Ritz Carlton Suite is a lush living space spanning 277 square metres with views galore. There is a king bedroom with a rollaway bed, a separate living room and study, dining room and kitchenette. Technology is covered with 55-inch LED televisions, Bang & Olufsen sound system plus a Bluetooth radio and speaker. And a bonus is the 24-hour in-room dining.
The outdoor rooftop pool is the perfect place to reflect as the sun sets. Enjoy quiet time at the cluster of Vitality pools, spa baths, sauna, and relaxation lounge areas. Treatments are carried out in four idyllic rooms, including a couples spa suite. The Songbird Bar & Lounge is a destination for casual food while an indoor-outdoor space with an inviting fireplace allows you to dine al fresco. Hearth Restaurant offers fine dining floating on the water's edge in Perth's Elizabeth Quay where indigenous ingredients are prepared over an open fire.
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Cape Lodge - 9/10
Discover Cape Lodge, a boutique country house hotel and restaurant in the heart of Margaret River, three hours’ drive from the city. This exclusive estate, with its own vineyard, boasts 22 rooms for couples. Garden Wing rooms feature courtyards that invite the inside in. They contain king-size or twin beds and an en-suite bathroom with a shower. Lakeside rooms are large, light, and airy and feature king-size, luxury bathrooms with separate spacious walk-in showers and baths with underfloor heating and a minibar. Larger groups can rent the private residence with three acres of expansive lawns and a secluded lake. Inside are four bedrooms, sleeping up to ten, three bathrooms, an open-plan lounge, dining, and an entertaining area with a fully equipped kitchen and open fireplace, along with polished floorboards. In all the rooms is a surround-sound flat-screen Apple television and DVD player for entertainment. Guests can make full use of the outdoor entertaining area with barbecue and dining facilities.
In addition to being a hotel, it doubles as a cooking school with hands-on classes from top chefs. With such a reputation, the restaurant does not disappoint. The Lakeside Restaurant and Wine Lodge showcase Margaret River’s produce. Guests can enjoy a pamper in the spa or the privacy of their room. Select Swedish or Huna massages, full-body facials, or a sheer indulgence aromatherapy treatment. Cape Lodge Estate vineyard was planted in 1998 and has grown to eight acres. Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz wines produced here can be sampled by guests. Located between Margaret River, Dunsborough, and Yallingup, Cape Lodge gives plenty of opportunities to engage with the surrounding wine country. Guests can even fly in and land at the helicopter landing pad.
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Empire Retreat - 9/10
The Empire Retreat in Yallingup can be found amid 12 acres of vineyards and 265 acres of undulating pastures. This served as the owner’s dwelling, so guests can find creature comforts and are made to feel at home in modern, rustic rooms and the signature spa. With just 11 exclusive guest rooms set in a farmhouse, guests can opt for the Loft Suite, the Courtyard Suite, Deluxe Balcony Suite, the Studio or the Luxury Villa. The Studio is on two split levels and has two bedrooms and overlooks an olive grove. Meanwhile offering the ultimate in privacy, the 64sqm Luxury Villas are accessible from the farmhouse via timber boardwalks. Once inside, the open-plan villa presents every imaginable comfort, including four-poster beds, an open fireplace, sunken lounge area, corner lounge setting, dining suite, and kitchenette. The lounge features a bi-fold door opening to a timber-decked balcony with a day bed and panoramic views.
A large deluxe spa bath overlooks a private garden courtyard featuring an outdoor shower. There is no hotel restaurant, but a kitchen does serve up a continental buffet, with hot and cold delicacies and cold meats. Alternatively, you can venture out for breakfast at Bunkers or a rack of lamb at Lamonts. Offering sanctuary from modern life, the spa is in the bush to make you feel at home with mother nature. There are four treatment rooms and a steam room with therapies including Sodashi and indigenous Eminence beauty products. This adults-only retreat is a fine base for exploring this region.
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Pullman Bunker Bay Resort - 9/10
Pullman Bunker Bay Resort in Dunsborough is an oasis cocooned on white sands, surrounded by 35 acres of green gardens and the Cape Naturaliste National Park. Overlooking the crystalline waters of Bunker Bay, guests can choose from 150 luxuriously appointed studio, one- and two-bedroom bungalow-style villas. Each property, decorated in contemporary Australian style, features lake or garden views, an outdoor courtyard or deck and boardwalk access to the beach. The King Villa features an expansive open-plan room with a combined bedroom and living area with polished floorboards and limestone feature walls. There is a king-size bed, marble deep bath and shower, and a private furnished terrace with garden views.
Other Side of the Moon is a stylish venue serving Australian cuisine infused with Mediterranean flavours. Escape to the tranquil Vie Spa for a one-to-one massage or treat your partner to a romantic date in the beautifully appointed couples’ suites. With Bunker Bay beach on the doorstep and Geographe Bay and the Margaret River wine region a short distance away, guests can indulge and relax. Just over three hours’ drive south of Perth, P
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Smiths Beach Resort - 9/10
Rising from the gleaming white sands of Smiths Beach is a heavenly place overlooking the Indian Ocean. Choose from two- and three-bed garden or ocean view villas or three- and four-bed beach houses with large picture windows framing views of stretches of ocean and vibrant sunsets. One of the most stunning choices is a fabulous self-catering ocean view villa in one or two-bedroom format, featuring an oversized bedroom with a king and/or two single beds, kitchenette facilities, and sofa bed, plus a private bathroom. The upper level leads off the stairs into a spacious, light-filled living area with a cosy fireplace, a full-size kitchen plus dining and a balcony for barbeques. The two-bed master bedroom has an en-suite with a freestanding bathtub.
Lamont’s restaurant introduces an al a carte menu with delights such as venison chorizo, confit of duck leg, and ginger and marmalade pudding. Guests are offered a digeridoo twilight tour, a visit to an organic arimia farm, and a Cape-to-Cape taster. The natural beauty surrounding this resort makes up for the absence of a spa. It is also close to the wineries and restaurants of Yallingup, Bunker Bay and Dunsborough.
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Injidup Spa Retreat - 9/10
At Injidup Spa Retreat one can surrender to the sound of the surf, dig their toes into the sand and relax with both mother nature and trained therapists. All ten luxury villas have their private plunge pool and sweeping ocean views. These include one and two-bedroom villas or a honeymoon villa. All guests receive a gourmet breakfast hamper and a bottle of wine on arrival to start the holiday in style. Properties feature a kitchenette, a private patio with barbecue and a living room with a fireplace.
Entertainment options are covered with a flat-screen television, a DVD player, and a Bluetooth speaker and there is no need to venture out of the room with a private chef on hand to cook delicious meals. Located on the Cape-to-Cape Track, this retreat offers ample opportunities for coastal walks. The Bodhi Wellness Spa offers wellbeing rituals with spectacular views of the southwest coastline from your treatment room. Try the rose quartz age-control facials and contour body wrap. The resort also specialises in pregnancy nurture and man escape packages, as well as couples treatments. To balance the body, soul and mind, there are also yoga classes.
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