Perth, Australia

Como the Treasury

Rates from (ex tax)$369.17

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD545.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Heritage heavyweight

Setting

Cultured Cathedral Square

The clue’s in the name: Como the Treasury hotel occupies Perth’s historic State Buildings, whose previous roles have included town hall, post office, land titles office – and treasury. Instead of civic documents and pen-pushing officials, you can expect Kakudu-plum facials at the spa in the vaults, bold indigenous flavours at Wildflower restaurant and eye-pop city views at every turn.

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

A honeycake from Honeycake bakery, plus early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability); book an hour-long massage and you’ll get an extra 15 minutes on the house

Facilities

Photos Como the Treasury facilities

Need to know

Rooms

48, including six suites.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $369.17 (AU$495), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD545.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include the impressive à la carte breakfast, in-room films, snacks and soft drinks (replenished daily) and WiFi.

Also

Buildings as important as this one require top-notch talent: trail-blazing architect Kerry Hill was called in to oversee the hotel’s three-year restoration, which included reinstalled dormer windows, rooftop copper trimmings and a stripped facade, revealing the original render. Typically of Hill, muted neutrals set the tone inside: composed canvases of white, sand, cream, taupe, tan and grey.

At the hotel

Spa; swimming pool; yoga and pilates studio; fitness centre; courtyard; access to the State Buildings’ retail and hospitality complex. In rooms: TV; iPod dock; desk; minibar; Como Shambhala bath products. Caffeine-fiends can request an in-room Illy espresso machine.

Our favourite rooms

Rooms sprawl across former civic offices, with huge windows and bathrooms bigger than most boardrooms. Skip the ground-floor City Rooms (less light, less impressive views) and opt for one of the three palatial Studio Suites on the corner of the building.

Poolside

Gawp at Perth as you crawl up an appetite for breakfast, lunch or dinner in the hotel’s top-floor, 20m indoor pool, which has floor-to-ceiling glass walls with wow-factor city views.

Spa

Como can do spas in its sleep – this one, set in what was once the treasury’s vaults, is no exception. The signature 75-minute massage is a sound investment; Sodashi facials harness the rejuvenating power of native ingredients, including vitamin C-packed Kakadu plum, snow flower, mountain pepper and emu apple.

Packing tips

Leave plenty of room in your case: you’ll want to stock up on artisan chocolate, jewellery, threads, tea and honeycake – yes, really – from the little independent businesses that share the hotel’s State Buildings.

Children

Little Smiths of all sizes are invited. Babysitting is available for $29 an hour (a three-hour minimum applies). Baby essentials (cots, bedlinen, highchairs and more) can be provided, as can books and board games for bigger bairns.

Food and Drink

Photos Como the Treasury food and drink

Top Table

Rooftop restaurant Wildflower has a breezy al fresco area that spies on Swan River and the city – perfect for sunny meals or pre-dinner drinks. At Post, nab one of the back benches, which are equally suited to courting couples or sociable groups.

Dress Code

You’re in a former treasury: add gold accents and vintage flourishes. Up the ante for Wildflower and Post by night; these are prestigious, heritage settings, after all.

Hotel restaurant

Good times blossom naturally at Wildflower, Como the Treasury’s top-floor restaurant, decorated with flower motifs and hits of bright green. Chef Jed Gerrard gives indigenous ingredients a star turn on his accomplished menu, developed in accordance with the six Aboriginal seasons: Birak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba and Kambarang. Take your tastebuds on a culinary safari and try smoked kangaroo, marron with saltbush and native lime, or Shark Bay saucer scallops with sesame cream, fennel and apple. Post is the hotel’s more casual ground-floor eatery, serving bistro food with a distinctly Australian spin – cured hiramasa kingfish, for example. Health-nuts can stay smug by ordering from the Como Shambhala menu; the spicy pumpkin and chickpea curry is a highlight.   

Hotel bar

As its name suggests, the Treasury Lounge and Bar is a relaxed space, more a series of sofa-graced rooms, where you can settle in with a cocktail, than a formal bar area. Don’t miss the local wine list, which showcases Margaret River to grape effect.

Last orders

Dine until 10pm at Post and Wildflower; breakfast is on offer between 6.30am and 10.30am, daily.

Room service

Post’s all-day dining menu is available until 11pm; after that, there’s a late-night menu that will keep you fed, watered and wined until 6am.

Location

Photos Como the Treasury location
Address
Como the Treasury
1 Cathedral Avenue Perth, WA 6000 Australia
6000
Perth
Australia

Planes

Perth Airport is 12km away (a 20-minute drive). There’s a taxi rank right outside the airport; the hotel can also arrange luxury transfers (from $155 per vehicle for up to four guests, each way).

Trains

Perth Station on Wellington Street is a 10-minute walk. Transperth trains run to destinations along West Australia’s coast and inland. If you’re travelling from the east coast, hop on a Rail Australia sleeper train; the journey from Sydney takes three days (www.railaustralia.com.au).

Automobiles

With wheels at your disposal, you can swap city thrills for Margaret River and Swan Valley. Driving around Perth is pretty stress-free: roads are wide and safe.

Worth getting out of bed for

Unwind with a Como Shambhala massage in the treasury’s former vaults, then continue the health kick with a session of yoga or Pilates in the little studio. The fitness centre also has a swish gym and rooftop pool. Spend some time – and money – in the Treasury’s neighbouring businesses in the State Buildings: a cherry-picked selection of boutiques, bars, spas, cafés and restaurants. Stretch your legs on Cottesloe Beach (try surfing or paddleboarding, if you’re feeling lively) and quench your thirst with sundowners at the iconic Cottesloe Beach Club. Nip across to Rottnest Island by ferry from Freemantle (a 45-minute journey); once you get there, hire bikes and go quokka-spotting. If you don’t have enough time to spend a few days at bucolic Margaret River – a two and a half hour drive from Perth – try Swan Valley instead; it’s only a 25-minute drive from Perth and has a range of tempting wineries. Do things properly (i.e. boozily) by joining a wine tour.

Local restaurants

David Thompson proved he can ace Thai fine dining at Nahm; get a flavour for his more casual side at Long Chim in the State Buildings, where Thompson dishes up Thai street food in a fun, informal setting (+61 (0)8 6168 7775). Canter through seasonal shared plates at Petition Kitchen (also in the State Buildings), which sensibly champions the region’s bounty (+61 (0)8 6168 7771). If we liked the phrase ‘industrical-chic’, we’d apply it here.

Local cafés

Not quite a café, but a handmade coffee cart, Telegram champions locally roasted beans brewed by top barista Luke Arnold. You’ll find the cart parked up behind the Postal Hall in the State Buildings’ Postal Place; look out for the 135-year-old crank wheel, salvaged from the surroundings during their restoration.

Local bars

Blue crushed-velvet furnishings, theatre lighting, steel bank-safe shutters, gold swan-beak taps in the bathrooms – Halford Bar is a hit of 1950s eye-candy. It’s also very good at cocktails, and another stylish State Buildings boon (+61 (0)8 9325 4006).

 

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this handsome hotel in Perth and unpacked their Margaret River wines, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Como the Treasury in Perth…

Not long ago, the only people waking up in Perth’s heritage State Buildings were overworked officials whose desks groaned with so much paperwork that they forgot to head home. You don’t even need a pen or calculator to stay over these days, thanks to Kerry Hill’s handsome reimagining of the civic offices as boutique bedrooms and calm communal spaces. Cleverly, the Treasury’s reinvention gives the buildings’ eye-popping architecture and original features a starring role: cavernous spaces sport lofty ceilings, glossy wood panelling and plenty of 19th-century flourishes.

Stays here are a sound investment, thanks to two tempting restaurants – one of which skilfully champions indigenous Western Australian ingredients – and a peaceful spa, where the Treasury continues to ace wellness. The neighbours aren’t bad, either – the State Buildings host a community of independent businesses, including artisan boutiques, restaurants and cafés. Add to the mix the dazzling Perth views from bedrooms, lounges, restaurants – even the rooftop pool and gym. What a treasure.

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