Need to know
Forty-eight, including six suites.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $264.15 (AU$383), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates usually include the impressive à la carte breakfast, in-room films, snacks and soft drinks (replenished daily) and WiFi.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.