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Inside Perth’s Only 6 Star Hotel, COMO The Treasury

Even for first-time visitors, there’s just something about COMO The Treasury that feels so familiar and welcoming. As you arrive, there’s no grand lobby or clunky-looking check-in counter. Instead, just a concierge, a glass of champagne and some comfortable lounges.

The Perth hotel may have the prestige six stars, but it doesn’t have to employ opulence and fanfare to live up to it. Instead, luxury here is all in the simplicity.

The design

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Image: COMO The Treasury / supplied

Like the guest welcome, the design at COMO The Treasury is understated, yet elegant. Architect and interior designer Kerry Hill undertook the project, giving the hotel a sleek and sophisticated look with clean lines and a neutral palette.

The modern lobby contrasts the cosy feel of original jarrah hardwood floors and period single hung windows. Geometric brass light fittings and semi-industrial floor lamps add a touch of toughness. But here, the lobby isn’t called a lobby – it’s referred to as an arrival lounge, appropriate considering the room feels much like the lounge room of a well-to-do friend.

“At COMO The Treasury, we like our guests to feel as though they are staying in the beautiful home of a great friend,” says general manager Anneke Brown. “Our team is guest-focused rather than process-focused; a key to ensuring our guests feel at home when they stay with us.”

The rooms are all about spaciousness. With lofty ceilings and a minimum of 55 metre squared of floor space – almost double that of a standard hotel room – you’ll have plenty of room to move. All come equipped with a table and sitting area, with plenty of floor space to spare.

“The colour palate in the rooms is based around the West Australian landscape – sandy whites and olive greens, to create a very serene, relaxing feel,” says Brown.

The building and location

While COMO The Treasury has a vested interest in showcasing greater Perth and Western Australia to its guests, the state buildings in which the hotel is housed are a must-see destination in their own rite. As Brown puts it, they’re a “wonderful base from which to explore Western Australia”.

Originally built in 1875, the French second empire building sits on point zero, the very centre of Perth city. It once housed the trio of lands, titles and treasury, and the general post office for a brief time, but is now home to the hotel, four bars, four restaurants, a day spa, and 10 specialty stores.

Treasury Lounge and Bar’s signature afternoon tea is a highlight. Paying home to the hotel’s unique location at the very centre of Perth, it pinpoints where each product comes from from relative to point zero.

But, the star of the show is Wildflower restaurant on the rooftop. The menu changes with the six Noongar seasons, and showcases the finest in locally foraged ingredients over a five-course set menu. Even without leaving the hotel, the best of Western Australia is right there at your fingertips.

The nearby attractions

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Image: COMO The Treasury / supplied

Showcasing its surroundings is key in COMO The Treasury’s every move. “We want to share the best of Western Australia,” says Brown. “That includes everything from items in our mini-bar to the selection of retailers we have in the buildings. They feature products by some of the state’s best artisans and craftsmen in their field.”

For guests at COMO The Treasury, the experience starts well before even setting foot in the building. Before arriving, staff liaise with guests to help them add unique Western Australian experiences suited to their interests.

“From food and wine to arts and culture, whether that be in the Kimberleys, the Coral Coast or the Great Southern region, we offer our recommendation on an itinerary around Western Australia, if they have time to explore,” says Brown.

Guests can choose to embark on a five-day experience at El Questro homestead in the Kimberley or Sal Salis on Ningaloo Reef. Or, instead, work with the COMO team to completely tailor an itinerary.

“We also work with unique individuals around Perth to ensure these experiences are the best,” says Brown. From private tours of Gucci on King Street to an exclusive appointment with onsite retailer Rohan jewellers or local chocolate maven Sue Lewis, almost any experience guests dream up can be realised.

(Lead image: Como The Treasury’s Studio Suite Bathroom / supplied) 

Published 25 June, 2019