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Luxury in the Centre of Perth

One of the latest luxury accommodation providers in Perth City is The Terrace Hotel, which opened in November 2012 near the centre of the CBD.   For those of a vinous persuasion, The Terrace Hotel, and has recently won AHA Accommodation Industry Award for Hotel Wine List.  And it’s an impressive list, with a good selection of wines by the glass. So even if you’re not staying it would still be recommended for a quite drink, or even a loud one.  The wine list has a broad selection of both international and domestic wines, including well known wineries and up and coming producers. Its also ideally located to make best use of other local restaurants

The Terrace Hotel - Perth

The Terrace Hotel – Perth

The luxury accommodation has 15 suites, a restaurant with a garden terrace, dining, bar, impressive wine cellar and three private function rooms.  Originally named Bishop’s Grove, St George’s House was built in 1892 by the Anglican Church. It is a grand example of terrace style buildings developed along Perth’s St George’s Terrace at the latter part of the 19th century.  The building went through many iterations over the years, from Bishops residence, boarding house, then offices.

The Terrace Hotel - delux rooms

The Terrace Hotel – deluxe rooms

In 1986, St George’s House was marked for destruction due to its dilapidated condition until significant restoration by property developer Lord Alistair McAlpine saved it.  It stood empty for nearly 9 years until it was renovated again in early 2011 to bring it to its stylish present form.

This luxury Perth accommodation was the only hotel in Australasia which made the 2013 Sunday Times UK Hottest Hotels.  Worldwide only 20 of the most sophisticated and stylish hotels were selected by their luxury travel expert.

Accommodation at The Terrace Hotel rates typically range from $259 to $950 per night.

[This post was produced with the kind assistance of The Terrace Hotel.]

Perth CBD’s Small Bars & Restaurants: The Hidden Resource Boom

At first glance Perth city may seem somewhat of a gourmet wasteland of office blocks and shopping malls.  This is slowly changing with the opening of a number of small bars, in addition to the quality restaurants.  Perth city’s treasures still lie hidden, to be discovered by those foodies in the know.

Perth City Bell Tower

Perth City Bell Tower

When you arrive at Perth airport for the first time, don’t feel left out if you forgot to pack any high-vis clothing.  It seems that everyone travelling through Perth Airport is adorned with this apparel.  No this isn’t Australia’s national dress, nor are they are super conscious about safety.  Rather the fly-in fly-out mining sector has a significant impact on Western Australia’s and especially Perth’s city economy.

This can also be felt with the price of accommodation and restaurants in Perth CBD.  There are higher occupancy rates at hotels and therefore higher accommodation rates than Sydney and Melbourne.  So come prepared; for example, $46 for (great quality) steak and chips.

Perth City Bell Tower

Bell Tower

While Perth’s CBD does have a number of commendable establishments, a good proportion are in the nearby suburbs of Northbridge, Leederville, Subiaco, and Mt Lawley.



Within the Perth city a few of our favourites include;

Helvetica Bar

Helvetica Bar – in the daylight.

Lowdown or Standing Room Only – Both of these locations are great for the caffeine addicted.  Score your hit of single origin coffees, served by barista’s who know their trade.

Helvetica Bar – dont worry about the dodgy dimly lit Perth laneway, this chic little bar is a great spot for a range of classy cocktails, scotches and wines (with a noticeable proportion coming from South Australia).

The Cheeky Sparrow – a friendly spot for casual shared plate and a drink.  Can be quite busy at times, so be flexible.

Pata Nedra – in Nedlands (easy staggering distance from Perth CBD). Spanish tapas bar with relaxed service and incredibly tasty food.

Greenhouse  – both the building and the menu are designed with sustainability in mind.  A funky restaurant with a diverse winelist from WA and around Australia.

Halo Right on Perth’s Swan River’s edge, delivering modern Australia cuisine with enthusiastic and attentive service.

Glasshouse Restaurant

Glasshouse Restaurant in Perth CBD

1907  – in Queen Street.  Classic fine dining cuisine with a contemporary edge.  With a broad and an enthusiastically priced wine list.

Print Hall is Perth’s latest multilevel dining and bar venue to open at Brookfield Place precinct on St Georges Terrace, in the Perth CBD.  Print Hall has four levels of eating and drinking options. Paying homage to the heritage-listed Newspaper House on St George’s Terrace the Print Hall offers a bar and dining room headed up by David Coomer (Star Anise and Pata Negra).  Print Hall was the winner of Australia’s Wine List of the Year Award for 2013. The awards, presented by premium wine distributor Fine Wine Partners and Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine.

While Western Australia may be in the middle of a resource boom, some of Perth’s treasures are there for the finding.  And you don’t need to wear high-vis clothing to discover them.

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