COMO THE TREASURY
By Rhiannon Taylor, June 2016
Perth is reinventing itself and there is no bigger draw-card than it's newest luxury hotel, COMO The Treasury. The rumoured $110 million property in the historic State Buildings precinct is a project by developer Adrian Fini, architect Kerry Hill and hotel group COMO, that will blow you away as soon as you pull up to the terraced frontage.
Gleaming Audi A6's, for guest's use, sit monumentally beneath a pot plant filled balcony at the hotel's entrance. The taxi door is opened by staff and you're gently ushered inside, discreetly told not to worry about your bags.
The lobby is more akin to a private lounge, where staff suddenly appear and sit you down for a chat. A tour around the endless passageways reveal more secluded lounge spaces, art installations and COMO Shambhala - the hotel group's eponymous spa which originated in Bali. In this case aptly named Urban Escape.
The communal areas have a bare-luxe feel, with tan leather chairs and lounges giving a tranquil, at home vibe. Wildflower prints by local botanical artists Philippa and Alex Nikulinsky adorn the walls, warming up the space. Further down the hall, a wealth of reading material fills up the shelves of the library, with velvet club chairs to sink in to on a lazy afternoon.
Perhaps the most stunning addition to the building is an often-unnoticed neon sign by local artist Brendan Van Hek, which is installed over a sweeping staircase in the hotel's east wing. It's a modern piece that is opulently cool in the mostly untouched historic part of the building.
At the centre of the State Building is the grand Postal Hall, which is a public walk-through and showcases many of Perth's local artisans. A Polish honeycake maker, a chocolatier and a cupcake store will have sugar junkies taken care of on free samples alone. There's an Aurelio Costarella boutique for lovers of Perth's fashion scene and a Pink Diamond outlet for those wanting a glimmer of the spoils from Western Australia's Lake Argyle.
There's a host of eateries and bars in the building too. Fine dining restaurant Wildflower is located on COMO The Treasury's rooftop, while their informal outlet Post is on the ground floor. Post serves up the included breakfast for COMO guests, with an a la carte menu of pancakes, eggs done your way and sides. If you're health conscious COMO's Shambhala menu is available with nut seed bread, quinoa porridge and pressed juices of the day. It's wholesome, fresh and fabulously good.
The service is flawless, with general manager Anneke Brown at the helm. Brown, who is ex-Aman, has implemented a feeling in to The Treasury that is unassumingly sophisticated and welcoming. No request is left unattended and the staff make you feel like you're at home. It's a level of hospitality that really hasn't been seen in Australia until now and COMO's Singaporean influence is evident.
With over 16,000 square metres of space and only 48 rooms, the suites are generously sized and average 75 square metres. Each room is unique in shape and layout; some may be loft-style while others have balconies.
All rooms are naturally furnished, with limed furniture and leather accents in khaki and grey. Plush king sized beds feature in the rooms, with layers of cotton sheets and plump pillows. Pops of colour are provided through native Australian floral arrangements in pink and green from the florist located in the Postal Hall.
The included mini bar (excluding spirits) comes stocked with chocolate covered almonds, soy crisps and sodas. It's refilled daily and filtered water is thoughtfully placed bedside.
Bathrooms are luxuriously over-sized and come with deep tubs and dual basins. What's even more impressive is the shower has not one, not two but three heads which can be used simultaneously. It's extremely indulgent, mixed with COMO's own sandalwood fragranced Shambhala body products.
Located in the Titles building annex, The Treasury's pool is a light filled, architectural marvel. Deck chairs are dotted along the lap pool and it's a stunning place to watch the sun go down. Towels and water are set-up ready for guests and there's an adjacent sauna and gym.
What sets COMO The Treasury apart from so many other luxury hotels in Australia is it's attention to detail. It breaks the mold, sourcing bespoke furnishings, commissioned art and the finest in service and food. It's these elements that come together to give COMO The Treasury a certain finesse that is so hard to find. Dare we say it; is this the best city hotel in Australia? It just may be. The only downside, and this is said selfishly so, we have to fly all the way to Perth to experience it.
FEEL: Quintessentially luxe.
ROOM PICK: Any, but if you can - snag a balcony room.
WIFI: Yes, complimentary.
RATES: Starting from $595.
IN-ROOM: Bath tub, TV, USB outlets, writing desk, lounge seating, COMO Shambhala body products, reading material.
MINI BAR: Included in the rate, except spirits. Beer, sodas, water, crisps, chocolates.
GETTING THERE: COMO The Treasury is located in Perth's CBD, a 20 minute drive from Perth's international airport.
I stayed as a guest of COMO The Treasury.