A brand new hotel has opened in Perth and it’s impressive. In a city with a hotel scene that is rapidly changing, InterContinental Perth City Centre has opened it’s doors on Hay Street with unassuming sophistication.
Service is unmistakably InterContinental with a classic approach to guests’ comfort. The doorman’s greeting is warm and check-in is done sitting down. But that’s about as old-school as it gets. A quick glance around the lobby and you’re surrounded by a space that is slick and sexy.
Dining is where InterContinental Perth City Centre really sets itself apart. Bucking the trend of modern Australian fare, the hotel has opened two Spanish restaurants which both exceed expectations. Heno and Rey, a breezy tapas restaurant, has a menu that not only impresses guests but locals alike. Crowd pleasers such as ceviche, croquettes and bravas are authentic and moorish, whereas dishes such as chicken thigh with romesco sauce and almonds are innovative and unexpectedly good.
Next door is the hotel’s more formal establishment, Ascua Spanish Grill which serves up prime cuts of meat cooked to your liking on the open flame. Sides such as creamed corn and heirloom tomatoes are fresh and modern and the wine list is a great mix of Spanish and Western Australian favourites. Ascua also serves breakfast for guests and offers a fresh buffet of asian favourites and cafe classics such as smashed avocado (save room for the flame grilled thick cut bacon).
Powerhouse Woods Bagot has designed InterContinental Perth City to be an urban oasis with multiple communal spaces in which guests can relax. The Loft on the second floor serves afternoon tea during the day and turns in to a sexy bar at night. Opening on to a balcony with city views, this space also connects to a chic yet functional work space which can be hired for events and conferences.
If you are staying in a club room or are a Club Intercontinental member you are given access to the exclusive club lounge. This sky-high lounge has views over Perth city and acts as an alternative breakfast option and offers afternoon high tea. The biggest drawcard however is the complimentary sunset canapé hour. Champagne, rose and local wine are offered, alongside cocktails and beers and there’s an overflowing spread of cheese, salumi and hot canapés.
Rooms are small but functional and have been styled by interior design studio Chada. Grey tones are accented with pops of yellow and have been furnished tastefully with modern chaise lounges. Business travellers are well catered for with multiple electrical and USB outlets and the bed is quintessentially five star, being large, plush and adorned with high count cotton sheets.
Whilst Intercontinetal Perth City Centre is aimed at the corporate traveller market, the hotel really has elevated itself to sit in the luxury market. With a buzzing dining scene, bar and club lounge, its suited for guests who are keen to explore Perth city, with a stellar location. Most of the city gems are in walking distance, making it the perfect spot to retire.
THE TURN DOWN
ACCOMMODATION CATEGORY: Luxury hotel.
ROOM PICK: Club Rooms.
MINI BAR: Artisan chocolates, crisps and Western Australian wines and beers.
TURN DOWN SERVICE: Bottled water provided.
DINING: The hotel has two restaurants; Heno and Rey (tapas), Ascua Spanish Grill and a bar, The Loft, which serves snacks and afternoon tea.
LOCATION: Hay Street, Perth.
RATES: From $275 AUD room only for Classic Room. Club Rooms start from $325.
BREAKFAST: If you stay in a Club InterContinental room, a full a la carte breakfast in the Club Lounge is included along with all day refreshments, a high tea service between 2-4pm, and sunset canapés and drinks.
Produced in partnership with InterContinental Perth City Centre.