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The Westin Perth
- Stunning interior design
- 24 hour gymnasium
- Not the most exciting part of town
- Garum breakfast buffet
- Extensive art selection
Imagine for a moment you’re exploring an art gallery, roaming its lengthy halls and stopping to occasionally admire works around every turn. Checking into The Westin Perth – brimming with art in its rooms, halls and even the lifts – is a bit like this.
However, while galleries tend to be rather cold with bright lights and hard surfaces, this five-star hotel is warm and inviting, and the art isn’t limited to the interiors either.
Opened in 2018, The Westin rises 28 storeys above Hibernian Place, a fairly new precinct at the eastern end of the CBD. The site was once home to the Fire & Emergency Services Australia HQ, and vestiges of this past remain in the restored Central Fire Station.
As part of the Marriott Bonvoy stable, guests earn points on stays across the hotel’s 368 rooms and suites, as well on dining at its “Roman-inspired” Garum restaurant and in the lobby bar.
Location & Impressions
Nestled between Murray and Hay Streets, the tower is particularly eye-catching, not only for its angular design but the leafy landscaping at its base and 20-metre-plus Rone artwork adorning one side.
While not the most exciting part of town, Hibernian has a few notable dining venues, creating a communal vibe attracting office workers as well as nurses from neighbouring Royal Perth Hospital, mostly during lunch hours.
You can reach the pedestrianised Hay and Murray Street Malls in around five minutes walk (the city’s main department stores are all found here), while Elizabeth Quay on the Swan River is around ten.
Pulling up to the Port Cochere the first of the hotel’s many sculptures comes into view – a carved sandstone wall based on ochre painting by Gija Country artist Lena Nyadbi. More soon follow.
Stepping inside you’ll find Haven Lounge, serving coffee and cocktails plus themed High Teas, while the reception and entrance to Garum – open for breakfast seven days and dinner from Tuesday to Saturday – are adjacent.
Unlocking the door to a Club Suite – 2108 – the first thing to hit you is the scale. It’s vast, with a 105 sqm footprint housing a bedroom and ensuite, powder room, and separate living and dining.
Decor is chic, reminding me of a stay at The Peninsula Hong Kong, where clean lines, textural finishes and a palette of creams and timber abound. That’s not to say this hotel is on the same level (The Peninsula is in a league of its own) but it shares a similar aesthetic.
Where The Westin charts its own path is an embrace of modern art – an in-room coffee table book details each piece, including a drone shot of Cable Beach by Christian Fletcher in the lounge, and roiling print from Melinda Schawel between the bedroom and robe.
Another by Fletcher, this one of a South Australian salt lake, sits above the king bed, which is flanked by pendant lights, AC and USB power outlets, and faces a 55-inch TV.
Back in the lounge, there’s a TV and Bose sound bar, with Bluetooth audio and screen sharing (though admittedly this option doesn’t work for me). Or, you can simply settle in for a good chat. The room also includes a concise minibar and pod coffee machine.
Although a Club Suite may seem an extravagance compared to regular Club Rooms (a little under a third more in price at time of writing), it’s ideal for those planning to host or entertain.
The dining table makes a fine work desk, with powerpoints in easy reach. However, the light fitting above doesn’t provide much direct illumination in the evenings, which is a good encouragement as any to switch off.
The Executive Lounge makes a fine work area too, while a dedicated meeting room can be booked separately.
Of course, though its name may feature the word ‘executive’, that’s not the only reason to enter the lounge. It makes a fine spot to relax, with snacks and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the day, while evenings see hors d'oeuvres and bar service.
The lounge itself houses a wide array of seating choices, from upright tables by the window to comfy lounges and dining tables. Self-pour wines, coffee and an assortment of beers and soft drinks round out the offering.
My first night sees a lavish grazing selection of cheeses, meats and crackers, along with pork belly, sweet potato chips and salad. The next night is a tasty braised pork dish with rice.
While it’d be easy to fill up at the Executive Lounge, you’d be missing out on a chance to visit the hotel’s signature restaurant, Garum.
Created by chef Guy Grossi, the menu takes diners on a voyage to Italy. There’s also a buzzy atmosphere thanks to big band-era music filtering through the room.
Signature dishes include Polipo di Gaeta octopus, Stagionato cured kingfish and Agnello Arkady lamb shoulder. I opt for both the first and last dishes during my visit, paired with a riesling and grenache shiraz, respectively.
Both dishes are packed with flavour, though I’d suggest picking a variety of mains to share among the table, rather than one each. The lamb shoulder is a little rich on its own.
Fig tart topped with a wave of pistachio cream, water thin toffee and fresh nuts tips me slightly over the edge with sweetness, but I regret nothing. It’s divine and a perfect end to the meal.
Breakfast is served in Garum also, featuring à la carte items (omelette with pecorino, smashed avocado on toast et al) plus a bountiful ‘Roman’ buffet featuring a myriad of cheeses, cured meats and Italian pastries (try the cannolis).
It’s among the most delicious buffet spreads I’ve encountered, making me want to book a trip to Italy so I can indulge in some of my new-found favourite dishes at the source.
Those in need for some pampering will find Bodhi – Sanskrit for ‘awakening’ – onsite, with spa treatments from facials to massages and scrubs all found on the extensive menu. The tension release massage is sensational.
As a first-time guest at The Westin, I wasn’t sure what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. The level of finesse and attention to detail throughout the hotel is exceptional, from the design to the decor and service.
Having stayed at a number of five star hotels in Perth over the years, I’d easily rate it among the best. It’s particularly well set up for business travellers, though leisure guests will find a lot to love, especially in warmer months when you can make use of the pool and outdoor dining areas.
The writer stayed as a guest of The Westin Perth.