We might not be spending the year jet setting across the globe, but that doesn’t mean we can’t explore and unwind, right here in WA. Here are 7 of our favourite boutique hotels we’re booking for our next staycations.
Small but mighty, Hougoumont‘s thoughtful touches take it to the next level. Constructed utilising stacked shipping containers, the interior makes the most of its small footprint. Finishes are luxurious, with thoughtful, understated touches that make the experience all the more enjoyable, like toiletries by Appelles Apothecary, luxury bedding, or the pillow menu – so you know you’ll be getting a good night’s sleep.
15 Bannister Street, Fremantle
Now when we say boutique, Warders Hotel really means business. With only 11 rooms, this recently opened sister hotel to the aforementioned Hougoumont truly showcases Fremantle’s unique heritage architecture. Occupying the limestone cottages that once housed Fremantle Prison Warders, rooms have been meticulously restored and luxuriously outfitted. Each room has features like rain showers and luxury toiletries, as well as in-room sparkling and still water taps, while ground level rooms enjoy a kitchenette and private street-side courtyard alongside the hustle and bustle of Freo.
19 – 29 Henderson St, Fremantle
The Premier Mill Katanning
Katanning’s Premier Mill has a rich history – built in 1891, the mill was at the centre of Katanning both geographically and culturally. A century later, the building had fallen into disrepair, protected by steadfast locals keen to preserve the significant landmark. With this preservation in mind, the mill has been restored and refurbished – not quite into her former glory, but a new, forward-thinking iteration. Stay in one of their luxuriously-outfitted 22 rooms, each of which reflects the unique space; whether it’s inside the old grain silo, a cosy boiler room or the light-filled rooms once used to purify wheat and flour. Don’t worry – the industrial setting is offset with luxe details like Aesop skincare and a Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Corner of Clive Street & Austral Terrace, Katanning
One of the first on the scene, Alex Hotel really set the tone for what Perth’s boutique hotels could be. Stylishly singular, the hotel bucked the trends and instead focused on what an inner-city visitor really wants. A central location set amongst the best bars and restaurants – plus a chic, pared-back fit-out, with comfortable communal spaces to work or relax, and a killer dining room (see: Shadow Wine Bar). This is the hotel for someone who is hitting the town and painting it red.
50 James Street, Northbridge
Amaroo Retreat and Spa
Sometimes, you just gotta get out of the big smoke to relax – and Amaroo‘s luxury chalets are just the ticket. Nestled amongst the gum trees, switch off your phone for some ultimate me-time. Unwind with a spa bath on your private deck (with a glass of bubbly, of course) or book in for a soothing massage at their day spa. We can practically feel ourselves relaxing, just thinking about it…
1200 Alison St, Mount Helena
COMO The Treasury
If you want to feel a bit fancy, there’s no better destination that the State Buildings. And if you feel like splurging, why not stay at COMO The Treasury for a night or two? Arguably Perth’s premier hotel, COMO The Treasury is an elegant oasis in the middle of the city, with 48 boutique rooms available. Hand crafted furnishings, extra-deep bathtubs, huge windows and king-size Grand Posture beds are just the tip of the iceberg. If you need to unwind, the Shambhala Urban Escape is on hand to have you buffed, polished, and massaged into a state of deep relaxation.
State Buildings, 1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth
The Colony at Mandoon Estate
Sure, you could catch the bus back to Perth after your Swan Valley wine tour… but why not make a weekend of it, and book in for a stay at the Colony instead? 32 rooms overlook both the Swan River and the vineyard’s historic, nearly 130-year-old Verdelho vines. It’s the best of both worlds: get amongst nature while keeping all the luxe amenities of the inner-city.
10 Harris Road, Caversham
Header image: Premier Mill