As you have most likely experienced over the past 18-or-so months it’s not been easy to get out of Western Australia (let alone the country as whole), which in turn has changed the way we holiday. Vacations around the State have been a very popular choice (and for good reason), but have you considered a slightly smaller scale staycation around Perth city? It can be an awesome way to disconnect from the usual day-to-day business living and/or working at home, and checking into a hotel even just for a night can be a great little circuit breaker to refresh, recharge and – most importantly – treat yourself.
Your humble scribe and his wife like to try and do something along these lines at least once every few months, so when the opportunity arose to give Parmelia Hilton Perth’s newly renovated King Premier Suites a test run, it was an absolute no brainer. “Executive style in central Perth” is the vibe, and while we can’t say we’ve ever stepped foot in an executive boardroom, we definitely felt very classy during our recent stay.
Parmelia Hilton have just finished an extensive renovation on the 10th floor of their Perth hotel on Mill St in the CBD, and this includes two new luxury suites that occupy over 80 square metres each. Walking into said suite you immediately feel it’s enormity. Walking in you’ll find an expansive living and dining area, along with a separate spacious bedroom with king bed and its own ensuite featuring the all important bathtub and rain-style shower.
There’s also a balcony you can access that runs the whole length of the room, an extra, separate bathroom and a mini bar filled with beer and wine that comes complimentary with the room – a nice touch given how much even looking at the mini bar normally sets you back.
Along with the free mini bar, staying in the Parmelia Hilton King Premier Suite also gives you access to the Executive Lounge, which includes breakfast along with an evening canape and beverage service. The latter made for a nice little pre-drink and snack before going on to the restaurant, including a few different beers, wine and champagnes along with canapes like fried chicken and tempura prawns. The free mini bar and executive lounge access mean you’re already saving money, especially once you factor in how much the room actually costs (more on that later).
Dinner – Samuels On Mill
Parmelia Hilton’s in-house restaurant Samuels On Mill has only been existence since the start of last year, offering a nice balance between fine dining without being overly pretentious thanks to a relaxed, dimly-lit vibe and chill, but attentive waiters happy to chat you through wine selections and cocktails.
The menu is jam-packed with seasonal produce highlighting mostly WA-based producers, and after getting a bit too excited canapé-wise in the executive lounge we stuck to share plates for the night. The scallops with kataifi, sweetcorn and tobiko were wonderfully fresh, while the duck parfait with red onion jam and ciabatta was as moreish as you might expect. We’re constantly on the hunt for the best occy around Perth, and following up with the Fremantle octopus, chorizo and romesco sauce was a wise choice (and definitely up there), while finally with the pork belly, tamarind & coconut, cucumber and pineapple was as sweet (in a good way) as it sounds.
When we come back we’ll definitely be indulging in the beef fillet and gnocchi for mains, along with the cheesecake, all of which looked delicious.
Drinks – Samuels On Mill
Of course being in the middle of the CBD puts you within 5 minutes walk of plenty of excellent bars, but we opted to keep it in-house and chill at Samuels On Mill’s bar for a couple of cocktails, as selected by friendly bar staff who were happy to entertain us after a bottle of wine and a (zesty) margarita at dinner. We came away deciding the Strawberry Sour was an absolute winner, with the Salted Honey & Wattleseed Old Fashioned a mouthwatering second.
After retiring to bed and in no need to indulge in any late night room service (unlike many places around Perth, the Parmelia Hilton does have 24 hour room service), we did arise very hungry and eager to tuck into the huge buffet breakfast. Nasi Goreng, chicken & truffle sausages, gluten free toaster, eggs however you want them, crispy bacon, fresh fruit and more awaited – an epic feast that wiped away our rough heads after cocktails the night before.
Unfortunately the weather wasn’t too flash during our stay, but the Parmelia Hilton Perth has a fantastic-looking outdoor pool with plenty of daybeds and cabanas to relax in during the warmer months. In addition there’s a small gym if you’re one of those (crazy) people who loves to workout while on holiday. They also have a concierge service and valet who’ll keep your car safe if you drive in, plus you can even check in online and get a digital key – which means you can skip past the lovely folks at front desk (if you so wish). Oh and make sure you take some time to enjoy the incredible Leon Pericles artwork in the lobby!
The King Premier Suites are obviously the most expensive rooms at Parmelia Hilton Perth, but when compared to similar style rooms around town they might just be the best value for money. They’e currently running a 2-night stay special for $609 per night which includes breakfast, $50 food and bev credit, welcome drink and late checkout. You can also join Hilton’s Honors Program for more discounts, and if you’re looking for something a little smaller, regular room rates start as low as $249.
That’s the pitch (we honestly can’t wait to go back), so head to the Parmelia Hilton Perth Website now and treat yourself to a little CBD staycay today – you’re worth it!