Hotel review: The new, five-star The Westin, Perth – room check

Mozzarella and Italian pastries for breakfast, a gym gear hire scheme for morning tea – the new Perth Westin’s wellness focus is perfectly balanced

480 Hay Street

+61 8 6559 1888

Getting there: Air New Zealand operates year-round direct flights from Auckland, and a December-March service from Christchurch. From Terminal 1, take a 20-minute cab to the city or, for under $5, jump on Bus Route 380 (yep, it’s named for the plane).

First impression: Hold your nose if you don’t like white tea scent. The building is slick and modern, but those expensive urban edges are softened by the art choices. Particularly beautiful: Christian Fletcher’s aerial photographs that look like abstract paintings and the Lena Nyadbi carved stone wall that comes into its own at nighttime.

Check-in experience: Delightful, followed by the usual lift lottery. Does that swipe card work? (No). Does the other swipe card work? (Yes).

The room: Floor-to-ceiling windows, clean lines and chartreuse accents. My enormous deluxe king room included a four-seater couch, a long padded bench in the bathroom, and a curved triangular table with two elegant dining chairs. A substantial dark wood “shelf” down one side of the room adds design drama and even more seating options. Bring your friends! Tell your friends to bring chardonnay! (Seriously – Swan Valley, Australia’s second oldest wine-growing region, is only 25 minutes away).

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