COMO HOTELS OPENS IN AUSTRALIA

There’s another new gorgeous COMO Hotel in the world to get excited about…although this one is a bit farther away. Like Down Under farther away.

COMO The Treasury recently opened in Perth, Australia, the first COMO for Oz. The 48-room luxury hotel occupies state buildings dating back to the mid-19th century. And yes, as the name implies, the buildings were once home to the state treasury for over 100 years.

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But now it’s been transformed into an elegant luxury hotel in the heart of Perth, adjacent to a mixed-used building filled with restaurants and shops. Here’s a quickie description from the Australian Financial Review:

The building retains many original features, such as rooftop copper trimmings and red brick walls. On the ground floor, a soaring public walk-through, called the Postal Hall, is where the pen-pushing treasury cashiers once laboured. The suites, with generous 70-square-metre rooms, are pared-down sophistication. In some, bathrooms occupy almost half the floor space, allowing plenty of room for the Kaldewei Duo oval bathtubs (big enough for you and a very close friend), cool marble flooring and cavernous showers. The bedroom palette of pastel grey and wheat white is enhanced by Perth sunshine pouring through the sash windows across limed oak furnishings.

(Perth hotel scene observers will already know this project was supposed to be an Aman resort.)

Aside from the requisite butler service, this new COMO has has two restaurants, a bar, and a COMO Shambhala wellness spa. Delightful.

But COMO won’t have all that long to bask in the new hotel glory. Aloft Hotels will open in Perth next year, as will a Hilton, a DoubleTree, and a Westin in 2017. Even Ritz-Carlton is expected to open a hotel in 2018. But for now, COMO has the Perth spotlight all to themselves.

[Photo: COMO The Treasury]

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Juliana Shallcross

A self-confessed hotel addict, Juliana Shallcross has been reporting on hotels around the world for more than a decade. She was previously the managing editor HotelChatter.com. A good portion of her job involves sleeping in new hotels, obsessing over technology and keeping tabs on the ever-changing hospitality landscape. She’s based in Los Angeles.