A place where discovery and relaxation go hand in hand, Perth’s postcard-worthy landscape and soft-sand beaches blend beautifully with its vibrant street art, inspired restaurants, and hip bars.
Known for spearheading a growing scene that fuses urban cool with raw natural beauty, this thriving metropolis enjoys over 3000 hours of annual sunshine. Unsurprisingly, Perth has been named as one of the world’s top 10 most liveable cities.
Exquisitely nestled within the vast nature of Western Australia, Perth boasts an eclectic array of hotels, ranging from charming boutiques to grand, resplendent architectural wonders. Here are my favorite cool and unusual hotels in Perth, Australia (in no particular order)…
The enormous investment into this bold, lavish hotel is as evident through its picturesque splendour as it is through its grand chandeliers made from ball chain, each weighing three tonnes.
Polished travertine floors, tactile fabrics, and textured stone surfaces emanate a distinct personality, which spreads to the hotel’s heated, outdoor lagoon pool teeming with palms and cabanas.
The 500 rooms are decorated in a modern mix of subtle beige, shiny chrome, and lacquered wood. Set into the bathrooms’ tile walls are mounted television screens, ensuring optimum soak time.
This hotel is like its own island and further boasts tremendous restaurants and boutique shopping experiences.
Upscale stylish interior
TV screens in bathrooms
Heated outdoor lagoon pool
Boutique shopping experience
Parking is extra
No complimentary breakfast
Inspired by the multicultural portraiture of street Artist Matt Adnate, one of the world’s largest and most impressive mega murals adorns the west-facing wall.
The Adnate is colourful and soulful, and its 250 rooms are an open invitation to discovery, complemented by canvas-inspired bed runners. From the comfort of your room, you can gaze over the cityscape amidst state-of-the-art amenities.
The perfect place to kick back and relax, 650 giclée prints of Adnate’s most recognised works interweave through this stunning hotel. Perth’s trendy, chic cafés and bars, and boutique fashion spots are all located within an arm’s reach, owing to the Adnate’s supreme location.
Creative trendy interior
The world’s largest mega murals
Chic cafes and bars nearby
In Room Art Library
Expensive on-site laundry
Breakfast has less variety
Vibe Hotel Subiaco Perth
Celebrating the culture, cuisine, and fascinating history of Perth, this brand-new hotel takes a short step away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD, and is characterized by its incredible architecture and leafy laneways.
Located in Subacio, a gateway suburb to the cities finest attractions, the surrounding area boasts world-class bike trails and draws an eclectic blend of characters to its colourful streets.
The hotel’s rooftop Storehouse restaurant provides unparalleled sunset views to complement the crafted cocktails on offer. The excellent hospitality at Vibe Hotel combines perfectly with a contemporary design, spacious rooms, and the perfect setting to create lifelong memories.
Stylish architectural designs
Premium location and great city views
An outdoor swimming pool
Rooftop Storehouse restaurant
No microwave in rooms
Can get booked up
COMO The Treasury
An elegant offering in Perth’s newly revitalised historic heart, the Kerry Hill-designed COMO The Treasury occupies state buildings dating from the mid-19th century.
The softly lit corridors ooze a tranquil splendour, and the rooms further bolster this serene feel, with acoustic technology to ensure not a whisper escapes.
This award-winning, contemporary hotel is fronted by a grand Victorian-era façade, and offers lavish spa experiences through a range of Western and Eastern therapies and wellness traditions, at COMO Shambhala Urban Escape.
The hotel boasts an extensive array of restaurants, with cuisine ranging from indigenous-inspired fare to Italian classics. COMO The Treasury is a truly unique hospitality experience!
Mid-19th century building
Free daily stocked mini-bar
Lavish on-site spa
Executive chef menu
Expensive room service
Not for the budget-friendly crowd
No in-room irons
This high-rise design hotel is dressed in an elegant black, with a glorious fusion of art deco and cinematic glamour. Its accents of emerald, green, crimson, deep purple and gold add a creative flair.
The lobby flows into a cavernous lounge embellished by cacti, and right there stands a small café serving barista coffee. Evoking the feel of a boutique hotel, the glass cabinets opposite the elevators are filled with covetable finds.
The rooms are impressively spacious, featuring jarrah floorboards and luscious beds backed by a headboard of large velvet columns. Santini, the hotel’s flagship restaurant is one of Perth’s most popular spots, serving polished modern Italian fare by night.
Hip boutique hotel
Cacti embellished lobby
An award-winning restaurant
A bit pricey breakfast
Noisy bar area
No hairdryer in room
The modern-luxe feel of this plush property is revealed through gorgeous velvet chairs upholstered in spray-painted material. The white neon lights and gleaming black columns evoke a daring and characterful vibe.
The 126 modular rooms are stacked like Lego, 8 stories high, and the colorful, vibrant décor permeating the property encapsulates the true spirit of Perth.
The rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi, signature beds, Kevin Murphy amenities, and smart TVs. Guests can enjoy 24/7 access to healthy, fresh food, before meandering along to Kings Park and the Botanic Gardens, only a few moments away.
Family-friendly bikes can be borrowed to explore the gems of the lush surrounding area.
Luxuriously furnished rooms
Kevin Murphy amenities
Complimentary Nespresso and teas
No free parking
No on-site gym
Rooms are small for big families
Welcoming you to an urban style with award-winning facilities, the open spaces and social scenes at Aloft are brimming with character.
Think roomy chill-out areas with natural daylight, seasonal cocktails, and city-influenced design, all under one, well-serviced roof. 224 sleek and colourful guest rooms are well equipped to lighten your mood with bright pops of colour, and tech-friendly amenities which include 55-inch flat-screen TVs.
Aloft boasts a 24-hour gym, a splash pool, and an all-day dining destination soaked in signature Australian flair. The hotel’s seven cutting-edge meeting spaces are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and are the perfect spot to spark innovative ideas.
Vibrant and sleek designs
A splash pool
Signature Australian dining
Limited bar menu
Cold pool temperature
Stunningly located on Perth’s Waterfront Esplanade, featuring sweeping views of the Swan River, Quay Perth is the city’s prime destination where co-working, co-living, and co-playing thrive off one another.
The ceramic and timber floors of HQ Bar + Kitchen, the hotel’s sophisticated rooftop space, compliment the plush tan leather seats to offer an opulent drinking environment inspired by the local landscape.
A spacious, open-air terrace beckons guests to relish in the idyllic climate and let their taste buds run wild with a modern approach to traditional Asian cuisine. The leafy look of the well-appointed guestrooms invites guests to a tranquil, nature-inspired sleeping experience.
Trendy chic design
Traditional Asian cuisine
HQ Bar + Kitchen
No room-service breakfast
Some compact rooms
Cottesloe Beach Hotel
Here’s a laid-back hotel where guests come to immerse themselves in Perth’s enviable character. Overlooking one of Australia’s most famous stretches of golden sand, the hotel’s 13 rooms feature private balconies and panoramic views of Rottnest Island.
In-room amenities include a phone, a TV, and wonderful refreshment facilities, with the added benefit of a refined, personalized service.
For the ultimate postcard moment backdropped by lush ocean landscape, this charming hotel boasts an exquisite blend of bar and restaurant choices: A Beach Club which oozes fabulous style, and a Veranda Bar for those who want to experience a breath-taking sunset with a craft beer in hand.
Cozy relaxing ambiance
A beach club
A verandah bar
Rooms are a little small
Loud bar music
No room service
Mantra on Hay
It is difficult to look past Mantra on Hay if you are in Perth to soak up a buzzing nightlife, meander down bustling market streets, chill out in beautiful city parks, or if you simply want to experience a thriving arts scene.
The hotel’s free shuttle puts all of Perth’s gems at your fingertips. With accommodation to suit everyone, from spacious hotel rooms for business travelers to 3-bedroom apartments for entire families, the graceful staff presence offers a bountiful and quirky service.
The heated indoor rooftop pool is the perfect chill-out spot, whilst the modern Australian cuisine on site reflects the charm and laid-back lifestyle of inner-city Perth.
Modern Australian cuisine
Heated indoor rooftop pool
Free shuttle service
No free parking
Dark room lighting
Front desk closes early
The Melbourne Hotel
Since 1897, The Melbourne Hotel has been part of the furniture of Perth, and a great embodiment of its quirky character. The hotel shares a nod to the old-world splendour by showcasing the unique layers of the original building, but with a fresh look.
A bright, contemporary redesign reflects Perth’s dynamic landscape, visible through the clean-cut spacious rooms, with comfort at the forefront.
The hotel refers to itself as a warm remembrance of the past infused with the energy and excitement of the future. To unwind, the Melbourne offers 5 unique dining experiences, from sophisticated restaurants to a vibrant rooftop lounge, to a traditional pub setting.
Modern bright design
5 dining experiences
Vibrant rooftop lounge
Bar closed on Sundays
A bit pricey parking
Restaurants close early
Founded by the creators behind Australia’s most successful microbrewery, a bespoke style fuses the Alex Hotel. With a focus on the public spaces for hanging out, the lounge area is decked out in hipster-meets-Vogue designer décor.
Velvet love seats and quirky sculptures feature in this one-of-a-kind eclectic hotel. The 74 rooms boast private balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows, and glass showers facing the outside world.
Italian-made sheets dress the designer beds, and all bathrooms feature Turkish cotton towels and locally produced Sodashi products. Margaret River wines, craft beers, and complimentary olives amplify a beautiful atmosphere in the honesty bar on the mezzanine floor.
Cool eclectic design
A rooftop terrace
Free continental breakfast
A lobby bar
No refrigerator in rooms
No in-room coffee and tea
Pensione Hotel Perth
The Pensione is set within a beautifully restored 1960s building, guiding guests to take a step back in time amongst exquisite old-fashioned furnishings and décor.
Catering to the budget-conscious traveler, this glamorous hotel boasts 98 cozy guestrooms ranging from petite to premium. Housing modern touches to beautifully contrast the assortment of 1960s furniture, guests return to the Pensione year after year as a place to recharge and relax with a book or newspaper.
Located on the corner of Pier & Murray streets, steps from Perth’s major shopping center, the soothing ambiance can be enjoyed alongside the city’s vibrant atmosphere.
No microwaves in rooms
Mullaloo B & B
Nestled atop a scenic hill with exquisite ocean views, yet only a 300-metre walk to the beach, Mullaloo B&B features three spacious rooms with modern amenities and kitchen facilities, an outdoor deck, and a barbeque.
A whimsical array of furnishings gives this property a very unique charm, with yellow walls contrasting the red-patterned rug, and a quirky, brightly toned seating arrangement.
An outdoor pool girdled by tall-standing trees reflects the nature-inspired setting, made evermore luscious by the 360-degree sunlit ambiance.
The property provides salads and tasting plates to accompany your sunset drinks on request, which can be enjoyed alongside the property’s wide array of books and games on offer.
An outdoor pool
Variety of books and games
300-meter walk to the beach
No bathroom amenities
Fewer eatery options
Less storage space
The Spanish Retreat and BnB
Boasting a very traditional Spanish feel, this peaceful reprieve radiates a fanciful charm and features a large outdoor pool with alfresco dining.
Antique-style furniture adorns the guestrooms, and the careful dotting of small plants are designed to foster a nature-inspired charm. Some rooms feature a comfy seating area, whilst others provide serene garden and pool views.
There are public transport links close to the property, which can take you directly to the fine range of boutique dining experiences on offer around Hillary’s Boat Harbour.
The convenience of this Spanish Retreat is second to none, and free tours are offered to natural bushlands where guests can view and feed roaming Kangaroos.
Free tours to natural bushlands
Decor might not suit everyone
Cool Hotels in Perth Compared
The table compares the top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Perth.
Hotel Name Location Price Range (per night) Fitness Facilities Distance to Attractions (km) Nearby Restaurants
Crown Towers Great Eastern Highway $248-$881 Yes 3.4 3
Art Series 900 Hay Street $210-$446 Yes 0.95 3
Vibe Hotel Subiaco Perth 9 Alvan Street $264-$407 Yes 2.1 3
COMO The Treasury 1 Cathedral Avenue $763-$1852 Yes 1.2 2
QT Perth 133 Murray Street $294-$402 Yes 1.2 2
Tribe Perth 4 Walker Avenue $133-$165 No 1.4 1
Aloft Perth 27 Rowe Avenue $236-$306 Yes 1.6 2
Quay Perth 18 The Esplanade $255 No 1.3 1
Cottesloe Beach Hotel 104 Marine Parade $125-$214 No 6.0 2
Mantra on Hay 201 Hay Street $127-$287 No 1.3 3
The Melbourne Hotel 33 Milligan Street $159-$255 Yes 1.1 2
Alex Hotel 50 James Street $164-$255 No 1.1 1
Pensione Hotel Perth 70 Pier Street $114-$173 No 1.3 2
Mullaloo B & B 25 LAUREL ST $134 No 4.8 3
The Spanish Retreat and BnB 32 Cook Avenue $85-$92 No 2.9 3
Becky Moore – Owner, writer and photographer
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