After a few years in this industry I’ve been lucky enough to sample many of the QT Hotels around the country. While I’ll straight up say that QT Perth, the latest addition to the hotelling institution, might not be their best, that’s not to say that it doesn’t tick all the boxes necessary to hit that QT standard.
In keeping with the now well-established QT ethos, the frisky and flirty west coast hotel opened its Murray Street doors in August of last year smack bang in the middle of the sun-soaked city.
The brand new building soars 18 stories above the CBD and plays host to 184 guest rooms, offering exactly what you’d expect from a city central five-star hotel.
Nic Graham’s design studio was in charge of the hotel’s primary interiors, complemented by Shelley Indyk’s design of the guest rooms which feature the usual plush amenities and a contrasted decor of black and gold with polished brass.
There were no suites at this particular QT, which was a little unfortunate. As the ‘Executive Corner Room’ was only available with a king bed (and I was travelling with a mate) we opted for the ‘Deluxe Twin.’ The rooms weren’t overly large, but as I’ve said previously, that was to be somewhat unexpected.
The black marble bathrooms caught my eye instantly and oozed a sexy, classy vibe that made them a joy to be in. The shared double showers are a classic QT hint at some after-hours action, if your occasion were to call for it.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? That’s exactly what QT Perth must have said when they decided on their rooftop bar, essentially creating a mirror image of their Melbourne address and opting for the indoor/outdoor hybrid space overlooking the city’s sunny skyline.
We found it to be absolutely packed on both the Friday and Saturday evenings, to our surprise, actually, as it surely had to be the busiest place in Perth.
For those looking to dodge the classic WA heat, Santini Bar & Grill way down below on the first floor doubles as the breakfast buffet for guests (more on that later) and an award-winning dining room for all in the evening.
The dinner really was quite lovely, the wine list intriguing and the service well above the expected standards. The duck special (circa $50) was incredible and my mate and I spoke about it continuously for the days that followed.
The breakfast, unfortunately, didn’t live up to the hype that I know the QT Resorts offshoot is so famous for. We had breakfast ‘included’ in our stay, which meant access to a selection of meats, cheeses, pastries and cereals offered on one of two breakfast tables. Any real coffee orders, however, or substantial a la carte meals such as eggs or avocado on toast, cost extra – a flat rate of $15 extra – when added to the already purchased breakfast package (the coffees were even extra on top of that). That took the shine off the experience a little, as the hidden costs despite already expecting breakfast to be included meant that the bill just kept stacking up.
That was really my only gripe with QT Perth, to be honest. Aside from that, and with the space available in the hotel’s city block, I didn’t expect any other bells and whistles, but a pool would have been a really nice addition to escape the WA summer heat. A gym not so much, but they didn’t have one of those either.
Don’t get me wrong, QT Perth is a lovely establishment, but it’s lucky that it doesn’t have a whole lot of competition in the region (for now), unlike Sydney and Brisbane with their abundance of Ovolo Hotels popping up everywhere. Its location undoubtedly smashes other luxury west coast competitors like Crown Perth out of the park and is by far its biggest drawcard. QT Perth is the ideal spot for a weekend quickie or a mid-week business jaunt and I’d definitely stay here again.