A former post office-turned luxury hotel has won the ultimate stamp of approval as one of Forbes Travel Guide’s prestigious World’s Best Room winners for 2019.
Perth’s COMO The Treasury joins 41 hotels from 17 countries on the elite list, rubbing shoulders with Bulgari Hotel London, The Ritz Paris and the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong.
Forbes’ inspectors travelled incognito to uncover accommodation considered worthy of perfect scores for luxury, comfort and convenience. The 41 winners, Forbes says, are “elegantly appointed and thoughtfully designed down to the last detail”.
The travel group described COMO The Treasury as “seeping heritage and ambition from every corner of its grandeur”.
As part of Perth’s 19th-century-built State Buildings, which once housed the city treasury and first post office, the structure underwent a decade-long restoration by Kerry Hill Architects to return it to its Victorian glory.
Inspectors highlighted the “meticulous restoration included the neo-Renaissance cantilevered balconies, dormer windows and Victorian roofs with copper trimmings” and “elegant arrival lounge inviting you to collect your thoughts and relax before being accompanied to your room”.
They also praised the hotel’s dining options, saying: “Wildflower is widely considered one of Perth’s best restaurants.
“You’d be remiss not to pop in for at least a sundowner – the views over Swan River are worth the trip alone.”
Standout room features, according to Forbes, include “oversized opening windows, custom-made furnishings, fireplaces, truss ceilings, expansive open bathrooms with heated travertine stone flooring and German deep-soaking Kaldewei Duo freestanding bathtubs.”