COMO Hotels debuts in Australia with property in Perth
COMO The Treasury in Perth has 48 rooms and suites, averaging 753 square feet. The interiors pair Kerry Hill’s contemporary design with COMO’s familiar emphasis on understated luxury, including custom made ‘Grand Posture’ king-size beds and handcrafted bespoke European furniture. Large windows ensure guest accommodations are flooded with natural light. En-suite bathrooms feature German Kaldewei Duo free-standing bathtubs, twin vanities, Travertine stone tiles and heated floors.
At COMO The Treasury, the fine dining restaurant is Wildflower on the hotel’s rooftop, offering views across the Swan River and a menu showcasing contemporary cuisine with the best of West Australian produce. On the ground floor guests will find Post, a convivial spot serving modern Australian dishes with a French influence. Menus are overseen by Executive Chef Jed Gerrard. Other facilities will include The Treasury Lounge and Bar — open daily from 11:00 a.m. until late, serving afternoon tea each weekend — as well as meeting rooms, a heated indoor swimming pool, and COMO Shambhala Urban Escape, which offers holistic therapies along with a wellness center for yoga and Pilates.
The hotel is on Cathedral Avenue in Perth’s Central Business District, within a new artisanal precinct called the Cathedral Square Development. This revamped heritage site contains a group of buildings — known locally as the State Buildings — which have played an important role in the city’s history for the past 140 years, serving as town hall, post office, land-titles office, and treasury. Before construction began in 2012, the buildings sat unused for nearly 20 years.
The hotel was designed by Singapore-based Kerry Hill Architects, whose previous projects have included Ogilvie House, Queensland, and the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, Perth. Ninety five per cent of the original heritage building has been meticulously returned to its 19th-century origins, featuring re-installed dormer windows, roof-top copper trimmings, and a stripped back facade showing off the original surface.
This venture is in conjunction with FJM Property, an Australian property development and investment company with a wealth of experience in dining and retail spaces. FJM’s principals include Adrian Fini, well known in the city as one of the founders of Little Creatures brewery and eatery.