COMO THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIA
COMO The Treasury
1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth WA 6000, Australia
COMO Hotels and Resorts
Date of Creation
23 January 2018
Hotel General Manager
Anneke Brown, General Manager
Perth native Anneke Brown began her hospitality career with luxury hotel group Aman Resorts International, helping to open eight resorts in destinations including Cambodia, India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Caribbean. Brown then returned to Western Australia, where she worked for a boutique hotel in the Margaret River region, then Longitude 131° in Uluru, before returning to Perth in 2014 where she opened COMO The Treasury. Brown brought international-level service standards to the refurbishment of the State Buildings. Since the 48-room hotel was unveiled to the general public in October 2015, COMO The Treasury has been awarded ‘Hotel of the Year’ by Australian Gourmet Traveller, and twice been voted ‘Best Hotel in Australia and New Zealand’ by Condé Nast Traveler readers.
COMO The Treasury
History & Story
COMO The Treasury is an elegant urban hotel located within Cathedral Square, in the heart of Perth, Australia. Standing alongside the iconic St George’s Cathedral, the hotel is housed in the 19th-century State Buildings — buildings that have played an important role in Perth’s history, serving as a post office, land titles office and treasury. Meticulous restoration has revealed a grand Victorian-era façade, while inside an elegant and contemporary style permeates the 48 rooms and suites. Accommodation is large, with rooms ranging from 55sq m to 120sq m. Each room functions as a serene retreat from the cosmopolitan buzz, and is decorated in beige and white, with limed oak furniture, pale travertine, and bronze and leather trims. Dining options include the rooftop Wildflower restaurant overlooking the city and Swan River, serving a farm-and-forager-driven menu revolving around the indigenous six seasons, and Post, an all-day osteria serving Italian classics using the finest local produce. There’s also the Treasury Lounge and Bar, which provides an elegant spot for daytime meetings, afternoon tea and evening drinks. Wellbeing is at the core of COMO Shambhala Urban Escape. Here, guests can enjoy a comprehensive range of holistic therapies as well as a pool and gym.
Also once home to Perth’s original seat of government, they betray in their grand architecture all the ambitions of settlers keen to make their mark. To retain the best of that heritage has cost AUS$110 million in a meticulous restoration project overseen by Kerry Hill Architects. Hill’s remit has encompassed not only the entire Cathedral Square redevelopment on Cathedral Avenue, but also the interior and exterior of this new COMO hotel.
The hotel’s 48 modern rooms are spread over four floors. The architecture includes columns and bold, cantilevered balconies designed in flamboyant neo-Renaissance style. Looking over the plaza, guests of the hotel get to use these balconies as they would have been used a century ago, with the city’s most impressive landmarks on display. The restoration project has returned 95 per cent of the buildings to their 19th-century origins, including the re-installation of dormer windows and Victorian roofs finished with copper trimmings. Slate used on the roof has been replaced like for like, using more than 60,000 tiles imported from a quarry in North Wales. But where there was no heritage to follow, the architects have been confidently modern, with the introduction of materials including steel frames and glass.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Each room is a serene retreat from the cosmopolitan buzz, evoking the feeling of a ‘home away from home’
Ranging from 55sq m to 120sq m, it is decorated in beige and white, with limed oak furniture, pale travertine, and bronze and leather trims.
Welcome drink on arrival is offered to all guests.
COMO The Treasury is a luxury hotel located in the heart of Perth, Western Australia
Walking distance to:
Shopping precinct (50mt)
Bus stop (20mt)
Train station (500mt)
Elizabeth Quay (500mt)
Art Gallery of WA (700mt)
Perth Stadium (3.6km)
Key sites/activities in the area
The State Buildings are located in the heart of Perth’s CBD as three interconnecting iconic heritage buildings. Over their 140-year history, the Old Treasury, Lands and Titles buildings have been used as a Post Office, Public Offices, a Police cellblock, Treasury, and office of the Premier and Cabinet. One of our Suites is the old office of the Premier and our Spa treatment rooms are located in the original vault of the Titles building.
Between August and March, Perth experiences a comfortable mild weather and typically clear skies, making it an ideal period to visit. Temperature averages between a 9ºC (48ºF) minimum in September through to a daily maximum of 32ºC (89ºF) in February. It is considered the capital city with the most sunshine hours throughout the year, in Australia.
Childrens welcome amenity
Childrens menus in our restaurants
Childrens Books and games in the library
Number of suites: 6
Number of Luxury rooms: 42
Number of rooms, (keys) in all: 48
Restaurants & Bars
At Wildflower, Executive Chef Jed Gerrard showcases the best of West Australian ingredients. Wildflower serves contemporary dishes revolving around the indigenous ethos of six seasons. Menus are produce-driven, with Gerrard relying on local farmers and foragers. From this lofty rooftop perch, one can see Stirling Gardens running down to the Swan River. The interior of Wildflower is simple with marble floors and back walls of Tasmanian blackwood. Rich velvet upholstered bench seats instil a sense of luxury throughout.
Post is named after its location, the franking room of Perth’s original General Post Office in the State Buildings. Post is COMO The Treasury’s inner-city osteria, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. The constantly evolving menu is a contemporary take on Italian classics and is guided by the season’s bounty. The casually polished surrounds and approachable menu make Post a welcoming setting for all-day dining. The ‘stuzzichini’ or grazing menu offers something for any time of day. The healthful COMO Shambhala Cuisine includes food rich in living enzymes, vitamins and minerals, raw food menu items and predominantly vegetarian selections. The dishes are available at Post and from in-room dining.
TREASURY LOUNGE AND BAR
The Treasury Lounge and Bar, located on the ground floor at the convergence of Cathedral Avenue and St Georges Terrace, is an elegant space with high ceilings and windows with painted timber shutters. The interior showcases beautiful joinery and cabinet making. Combined with comfortable sofas and leather armchairs, it has a sophisticated, club-like feel. Three interconnected rooms with private corners make it an intimate place to meet, with views out on to the gardens of the Supreme Court with the abstract Ascalon sculpture in front. The bar’s walls are adorned with the Cape Arid art collection from Western Australian artists Philippa Nikulinsky and Alex Nikulinsky.
COMO Shambhala Urban Escape
Guests can enjoy a comprehensive range of holistic therapies.
A full selection of massages are available, as well as a number of purifying body detoxifications in the hotel’s four treatment rooms.
20mt indoor heated pool
Corporate & Celebration Events
All our Restaurants and Bars can be hired exclusively for private functions, dinners and celebrations.
Wildlfower : Private Dining room up to 20 guests or exclusive use of the restaurant for up to 80 guests (seated) or 120 (standing cocktail)
POST : 2 private dining rooms for up to 8 and 12 guests, exclusive use of the Restaurant for up to 50 guests
Treasury Lounge and Bar : Cocktail reception for up to 30 guests
Boardroom : 20 guests
Extra Notable Features
Within the State Buildings you can also find a Yoga Studio by Yogaworx , florist, jeweller, barber, optician, a chocolatier and other locally made, bespoke offerings.
Hotel and restaurant Awards
– 2017 AHA National Awards For Excellence
State Buildings – Best Hotel
Wildflower – Best Restaurant (Metropolitan)
– 2017 Western Australia Tourism Awards
– 2017 Qantas Business Travel Awards
Best Business Hotel
– 2017 Gourmet Traveller Hotel Awards
Best Mini-Bar – COMO The Treasury
– 2017 Australian Financial Review – Top 100 Restaurants
Wildflower, #1 in Western Australia
Wildflower, #60 in Australia
– 2017 West Australian Good Food Guide Awards
Wildflower, Restaurant of the Year
– Condé Nast Traveler
Best Hotel in Australia and New Zealand – Readers’ Choice Awards 2017
– Australian Good Food & Travel Guide
Post – Chef Hat in 2016 and 2017
Wildflower – Two Chef Hats in 2017
– 2016 Western Australian Tourism Awards
Best New Tourism Business
– 2016 Gourmet Traveller Australian Hotel Guide Awards
New Hotel of the Year
Hotel of the Year
– Condé Nast Traveler
Best Hotel in Australia and New Zealand – Readers’ Choice Awards
Second Best Hotel in the World – Readers’ Choice Awards Hot List 2016
– 2016 Australian Hotels Association and Perth Airport WA Accommodation Awards for Excellence
Post – Western Australia’s Best Restaurant
within an Accommodation Hotel
Western Australia’s Best Deluxe Accommodation Hotel
Western Australia’s Best Accommodation Hotel
Western Australia’s Best Hotel Chef – Kim Brennan
Western Australia’s Best Executive
Level Manager Award – Viran Yapa
– 2016 HM Awards
Best New Hotel
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