Perth’s State Buildings, also known as the Old Treasury Buildings, laid dormant for more than 20 years before their 2015 re-birth as a luxury boutique hotel, retail and hospitality destination like no other in Australia. These re-purposed heritage buildings have already achieved international acclaim: Hotel COMO The Treasury was rated the second-best hotel in the world in 2016 by Conde Nast Traveler readers, and Wildflower Restaurant made it onto CNN’s ‘Best New Restaurants for 2017’ list as well as being awarded ‘two hats’ by the Australian Good Food & Travel Guide.
For me, there are three things that set the ‘State Buildings’ development apart from other hotel developments. First, it’s the juxtaposition of Victorian-era grandeur with contemporary touches including street art on the basement level and a steel and glass box perched on the top floor of the hotel (home to Wildflower restaurant) that makes this restoration simply breathtaking.
Second, the unique tenant mix of local artisanal retailers, boutique bars, restaurants ranging from casually-sophisticated to high-end, and a boutique five-star hotel gives the precinct its vibrancy.
And third, core to the development was the goal of making the precinct accessible and welcoming for the W.A. public – not just for hotel guests.
I became a bit obsessed with the place while I was living in Perth, dropping in every morning before work to grab a coffee from the excellent baristas at Telegram Coffee, catching up with friends after work at Petition Beer Corner – any excuse to be able to soak in the ambiance of these grand buildings.
My husband and I splurged for our wedding anniversary, booking into Wildflower for its five-course tasting menu. Wildflower describes its offering as “contemporary dishes revolving around the indigenous ethos of six seasons with farmer and forager-driven menus.”. It’s definitely a special occasion-type restaurant but well worth every cent, in fact I reckon it’s the best restaurant experience I’ve had to date! The restaurant design and gorgeous aspect and the creativity of the dishes made for an incredible experience.
I could go on all day about the State Buildings precinct. I have yet to stay in the hotel (at about $600 per night I gotta do some saving for that one) but even if you just visit for a coffee I think you’ll agree that it’s a one-of-a-kind restoration. It’s the kind of place you just don’t want to leave.
The State Buildings are located on the corner of St Georges Terrace and Barrack Street, Perth. For more information visit statebuildings.com.