Move over minerals, Perth is riding high on its hotel boom with the opening of QT Perth.
The latest luxury brand to embrace the west, the boom was kickstarted by COMO's The Treasury back in 2015. Over the next two years, another 12 new or revamped properties will bring 2700 new rooms to the city, including a Ritz-Carlton to open in 2019.
QT has again enrolled the services of Sydney designer Nic Graham, who has worked on eight of QT's nine hotels in Australia and New Zealand. Inspired by the desert meeting the sea along the Western Australian coastline, Graham says that QT Perth tells the big stories of the west, from the local cacti and broad, jarrah floors of the spacious lobby up to the wide, open views from the city's highest rooftop bar, on the 18th floor.
Responsible for the high quirk of QT Sydney and the flirty, theatrical twist of QT Melbourne, Graham says to expect QT's signatures – a mix of vintage style and forward-looking design – as well as plenty of art, colour and patterns in the 184-room, new-build hotel. Yes, you'll find QT's Directors of Chaos running the show - no bland bellhops here - with WA's wines and produce on the menus.
He suggests keeping an eye out for distinct WA touches, such as the local wildflowers wrought in QT's signature black and gold palette to create luxe backdrops for the seductive Santini bar and grill. Or flip the lobby cushions from pearls to mining trucks; the glam and the grit on which the state is built. In the guestrooms, another serial QT collaborator, Shelley Indyk, blends black cockatoos and jewel-coloured velvets with locally made ceramics, and the decadence continues in the white-flecked, black bathrooms.
Rooms start from $220 a night in a QT King. See www.qthotelsandresorts.com