The recently renovated 4½-star Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges sits between the coffee strip and the harbour. The rooms, most with balconies, are spacious, overlooking a park or the resort pool. It combines its traditional past with contemporary standards.

But back on St George’s Terrace in Perth, the Como The Treasury hotel surely set the benchmark for this trend. With 48 elegant rooms, this superb hotel has been beautifully restored heritage. The former State Government Treasury, it is home to Wildflower, which is undoubtedly Perth’s best fine dining restaurant.

If you’re looking for luxe accommodation, the other new and glittering star of the city is Crown Perth, and particularly the Crown Towers. Guest rooms and suites offer views across the river to the city, and the hotel prides itself on world-class service.

With the fall in room prices, there’s also plenty of mid-range accommodation –between A$100 and A$200 a night– to chose from, with many top-quality hotels now nudging into the middle price range.

Centrally located in in Mill Street in the city, Parmelia Hilton Perth has refurbished rooms and you can enjoy the great Adelphi Grill restaurant there. Fraser Suites Perth, on Adelaide Terrace, offers contemporary styling and facilities and the independence of being self contained. The Nest on Newcastle is modern, boutique and tucked behind the Crow Bar and Restaurant in a heritage cottage that’s more than 100 years old. Its 20 rooms have a homely feel, with mod touches such as pod coffee machines.

There is a wide range of budget accommodation, with comfortable rooms that will sometimes only set you back by just over A$100 a night.

The Pensione Hotel Perth, in Pier Street includes a restaurant and bar, while the ideally located Ibis Perth, in Murray Street offers an all-you-can-eat” breakfast buffet. The three-star Sullivans Hotel is right on King’s Park’s doorstep in Mounts Bay Road, and its least expensive rooms still have a king size bed and chocolates appear on your pillow at night as the city lights twinkle below.

There’s a double heartbeat in Perth now: the tick of the natural, environmental with its parks, river and beaches. And there’s the faster tick of the new city, with its new developments. The city of light has taken on a new hue.

To find out more, visit:  www.westernaustralia.com.au and www.experienceperth.com.au.

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