The CBD’s hotel scene is having a moment. First there was Como The Treasury, followed by QT Perth on Barrack Street, The Westin at Hibernian Place and a makeover for The Melbourne on Milligan Street. Then there was a face lift for the Pan Pacific on the Terrace, plus the completion of the Ritz Carlton at Elizabeth Quay is expected later this year. Today, Accor Hotels – the French-owned hotel group behind brands such as Sofitel, Ibis and Pullman – announced that it will be bringing its Art Series Hotel brand to Perth.
Established in Australia in 2009, Art Series Hotels are developed in collaboration with a chosen contemporary Australian artist and emerge as singular domains for their artwork. Across the group’s Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide locations, the works of namesake artists adorn walls and halls, fill art libraries, inspire interior design and furnishings, and become the subject of bespoke art tours for guests. The group’s first foray into Western Australia – a 250-room, 27-storey boutique hotel – is set to open in October. The namesake artist is yet to be confirmed.
“This announcement reflects the continued expansion and evolution of Australia’s only boutique hotel brand creating art-inspired experiences for guests,” says Simon McGrath, chief operating officer for Accor Pacific. “This Art Series hotel will be a truly world-class asset, which will help underpin a broader economic contribution to Perth.”
Development commenced in late 2017 in partnership with Perth property heavyweight George Atzemis, and the tower that will house the $90 million hotel has already taken its place in the CBD skyline at 900 Hay Street. Along with stylish rooms accented by spectacular artworks, the hotel will feature a Mediterranean-inspired eatery centred around a rooftop swimming pool, plus a new gymnasium and function room, terrace, bar and lounge.
The as-yet unnamed Art Series Hotel Perth is due to open in October.