Rivervale – Western Australia’s next big suburb? That’s what the brains trust at global hotel company Marriott International are counting on, at least. At the end of May, Marriott will begin welcoming guests to Aloft Perth, a sleek, urban hotel that’s located as part of The Springs Rivervale, an apartment block and urban renewal project along the eastern banks of the Swan River.
“It’s going to be a very urban, chic hotel,” says Aloft Perth general manager, Stephen Morahan. “It’s going to be very social and interactive. The Perth market takes to things that are new and people here are very local in supporting things that suit them.”
Traditionally, chic mightn’t have been the first adjective people would have reached for when describing Rivervale, but Aloft Perth’s spec sheet ticks plenty of boxes for contemporary hotel accommodation. Each of its 224 rooms will feature free Wi-Fi, high ceilings, 55” televisions and rainfall showers. Public spaces are designed for business (meeting rooms) and leisure travellers (the Re:mix lounge and W XYZ bar) as well as members of the local Rivervale community.
“We want this hotel to be something the precinct can make its own,” says Morahan. “It was designed so the community could feel like they’re in that space and vice versa. Everybody will be watching and hopefully it’ll be a benchmark for what can be done elsewhere.”
Other nods to Western Australia will include artwork from local artists including Anya Brock and David Spencer while coffee will be supplied by Mount Hawthorn-based Humblebee Coffee Roasters. Local musicians will perform at W XYZ bar while the hotel’s restaurant will pitch its food and drink offering to locals and visitors.
The hotel's design aside, Morahan points to Rivervale’s proximity to the airport, CBD, Crown Perth and – from the end of 2017 – Perth Stadium as another plus for both the suburb and Aloft Perth.
Aloft Perth is at 27 Rowe Avenue, Rivervale and opens May 26. Rooms from $167.