Intercontinental Perth

We planned a little birthday trip away for my birthday, mainly to try out business class on the Qantas 787 in preparation for a trip to the USA later in 2019. This meant flying to Perth on the domestic leg of QF 9, the flight from Melbourne to London. The flight has a decent flight time to allow a good introduction to the plane. I promise to write something about the flight itself. Having decided to fly to Perth, with the distance involved, there was the perfect opportunity to make a weekend of the trip.


Intercontinental Perth – Hay Street

The weekend was set, the flights were booked, and so it was time to find a hotel. I’d previously visited Perth a few times and stayed mostly with my cousins, once in a motor inn or something, in the Hyatt Regency at the eastern end of St George’s Terrace, and most recently in Perth at the Crown Towers. I’ve been doing a few Hilton stays over the last year, so the Perth Hilton was on the list. Accor is another of my usual hotel groups. An important requirement was to stay somewhere close to the city as we had just a day and a morning to explore Perth. In the end my darling wife found the Intercontinental Perth, which is located right near the shops we wanted and had Club lounge rooms for a good price.

We booked into a Club King Room with city views, which was a very decent room up on the fourteenth floor. There was some debate about booking a Club Suite, the extra luxury would’ve been wonderful, we just didn’t see much time to enjoy a suite with sightseeing and shopping to be done. The room was excellent; I’d heard that they designed the rooms to not be like the usual hotel room, to be more personal like a home. The designers certainly achieved a warm welcoming room with good use of the available space. The tiles in the bathroom were beautifully textured, almost matching the wall paper in the room to make for a classy experience. The couch and desk/table, without a glass top for once, finished off the room well.

The bathroom was discrete with a separate toilet, the option of a normal or rain shower. Overall there was an excellent use of the available space. The wardrobe was spacious with, joy of joys, proper coat hangers (with hooks). There was a good number of power outlets on both sides of the bed and near the table, as well as multiple USB outlets. I didn’t need to use my power board as the power outlets were all conveniently located and easy to access. The mini bar was well stocked, with Nespresso and T2 tea and real milk. Complementary water as well, this might be because of my IHG Gold.

The only slight disappointment was not being able to get the Marshall speaker to pair to my iPhone via bluetooth, lucky there was the option to connect using a cable. There was also something funny happening with the lifts. Twice while heading to the Club lounge on the top floor the lift arrived promising to go upwards and accepted selection of floor 16, only to head down to a lower floor. Once we picked up the people, who wanted to go to the ground floor, the lift then took us upwards to the Club level. Luckily not a major hassle, just one of those slightly strange experiences. Maybe something to do with the buildings former life as a bank.


Intercontinental Club – excellent, helpful staff

The Club itself was simply amazing with excellent staff who were general interested in our plans. The Club staff all volunteered numerous helpful recommendations. The service was attentive and really could not be faulted. The Club itself was open from 6:30 am to 8 pm, with a la carte breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails and canapés. General soft drinks and snacks were available at other times, or alcohol for purchase. There was a wide range of alcoholic drinks available about 4 beers choices, a good range of spirits including Maker’s Mark and a gin from South Australia, and at least 3 or 4 options each for red, white and sparkling wine. My wife enjoyed a very good pinot noir from Victoria and I tried a couple of cocktails, the martini was very good. The evening cocktails (5 pm to 7 pm) are inclusive of all drinks.


View from the Club lounge towards Perth Train Station, sorry about my fingers

The quality of the food was wonderful and there were a wide range of options, at least for breakfast and evening canapés. We didn’t make the afternoon tea. As well as the Club we had the option of breakfast downstairs. I recommend taking a club room if staying with the hotel, well worth the price.


Enjoying a coffee up the street

The hotel is located within easy walking distance of the luxury brand shops, the local shopping malls (Hay St mall was feeling a bit old), London Court, Perth Railway station, Elizabeth Quay and King’s Park. The train to Cottesloe Beach was easy, convenient and quick. There appeared to be a number of eateries and coffee shops within easy walking distance, for example in the foreground area of the view towards Perth Train Station above.

If staying in is more your thing there are 3 distinct restaurants/cafes within the Intercontinental itself. A cafe/tapas bar at the front of the building, Heno and Rey. The Loft bar and grill is located on the first floor, and Ascua Spanish Grill on the ground floor accessible from the foyer or from King St. 

Overall, we cannot wait to visit this hotel again. A must stay if visiting Perth.

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