Why the West Australian capital could make a nice change from Melbourne

Marriott’s first Aloft-branded hotel in Australia, Aloft Perth combines live music venue, art gallery and locally-focused restaurant in one vibrant, urban package.

Nestled amid a regeneration project along the bank of the Swan River, the hotel sits barely 10 minutes’ ride from both the airport and the CBD, and within spitting distance of the shiny new 65,000-seater Perth Stadium (opening early ‘18).

On top of mod cons like free Wi-Fi and rainfall showers, the 224 rooms (from around $124/night) come decked out in art from some of Western Australia’s finest rising talents. In fact, art is a constant feature around the hotel, from Benjamin Barretto’s technicolor, abstract woven piece that greets you in the lobby to Stephen Baker’s large-scale geometric pool scene mural that livens up the actual pool area.

Head to Springs Kitchen’s sun-drenched terrace for brunch done right and specials that pull together the best produce the state has to offer. Later, drop by W XYZ Bar to catch local live bands over craft cocktails. On that note, last month the hotel hosted the regional final of Project Aloft, an MTV-backed music contest featuring Thailand’s own hiphop trio Staygold. 

With a dynamic small-bar scene to rival Melbourne’s (you can read a lil about it from our trip last year here), untouched beaches that put Sydney’s to shame and nearby wineries in abundance, Perth looms as your next Aussie adventure. Best of all, it’s under five hours’ flight away.