Lisa Perkovic reviews Perth’s Parmelia Hilton following a $45 million facelift.
Pre-pandemic Perth was awash with hotel openings.
Keen to raise the bar for travellers booked on long-haul flights between Perth and London, hotel brands touted everything from brand new builds to world record-setting murals.
Then the borders closed.
With no international travel, West Australians have flocked to the brand new hotels, booking Staycations at a rapid pace.
Perth’s Parmelia Hilton has been one of the most popular. The hotel undertook a $45 million facelift to put it back in the game.
We sent Lisa Perkovic to find out what all the fuss is about.
Hotel review: Parmelia Hilton Perth
Traveller: Lisa Perkovic
Room: King Executive Room
Address: 14 Mill St, Perth
Date: March 2021
Price range: $$
Best for: The swanky new restaurant and bar which attracts staycationers even though the Parmelia has always been beloved by business travellers.
Swing a cat and you’ll hit any number of major mining companies’ headquarters from the Parmelia Hilton’s front door, which sits just off the southern end of St George’s Terrace.
A new walkway connects it directly to other big business front doors like Telstra and Wesfarmers.
Within a short walk, you can find…
The small bars, live music venues and hot new restaurants of Northbridge are a 20-minute walk away from the Parmelia Hilton.
It’s an even quicker stroll to the manicured lawns of Kings Park to the west and the waterfront bars of Elizabeth Quay to the east.
Claim to fame
Hilton was one of the first international hotel brands to shine their spotlight on Perth back in the late 1970s.
It brought the glamour of the five-star hotel game to the city and has long been the place to stay for loyal Hilton Honors members.
With CBD offices still half empty and our international borders closed, it’s hard to imagine the Parmelia Hilton’s Samuels on Mill bar would be booming even on a Friday afternoon.
When we check-in at 4pm it’s certainly got a buzz.
Once I’ve perused the extensive local wine list, I’ve decided I’d make this my local watering hole.
Around 75 per cent of the wine comes from Western Australia’s bountiful wine regions. All the big names from the Margaret River region are present and the Parmelia Hilton also serves a great range of wines from boutique wineries and lesser-known varietals.
Bottles are lined up along the black matt shelves dividing the bar and brasserie. It’s a similar look to Petition Wine Merchant, a small bar-meets-bottle shop up the road. The look fits in with the exposed concrete pillars and rusted gold curtains that add ample edginess to space.
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The family factor
Kids are few and far between during our stay.
The Parmelia Hilton does have a pancake machine at the breakfast buffet and a rooftop pool that kids would love.
At 84 square metres, the King Executive Suite has a separate lounge room that will do the job for video conference calls.
Or, if you’re like us, is the perfect spot for room service burgers in from of the 50 inch TV. The dining room cart gets rolled right into the lounge room and set up in front of the TV. Voila.
Beyond the rooms
Rooftop pools are the name of the game in Perth these days and though this pool doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of others around town, day beds and lounge chairs add a little resort-like flavour to the experience.
If you’re a sun seeker, Perth’s hot sunshine hits the pool at full blast in the late afternoon.
There’s also a brand new Executive Lounge that leans into minimalist design, with low line leather lounges and mood-lit lighting. The charcuterie selection between 5-7pm is excellent, along with a glass of local WA wine.
Dish to dine for:
Like many Perth-based chefs, Head Chef Chad Miskiewicz takes full advantage of Western Australia’s produce. Expect to taste your way around the state without leaving the table.
South West lamb cutlets are jumbo-sized and served with smoked Harissa, on a bed of chickpea and coriander sugo. Add in baby heirloom carrots and it’s a generous serve that goes down a treat with a Vasse Felix Malbec from their Black Market line.
In the time of COVID-19, it’s always important to look for a flexible booking option, but also a good chance to catch some good deals.
Keep an eye out for weekend and midweek deals.
If you’re partial to an afternoon tipple or two, you’ll get good value out of a room with Executive Lounge access.
With jazz music softly playing, fridges stocked with beer, ciders and wine, and plenty of nibbles, it’s a great spot to start the night.
With Samuels on Mill turning up the heat in the kitchen for the brasserie, the bar, the rooftop pool menu, and room service, you could easily forget about setting a foot outside the hotel for a day or two.
Get a strong dose of Vitamin D at the pool, pop by the Executive Lounge then move on to Samuels for dinner.
You’ve got the Perth CBD on your doorstep, but cross over the city on foot and you’ll find yourself in front of the new multi-million dollar WA Museum Boola Bardip.
The name translates to “many stories” in Noongar language.
Boola Bardip provides state of the art exhibitions on Western Australian art, land and culture.
Room key access to the Executive Lounge was glitchy during our stay, but that’s our fault for not taking advantage of the hotel’s brand new Digital Key technology.
If I’d loaded the Hilton Honors mobile app, I’m sure I would have breezed through the doors in no time.
V&T expert rating
8 out of 10