Subiaco is a Perth destination brimming with culture, history and culinary genius. And with the opening of Vibe Hotel Subiaco offers another reason to make this neighbourhood your base to discover the Western Australian capital.
Traveller: Alexandra Casey
Room: Deluxe Suite King View
Address: 9 Alvan Street, Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia
Date: October, 2022
Price range: from $399
Best for: Visitors to Perth who want to experience culture, cuisine and history, without the hustle and bustle of a CBD stay
‘Subi’, as this inner-city Perth neighbourhood is fondly known, is just four kilometres from Perth city, yet within easy reach of Perth’s best beaches, the bush walking trails of Kings Park and the magnificent Swan River. Known for its entertainment offerings, heritage architecture and cultural hangouts – like the glorious Art Deco Regal Theatre. Not to mention the bounty of bars and cafes, coupled and eclectic boutiques.
Within a short walk you can find
The heritage-listed Regal Theatre is home to live music, comedy and staging plays. Up Rokeby Road you’ll find a number of quality dining options from the restored Subiaco Hotel to the epitome of Italian cuisine, Lulu La Delizia, or Lady of Ro for Greek meze. Come Saturday, Subi Farmers Market at the local primary school is one of the oldest farmers markets in WA and worth a morning wander.
Claim to fame
Vibe Hotels are known for their contemporary design, vibrant food and drink offerings. The Subiaco outpost is the tallest in the precinct, with the 12-storey, 168-room hotel distinctive with its honeycomb-like facade that’s both unique and style forward. Spacious hotel rooms, many with city views, and its rooftop bar make it a local destination.
The jewel in the crown truly does sit at the top. Storehouse Subiaco is the rooftop restaurant perched on the ninth floor. Design tilts towards Scandinavian minimalism with a refined, modern interior and furnished coloured with touches of gold and marble. Floor to ceiling windows boast uninterrupted panoramic views of the Perth CBD and Kings Park.
My Deluxe Suite King View was spacious with a separate lounge complete with a workspace, couch, and a 55-inch LDC. A discreet kitchenette comes with a mini-fridge, kettle and Nespresso pod machine. In the bedroom, a king-size bed sits with wraparound floor-to-ceiling windows of those mesmerising skyline views. A marble bathroom is fitted with double basins, a separate bath and a large rain shower.
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Beyond the rooms
Vibe Hotel Subiaco rooftop also houses a small gym and a 15-metre rooftop heated pool, which conveniently borders the Storehouse Subiaco, perfect for that post-feed cool off. On the ground floor St Marks Road Co. is part of the successful Sydney based café group ideal for brunch or coffee pick-me-up.
Signature rooftop restaurant, Storehouse Subiaco is a must not just for the view. Serving up Modern Australian cuisine, a pairing of cocktails and a side of the Perth city skyline. If you’re down for a deal (and aren’t we all), you’ll want to get your hands on the happy hour $6 beers and house wines between 4-6pm. Free unlimited hi-speed WiFi is also available for up to four devices per room if you prefer to stay in and order the Storehouse menu to be delivered to your suite.
Dish to dine for
Storehouse Subiaco has a food philosophy of fresh, seasonal produce awarded with a one-hat rating by the Australian Good Food Guide. Standout dishes include the sundried tomato pesto and goats cheese pappardelle which was nothing short of divine! The ginger braised Harvey beef short rib was also a flavour winner. If you’re partial to a cheeky cocktail, take a chance on the pink gin number, Velvety Blossom, or the pineapple and guava infused Guayaba Fresca.
The family factor
While Vibe Hotel Subiaco doesn’t have dedicated family rooms, they offer suites that interconnect to twin rooms. A 15-metre heated pool and easy access to 30 parks and Subi’s amenities make it a good family option.
Parking is available on-site for $15 a day and is subject to availability on arrival. So check ahead.
Managed by the TFE Hotel group, you can sign up to the TFE eClub for discounts across more than 70 hotels including 10% off future bookings in Australia and New Zealand and 15% off European bookings.
If only Storehouse Subiaco was open on Sunday evenings. I would have loved to go a second night to navigate more of the menu!
I wish I could take home…
The complementary bottle of wine and gourmet cheese platter waiting in room upon arrival. It was the perfect touch to a romantic weekend away. If you’re aiming to impress that special someone, book the Gourmet Delight package, which can be pre-ordered.
V&T expert rating
7 of 10 – Vibe Hotel Subiaco is a great option for travellers who don’t want to spend an arm and leg on CBD accommodation but desire the convenience of a central base in a trendy suburb with plenty to offer in terms of fun and fine fare.
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