Discover why Perth might be the best city in Australia for a holiday with quality stays, delicious food and easy access to all sights and sounds
As I walked the bustling streets of Perth, the realization hit me – this could be one of the best cities in Australia for a holiday.
The beautiful old buildings, quality food, spacious atmosphere, fantastic nightlife, quality stays and ease of access – it satisfies many travel desires.
I was in the WA capital for just two days as part of a trip to cover February’s UFC 284 event for 7NEWS.com.au when I realized how overwhelmed I was.
For more travel-related news and videos, visit 7Travel >>
When I’m not soaking up the sights and sounds, I’m relaxing in a spacious room at the Novotel Perth Murray Street, where rates for 431 stylish suites, family rooms, and guest rooms range from $260 to $358 per night.
My room was nicely decorated with comfortable furniture and a breathtaking view of the city – I felt like I was in a movie waking up in my cozy bed and looking at the skyline.
Each night as I waited for the elevator to take me back upstairs, I was lured by the aromas of delectable Southeast Asian cuisine prepared by Chef Alex De Leon at on-site restaurant Miss MI.
After two nights of exploring the city’s restaurants I finally gave up and it was probably one of my favorite meals of the whole Perth trip.
Another part of the hotel that I loved was the easy accessibility to the rest of the city – everything you need is within walking distance, which was an integral part of my UFC 284 media commitments.
A five to ten minute walk from 388 Murray Street and I was in the Northbridge nightlife district or the RAC Arena or a variety of trendy bars and restaurants.
But to keep up with the copious amounts of food and drink I was putting into my body each night, it was important that I burned every calorie I could.
And was I lucky.
The gym here was one of the best hotel gyms I have ever worked out in.
From exercise bikes to a huge selection of free weights, the 94m2 24-hour gym had everything I needed to work up a sweat.
Every day I would go to the gym, do a session and then finish it in the on-site sauna or pool.
If I ever stay in Perth again I will not only stay here but will make sure to spend more time.
An art exhibition in your room
My second stay during the trip was at The Adnate Perth – Art Series Hotel Group.
Owned by Accor, the hotel is part of a national chain of art hotels inspired by and dedicated to Australian contemporary artists.
Upon arrival, I stood in awe for a good 10 minutes in front of the building’s west-facing wall, which features a massive 27-story work of art by the hotel’s namesake, contemporary artist Matt Adnate.
Even walking to my room became a slow, gallery-like meander to admire the myriad works on display throughout the hotel and even in the spacious rooms.
From the last blink of the evening to the first of the next day, my eyes were constantly drawn to the beautiful artworks.
But not only was the artwork out of this world, the epic views of the city were sublime.
I spent my first afternoon in my room watching the sun’s soft pinks and reds illuminate the cityscape.
I couldn’t think of what was nicer, the artwork in the room or the view.
Stays at this amazing venue will cost you anywhere from around $259 to $549 depending on the room.
Located on Hay St, right in the heart of the city, I was perfectly located to access all of my media locations for my UFC event.
Just a short walk and I was at the RAC Arena or Northbridge.
During my stay in Perth the nightlife was raging and I found myself walking the busy streets full of happy people.
After my media engagements were wrapped up each day, I would often make my way to the hotel’s Hyde Perth Kitchen and Cocktails.
The venue is adjacent to a pool which is the centerpiece of the venue and was an ideal spot for a cocktail after my busy day at work.
I loved the casual, fun vibe it had, yet it still felt like a place to eat and be undisturbed.
The food was remarkable and the flavorful drinks, curated by Tim Philips-Johansson, were delicious.
On my last day at The Adnate I closed my doors and found myself looking at the amazing paintings on the wall again – I would miss this place.
Driving back to the airport on my way back to Sydney, I looked out over the city I had come to love and wondered if I should book a return trip soon?
https://7news.com.au/travel/why-this-aussie-city-ticks-all-the-travel-boxes–c-10104247 Discover why Perth might be the best city in Australia for a holiday with quality stays, delicious food and easy access to all sights and sounds