Come for the mural, stay for the food at this arty establishment in the WA capital.
Bright, poignant and 25 stories high, three striking faces gaze out over the city from the side of a building on Hay Street. The Noongar man, Indian girl and Mediterranean woman are street artist Matt Adnate's take on the past, present and future of Perth's cultural melting pot. The stunning spraypainted mega-mural is the star attraction at this Art Series Hotel, one of seven accommodations themed after Australian artists in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
The Adnate is located at the western end of the CBD adjacent to the King Street shopping hub. Another 50-metre mural - with tender depictions of three more expressive faces - curves around the laneway outside.
The interior design is by Carlie Milosevic and two more original Matt Adnate canvasses welcome guests into the lobby of the 250-room hotel, while 650 giclee (a type of inkjet printing) reproductions of his most-recognised works adorn the rooms and hallways. Standard for the Accor group's Art Series Hotels, a complimentary art tour, an in-room art channel and an art library are all available for appreciators who want to delve deeper. On the first floor, in a bright, airy, semi-outdoor space, Hyde Perth Kitchen + Cocktails sits alongside a small swimming pool - a dip for the kids, a drink for the parents. The Adnate also has a well-equipped fitness centre.
Particularly comfortable and extremely spacious - at 25 or 38 square metres in area - The Adnate offers six modular-design room options plus an interconnecting two-bedroom suite (50 square metres), all with king beds (or doubles for the twin rooms). Two of the giclee prints sit above the beds and the bed runner is also Adnate-inspired, which is a clever touch. Other features include double glazing, a blackout curtain, a business desk and special facilities for hearing-impaired guests.
Hyde Perth Kitchen + Cocktails is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is well patronised at each. I sample all three and am impressed and sated, especially at dinner. The menu reads like a case for secession, featuring as it does, Albany oysters, Manjimup marron, Abrolhos Island queen scallops, Shark Bay lobster and Jurien Bay snapper. If Western Australia ever does break away from the Eastern States, as they refer to the other two-thirds of the country, they won't be needing to import seafood. The scallops, served with kimchi verde and chorizo, were spectacular. The bar deserves a mention, too, with the mixologist going out of his way to create a bespoke pink tipple for my gin-curious wife.
This a central and convenient spot from which to explore. It's a five-minute walk to the Perth Underground railway station, 10 minutes to Elizabeth Quay on the Swan River and 15 minutes to Kings Park, overlooking the city. If you'd rather not walk, The Adnate has bikes for hire and/or Perth's excellent free Central Area Transit buses are a hop-on, hop-off alternative. For those seeking a retail rush, the aforementioned King Street features Tiffany, Chanel and Louis Vuitton, while more shopping options abound in the nearby laneways. Strewn with fairy lights, the eclectic, pedestrians-only dining hub of Shafto Lane and the recently-renovated Edwardian masterpiece His Majesty's Theatre are just metres away.
The mural obviously, and the rest of the art, but The Adnate has a convivial vibe, too.
Where: The Adnate, 900 Hay Street, Perth, WA
How much: From $239 per night per room
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The writer was a guest of The Adnate Perth - Art Series.