Perth's hotel scene is set for a significant coming of age over the next few years, and already a few options are showing the way forward for accommodation in our CBD. Peppers is one such hotel.
Peppers at Kings Square
Firstly, location. Peppers is well-positioned across from Kings Square in the CBD. It is a minutes' walk to the bus port, Perth Arena, Northbridge and King St bars and eateries. Not too much further to the train station and malls. A CAT bus stop is just a few metres from the front door.
The rooms are as you would expect from a modern mid-range hotel. Spacious, modern decor, big bed with many pillows and nice views over the city. The TV is huge for a hotel and power points are plentiful.
A room at Peppers Hotel, Perth
The bathroom is spacious with a big mirror and space for all your gear. You get two shower head options - a rain head and handheld - which is pretty cool.
The only fault in our room? Drainage from the shower was clearly an afterthought. Water exits the shower area but doesn't get too far courtesy of two large catchments running the width of the bathroom. Certainly not a big enough flaw to impact your decision.
Peppers Hotel has spacious bathrooms
When you're feeling peckish, the restaurant on the ground level is worth a visit. It is cosy and comfy and offers a range of modern meals. If you're hungry you'll need to order entree and dessert as servings aren't big, but they are enough for the average diner.
I ordered the prawn and steamed bean linguine, $23, which was light and subtle, perfect for someone who had just had a huge lunch. The shaved parmesan was more chunks of parmesan, but apart from that, the meal was unflappable. I have heard the gnocchi here is a knockout dish, so perhaps give that a try.
Prawn linguine at Peppers Hotel, Perth
What I loved most about Peppers was the commitment to local produce. The bar fridge is stocked with WA owned and made drinks and food. The restaurant has the same philosophy with a small but diverse range of craft beers and wines. The spirits list is substantial and features a few WA names among the lineup. More places would do well to follow Peppers' local-first lead.
All in all, Peppers is a beautiful example of a modern mid-range central hotel, something Perth has been sorely lacking as the existing options age. The price is fair, comfort is great, and location is perfect. One to consider whatever your travel reasons are.