In December 2016, the Crown Towers Perth 6-star luxury hotel opened its doors to the public. With an investment from Crown for almost USD 500 million, it is a jewel on the Western Coast of Australia and to date the most expensive hotel development in Perth, a city that is currently gearing up for tourists as the 2013 fallout from the mining boom decreased business travels.
Although Perth is not the typical drop bear area, one needs to be cautious of the potentially, dangerous and hairy Koala-like animals that plumed out of tree tops to flatten unsuspecting tourists. Most attacks that were reported were declared accidental, but it is probably not a good thing if an animal the size of a large dog drops on one’s head from a height up to eight meters. Accidental or not.So, what better precaution to take than to stay indoors and enjoy the safety of a truly luxurious place like the Crown Towers Perth?The 500-room hotel with panoramic views of the city across the Swan River, the 9,800 square meters of resort lagoon-style pool – the largest in Western Australia – and a building full of design, art and entertainment is discreet and elegant. The entertainment resort offers 24-hour fitness, 35 restaurants in walking (hiking) distance, a nightclub, a 24-hour casino, 1,300 square meters of spa with 13 treatment rooms, large meeting and convention facilities, and much more.
The 23 floors of the hotel are all about details. Just looking at the seven meter high ceiling of the lobby. Actually a dangerous height for potential drop bear attacks, but since there are no trees, only chandeliers, it should be fairly safe.
The chandelier designed by architects South African architect Adam Hoets and Bates Smart from Melbourne weighs three tons and is made out of 20,000 meters of ballchains. Behind the reception desk Western Australian artist Ian Dowling’s sculpture made of 8,000 individual ceramic pieces is mounted on the wall to give a topographical view of the Swan River. Contemplating the art piece could lead to possible escape routes from the drop bear threat.
The large pool uses about 1.8 million liters of water. The body of water and the private cabanas were designed by HASSELL Landscaping who took inspiration from the glamour of Manhattan and Palm Springs incorporating water slides, day beds as well as massage treatments at the poolside.The hotel has more than 187 custom designs designs including carpets, lighting features and artworks throughout the property. Whether the guests are in The lavish Crystal Club on the 15th floor with its outdoor terrace, in the VIP gaming salon or the calming atmosphere of the spa’s acqua-hued treatments rooms with La Prairie products, the elegant style with neutral tones, textured textiles, and shiny warm stones is throughout apparent.Both the Crystal Club and the spa were designed by Sydney designer Blainey North and can definitely be declared drop bear free zones.
The Chairman’s Villa was recently shortlisted for the Best Hotel Suite – Global and for Asia Pacific by The International Hotel & Property Awards 2017.
This doesn’t come as a complete surprise. Singapore based interior architect Michael Fiebrich and his team outdid themselves with the spacious rooms of the villa and all the other rooms, incorporating latest technology, chaises longues, oversized desks etc.. The bathrooms also follow along the same design lines with marble tiles, opulent fixtures and fittings in different hues of chrome.There restrained luxury is underlined by premium range Loure tapware and Parliament Back to Wall Toilet suite.
A stay at the Crown Towers Perth is probably the safest bet not to be attacked by drop bears. Firstly, the guests are so busy exploring the extravagant property that they hardly ever stay still. Secondly, the drop bears won’t find good places to hide and prefer to stay outside. Thirdly, if the visitors are still afraid, there are enough forks at the hotel that could be stuck in one’s hair to successfully fend off a drop bear incident.Perth is said to be the isolated capital city of Western Australia, but it is morphing into an artsy, design and culture center where old buildings are restored, small bars and restaurants are popping up and vibrant street life is part of the charm. The city sees about nine million visitors per year of which 200,000 are new. The Crown Towers hotel hopes to attract around 79,000 overseas travelers in 2017.