Como Hotels and Resorts is on track to open its first Australian property, COMO The Treasury, Perth, in just six weeks time.
The ultra-luxury property’s general manager, Anneke Brown, was in Sydney yesterday to launch the new COMO, along with Elliott Miller, COMO Hotels and Resorts director of sales and marketing, Australia.
Ideally located within a heritage building on Perth’s Cathedral Avenue as part of the new Cathedral Square Development artisanal precinct, Como The Treasury will provide access to the WA state capital and business hub, as well as Margaret River and the wider region of the state. It’s due to open on 15 October 2015.
The presence of a COMO in Perth is an asset for Western Australia. COMO Hotels and Resorts runs a select group of privately owned and operated island resorts, city hotels and luxury adventure retreats in major cities and dreamily exotic and upscale locales. Locations range from London to Bhutan, from Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos Islands to Maalifushi in the Maldives.
COMO The Treasury, Perth will be the company’s fifth city property (others are located in London, Bangkok and Miami).
The hotel occupies a group of late Victorian stone and brick buildings – known locally as the ‘State Buildings’ – which have featured in the city’s history for the past 140 years, serving variously as a post office, land titles office, and treasury.
The name COMO, as it happens, has nothing to do with Lake Como in Italy. The name derives from the initials of the group’s founder and owner, high-profile businesswoman Christina Ong and her daughter Melissa Ong. As well as being one of the world’s wealthiest women, Christina Ong (known just as “Mrs Ong” to associates) is the wife of noted Singaporean billionaire hotelier Ong Beng Seng. Melissa Ong is their daughter.
COMO The Treasury, Perth occupies three historic buildings, now interconnected, featuring 48 rooms and suites. Rooms are large, averaging 55 square metres for City Rooms and Heritage Balcony Rooms, 60 square meters for Heritage Rooms and 75 square metres for Treasury Rooms.
The 10 Heritage Balcony Rooms face east and feature French doors leading to either ‘Juliet’ or walk-out balconies overlooking Cathedral Square. Two of these rooms have fireplaces.
COMO properties around the world include: The Halkin by COMO, London;
Metropolitan by COMO, Bangkok; Metropolitan by COMO, London; Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach; Uma by COMO, Ubud, Indonesia; Uma by COMO, Paro & Punakha, Bhutan; Cocoa Island by COMO, Maldives; Parrot Cay by COMO, Turks & Caicos; COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali
Written by Peter Needham