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The Parmelia Hilton turns 50

January 5, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

We are back as an item, the Parmelia Hilton and me.  No casual affair.  We have gone from mining boom to bloom and back again playing it out in a Western Australia of riches and good fortune.

The centrally-located Perth-CBD Parmelia Hilton is turning 50 – a major milestone for the city’s first five-star hotel and hosted functions venue.  And like many an enduring star, the 284-room hotel, 30-minutes from the airport, has retained its appeal with regular face lifts and upgrades. Renovations are again on the cards. They begin shortly for the legendary ground floor Adelphi Grill; perfect for dining solo, romantic couples or work-eat-network functions for 20 in the private Reserve room.

And while the decor may change, the Adelphi’s incredibly warm service sets standards other eateries can only wish for. This time it is Dutch-born and top-knotted Ockie who takes centre stage. He recommends great local and Barossa wines to match each dish and works hard to make your evening special. Riding wing is Kira, smiling and attentive, who guides you through your menu as though she prepared your meal personally.  This delightful hostess seems part-owner, part-patron, and all new friend. The service at the Adelphi is terrific.

The menu is a meld of East and West with the best of meats, ocean-fresh seafood and locally grown produce. This includes the hotel’s famed Asian greens steamed to perfection and served in a lightly spiced soy dressing, sesame, and garnished with crisp-dried shallots.  A creation of joy from Chef Antonius. For mine, enjoyed deliciously with a tapas of succulent chicken drummets, melt-in-the-mouth salt and pepper squid, and tender Cajun beef strips washed down with a glass or two of Tasmanian vigneron Peter Caldwell’s Dalrymple Pinot Noir.

Fully functional for the short-term visitor, although no executive floors, the Parmelia Hilton avoids the big city trappings of imposing Porte Cochere preferring a tight yet tidy entrance.  Your gain is a convenient easy walk to major retail, eateries, wine bars and transport at the door.  Key sports and arts facilities are handy as well as the nearby Convention & Exhibitions Centre.  Just as accessible are most of the major banks along with national accounting and legal firms, corporates and key government offices. A short walk finds you at the ferry terminal for a magical tour of the Swan River and café society delights of South Perth.

For business types and couples making the long haul from the East the magic begins at check in, which is efficient and speedy.  At valet parking, the doorman remembers your name.  Rooms and suites include wall to wall power points enabling you to do what you want when you want, technology initiatives like USB ports bedded into the wall, cable and TV, comfortable beds with a choice of five different pillow types to promote a great sleep:  the ‘Silent Night’ being just that, while ‘Sweet Dreams’ proving a tough act to follow.  The bathrooms are all fluffy towels, robes, marble, luxury and clean.

The hotel’s meetings and events are hosted from nine meeting and banquet rooms that can cater for groups of 5 to 400 all supported with around-the-clock service, a business centre that includes private meeting spaces and a fitness gym. The outdoor swimming pool is an oasis of quiet with service at your fingertips.

What better excuse to visit the West than a stay at The Parmelia Hilton. An enduring affair.

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