The Terrace Hotel opened with much anticipation last November (2012) and in good fashion it held the ultimate stylish VIP party for the social elites of Perth, the six star hotel boasts a 20 million dollar refurbishment and attracts a string of corporate high flyers who prefer the West End location of St Georges Terrace. More importantly though and rightly so is the heritage of the building, The Terrace Hotel was formerly the St Georges House and constructed at around 1892. Thank you to Lord Alistair McAlpine (whom is also behind the Cable Beach Club in Broome), the building was saved from demolition, it is now safely heritage listed on the state register and will remain a reminder of West Australia’s past.
Restored heritage building – The Terrace Hotel charms all patrons that enter through its doors
The heritage aspect is central to this establishment and as you pass through the restaurant entrance, it is a charming sight of a beautifully restored building that resembles a 1920’s era. Inside is a collection of bold art deco works hanging above the original fireplaces, the furnishings are a mix of dark rich colours and wood including a stunning grand Jarrah staircase. The chandeliers highlight the intricate architraves and sleek chesterfield looking booths.
To say the least we were very impressed with the decor of the restaurant and I can only imagine the furnishings of the fifteen suites upstairs.
Inside the dining room reveals a 1920’s inspired décor
Inside the dining room, it is elegant and classic
It was a warm Saturday morning, the day of our friends wedding and we had a guest checking out of our apartment very early. We took the opportunity to have some breakfast nearby prior to cleaning the apartment (7:30 am to be precise). We also held a secret agenda to try out the breakfast menu, as we like to recommend places for our guests to go to when they holiday in the apartment.
It was a little cool in the front garden terrace so we chose a table by the window inside, it was nice and quiet with only a handful of guests around. The prior evening would have been a different atmosphere as ‘Friday night drinks’ in the CBD is the traditional culture and The Terrace Hotel no doubt would have been alive and bustling.
The clever front bar services the garden terrace as well as the dining room
The rather attentive waitress took our coffee order first before returning to take our breakfast choices. The breakfast menu is basic and has all of the usual suspects, notably it also has Mee Goreng which was good to see, something my Malaysian friends will appreciate.
The Full English Breakfast was served with two poached eggs (DD requested poached, the menu offers scrambled as well) on toasted bread, bacon, sausages, mushrooms, a hash brown and tomato. It was good to see that everything on the plate was cooked just enough and not overdone.
Full English Breakfast ($22.00)
At $13.00 I considered the flat pan pancakes to be value for money in our city of Perth, they were very filling and indulgent with a generous serving of maple syrup.
Pancakes, banana and maple syrup ($13.00)
The view from our dining table at 8:00 am on a Saturday morning
The Hotel reception entrance is separate from the restaurant and bar entrance.
In addition to breakfast, the restaurant and bar serve lunch, dinner, drinks with a bar menu, afternoon high tea and a special Sunday lunch. There is a wine vault, sommelier’s tasting room and private function room ideal for corporate meetings (the hotel also have video/teleconferencing facilities, as an EA this is handy to know!). The chef behind the restaurant is Shannon Wilson who has also served Sir Richard Branson on Necker Island.
Limited parking during the week, over the weekend there is a strong chance that you can secure street parking nearby. The weekend is the perfect time to head into the CBD.
Smart dress code
Hours for Breakfast
Monday to Friday – 6:30 am – 11:00 am
Saturday & Sunday – 7:30 am – 11:30 am
To book a room visit the website
237 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000