Luxury hotel brand The Ritz-Carlton opened its 100th hotel on Friday as part of the Cottee Parker-designed “The Towers” mixed-use project in Perth.
The brand’s Perth debut marks The Ritz-Carlton’s return to the country after nearly two decades, opening 205 suites overlooking the city’s beautiful Swan River and Kings Park.
Architecture firm Cottee Parker and developer Far East Consortium spent seven years working on the $1.4 billion mixed-use hub, which is set to transform Perth’s Elizabeth Quay precinct.
At the heart of the transformation is “The Towers” a 379-apartment mixed-use precinct which sold out earlier this year.
Cottee Parker principal Dan Potts said that “The Towers” and The Ritz Carlton are the latest project to add to the Perth CBD rejuvenation after the downturn.
“The two [residential] towers have filled the Quay with locals, and soon the quayside promenade restaurants will draw local visitors to a wide array of dining options,” Potts said.
“A hotel is an important part of this 24hr activation, and a strong international brand such as The Ritz Carlton is instrumental in elevating Perth on the world map.”
From the outset, the architecture focused on the area’s first people, the Wadjuk people of the Noongar nation.
“The bend of the river was the location of their home fire, and so the place they identified as home,” Potts said.
“Elizabeth Quay has re-established that connection, and along with the Citylink project, which our firm was also involved with, reinstates the north-south axis of the city.”
The state government will use Elizabeth Quay to create a new welcome to the city, transforming underutilised park into a vibrant mix of commercial, hospitality, and residential uses.
Visitors to The Ritz Carlton will be met with a uniquely Australian hotel offering, and a specifically-West Australian hotel that lives up to their expectation of a desert continent but also educates them in the many faces of Australia and the Perth locale.
“We are very excited to bring the legendary service and exceptional luxury of The Ritz-Carlton brand back to Australia,” The Ritz-Carlton global brand leader Lisa Holladay said.
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