The Duxton in Perth City is one of the most famous hotels in Western Australia. Famed for their High Tea and glorious river views, they have long been the luxury hotel of choice for those staying in the most isolated city in the world. The lobby area is glamorous, with a large ostentatious chandelier taking centre stage. The staff are friendly and happily give us the free WiFi codes before taking us to our room.
We stayed in a Club King River View room, which was of ample size and had an impressive view of the Swan River. With the Club Rooms you have your own private lift, as well as access to the Club Lounge, which provides guests with complimentary cocktails and canapes in the evenings, and a complimentary light breakfast breakfast in the mornings. The large marble bathroom had a huge bathtub as well as a separate shower, and plenty of amenities including razors and toothbrushes.
The facilities of the hotel is where it all goes downhill. Dated and in dire need of a refurbishment, the sauna does not work, and nor does the steam room. The swimming pool is small and overcrowded, and there’s an odd smell coming from the hot tub. The gym equipment needs replacing, and it feels very much ‘3 star airport motel’ rather than the ‘5 star luxe’ it claims to be.
Despite the facilities being in a terrible state, the beds were very comfortable and the pillows made my head feel as though it was resting on clouds. However, is a comfortable bed and a river view really worth the $400 per night price tag we paid? In short, no.
Club King River View room at the Duxton hotel starts from £209 per night.