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The pool in the third-floor annex at Como The Treasury, Perth.


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Como The Treasury in pictures

Perth, it should be noted, is home to more than one Como hotel. The first, named after a suburb south of the city centre and called The Como, is a neighbourhood hotel in the Australian sense of the word. People go there to drink and dine, but not to stay. It's also the place an unwitting traveller - a photographer in town to shoot a magazine feature, for instance - and a confused cab driver might find themselves after an innocent mix-up.

They were looking for Como The Treasury, the city's newest hotel in its oldest quarter, and there's nothing quite like it - in Perth, or anywhere else. It's the first Australian property from the Singapore-based Como Hotels and Resorts group and the star tenant of the fledging State Buildings precinct in the CBD.

At its heart are three grand old red-brick and stone buildings. Built in 1875, they've housed various public offices over the years, most notably the Lands, Titles and Treasury departments, as well as the general post office. They were vacated in 1996, when the government shifted offices to suburban hubs. They'd still be empty were it not for the tenacity of property developer Adrian Fini.

Read our full length feature on Como The Treasury here.

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