Medina Grand, Perth $$$$
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Perth's apartment-style Medina Grand is a welcome departure from the sob-inducing sameness of most big city hotels: 138 chic, high-ceilinged suites and studio apartments with private laundry facilities and well-equipped kitchens that, thanks to the Medina's Metro Bar and Bistro, you can happily ignore. Rooms are all clean lines and funky details, like cowhide-covered armchairs and faux-leopard stools. Aerial images of the harsh Australian landscape provide a beautiful counterpoint to the corrugated contours of the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre next door. Getting to the small pool, gym, and sauna involves braving the lobby, but if that doesn't bother you, plunge in.2005 Hot List
When to go: Avoid December through February, when Perth's height-of-summer heat can be overwhelming.
Which room to book: Fifth-floor suites facing the Convention Centre are quieter than city-facing rooms
Amenities: Bar/lounge, Gym, Pool, Wheelchair-accessibleSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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