First look at Accor’s new Wonil Hotel Perth

The Wonil Hotel Perth was the first Handwritten Collection property in Australia.

Wonil Hotel Perth will debut Accor’s new Handwritten Collection brand in Australia when it opens at the Forrest Hall Precinct in early February.

Adjacent to The University of Western Australia, Wonil Hotel will offer 66 short-stay accommodation rooms and a premium dining offering with panoramic views of the Swan River.

Through a unique operating model, net revenue from the hotel will be reinvested back into the Forrest Research Foundation (FRF) to support current and prospective scholars and fellows and sustain FRF into the future.


The hotel completes the development of the Forrest Hall Precinct, which also includes 52 rooms for scholars and fellows, and office space for the Minderoo Foundation, one of Australasia’s largest philanthropies established in 2014 following a donation from Andrew and Nicola Forrest.

“Accor will support the Forrest Research Foundation’s mission to build Western Australia as an international research destination,” said Professor James Arvanitakis, director of the Forrest Research Foundation.

“In addition to Wonil Hotel being an ideal accommodation location for visiting academics and others staying in Perth, guests will know the profits from their stay flow directly into FRF to fund more scholarships – something that will have long-lasting benefits to the research eco-system in WA.”


Accor Pacific CEO Sarah Derry said Accor was pleased to partner with the University of Western Australia to provide financial support for the Forrest Research Foundation.

“We will give our guests an extraordinary experience, providing accommodation and dining options, while helping to sustain the important work of the FRF,” she said.

“Handwritten Collection is a curated selection of hotels that exhibit charming and one-of-a-kind concepts; they are hotels sought out by travellers who appreciate heart-warming travel experiences and cherish the unique personality of a hotel.

“Wonil Hotel is the first Handwritten Collection hotel to open in Australia and is tailored to guests who wish to be located near the campus and surrounding areas, and value high standards in style, amenities and design.”