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Though the focus is on creating more luxury or large-scale bases, there are lots of boutique Perth hotels and more affordable contenders, too – plus various options on the fringes of the town or down by the beach in Fremantle.
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Easily the biggest clump of Perth’s hotels is found in its West End or Central Business District (CBD) – roughly inside the rectangle of Milligan Street, Wellington Street, St Mary’s Cathedral and St Georges Terrace. Stay here to be among ritzy shopping streets, cool cafes, and cultural institutes like Perth Concert Hall, and close to the Swan River.
Many of these are in converted heritage buildings or horse stables. Five-star COMO The Treasury is the headline maker – second best hotel of the year in Conde Nast Traveller magazine’s Reader’s Choice Awards 2016 – and located amid 140-year-old ex-government buildings within the revamped Cathedral Square.
Just beyond the CBD is Northbridge, a vibrant suburb of galleries, bars and restaurants. There is a range of artsy boutiques here.
West Perth also contains upscale and mid-range hotels – the majority in glittering new-builds or converted office buildings. There’s good shopping here, too, plus proximity to beautifully-landscaped and riverside Kings Park, which is the world’s largest inner-city green space.
Across the Swan River’s Causeway bridge is the residential district of Burswood and, just to the north, Crown Towers – a large casino and entertainment complex sitting on the banks of the Swan River and overlooking the city skyline. This 500-room, six-star complex is more like Perth’s sole resort than a hotel, featuring an eye-catching multi-level pool, a spa and various big-name restaurants.
Leisure travellers seeking to spend much of their Perth hotel-stay horizontal could also consider Fremantle, a nearby seaside suburb-city at the Swan River mouth. Bases along the esplanade are as little as five minutes from Bathers Beach and 30 minutes by train from central Perth. You’re also in pole position for ferries to Rottnest Island, a car-free, 63-beach isle and nature reserve home to adorable, wallaby-like quokkas.
Both in that central rectangle and the area just east, simply called East Perth, await some of Perth’s cheapest residences. Budget inns tend to be found close to McIver railway station, while some of Perth’s low-cost chain hotels line Adelaide Terrace, not far from the Swan River.
There are also hostels in Northbridge, with Perth an increasingly popular stop on the backpackers’ trail.
Looking to visit Perth? Make sure to check out our Tips and Advice first
If you’re travelling in summer (December-February), book well in advance for the cheapest rates – especially for Christmas travel. Otherwise, prices will be much lower in winter, when the daytime temperatures – usually 15-20C (59-68F) are cold by Perth standards, but perfectly viable for British travellers. This is also a time when cheap Perth deals are prevalent.