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Perth is a long way from anywhere else - a six hour flight from Sydney and about eight hours from Kuala Lumpur or Jakarta. But it uses its isolation to its advantage - it's so far from anywhere else that it has to have EVERYTHING. Everything drenched in sunshine and pressed up against the horizon nudging beaches it's known for. Visitors to Perth will benefit from having access to a car for at least some of their visit, but some of the best places to stay in Perth are an easy walk from many of the main attractions, and a short bus ride from the beach. Or vice versa, if you're prioritising the beach.
At the top of Perth's list of charms are its colonial architecture, vibrant arts scene and its cuisine - built on fertile ground beside the Swan River, between the Darling Ranges and the seafood-abundant Indian Ocean, Perth's bountiful fresh food markets have fuelled a thriving foodie culture, assisted by the wines of Margaret River, just a short drive south. Some of the best food markets can be found in Subiaco and Fremantle - which also has an excellent weekend market.
Though of course that fails to mention Perth's physical charms, the spectacular Kings Park in the centre of town, with its views over the city, old and new and the Swan River, and that 80km stretch of sand with its magical sunsets.
Perth is a relatively safe city for visitors and both the parks and the beaches are charming places for strolling at dusk or in the evening.
When it comes to the beaches Cottesloe has some surfing and the charming old tea house, Scarborough is long and white and calm, Swanbourne has the naturist portion, and Brighton and Trigg are favourites with the locals.
Beyond the beaches are the National Parks and all the hiking, biking and horse riding you can do in them, and the drama of the Pinnacles, strange rocks like free range stalagmites growing right out of the desert.
Take a day trip down to Monkey Mia to meet the local dolphins, or head over to Rottnest Island to meet the curious quokkas, endemic tiny wallabies.
But you don't need to go out of town to meet the local fauna, Perth has a good zoo and aquarium.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Perth vary from sleek, luxury pads to a charming townhouse set in the old city centre.
For period charm
- Perth is full of charming old colonial buildings, of which The Terrace Hotel is a great example. There are just 15 rooms, decorated with a mix of old and new, right in the heart of Perth's old city, just below Kings Park.
- The Richardson Hotel & Spa in West Perth is a spacious and elegant hotel with a glamorous spa and lush gardens - though you're also just a short stroll from Kings Park and the Botanical Gardens.
- If you're looking for large, sleek, luxurious and facilities-rich, the Hyatt Regency Perth is a good choice. As well as tennis and squash courts there's a gorgeous outdoor pool and five restaurants.
- The Adina Apartment Hotel is a collection of apartments, some which you're able to open onto each other, with great modern facilities in an unbeatable location, just below Kings Park. The onsite gym and pool help make this a perfect spot for families or groups.
- The Metropol Perth, with its resort style facilities, is an easy option for families. The views, from modern, comfortable rooms, are amazing and there are plenty of the in-house comforts you'd expect from a large, resort-style hotel.
Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Perth, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Alternatively widen your search and check out all our recommendations in Western Australia.
Best Hotels in Perth
Adina Apartment Hotel 138 rooms from $136Perth
Self-cater in style with these apartment suites kitted out in the best modern amenities including kitchen and laundry facilities. Adjoining suites available for groups and families, as well as a gym and swimming pool.Sights nearby - Ten minute walk to Barrack Street Ferry Terminal for trips to Freemantle and RottnestSwimming Pool - Outdoor, with BBQ facilities
Hyatt Regency Perth 367 rooms from $142Perth
Smart, sleek and sophisticated in a superb location by the Swan River, this luxury hotel has top-notch amenities including tennis and squash courts, a spectacular outdoor pool and five restaurants.Sights nearby - Located by the Swan River, close to the East Perth shopping district and WACA OvalSwimming Pool - Outdoor
Alex Hotel 74 rooms from $163Perth
Brought to you by Australia’s Little Creatures Brewery, Alex Hotel is undeniably cool. Rooms are contemporary and functional yet it's the common areas that make it. A chic lounge and rooftop give space for socialising the restaurant hits the mark on every level.Local exploring - Located amidst some of Perth's best eateries, bars and galleries.Great walks - Take sunset strolls along Cottesloe Beach.Surfing - Suitable beaches nearby.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
The Terrace Hotel 15 rooms from $178Perth
Set in Perth's old city, and only minutes away from the new CBD, the fifteen rooms are decorated with attention to contemporary and classical detail. A brilliant mix of the old and new, suitable for families, business and pleasure.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.
Metropol Perth 405 rooms from $184Perth
With magnificent views over the River Swan, this hotel offers luxe rooms with spa baths. Contemporary and minimalist decor inside makes for a clean and stylish finish.SpaSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorSights nearby - Well located for major sights.
The Richardson Hotel & Spa 74 rooms from $365Perth
Original Australian artwork adorns the walls of this luxury spacious and elegant hotel. Within walking distance from the King's Park and Botanical gardens. Relax and be pampered in an oasis in the city, the Spa. Family friendly, with an outdoor pool and garden.Sights nearby - Within easy walking distance of the Swan River, Kings Park, Perth Zoo and CBDSpaSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - Tablet
Como The Treasury 48 rooms from $396Perth
One time government building, turned luxury downtown hotel, with a grand colonial feel. Spacious, elegant bedrooms and suites feature luxurious bathrooms and views of the river. Two fine dining restaurants and a smart cocktail bar. The hotel also boasts a large spa and swimming pool with city views.City Style - Smack bang in the centre of Perth, with lush interiors, classic style and phenomanal rooftop restaurant overlooking the Swan.Total relaxation - Unwind in style with spoiling bathrooms, pampering treatments in the Shambhala spa and cocktails and canapes at the bar.Sights nearby - The hotel is on Perth’s Cathedral Square, hop across the road to check out this famed sight.Great walks - Take your pick from the lovely Kings Park or the Botanic Garden.Recommended by - Small Luxury Hotels, Tablet