Advantages Great location, clean and comfortable
Disadvantages some dangerous corners in the room and no bedside table or light on my side
Perth Travelodge, Hay StreetLOCATION:
This is a 3 star hotel in the centre of Perth with 123 rooms (some of these are inter connecting for families) within walking distance of the Swan River or the Northridge shopping area with loads of restaurants and clubs. It is on Hay Street .The reception area is small with a couple of tables and some comfortable chairs, it certainly was not luxurious but served the purpose, The staff at the desk were extremely friendly and helpful whenever we asked for advise re transport or things to do etc. The restaurant opened out from this area.RESTAURANT:
The hotel itself has its own restaurant called ‘Armada’ with a bar which was partly inside and partly outside with umbrellas. It looked quite nice. Food was on a par with European prices; fish and chips (red snapper) with fresh salad was $19 Aus, Beef rending (Indonesian curry) served with rice and Achar was $20 Aus. We did not eat in the restaurant at all so I can’t say what the food or service was like at either dinner or breakfast. The Armada Bar & Grill is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year for breakfast, lunch and dinner although it also states on the website that lunch is not available at week -ends.Breakfast was not included in our nightly tariff although looking on their website it seems there was a B&B option. They offer a package of 4 nights for $330 but as we were in a group I guess ours was less.
Other options for food and drink nearby:There was a small supermarket just a few 100metres from the hotel where you could buy water, drinks and other basics. There were a couple of small cafe type places offering sandwiches and other hot snacks as well as the Grosvenor Pub which was a typically Australia pub with tables and umbrellas outside and large areas with tables inside as well. We were told that the portions were huge and we watched someone enjoying a huge burger and chips but the price was about $20 which was not cheap. We had a beer and a Bundaberg and coke and it came to $16 and my drink was quite small – not as much as half a pint. The atmosphere was quite pleasant though.
THE ROOM:Our room had a large double bed and we had two pillows each. The bed was quite comfortable but a little on the hard side. There was quite a bit of space in the room generally and although we did not have a view from our window the whole room was quite light and airy. There was air-conditioning which was very pleasant especially at night.
There was a flat screen TV with some cable channels (sport mainly) and movies were pay per view. ‘The Commonwealth Bank one day cricket series’ was on at the WACA and that was on most of the time! Firstly South Africa V Australia then New Zealand V Australia matches. My husband is a keen cricket fan so he was thrilled, I was less enthusiastic though.
There was a kettle with tea, coffee, small milks and sugar which was topped up each day. There was also a mini bar with the usual mini bar prices. Room service was available using the menu from the restaurant plus $3 for room service.
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