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Where to stay in Perth – a neighborhood guide

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A city break in Perth ranges from high class hotels that line the Swan River to boutique joints in the inner city suburbs.  With a variety of attractions, from the white sandy beaches to the rolling hills and vineyards, there is accommodation to fit all themes, tastes and budgets.

Hugh Ong & Karen Lynn

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City center


Like many capital cities, Perth has a large numbers of skyscrapers and high rises, but its modern architecture is complemented by the many inner city public parks and the Swan River than runs through it. Perth has undergone recent revitalisation, transforming previously shabby parts of the city into chic and appealing areas.


Hotels in the city center


Catering to the many passers through, the hotels in Perth’s CBD are both contemporary and convenient. Many chain hotels are scattered about the area, with familiar names like Holiday Inn, Best Western and Mercure proving popular choices.




South of the city, Fremantle has a distinct bohemian vibe quite different to the rest of the city. Full of secluded cafés where artists visit to find inspiration, and boutique shops selling handmade souvenirs, it is a hub of creativity. Once a port, Fremantle holds historic importance, as well as being an insight into the region’s cultures.


Hotels in Fremantle


Stylish and chic are certainly accurate ways to describe Fremantle’s hotels. While many of the hotels are contemporary creations with simplistic and clean décor, others in the area take on a complementary approach, with lavish rooms inside colonial buildings.


Swan Valley


The vast open landscapes that grace the Swan Valley are divided up by regimented vines, whose rows of lush leaves look like rake marks through grass. Tall trees surround the fields and conceal secluded picnic spots. Numerous wineries allow visitors to learn the theory and practice behind wine making, as well as offering samples.


Hotels in Swan Valley


Gone are the high rises of the city and in their place are quaint and charming log cabins. Secluded in woodland, the hideaways are rustic options with homely touches. Luxury hotels and vineyard retreats are available too, with on-site pools and spas.




Despite being close to the city’s concrete center, Joondalup has its fair share of natural attractions too. Sitting on the edge of Lake Joondalup and near the shorefront, it is within easy access of both, making it a convenient base when visiting. Its local university keeps the area young and trendy.


Hotels in Joondalup


Multi storey hotels are the norm in Joondalup. The complexes are ideal for family or group stays as most have all the facilities you’ll need on-site. The streamlined hotels often have lakeside views with spacious grounds.




As an inner western suburb of Perth, Subiaco, or ‘Subi’, is a jostling area known for its prestigious shopping opportunities and fantastic places for dining out. Spend a day trawling the streets for this season’s must haves followed by an evening of sumptuous dishes prepared by experts in one of the prestigious restaurants.


Hotels in Subiaco


Luxury hotels crop up around Subiaco like nobody’s business. High rise buildings provide spacious and comfortable rooms with all the facilities you need, while the communal areas include swimming pools and classy restaurants.