Stayed for 8 nights at the 1 bedroom apartment with a river view of this lovely property in East Perth and as a warning, this is more of a partially-serviced apartment than a hotel, which some probably find to be a deal breaker. What we loved most about this property was its location. Sure it's not CBD or Burswood, but we love the residential feel of East Perth. A supermarket is just across the street and there are tonnes of ethnic restaurants scattered within a walking distance of the hotel. A 5 minute gorgeous walk along the Claisebrook Cove will also take you to Victoria Gardens and the Swan River. The Sebel is on the Yellow CAT line which will take you to Perth CBD for free. As we were renting a car, we also find the Sebel very convenient because it is just a two minute traffic-free drive to a highway which makes driving to the different parts of Perth feels quick.
Our one bedroom was ultra minimalist with virtually no character whatsoever. Amenities were basic and the bed was average at best. Since we had a two year old with us, the full kitchen, the washer and dryer truly saved our lives. Housekeeping was not daily but rather on "a third day basis", which turned out to be the fourth day after we had spent our third night. The apartment was very spacious which was wonderful for our little one to run around. There is no room service at the hotel and there is no bellman to help with the suitcases. But despite that, we received help with our suitcases from the front desk staff on our check-in day and was deposited in our room pronto. Real classy!
We brought a car with us to the hotel and it turned out that there was no parking inside the building, but rather, we have to use the public car park near the hotel or the street parking located all around the area. This initially bothered me, but if you really study the different parking signs around the area, you can really save some money. Taking advantage of the free street parking after 6pm, and the fact that we were hardly in the hotel during the day, we did not pay for parking on most nights saving us mucho dinero.
I have a few gripes about the property though. First and foremost, are the towels. They were mostly stained and they looked disgusting. Please, for the love of Gandhi, change them. Second, despite the fact that housekeeping was only on the fourth day, they were sloppy at best. Our bathtub were never cleaned during our 8 night stay (we purposely left strands of hair) and many parts of the apartment were covered in dusts. Our third gripe has to do with the prepaid breakfast when we made our reservation. During our reservation, we paid A$20 per person for breakfast and upon check-in, we received a A$40 voucher (2 adults) to be used at a restaurant down the street called Kinky Lizard. This one I found slightly demeaning because usually, the idea of prepaying for something is so that we can get something of better value (e.g a buffet breakfast). Instead, by prepaying, we were stuck with vouchers of the same amount as we have paid to be used at the same restaurant morning after morning. Fortunately Kinky Lizard was a nice place to have breakfast with friendly staff and great food. But still, NEVER PREPAY YOUR BREAKFAST AT THIS PROPERTY!!!
The reason we gave this property four dots was that looking at the competitors available in the city and the prices they were charging, I don't think I will stay anywhere else. For the price, I get a spacious and comfortable place to stay in a charming and quiet area with great access, transportation wise, to the city and the surrounding area. Members of the front desk were wonderful and they really do their best to make you feel at home which was a definite plus.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sebel East Perth is a 4.5-star waterfront hotel located just minutes from Perth's vibrant city centre offering self-contained studio, one and two bedroom apartments. Enjoy views overlooking Claisebrook Cove and the Swan River plus free Wi-Fi Internet Access throughout the hotel and all apartments.Recreation facilities include heated swimming pool, complimentary BBQ facilities, well-equipped gymnasium and bike hire. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sebel Residence East Perth Hotel Perth