We originally chose this hotel due to its proximity to the train station thinking that it would be handy when we got to Perth on the Indian Pacific Train. However that train actually terminates at East Perth Station so the Central Perth station near this hotel was not relevant unless you took a connecting train from East Perth. Location-wise this place is right in the heart of the city with the main shopping mall only a few metres away and the recommended restaurant area within walking distance as well. We were on the 5th floor facing out towards the train lines but there was no traffic noise except when out on the balcony. The area around this hotel is a bit seedy (sex shops and grubby looking internet cafes). The hotel does lock the main doors at night post 9pm (or earlier as we discovered one evening when the girl on the front desk opened the door for us and said she had shut it earlier due to some undesirable types loitering outside) and card key access is the only way you can get in after this time but you also need it for the lift and your room anyway.
Price-wise this hotel is not cheap and was by far the most expensive of this holiday which included Melbourne and Sydney. The price is probably inflated like most Perth accommodation by the FIFO workers from the mines who seem to come to this city for their time off work. Generally we found eating out and food /wine purchased in Perth to be quite expensive compared to other cities in Australia.
The front of house staff were friendly and hospitable. We were particularly impressed that we had been upgraded to a superior one bedroom apartment and that we could check in and use our room at 10am in the morning. Not sure what superiror meant relative to regular though! The apartment itself was spacious and well appointed with a good range of mini bar products including a package breakfast if you did want to buy a few provisions in. There are 2 convenience stores within meters of the hotel and a Coles supermarket and attached liquor store in the mall. We didn't eat at the adjoining restaurant but the menu looked reasonable and prices OK.
The free Cat buses (3 different routes) stop just opposite the hotel and were a useful way to get around the city and also over to the restaurant area. It was good to have a washing machine and dryer available in the apartment although the balcony proved to be an excellent way to dry clothes during the warm sunny weather we experienced.
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- Also Known As:
- Medina Executive Barrack Plaza Hotel Perth
- Medina Executive Barrack Plaza Perth