I try to stay as close to the centre of Busselton as possible when I am on business so I do prefer to stay here as long as the price is right - which needs to be $120 for 1 night or less.
Busselton is expensive to stay at and I prefer the Ibis or others but then they ask around $150 for a night. That is an ok rate for a Perth hotel, but for country in low season...
The biggest issue with this hotel is no free wifi. A lot of country motels / hotels are now offering free wifi so others need to lift their game.
The hotel overall is good. Comfortable with plenty of room and I am glad that they have added a TV downstairs as well as in the bedroom.
Couple of things for improvement :
(a) The aircon is upstairs so it basically has little effect on downstairs which can get very, very cold.
(b) The walls are very thin - I had a family staying next door and I was "entertained" by the children late at night.
(c) The bathroom is tiny - ok for a 1 night stay but it is smaller than some cruise ship bathrooms I have encountered.
(d) Wifi...need free wifi please
The good :
(a) The food for dinner in the restaurant is typical pub food and well priced. Although note that they do not offer breakfast...
(b) Location - hard to beat. To the right of the hotel is the main strip of Busselton (walking distance). Direct right is an HJ and McDonalds. Opposite is a Dominoes and a Thai takeaway and to the left is a KFC and Red Rooster. Just convenience here but if you are in a rush to get something it is right on your doorstep.
(c) Rooms - they are large (except the bathroom). There is a microwave and utensils in the kitchen which are handy as well.
I have stayed here several times and will continue to do so as long as I can get a rate at $120 or less for one night. Over that and it becomes somewhat more attractive to look at Ibis (although being a bit further out - much nicer rooms and each room has a spa).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal Palms Resort is part of the Ship Inn, one of Busselton's oldest pubs, dating back to the early 1840's. Our rooms are perfect for short or long stays with spacious apartments complete with the luxury of fully contained kitchens and balconies. All are conveniently located close proximity to the hotel's pool, with easy access to all of the hotels facilities, such as our family friendly bistro, Public Bar, Restaurant Beer Garden, and Lounge Bar. Situated in Busselton, known as the gateway to the Margaret River Wine region, guests are a short walk away from a host of activities such as the towns shopping precinct and local movie theatre. ... more less
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