We decided to spend our wedding anniversary locally by staying in Fremantle and chose the Bannister Suites. We booked a deluxe balcony suite ($280/nt + $20 for parking). We thought this was very expensive but, as others have commented, Fremantle accommodation isn't cheap! The hotel is well-located, just off Market Street. First impressions as we went to our room was the hotel was like a hospital or office building - no character whatsoever and extremely stuffy.
Our 4th floor suite was reasonably spacious with a leather couch, large flat screen TV and a basic kitchenette in the corner. The living rom had an ethernet cable wth free internet (a bonus as many Australian hotels charge extra fo internet access) but no wi-fi which was a strange oversight. The bedroom was just a bit bigger than the queen size bed. The bed itself was comfortable. The rooms were very bland, grey or beige paint, no pictures to brighten up the walls but did have a couple of fake flowers as so-called decoration. The bedoom was very stuffy and had no fan or airconditioning so we had to use the aironditioner in the living room.
The bathroom was a good size but didn't include drinking glasses or flannels. Water from the shower flowed into the rest of the bathroom - it needed a shower door.
A balcony ran the length of the room and looked out to the back of the buildings behind the hotel and across roof tops. There was a synthetic cane suite and glass-topped low table on the balcony. Poor housekeeping - the glass top had a reasonably thick layer of dust on it and obviously hadn't been cleaned even though they knew we had booked the room.
Like others who have commented on Tripadvisor, we thought the hotel was a rip-off for charging for coffee pods for the nespresso machine. Interestingly, the hotel directory say you had to pay for "additional pods" but it seems everyone's experience is you have to pay for any pods. Surely they could provide 2 or 4 per day, especially given the premium prices charged!
Our impression is that the hotel management is charging top dollar but skimping on the standard of accommodation. We wouldn't stay here again. All in all, this might be a good place for corporate travellers to stay if the company is paying the bill.
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