Accommodation options in Perth range from 5-star hotels to classy boutique hotels, and from friendly B&Bs to comfortable backpackers. The top-end CBD hotels are often heavily booked, so plan ahead. The central city is the best base from which to explore in all directions but you can find less expensive lodgings in the inner and beachside suburbs and in the nearby port city of Fremantle to the south. Fremantle still lacks a large five-star hotel but the Hougoumont Hotel offers trendy boutique digs in re-styled shipping containers and four-star accommodation at the ever-reliable Esplanade Hotel adjacent to the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour.
To the east of the city, the Crown complex in Burswood is home to Perth’s only casino, 16 restaurants, including the upmarket Bistro Guillaume and Rockpool, as well as a branch of renowned Japanese fine diner Nobu. A little further east – but still only half an hour from the CBD – is the food and wine trail-based Swan Valley, where a B&B stay will enhance the experience.
Our top picks
Pan Pacific Perth
207 Adelaide Terrace
Boasting a city centre location, this sophisticated hotel offers two restaurants and a lounge bar catering for both relaxed and fine dining experiences, a serene day spa and heated outdoor pool complemented by rooms of classic luxury.
1 St Georges Terrace
Set in the city's heart, this elegant hotel exudes sophistication and spoils with stylish rooms, a chic restaurant for high tea and interactive dining, plus a sizeable heated pool and spa surrounded by lush greenery.
Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough
148 The Espalanade, Scarborough
Boasting a spectacular rooftop terrace overlooking the glistening Indian Ocean, this beachfront resort offers light-filled rooms, most with private balconies and sea views, a stylish restaurant with open kitchen and a lagoon-style pool and spa.
Crown Promenade Perth
Great Eastern Highway, Burswood
Contemporary and within the famous Crown Casino Complex, this luxurious hotel offers entertainment overload with restaurants, bars, a nightclub and 24-hour casino. Rooms are plush and relaxation can be found in the day spa or on a sun lounge by the pool.
Mantra on Murray
305 Murray Street
Relaxed sophistication can be found at this hotel, with its collection of stylish studio suites with open-plan living and contemporary wine bar and restaurant, placed amid the fashionable King Street end of the city centre.