Friday, 30 September 2016

Fraser Suites, Perth - a review.

Fraser Suites Perth
Check out the kangaroos in the foreground!
David says I am an easy wife to please - 'give me a five-star hotel and I am happy anywhere!' Personally, I think that's a bit harsh, although I do confess to being partial to a comfortable bed, crisp sheets, fluffy towels, and a nice, modern bathroom - add in a flat screen TV, complimentary wifi (I am a blogger after all) and a separate living room, and I am in seventh heaven. At Fraser Suites Perth, we had all that and then some. Our particular suite had the ultimate of all active traveller extravagances - a washing machine and dryer!



Serviced Apartment Hotels   

If you have never stayed in a luxury serviced apartment, you don't know what you are missing. You get all the facilities of your own apartment with the service of a hotel. It is the best of both worlds. There is no making your bed or tidying up the bathroom in the mornings - just like a hotel, that is done for you. If you feel like a night in, the kitchenette is perfect for simple meals. If not, there's a restaurant downstairs, or chef-prepared meals delivered to your door. If you need advice on local activities, there's help available at the hotel desk, but if you want to be alone. press the 'do not disturb' button and live in your own private world for a while.

Fraser Suites, Perth - bedroom
Give me a comfortable bed, crisp sheets and fluffy towels and I'm happy! - image courtesy of Fraser Suites Perth

Our Apartment 

During our recent stay at Fraser Suites Perth, David and I stayed in a One Bedroom Executive Suite. It had a modern kitchenette with refrigerator, convection microwave, electric cooktops and dishwasher. The kitchenette was great in the mornings for making a quick breakfast and putting together sandwiches for lunch. Anyone who has followed our blog for a while will know that we are avid leisure cyclists for whom 'taking our own lunch' is one of our 'six essential rules of holiday cycling.'

Fraser Suites, Perth - kitchen
The kitchenette is great for simple meals. - image courtesy of Fraser Suites Perth

With total floorspace of  55 sq m (592 sq ft), we had room to relax in the evenings after a hard day's sightseeing. I am an early riser and David is definitely not, so the separate living and bedroom areas let me sneak out of bed early to work on our travel blog.

Did I mention the washing machine and dryer! I read a blog post recently by a traveller who listed hints for stretching out his clothes between washes. Some of the advice was positively unhygienic - did you know you can put your jeans in the freezer overnight instead of washing them - and I can't bring myself to tell what he did with his underwear. It may work for some (guys mainly, I imagine), but I'm flat out wearing a blouse for a single day without washing it.  I fantasise about having my own washing machine and dryer to deal with all the sweaty cycling gear on holidays.

Fraser Suites, Perth - living room
The separate living room made a nice spot to work and watch the sunrise in the mornings. - image courtesy of Fraser Suites Perth

Restaurants and Room Service

I have to confess, in five nights at the Fraser Suites, we didn't eat at the Heirloom Restaurant once. It's not that it didn't look inviting - it did. It's just that, at the end of an exhausting day there is nothing in the world quite like having dinner delivered to the door. David and I consider ourselves world experts when it comes to hotel room service, and the meals at Fraser Suites were some of the best we have had. The menu and food came from the same, excellent, kitchen as the restaurant. We got all the taste and presentation of a stunning chef-prepared meal, in our own private surroundings.

Fraser Suites, Perth - foyer
I didn't have a photo of our room service meals which would do them justice, so you get a photo of the foyer instead! - image courtesy of Fraser Suites Perth


Location

Fraser Suites is in Adelaide Terrace, East Perth. Our room faced north with a clear view of  the WACA ('West Australian Cricket Association') ground. David was in seventh heaven. He says we're going back next time there is a match on so he can watch live cricket from the living room.

WACA ground Perth
The WACA as seen from our living room window. David thought this was great.

Nearby Attractions

The heart of Perth's business district is a few minutes away by car. The walking/cycling paths along the Swan River are also nearby. You can cycle all the way to Fremantle and back if you the energy or do what we did and go one way by train. Headed north, the Swan River path leads past some lovely scenery.

SpinwayWA automated bicycle hire station is right outside the hotel entrance and the super-friendly guys at About Bike Hire are near the river just west of Heirisson Island causeway.

Swan River cycle path
The Swan River walking and cycling path is just a few minutes from Fraser Suites.

Don't, whatever you do, miss taking the 10 minute walk to Heirisson Island. On the western side of the island you will find a nature reserve, complete with resident kangaroos. They are easy to find, especially if you go in the early morning or late afternoon.

Kangaroos Heirrison Island
Kangaroos at Heirisson Island. Our bikes are in the background.

For a taste of Perth's restaurant and cafe scene close by, head to the Albany Highway at Victoria Park.


Facilities 

Fraser Suites Perth have Deluxe Studio SuitesOne Bedroom Suites and Two Bedroom Suites. For a complete list of the facilities, configuration and floor space area of each apartment click on the links.

All apartments -  
  • Climate-controlled air conditioning
  • Complimentary WiFi access
  • In-room safe
  • Modern kitchenettes
  • Foxtel with all five sports channels - David thought this was a real plus!

One and two bedroom apartments
  • Balcony - in some apartments 
  • Washing machine and dryer in all two bedroom and some one bedroom apartments - We both thought this was a real plus!

Other facilites - 
  • 24/7 fully-equipped gym
  • Indoor-heated swimming pool, spa and sauna
  • Meeting rooms and conference facilities.
Fraser Suites gym
I'm no expert but the gym looked well-equipped to me.


Note: David and I received a media discount during our stay at Fraser Suites.

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28 comments:

  1. Looks like a fun experience! I've not stayed in a luxury serviced holiday apartments before, but it's definitely on my to do!

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    1. They are so much better than hotel rooms.

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  2. I'm partial to the same things : ) Fraser Suites look wonderful! I love having a washer and dryer!

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    1. One of the great luxuries of life on the road is being able to do the laundry.

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  3. I love serviced apartments, we are currently staying in one right now in Bali (though no washing machine :) )
    As you say it is best of both worlds we have a kitchen, lounge, 2 bedrooms plus kids club, pool, restaurant and room service.

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    1. Haha - in Bali you probably don't need a washing machine. No doubt there is a maid who comes in to do the chores.

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  4. Looks perfect Lyn. It is nice to have a lounge area and a kitchen to prepare simple meals when you are on extended stays. I will definitely keep this one in mind for when we go to Perth next time. :)

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    1. David and I travel so much I get really tired of eating out, especially after we have had a long day. A kitchen is a godsend sometimes.

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  5. I must admit I've only stayed in a serviced apartment a few times, but enjoyed it immensely. The biggest draw card is having a washer and dryer to do the laundry on longer stays as we are never in the room much during our trips. Thanks for linking up with #TheWeeklyPostcard

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    1. David and I tend to spend a far bit of time in hotel rooms in the evening. We are just so exhausted after cycling/sightseeing all day so it is lovely to have somewhere nice to relax.

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  6. Ah that brings back some happy memories. Paul and I spent a few weeks in Perth when I was expecting Number1 Son and cycled to Freo then. I've heard that the Fraser Suites are very good and do agree on the benefits of a separate sitting room. My wee lass and I are sharing a room and I'm often awake when she isn't and wish I could pop off somewhere else to do my thing.

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    1. David and I travelled the world (several times) squashing into a single hotel rooms with our two boys when they were small. While there was some wonderful family togetherness, particularly at 3 or 4 in the morning when we were all jet-lagged and couldn't sleep, having a suite with separate bedrooms and living room is a luxury I would hate to give up now. The irony is the boys have grown up and we don't travel with them any more - but I still love the extra room.

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  7. Lynn Fraser Suites looks incredible! Like you the find of a washer and dryer is like a find of gold.

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    1. Hi Sue, Next time you come to Australia, David and I will take you on a guided tour of Western Australia - you'd love it.

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  8. I like luxury serviced apartments too; not that I have any intention of using the kitchen but the extra space is always appreciated.

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    1. Haha - you would be surprised how useful a kitchen is, even if you don't cook complete meals in it.

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  9. I know where I'm staying when I finally get to Perth!

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  10. Suite hotels are the best way to go! You've got extra space, a full kitchen to enjoy in-room dining if you prefer, and usually great amenities and locations as you have shared with us here. Looks like you had a great stay at Fraser Suites.

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    1. We enjoyed our stay so much we are headed back there next year.

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  11. Since we have 3 kids, I always much prefer staying together in a suite instead of booking 2 separate rooms. The Fraser Suites in Perth looks VERY nice. I think that having the food delivered to your room is a nice compromise. Great dining but in a very relaxed atmosphere.

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    1. One of the best things about room service is you don't have to get dressed up. I love being able to eat a nice meal in my PJs.

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  12. The view of the WACA is incredible, perfect for cricket fans! I'd love to visit Perth and to see the kangaroos nearby

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    1. Western Australia is a wildlife lovers dream come true.

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  13. I've cycled past the Fraser Suites many times, so it's been great to be introduced to them inside too! Will definitely keep them in mind - such a great position as well :)

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    1. You know that cycle we talked about on Instagram (I think or Facebook or something) well we will be staying at the Fraser Suites again so when you cycle past you can pick us up and we can cycle from there. The Swan River cycle/walkway is just brilliant.

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  14. I can see why you loved these accommodations -- beautiful!! And I loved your kangaroo photo!!

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    1. Kangaroos are so great to photograph. They often turn around and look straight at the camera.

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