|Check out the kangaroos in the foreground!|
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.
|Give me a comfortable bed, crisp sheets and fluffy towels and I'm happy! - image courtesy of Fraser Suites Perth|
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.'
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.
|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.
|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|
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.
|The WACA as seen from our living room window. David thought this was great.|
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.
A 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.
|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 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.
Fraser Suites Perth have Deluxe Studio Suites, One 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.
|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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Click on the titles below for other posts from our road trip in Western Australia: -
- Wildflowers in Western Australia: Kings Park, Perth
- Rottnest Island
- Fraser Suites, Perth - a review
- The National ANZAC Centre, Albany
- 7 things to do in Amazing Albany.