The Adnate Hotel in Perth, Australia

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Updated: September 27, 2020

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Review of The Adnate Hotel in Perth, Australia.

The Adnate – So bright, airy, and intriguing – certainly the most unique option in Perth.

Part of a countrywide chain of boutique hotels, The Adnate is impossible to miss from the incredible twenty-five-story mural on the outside created by the renowned artist after whom the hotel is named. The décor throughout is so vivid, mesmerizing, and highly memorable. Prints of Matt Adnate’s works are in every room and along all corridors, and there is even an art TV channel in the rooms, a library with art books, and complimentary tours of the hotel. Adding even more to the appeal are the outdoor pool with street views and free bicycle rentals. The Adnate is also in a very convenient, but not too busy, section of the city center, handy to attractions and amenities, particularly shopping.

The Adnate – The Location

  • Address: 900 Hay Street, Perth, in the center of the city. Hay Street is a major thoroughfare, but not too noisy or busy.
  • Area: Terrific position, so close to all the amenities and attractions of downtown Perth, but without the traffic and crowds found elsewhere.
  • How to Get There: Confusingly, there are 4 terminals across the separate (but nearby) international (12 miles, 30-minute drive) and domestic (8 miles, 25-minute drive) airports. Only real options are door-to-door shuttle buses by Perth City Shuttle or Just Transfers and taxis for about A$50. (See ‘Local Transport’ below for more information about taxis and ride-shares.) Also, express public buses (45-60 minutes) #380 (for Terminals 1 and 2) and #40 (for Terminals 3 and 4) stop at the Elizabeth Quay Bus Station (0.4 mile, 9-minute walk). Free shuttle buses operate 24/7 between the 2 airports. Note: Always double-check which terminal your flight arrives at/departs from.
  • Handy to: His Majesty’s Theatre (see below).

The Adnate – The Basics

  • Guests: Some business people, but mostly those on holidays and seeking a hotel that is boutique and unique.
  • Pets: Only service animals (e.g. guide dogs) allowed.
  • Views: With few high-rise buildings nearby, views are better than at most similar hotels, but it’s the inside that appeals to most guests.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected (or provided) at an inner-city boutique hotel like this.
  • Extras: Free art tours of the hotel.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: Available on-site for a daily fee.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +61 (0)8 6371 1000
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: artserieshotels.com.au

The Adnate – Amenities

  • Pool: For a boutique hotel, it’s surprising to see a pool. Outdoors and sizable, it has elevated street views and is alongside the cheery café/bar.
  • Spa: Not expected (or provided).
  • Fitness Center: A decent size and fully-equipped.
  • Other Facilities: Free bicycle hire.

The Adnate – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: As chic (but not as arty) as the hotel, the HYDE Perth Kitchen + Cocktails is a casual eatery for breakfast and lunch, and more sophisticated and noisy (with DJs) after dark. Award-winning cocktails and tables alongside the pool, though the self-proclaimed ‘music-inspired décor’ is not apparent.
  • Breakfast: Can be included depending on how the room was booked, and worth paying extra for.
  • Room Service: Available during restaurant hours of about 8 am to 9 pm.

The Adnate – Rooms

  • Room Types: Studios King • Studios Twin • Deluxe Studios
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed anywhere in the hotel.
  • Best Room: The Deluxe Studios are a little bigger than the others, but the décor is similar.
  • For Families: No room is large enough for an extra single bed, but many have connecting doors. Better options for families nearby, such as the Novotel Perth Murray Street and Holiday Inn Perth City Centre.

The Adnate – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: The footpaths and streets are flat and not too crowded, and with plenty to see, it’s a pleasant area for walking. Less so, however, for cycling, although guests can rent bicycles at the hotel for free. Shared-bikes can also be rented through Spinway – the closest pickup point is outside the Ritz-Carlton hotel at Elizabeth Quay (0.7 mile, 14-minute walk). Best for cycling is the fabulous 17-mile-long Perth Discoverer trail that skirts the edge of downtown (including Elizabeth Quay), meanders along the foreshore of Swan River, and circles the massive Kings Park in West Perth.
  • Buses & Trains: The excellent public transport system includes 4 free CAT bus services that loop around the city center and connect to Elizabeth Quay, West Perth, East Perth, and Northbridge. Buses travel every few minutes daily from about 6 am to 7 pm (until later on Fridays and Saturdays). Stop #13 for the Red CAT bus is east down Hay Street from The Adnate (100m, 1-minute walk). Trains to the rejuvenated port and seaside district of Fremantle leave from the Perth Underground station (0.4 mile, 7-minute walk via Murray Street).
  • Taxis & Ride-shares: There are plenty of taxis along the city streets, or organize a pick-up through the 2 major companies: Swan Taxis (phone 131330) and Black & White Cabs (phone 133222). Ride-shares are also available through Uber, Ola, and DiDi.

The Adnate – What’s Nearby

Restaurants & Bars

    All pubs serve meals and most restaurants sell alcohol.

  • The Stables – Ultra-chic and perennially popular for its tasting menus. In converted 125-year-old stables next to the hotel, it’s not as expensive as it appears, but dress up and book ahead. 1-minute walk (50m).
  • Tony Roma’s – Classy bistro close by, up Hay Street from The Adnate. Family-friendly and renowned for steaks, seafood, and ribs. 1-minute walk (50m).
    Down Shafto Lane, which starts 50m east along Hay Street, are 3 competitively-priced eateries:

  • Durty Nelly’s – Classic Irish pub featuring quiet lane-side seats and live music. Also popular for daily food/drinks specials and hearty servings. 2-minute walk (150m).
  • Grill’d Shafto Lane – Stylish café on a corner and part of a popular chain proving that burgers can be healthy. No, really. 2-minute walk (0.1 mile).
  • The Generous Squire – Old-style pub with a modern décor established by one of the country’s premier boutique beer/cider makers. Plenty of street-side tables for people-watching. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).

Shops

Attractions

    Some guests at the hotel enjoy a show of opera, ballet, or orchestral music at His Majesty’s Theatre, a gorgeous baroque-style building dating back to 1904. East along Hay Street. 2-minute walk (0.1 mile).

The Adnate – The Hotel

Adnate's mural adorns the side of the building.

The Adnate is named after the renowned artist whose massive mural adorns one side of the hotel.

The hotel is in the city center.

This remarkable hotel looms over the western end of Hay Street in the city center.

The hotel has an unassuming entrance.

The unassuming entrance to the hotel is surprisingly easy to miss. A carpark is positioned behind it.

The hotel has a very stylish decor.

The arty layout and décor in the lobby and attached guest lounge are as stylish as the rest of the hotel.

Matt Adnate's artwork is everywhere.

The artwork throughout the hotel by Matt Adnate highlights Australia’s multiculturalism.

HYDE Perth Kitchen + Cocktails café is cute.

The HYDE Perth Kitchen + Cocktails café is not as arty as the rest of the hotel but is still impressive.

The bar serves great cocktails.

The bar attached to the hotel restaurant is renowned for its cocktails.

The bar/lounge is very colorful.

There are plenty of seats at the colorful bar/lounge at The Adnate.

The hotel has a street-facing pool.

Unlike many boutique hotels in Perth, The Adnate offers a pool which is also substantial and overlooks the street.

The cafe offers poolside seating.

Tables and chairs alongside the pool are part of the cheery HYDE Perth Kitchen + Cocktails café.

Rooms are also colorful.

All rooms are colorful and also spacious.

Each room has a print by Matt Adnate.

Every room features at least 1 print by the famous artist, Matt Adnate, after whom the hotel is named.

Room views are great.

On the western edge of downtown and with few high-rise buildings nearby, views from most rooms are superior to those from similar hotels in the city center.

Room views are great.

Views from most rooms are memorable.

There are many amenities nearby.

There are plenty of amenities along nearby streets for workers, such as this mini-grocery store 100m east along Hay Street.

Stables is a very swish bar/bistro next door.

Next to the hotel, this very swish bar/bistro was built within 125-year-old stables.

Tony Roma's is close by.

Famous for steaks, ribs, and seafood, Tony Roma’s is only 50m from the hotel.

Shafto Lane close by has several great cafes and bars.

So close to The Adnate, Shafto Lane is packed with inviting places to eat and drink.

Grill'd is known for its healthy burgers.

On the corner of Shafto Lane and Hay Street, Grill’d proves that burgers can be healthy.

The Generous Squire is a sophisticated bar and bistro.

Opposite Grill’d and on the other corner of Shafto Lane and Hay Street is the sophisticated bar and bistro, The Generous Squire.

Durty Nelly’s is a great Irish pub.

Halfway down Shafto Lane is the welcoming Irish pub, Durty Nelly’s.

King Street is an upmarket shopping precinct.

A quick stroll from the hotel is the upmarket King Street shopping precinct.

His Majesty’s Theatre is close by.

One attraction for some staying at The Adnate is its proximity to His Majesty’s Theatre, home to opera, ballet, and orchestral music.

The city center is pleasant.

The city center is a pleasant place to stay.

Hay Street Mall pedestrian street is very popular.

Nearby, the Hay Street Mall pedestrian street is packed with places to eat, drink, and shop.

Historical buildings are along Murray Street Mall.

Along Murray Street Mall are numerous historic buildings as well as a handy tourist information kiosk.

Elizabeth Quay features a lot of cafes and a bus station.

South of the hotel, the revitalized Elizabeth Quay precinct is filled with cafés and is also home to the bus station for services to/from the airport.

There is a free CAT bus service in the city center.

The free CAT bus service is very hand for getting around the city center.

The Perth Underground station connects to Fremantle.

From the Perth Underground station, trains run regularly to the rejuvenated port district of Fremantle.

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