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Updated: September 25, 2020
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges – Centrally located within a popular beachside suburb, and so elegant, historical, and spacious.
Originally built in 1850, the Esplanade Hotel still maintains a charm and grace that blends so nicely with the rest of historical Fremantle. The hotel offers a variety of rooms across only four levels. Most have balconies facing the pool or share communal patios overlooking side streets, while a few on the upper floor do offer views of Esplanade Park. All rooms are spacious and great value compared to the overpriced and overbuilt competitors in downtown Perth. Even more appealing are the suites with separate entries and living areas. Within the beautifully-maintained building, there is space for a resort-style pool and large gym, but best of all is the location: in the midst of a lovable seaside suburb about a half-hour by train from the center of Perth.
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges – The Location
- Address: 46-54 Marine Terrace, Fremantle, a seaside suburb in western Perth.
- Area: Fremantle is a historical and re-energized district at the mouth of the Swan River which flows through downtown Perth. Still a busy port for cargo ships and cruise liners, Freo (as it’s lovingly called) is packed with places to eat, drink, and shop, most within meters of the hotel entrance.
- How to Get There: Fremantle is only 30 minutes by train from the Perth and Perth Underground stations in the city center. The lovely old railway station in Freo is north of the hotel and accessible by bus (0.6 mile, 13-minute walk). Alternatives from downtown Perth are the bus, which is too slow, or scenic cruises from Elizabeth Quay.
Confusingly, there are 4 terminals across the separate (but nearby) international (18 miles, 40-minute drive) and domestic (19 miles, 45-minute drive) airports. Only real options are door-to-door shuttle buses by Perth City Shuttle or Just Transfers and taxis for about A$75. (See ‘Local Transport’ below for more information about taxis and ride-shares.) Free shuttle buses operate 24/7 between the 2 airports. Note: Always double-check which terminal your flight arrives at/departs from.
- Handy to: Beaches. Fremantle Passenger Terminal. Ferries to Rottnest Island.
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges – The Basics
- Guests: Mostly those on holidays – more so couples, but also a few families.
- Pets: Only service animals (e.g. guide dogs) allowed.
- Views: Rooms face the pool or quietish side streets, but a few suites on the upper floors do overlook Esplanade Park.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: The Spa Rooms and Suites feature spa baths (which are not really jacuzzis).
- Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
- Parking: No parking available on-site. Parking around the streets has fees and time limits, so ask management about better options when booking.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +61 (0)8 9432 4000
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: rydges.com
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges – Amenities
- Pool: Beautiful resort-style pool with a tropical vibe and abundant shade.
- Spa: Not expected (or provided).
- Fitness Center: Surprisingly large for a historical suburban hotel.
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges – Food and Drink
- Restaurants: The Harbour Master – Extended menu of modern cuisine as well as a wine pantry, popular High Teas (weekend afternoons), and welcoming street-side tables. • Atrium Garden Restaurant – Claims to offer the ‘finest buffet in Freo’. The a la carte menu also offers plenty of mouth-watering grills, seafood, salads, and desserts. Ideal for families and lots of activities to occupy the young ones.
- Bars: Marine Lounge Bar – Sophisticated cocktail bar popular with locals. Light meals and terrific views of the park. • Ball & Chain – Spacious pub oozing old-fashioned charm. Craft beers, leather lounges, live music most nights, and hearty meals. Bar counter along the sidewalk. • The Poolside Bar – The only one of its kind in Freo, it’s very relaxing but only open weekends in summer (November to March).
- Breakfast: Not normally included, but this depends on how the room was booked.
- Room Service: Available 24 hours.
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges – Rooms
- Room Types: Superior Rooms • Superior Pool View Rooms • Park View Rooms • Superior Double Rooms • King Spa Rooms • Accessible Rooms • Deluxe Spa Suites • King Pool View Spa Suites • Premier Spa Suites
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed anywhere on the hotel premises.
- Best Room: The Premier Spa Suites in a corner are the most luxurious and offer optimal views from the balconies. They also feature separate living/dining areas and spa-baths (not really jacuzzis).
- For Families: The Superior Double Rooms offer enough space for 4 people, while some rooms have connecting doors.
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges – Local Transport
- Walking & Cycling: The center of Fremantle is compact and such a pleasure for walking. With far less traffic than downtown Perth and many dedicated paths, Freo is also ideal for cycling. Bikes can be rented for free from the hotel or the visitor center at Kings Square (0.4 mile, 8-minute walk).
- Buses: Like the center of Perth, 2 free CAT bus services (coded Blue and Red) loop around Fremantle connecting the sights, main streets, local train station, and superior beach to the south (see below).
- Taxis & Ride-shares: There is a taxi rank is just outside the front door. Otherwise, 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.
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges – What’s Nearby?
Most restaurants serve alcohol and all pubs offer meals – and many are competitively priced. In the park just across the road from the hotel entrance, Carriage Café is a gorgeous spot for a coffee or light meal (150m, 2-minute walk). The main road behind the hotel is called Market Street towards the train station and renamed South Terrace further down. Along this thoroughfare are many appealing options, such as Dôme in a historical corner building (0.2 mile, 5-minute walk). More scenic are the bistros along the revitalized Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour precinct across the park from the hotel, including:
- Joe’s Fish Shack – With indoor tables overlooking the water, it’s always popular for its seaside vibe, funky décor, and award-winning fish and chips. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Cicerello’s – Huge place perched alongside and above the water. Serving fish and chips for about 120 years, but much more is also available, including Italian favorites. Family-friendly and aquariums to admire. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile)
- Kaili’s Fishmarket Café – Almost 100 years old and renowned for its menu, including fish and chips rated among Freo’s finest. Magical waterside setting. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Bathers Beach House – Directly overlooking the beach. Tables along the side street and – uniquely – lounge chairs on the sand. Legendary sunsets and locally-brewed beer. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
There is no shortage of shops and other amenities along the main street about 0.2 mile behind the hotel (away from the park).
- Fremantle Markets – Located inside a delightful colonial-era building for over 120 years. About 150 stalls sell food and souvenirs on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays. Behind the hotel. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- E Shed Markets – More gifts and souvenirs and a fabulous food court at the lively port area near the hotel. Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays. 11-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Tourist Wheel Fremantle – Dominating Esplanade Park near the beach, it features Freo’s finest views from 40m in the air. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- WA Maritime Museum – Learn about the history of Fremantle as an old port and modern suburb. In the port area. 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Beaches – Bathers Beach (0.3 mile, 5-minute walk) is slightly disappointing compared to others like Scarborough. Better is South Beach, which is great for families and provides enchanting views of nearby islands. It is a delightful walk from the hotel via a coastal path or jump on the free Blue CAT bus. 15 minutes (1 mile).
- Rottnest Island – Adorable, vehicle-free island offering sublime beaches for swimming and snorkeling, cycling paths, seaside cafés, and arguably the world’s cutest critters: the native, super-friendly, and ultra-photogenic quokkas. About 30 minutes from the port area by Sealink and Rottnest Express.
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges – The Hotel
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