Holiday Inn Perth City Centre Hotel in Australia

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Updated: September 25, 2020

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Holiday Inn Perth City Centre – Particularly functional, convenient, and affordable, and oh-so-fine for families.

Like many hotels within this international chain, amenities are comparatively limited – no pool, but there is access to a nearby gym – and the lower rates do reflect this. Instead, guests receive genuine value for money in arguably the best hotel location in downtown Perth for places to eat, drink, and shop, as well as for transport and attractions such as the elegant old theater. Substantially renovated in 2016, most rooms are the same size, and all feature colorful prints, linen, and carpets. Booking connecting rooms for a family is relatively inexpensive and under-twelves can stay and eat for free. The views are unexciting but it’s really all about the top location and low rates.

Holiday Inn Perth City Centre – The Location

  • Address: 778-788 Hay Street, a major thoroughfare through the center of downtown Perth.
  • Area: Prime location. Faces a busy (but not too noisy) street and is very close to all types of public transport and 2 pedestrian streets packed with cafes, bars, and shops.
  • 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, 8-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).

Holiday Inn Perth City Centre – The Basics

  • Guests: Mainly those on business from Monday to Friday. On weekends, some guests book a room to see a concert or theater show.
  • Pets: Only service animals (e.g. guide dogs) allowed.
  • Kids Club: Free membership for children of the ‘VIP Kids Club’ which offers them discounts at various attractions around the city. However, no organized activities or games room.
  • Views: In a built-up area, so views are unexciting in all directions. Many rooms look into other buildings but privacy is rarely affected if curtains are opened.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected (or provided) at this sort of inner-city hotel.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: Can be included depending on how the room was booked. Otherwise, self-parking for a reasonable daily rate is available; valet parking costs almost twice as much.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +61 (0)8 9261 7200
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Websites: holidayinnperth.com.au / ihg.com

Holiday Inn Perth City Centre – Amenities

  • Pool: No pool, but the lower-than-expected rates reflect this.
  • Spa: Not expected (or provided) at this sort of mid-range hotel.
  • Fitness Center: Nothing on-site, but guests have free access to a fitness center close by.
  • Other Facilities: Business Center. Laundry/dry-cleaning. Free use of computers in the lobby area.

Holiday Inn Perth City Centre – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: The very pleasant Ivy & Jack bistro/bar serves tasty meals using the freshest possible ingredients. Also, likable wood furnishings, street-side position, and excellent food/drinks specials.
  • Breakfast: Can be included depending on the booking, but usually an extra cost. Claims to offer the ‘best buffet breakfast in Perth’ (and it is excellent).
  • Room Service: Available 24/7.

Holiday Inn Perth City Centre – Rooms

  • Room Types: King Deluxe Rooms • King Superior Rooms • King Executive Rooms • Twin Superior Rooms • Twin Bed Guest Rooms • Family Rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed anywhere on the premises.
  • Best Room: The King Executive Rooms feature a more appealing décor and are more likely to offer superior views from higher floors.
  • For Families: Ideal for 4 people, each Family Room features 2 single beds in a separate bedroom and a small living area with an extra TV. Special deals for families, e.g. children under 12 can stay and eat for no extra cost.

Holiday Inn Perth City Centre – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: The area is fairly busy but nice enough for walking – especially with so much to see and do. It’s less appealing for cycling, however. Shared-bikes can be rented through Spinway – the closest pickup point is outside the Ritz-Carlton hotel at Elizabeth Quay (0.5 mile, 10-minute walk via William Street). 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 #12 for the Red CAT bus is outside the hotel door. Trains to the rejuvenated port and seaside district of Fremantle leave from the Perth Underground station (0.2 mile, 4-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.

Holiday Inn Perth City Centre – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    Most restaurants serve alcohol and all pubs offer meals. Directly opposite the hotel entrance is a line of casual cafés in an area called Central Park, including Soul Origin (trendy, popular, and healthy) and CP Curry House (tasty, cheap, and filling).

  • Heno & Rey – West alongside Hay Street and at ground level in the posh InterContinental Perth City Centre hotel, it’s open early and features inviting outdoor seating. 1-minute walk (100m).
    The finest selection, however, is down Shafto Lane, which starts west along Hay Street.

  • Grill’d Shafto Lane – Stylish café on a corner and part of a popular chain proving that burgers can be healthy. No, really. 4-minute walk (0.2 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. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Durty Nelly’s – Classic Irish pub featuring quiet lane-side seats and live music. Also popular for daily food/drinks specials and hearty servings. 5-minute walk (0.2 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. It is only 100m west along Hay Street. 2-minute walk.

Holiday Inn Perth City Centre – What’s Nearby?

The hotel is in downtown Perth.

The Holiday Inn is perfectly positioned along Hay Street in the middle of downtown Perth.

The hotel is comfortable and affordable.

As part of an international chain of affordable and comfortable mid-range hotels, the Holiday Inn doesn’t offer a pool and the comparatively lower rates reflect this.

The hotel offers great value.

The hotel is functional, unfussy, and great value – ideal for a business trip or weekend getaway.

Ivy & Jack is an excellent bistro/bar.

Part of the hotel and facing the street, the excellent Ivy & Jack bistro/bar offers plenty of food and drink specials throughout the day.

Ivy & Jack bistro/bar has an appealing decor.

The décor and furnishings are very appealing in the Ivy & Jack restaurant at the hotel.

Photos of old movie stars adorn the wall.

One of the walls at the Ivy & Jack restaurant is lined with photos of old movie stars.

Rooms are similarly sized and colorful.

All rooms at the Holiday Inn are the same size and feature colorful prints and fashionable furniture.

Rooms are very spacious.

Without feeling too cramped, some rooms feature 2 double beds.

There are several outdoor cafes opposite the hotel.

Opposite the hotel is a row of fabulous places to eat and drink with street-side seating.

Soul Origin is known for its salads.

One of several (mostly takeaway) food shops in a row across the road from the hotel, Soul Origin sells healthy salads and scrumptious baguettes.

CP Curry House serves inexpensive curries.

Great for an inexpensive Indian meal is CP Curry House directly across the road from the hotel.

Heno & Rey bistro is in the InterContinental hotel nearby.

At street-level inside the upmarket InterContinental hotel near the Holiday Inn is the Heno & Rey bistro.

Shafto Lane close by has several great cafes and bars.

West of the hotel, Shafto Lane is packed with inviting bars and well-priced bistros.

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 is the sophisticated bar and bistro called The Generous Squire.

Durty Nelly’s is a great Irish pub.

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

Wesley Uniting Church is a beautiful colonial-era building.

On a prime corner of Hay and William streets, the Wesley Uniting Church is one of several colonial-era buildings in the vicinity.

King Street is an upmarket shopping precinct.

Starting only 100m from the hotel is the upmarket King Street shopping precinct.

His Majesty’s Theatre is close by.

One reason to stay at the hotel is its proximity to His Majesty’s Theatre, home to opera, ballet, and orchestral music.

A small park is opposite the hotel.

Almost opposite the hotel is this park in the middle of downtown Perth.

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.

Going south down William Street from the Holiday Inn, the revitalized Elizabeth Quay precinct is 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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