Mercure Hotel in Perth, Australia

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Updated: September 12, 2020

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Review of Mercure Perth Hotel in Australia.

Mercure Perth – Functional, affordable, with a terrific pool and a pleasant location.

Part of a renowned international chain, the Mercure is in the leafy and historical eastern edge of the city center, with numerous colonial-era buildings and the river nearby. Inside a lofty high-rise with two entrances, the hotel’s lobby with its vivid décor, children’s play area, and computers for free use is instantly appealing. All rooms are spacious enough for a table, chairs, and desk without feeling cramped, and are brightly decorated with a mural of the city skyline. Most also offer views more notable than usually possible in the city center. Suites comfortably accommodate four people and have separate living/dining areas, so they are a decent option for families, and the rooftop pool is one of Perth’s finest.

Mercure Perth – The Location

  • Address: 10 Irwin Street, Perth. Faces one of the inner-city’s major thoroughfares, Hay Street. The main vehicle entrance is along the side road, Irwin Street. Another door is at the back of the hotel, on St Georges Terrace.
  • Area: Likable, historical, and shady area close to the Swan River and about half a mile from the city center. Most buildings around the hotel are residential and commercial, especially law firms and courthouses.
  • How to Get There: Confusingly, there are 4 terminals across the separate (but nearby) international (10 miles, 30-minute drive) and domestic (7 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 St Georges Terrace right around the corner (150m, 2-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: Perth Concert Hall. The Perth Mint.

Mercure Perth – The Basics

  • Guests: Those on business or holiday and some families.
  • Pets: Only service animals (e.g. guide dogs) allowed.
  • Views: Tall building with unobstructed sides, so views are far better than from most hotels in the city center. Some rooms at the back face the Swan River a little away.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected (or provided) at this sort of hotel.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: Valet parking available for a discounted fee at a public carpark nearby.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +61 (0)8 9326 7000
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Websites: mercureperth.com.au / all.accor.com

Mercure Perth – Amenities

  • Pool: On the rooftop with an attached jacuzzi, it’s one of the finest pools in any hotel in Perth. Elevated lounge area offers fine views and a welcome breeze, though the artificial grass is a letdown.
  • Spa: Not expected (or provided) at this sort of hotel.
  • Fitness Center: Fairly large and well-equipped.
  • Other Facilities: Dry-cleaning. Business center.

Mercure Perth – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Beccaria Restaurant – Chic décor with purple furnishings and metal art. Focuses on seafood, though other dishes are available, and the desserts are legendary among regular guests. Breakfast and dinner only. • Cucina on Hay – Enchanting Italian bistro with a street-side entrance, quiet courtyard, and authentic Mediterranean décor. Open early for breakfast and then lunch (so no dinner).
  • Bar: Beccaria Bar – Separate to the restaurant, it offers signature cocktails and intimate seating.
  • Breakfast: Can be included depending on how the room was booked. Otherwise, there’s an additional charge which is worth paying for.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours.

Mercure Perth – Rooms

  • Room Types: Standard Rooms • Superior Rooms • Privilege Rooms • Privilege Suites • Terrace Suites • Accessible Rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed anywhere on the hotel premises.
  • Best Room: Offering the finest views, the Terrace Suites also feature an outdoor dining area and 2 bedrooms (each with a bathroom).
  • For Families: The Superior Rooms can fit in 3 people and the suites are comfortable for a family of 4 – especially the Terrace Suites, which feature a second bathroom. Some rooms have connecting doors.

Mercure Perth – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: With much less traffic than the city center only half a mile away, the streets are pleasant for walking, especially the historical area around Saint Mary’s Cathedral north of the Mercure at Victoria Square (0.3 mile, 7-minute walk). The riverside Langley Park near the hotel (0.3 mile, 6-minute walk) is part of 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. Shared-bikes can be rented through Spinway – the nearest pickup point is outside Duxton Hotel, east along St Georges Terrace (0.2 mile, 3-minute walk).
  • Buses & Trains: The excellent public transport system includes the free Red CAT bus service that links the hotel with the city center. Stop #7 is east along Hay Street (0.2 mile, 4-minute walk). Otherwise, any bus heading west along St Georges Terrace and Hay Street stops in the city center as part of the free inner-city transit zone.
  • 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.

Mercure Perth – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    Not a great choice in the area. Some cafes catering to local workers are only open for breakfast and lunch. Instead, head into the city center on one of the many free buses. Most restaurants sell alcohol and all pubs serve meals.

  • Caffissimo International House – Casual café for coffee and light meals next to the back door of the hotel. Daily lunch specials popular with workers. 1-minute walk (75m).
  • Cocoa & Rose – Cozy and colorful with a rustic-looking design and community focus. Tasty coffee, hearty sandwiches, and all-day breakfast – all at pleasing prices. At the front of the hotel on Hay Street. 1-minute walk (100m).
  • Armada Restaurant & Bar – Classy bistro in front of the Travelodge hotel, east along Hay Street. Comfortable setting with tables overlooking the street and inviting lunchtime specials. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).

Shops

Attractions

  • Perth Concert Hall – Directly across the road from the hotel back door, this modern hall is home to the state symphony orchestra and hosts many sophisticated events. The side-street leads to Langley Park along the Swan River. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • The Perth Mint – Based in a heritage building and one of the world’s oldest mints, it’s very interesting. East along Hay Street, away from the city center. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).

Mercure Perth – The Hotel

The hotel's building is one of the tallest in the area.

With one of the tallest buildings in a quiet section of the city center, the Mercure is easy to find.

The hotel's entrance is on Irwin Street.

The main entrance is along a side road called Irwin Street in the eastern part of the city center.

The hotel has a second entrance.

A second entrance to the hotel is through a back door along St Georges Terrace.

The lobby has a kids' play area.

The lobby with a children’s play area is very endearing.

Cucina on Hay bistro serves Mediterranean fare.

The Cucina on Hay bistro at street level in the hotel building offers an authentic Mediterranean décor to match the cuisine.

Beccaria Bar offers happy hours.

Attached to the hotel restaurant of the same name, the Beccaria Bar features inviting happy hours.

Beccaria Restaurant serves only breakfast and dinner.

The stylish Beccaria Restaurant in the Mercure is open for breakfast and dinner.

The breakfast buffet is completely worth it.

Breakfast at the hotel is not normally included but worth paying extra for.

The hotel has a beautiful rooftop pool.

The pool on the rooftop of the Mercure is one of the finest in Perth.

An open-air lounge is above the pool.

On a level above the pool is a lounge area providing exceptional views and a welcome breeze.

Rooms feature an appealing decor.

All rooms feature a décor more appealing than most similar hotels in Perth.

One of the walls features a city mural.

Across the back of the bed in each room is a vivid mural of the city skyline.

All rooms have a table, chairs, and a desk.

All rooms and suites are spacious enough for a table, chairs, and a separate desk.

Caffissimo is located by the back entrance.

Next to the hotel back door on St Georges Terrace is the casual eatery, Caffissimo.

Cocoa & Rose is at the front of the hotel.

Particularly appealing is the Cocoa & Rose café at the front of the hotel on Hay Street.

Armada Restaurant & Bar is close by.

The Armada Restaurant & Bar at the Travelodge Hotel is close by.

The area has several colonial-era buildings.

Parts of the shady streets near the hotel are lined with colonial-era buildings.

The area has several colonial-era buildings.

There are many historical buildings within a short walk of the hotel such as this one – now used as an office for the Saint Mary’s Cathedral – across the road.

The Perth Concert Hall is at the rear of the hotel.

Across the road from the hotel back door is the large Perth Concert Hall.

Buses to the city center are free.

All buses heading west from the Mercure are free and stop in the city center.

Murray Street Mall pedestrian street is nearby.

The hotel is in a surprisingly quiet part of the city center, yet only half a mile from all the shops along the Murray Street Mall pedestrian street.

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