Novotel Perth Murray Street Hotel in Australia

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Updated: September 11, 2020

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Review of Novotel Perth Murray Street Hotel in Australia.

Novotel Perth Murray Street – Sparkling new, very convenient, terrific value, and appealing to families.

Opened recently, the Novotel stands very tall in a vibrant area of pubs, live music venues, and upmarket shopping – all in a quieter section of the city center. Rooms feature similar furnishings and color schemes, except that each has one of six different wall-length murals of local beach scenes above the bed. The Executive Rooms and Suites (with kitchenettes) are large and offer extensive views of the city streets and distant parks. Other reasons to stay are the open-air pool with a bar alongside, the impressive fitness center also offering fabulous views, and the highly attentive service throughout.

Novotel Perth Murray Street – The Location

  • Address: 388 Murray Street, Perth, in the center of the city. Murray Street is a major thoroughfare through downtown, although it’s not too busy near the hotel.
  • Area: Convenient for transport, upmarket shops, theaters, and sporting arenas. Also, plenty of pubs, boutiques, and places to see live music within a short walk.
  • How to Get There: Confusingly, there are 4 terminals across the separate (but nearby) international (11 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 (0.5 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).

Novotel Perth Murray Street – The Basics

  • Guests: Mostly business people but also a great option for those on holidays, including families.
  • Pets: Only service animals (e.g. guide dogs) allowed.
  • Views: From one side, there are few high-rises, so views are extensive and more impressive than some other hotels nearby. From the other side of the Novotel, windows look directly onto another building.
  • Kitchens: Suites features kitchenettes, with microwave ovens, refrigerators, and dining tables.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected (or provided) at this sort of inner-city hotel.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests – and fast.
  • Parking: Secure self-parking on-site for a daily fee but spaces are limited, so arrange when booking.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +61 (0)8 6371 6371
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: all.accor.com

Novotel Perth Murray Street – Amenities

  • Pool: Unlike some similar hotels, the pool is outdoors. Also, open-air, undercover, and bar alongside.
  • Spa: Surprisingly, there is a large and separately-owned day spa with 8 treatment rooms.
  • Fitness Center: Substantial size, with all the latest equipment expected at a very new hotel. Great views and steam room attached (separate for men and women).
  • Other Facilities: Dry-cleaning/laundry. Business services.

Novotel Perth Murray Street – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: There is a small pool bar (with limited opening hours) and a small ground-floor coffee shop (with no chairs). • Miss Mi – Spacious setting with some tables alongside the fish pond. Focuses on Southeast Asian cuisine and uses the freshest possible ingredients. • Lounge Bar – Just across from the reception desks and attached to the guest lounge. Open windows and al fresco setting in the summer add to the appeal.
  • Breakfast: May be included depending on how the room was booked. Normally costs extra.
  • Room Service: Available during restaurant hours – 7 am to 9 pm.

Novotel Perth Murray Street – Rooms

  • Room Types: Standard Rooms (king bed or 2 doubles) • Superior Rooms (king bed or 2 doubles) • Deluxe Rooms (king bed or 2 doubles) • Executive Rooms • Executive Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed anywhere on the premises.
  • Best Room: The Executive Suites are twice the size of the standard rooms and are more likely to offer superior views from the highest floors.
  • For Families: All types of rooms/suites can very tightly fit in 3 people, while rooms/suites with 2 double beds can accommodate 4. Booking 2 connecting rooms is a better idea. Accommodations and breakfast for children can be free depending on how the room is booked.

Novotel Perth Murray Street – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: The sidewalks and streets are flat and with plenty to see, it’s a pleasant area for walking – less so, however, for cycling. Shared-bikes can be rented through Spinway – the closest pickup point is outside the The Ritz-Carlton, Perth hotel at Elizabeth Quay (0.7 mile, 15-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 #22 for the Red CAT bus is west along Murray Street (0.2 mile, 3-minute walk). Trains to the rejuvenated port and seaside district of Fremantle leave from the Perth Underground station (0.2 mile, 5-minute walk east along 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.

Novotel Perth Murray Street – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    All pubs serve meals and most restaurants sell alcohol. Along Shafto Lane just across the road from the hotel are 3 competitively-priced eateries:

  • The Generous Squire – Old-style bar with a modern décor set up by one of the country’s premier boutique beer/cider makers. Plenty of street-side tables for people-watching. Right across the road. 1-minute walk (10m).
  • Grill’d Shafto Lane – Stylish café on a corner and part of a popular chain proving that burgers can be healthy. No, really. 1-minute walk (10m).
  • Durty Nelly’s – Classic Irish pub with quiet lane-side seats and live music. Also popular for daily food/drink specials and hearty servings. 1-minute walk (75m).
    Also try:

  • Simple Italian Cucina Pizzeria – Wide range of pastas, pizzas, and wines, as well as a vivid interior and street-side seating. Open early for breakfast. 1-minute walk (50m).
  • Belgian Beer Café – Wonderful suburban pub offering great-value food/drink specials and entertainment on most nights. Look for the name ‘Brassiere Westende’ on the corner building east along Murray Street. 2-minute walk (150m).

Shops

Attractions

    Some guests at the Novotel enjoy a show of opera, ballet, or orchestral music at His Majesty’s Theatre, a gorgeous baroque-style building dating back to 1904. One block south of the hotel. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).

Novotel Perth Murray Street – The Hotel

The hotel is in the city center.

Opened recently, the Novotel is in a quietish yet convenient part of the city center.

The hotel has a contemporary decor.

The design and décor throughout the hotel is contemporary without being overly chic.

The guest lounge is very bright and airy.

The guest lounge is spacious and airy. The floor-to-ceiling windows can open in the summer to let in even more space and light.

The Lounge Bar is next to the guest lounge.

Alongside the guest lounge is the appropriately named Lounge Bar.

There is a small cafe in the lobby.

At the lobby level, a tiny (unnamed) café sells coffees and sandwiches – only takeaway.

Miss Mi serves Southeast Asian cuisine.

The sole restaurant at the Novotel is Miss Mi which specializes in Southeast Asian cuisine.

Breakfast is served in Miss Mi.

A buffet breakfast is served (usually for an extra cost) at Miss Mi, which has an open-plan kitchen.

The outdoor pool is decent-sized.

More inviting than most hotel pools, the one at the Novotel is outdoors and a decent size.

The pool deck is great for enjoying drinks.

The pool is surrounded by a wooden deck and comfortable lounge furniture where drinks from the pool bar can be enjoyed.

The well-quipped gym offers great views.

The fitness center is equipped with the latest gear – and the views are fantastic.

Rooms and suites are similarly designed.

All rooms and suites feature similar furnishings.

Each room has a mural of a local beach.

Other than the views, the main difference between most types of rooms is the mural of local beach scenes.

All suites have kitchenettes.

Suites feature kitchenettes and dining tables.

Rooms love over the city center.

Views from one side of the building extend across a low-level section of the city center.

The hotel is on Murray Street.

The Novotel is along Murray Street and in a vibrant area of pubs, live music venues, and boutiques.

Shafto Lane has several great cafes and bars.

Directly across the road from the hotel, Shafto Lane is filled with inviting bars and cafés.

The Generous Squire is a sophisticated bar and bistro.

On the corner of Shafto Lane and Murray Street, The Generous Squire is a popular English-style pub.

Grill'd is known for its healthy burgers.

On the other corner of Shafto Lane and Murray Street, Grill’d offers healthy burgers.

Durty Nelly’s is a great Irish pub.

Also down Shafto Lane (and just a few minutes from the Novotel) is the classic Irish pub, Durty Nelly’s.

Simple cafe has a colorful decor.

Just steps along Murray Street, this café is called Simple but has a colorful decor.

Belgian Beer Café is a great-value pub.

One of several great-value pubs in the area that offer meals and entertainment is the Belgian Beer Café on Murray Street.

His Majesty’s Theatre is close by.

The Novotel is just a few minutes’ walk from the delightfully old-fashioned His Majesty’s Theatre.

King Street is an upmarket shopping precinct.

The upmarket King Street shopping precinct starts only 150m from the hotel.

Hay Street Mall pedestrian street is very popular.

The long and shady Hay Street Mall (pedestrian street) is only a few minutes’ walk east from the Novotel.

Historical buildings are along Murray Street Mall.

Along Murray Street Mall are numerous historical buildings and a useful tourist information kiosk.

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

About half a mile from the Novotel is the rejuvenated Elizabeth Quay area, where the station for bus services to/from the airport is located.

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

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

The Perth Underground station connects to Fremantle.

Trains to the revitalized port and seaside district of Fremantle regularly leave from the Perth Underground station east of the hotel.

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