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Updated: September 11, 2020
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).
- 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).
Terrific area for shopping. King Street is a lane with top-end boutiques (e.g. Gucci and Prada) that starts just east of the hotel (150m, 2-minute walk). Further east from the hotel are 2 parallel pedestrian streets that are packed with arcades, department stores, and boutiques: Hay Street Mall (0.3 mile, 6-minute walk) and Murray Street Mall, along which is a tourist information kiosk (0.2 mile, 5-minute walk).
Novotel Perth Murray Street – The Hotel
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