Quay Hotel in Perth, Australia

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Updated: January 7, 2022

• Location: The Esplanade, Elizabeth Quay.
• Hotel website: quayperth.com
• Hotel phone: +61 (0)8 9325 2000
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Review of Quay Perth Hotel in Australia.

Quay is an affordable boutique hotel with comfortable rooms in trendy Elizabeth Quay.

Quay – Compact, convenient, functional, and great value.

This likable boutique hotel is dwarfed by office blocks in a prime inner-city location. Most rooms are compact but feature an appealing décor, while the contemporary Luxury Studios are more spacious and offer attractive views from the window-side seats. No pool, gym, or spa, but the excellent rates reflect this and added attractions include the communal working space and personable service. And the location is superb: only three blocks from all the amenities and attractions in the city center and facing Elizabeth Quay, a rejuvenated waterfront precinct with bars, cafés, ferries, and cruises.

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Quay – The Location

  • Address: 18 The Esplanade, Elizabeth Quay, on the southern edge of the city center.
  • Area: Faces the road alongside the edge of Elizabeth Quay, which is based around an inlet of the Swan River. Recently redeveloped, this wonderful, rejuvenated precinct is a steepish half-kilometer walk to downtown.
  • How to Get There: Confusingly, there are 4 terminals across the separate (but nearby) international (17 km) and domestic (13 km) airports. The only options for door-to-door travel are 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 (500m). Free shuttle buses operate 24/7 between the 2 airports. Note: Always double-check which terminal the flight arrives at/departs from.
  • Nearest Transport: Bus – St Georges Tce Stand M (250m), Train – Elizabeth Quay (200m), Ferry – Elizabeth Quay (300m).
  • Handy to: Elizabeth Quay (see later).

Quay – The Basics

  • Guests: Combination of business people and those looking for an affordable city getaway.
  • Pets: Only service animals (e.g. guide dogs) allowed.
  • Views: Half the rooms overlook the city streets to the back. The rest face Elizabeth Quay. Views of the water from the lower floors are partially obstructed.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected (or provided) at a boutique hotel like this.
  • Parking: Secure parking next door for a reasonable charge.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +61 (0)8 9325 2000
  • Email: enquiry@quayperth.com
  • Website: quayperth.com

Quay – Amenities

  • Pool, Spa, & Fitness Center: Not provided and not really possible at such a small inner-city hotel, and the comparatively low rates reflect this.
  • Other Facilities: The LEVEL NINE co-working business space is open 24 hours and features individual offices, communal work-stations, and fabulous views.

Quay – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bar: HQ BAR + KITCHEN – On the 10th-floor rooftop. Cocktails and contemporary Chinese cuisine on the terrace, but only open in the evening. Nice décor featuring timber floors and leather seats. • Community at Quay – Busy and casual street-level café for sandwiches, burgers, and tasty options for the kids. Breakfast and lunch only.
  • Breakfast: Can be included depending on how the room was booked.
  • Room Service: Available when HQ BAR + KITCHEN is open – from 5 pm daily – except Sunday.

Quay – Rooms

  • Room Types: Perth Essential Rooms • Esplanade Studios • Elizabeth Quay Studios • Elizabeth Quay Luxury Studios • Perth Loft • List of all Rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed anywhere on the hotel premises.
  • Best Room: The Elizabeth Quay Luxury Studios are aptly named: they’re spacious, very comfortable, and offer lovely views of Elizabeth Quay from the higher floors. The chic décor and furnishings include stand-alone bathtubs and extended window-side seating.
  • For Families: No space for more than two people in any type of room, so book those with connecting doors. Better options elsewhere.

Quay – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: With parks nearby, minimal traffic, and so much to see, walking and cycling in this area is particularly enjoyable. Elizabeth Quay is part of the fantastic 27km-long Perth Discoverer cycling trail that skirts the edge of downtown, meanders along the foreshore of Swan River, and circles the massive Kings Park in West Perth. Shared bikes can be rented through Spinway – the closest pickup point is outside the Ritz-Carlton hotel (200m).
  • Buses, Trains & Ferries: The excellent public transport system includes the 4 free CAT bus services around the city center, West Perth, East Perth, and Northbridge respectively. Buses travel every few minutes daily from about 6 am to 7 pm (until later on Fridays and Saturdays). The Blue CAT and Green CAT buses loop around Elizabeth Quay. Trains to the re-energized port and seaside district of Fremantle leave from the Perth Underground station (600m north up William Street). From Elizabeth Quay, ferries head to South Perth for Perth Zoo.
  • 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.

Quay – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars

    All pubs serve meals and most restaurants sell alcohol. All the places listed below are easy to find in the Elizabeth Quay precinct.

  • The Reveley – Triple-level building with fabulous views from the rooftop bar. Modern Australian cuisine, classy service, and family-friendly. (250m).
  • Amberjacks – Pleasant waterfront setting for fish and chips and other casual meals. (400m).
  • The Island at Elizabeth Quay – An extended complex with a coffee shop, microbrewery, and ‘ritzy’ restaurant. Also, water views, play area for the young ones, and live music weekends on an outdoor stage. (400m).
  • Riverside Café, Bar & Restaurant – Tables spread across a deck above the water. Contemporary Australian cuisine and ideal while waiting for a ferry or cruise (see below). (500m).
  • The Lucky Shag Waterfront Bar – Appealing waterside position quietly set back from the crowds. Pub-style meals, signature cocktails, and live music sometimes. (500m).

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Quay – The Hotel

The hotel is in a small building.

The likable Quay boutique hotel is a lot smaller than the office blocks that surround it.

The hotel is in a busy area.

The Quay Perth retains a personable vibe despite being in a heavily-built area.

The hotel faces a side street.

This compact and functional hotel faces a shady inner-city street.

Community at Quay café is on the ground floor.

At ground-level within the hotel is the inviting Community at Quay café.

Community at Quay café offers outdoor seating.

Some tables at the Community at Quay café are placed along the sidewalk. In the background is the Ritz-Carlton hotel. Bicycles can be rented outside that hotel.

Higher floors offer some views of Elizabeth Quay.

Half the rooms at the Quay Perth hotel face the front but only those on the higher floors will offer possible views of Elizabeth Quay.

Large trees obstruct most room views.

Many views from front-facing rooms may be obstructed by large trees.

Rooms are functional and affordable.

Rooms are compact, functional, and great value.

Every room has a window-side seat.

One attractive feature of the rooms and studios is the window-side seat in each.

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

A major attraction of staying at the hotel is the location just over the road from the rejuvenated waterfront precinct of Elizabeth Quay.

The Spanda sculpture is in this area.

Dominating the section of Elizabeth Quay in front of the hotel is the Spanda sculpture.

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

There is so much to see and do across Elizabeth Quay.

A pedestrian bridge spans the bay.

Linking the two sides of the bay at Elizabeth Quay is the namesake bridge.

The bridge and paths are very popular.

The Elizabeth Quay Bridge and surrounding paths are popular with walkers, joggers, and cyclists.

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

Elizabeth Quay, especially around the area where ferries, cruises, and boats leave, is dotted with appealing cafés.

Amberjacks is known for its fish and chips.

Selling some of the tastiest fish and chips in Perth, Amberjacks is one of several cafés at the Elizabeth Quay precinct.

Island Brew House cafe is very inviting.

This café is part of The Island at Elizabeth Quay complex which is in a section of the waterfront area that (sort of) resembles an ‘island’.

Riverside Café is perfect for coffee.

Perfect for a coffee or casual meal while waiting for a ferry or boat is the aptly-named Riverside Café.

The Lucky Shag Waterfront Bar is nice.

In a quieter section of Elizabeth Quay, distant from the crowds waiting for ferries and boats, is this likable bar and café.

Reveley has a cafe, restaurant, and rooftop bar.

The triple-level Reveley, also at Elizabeth Quay, has a café on the ground level, a sophisticated dining room on another floor, and a rooftop bar.

There are several cruise options here.

All sorts of boats (even gondolas) cruise along Swan River from Elizabeth Quay.

Rottnest Island day trips by ferry are very popular.

Ferries from Elizabeth Quay head directly to the very popular Rottnest Island, avoiding the need for a transfer at the terminal in Fremantle.

Elizabeth Quay Bus Station offers services to/from the airport.

The Quay Perth hotel is only a couple minutes’ walk from Elizabeth Quay Bus Station for services to/from the airport.

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

The free CAT buses that also connect to Elizabeth Quay are very useful for exploring the city center. Check rates and availability: Quay

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