Ramada VetroBlu Scarborough Beach Hotel in Perth, Australia

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Updated: September 10, 2020

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Review of Ramada VetroBlu Scarborough Beach Hotel in Perth, Australia.

Ramada VetroBlu Scarborough Beach – Quality serviced apartments and penthouses at Perth’s most popular beach.

Dominating a corner about 100m from the main road through Scarborough Beach, the colorful Ramada offers a range of self-contained apartments available for overnight or longer holidays. Each features a kitchenette, separate living area with a dining table and second TV, and effective soundproofing. The larger ones also have study areas and balconies with outdoor furniture, and the split-level penthouses with three or four bedrooms are especially opulent and spacious. No pool, but the main selling points are, of course, the beach and all the seaside amenities (many fabulous for families) only a couple of minutes away on foot.

Ramada VetroBlu Scarborough Beach – The Location

  • Address: 48A Filburn Street, Scarborough, a suburban beach in western Perth. About 2 blocks from the sea.
  • Area: The foreshore along Perth’s most popular city beach underwent a major redevelopment in recent years and added a modest range of inviting bars and cafés along the beachfront.
  • How to Get There: Bus #990 marked ‘Scarborough Beach’ leaves every 10 minutes or so from the highly functional Perth Busport station in the city center. The final stop is at a terminal nearby (0.1 mile, 3-minute walk). Confusingly, there are 4 terminals across the separate (but nearby) international (19 miles, 40-minute drive) and domestic (16 miles, 35-minute drive) airports. Only real options are door-to-door shuttle buses by Perth City Shuttle or Just Transfers and taxis for about A$80. (See ‘Local Transport’ below for more information about taxis and ride-shares.) Free shuttle buses operate 24/7 between the 2 airports. Note: Always double-check which terminal your flight arrives at/departs from.
  • Handy to: Scarborough Beach (see below).

Ramada VetroBlu Scarborough Beach – The Basics

  • Guests: Mostly on holidays, especially those staying for a week or longer. Focus on families.
  • Pets: Only service animals (e.g. guide dogs) allowed.
  • Views: Only the apartments and penthouses on higher floors offer views of the sea.
  • Kitchen: All apartments feature kitchenettes and the penthouses have full-sized kitchens.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not provided (or expected).
  • Extras: Free use of a mobile phone for internet and local/international calls.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: Secure undercover parking available on-site for a small daily fee or park along the nearby streets for free, though time limits may apply.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +61 (0)8 6248 7000
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: ramadavetrobluscarboroughbeach.com

Ramada VetroBlu Scarborough Beach – Amenities

  • Pool: Surprisingly, there is no pool.
  • Spa: Not expected (or provided) at this sort of apartment complex.
  • Fitness Center: Small gym but probably good enough considering most guests are families on holiday.
  • Other Facilities: Dry-cleaning. Laundry.

Ramada VetroBlu Scarborough Beach – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: Like most places offering apartments with cooking facilities, there is no café or bar on-site, but many options are nearby (see later).
  • Breakfast: Not provided because there is no restaurant on-site.
  • Room Service: Not available.

Ramada VetroBlu Scarborough Beach – Rooms

  • Room Types: King Standard Rooms (also called Studios) • King Standard Suites (1, 2, or 3 bedrooms) • King Standard Business (1 or 2 bedrooms) • Penthouses (3 or 4 bedrooms)
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed anywhere on the premises.
  • Best Room: The split-level Penthouses, with 3 or 4 bedrooms, are opulent and feature full-sized kitchens, laundry, powder rooms, balconies, and a TV in every bedroom.
  • For Families: The 1-bedroom apartments can accommodate 4 people and those with 2 bedrooms and bathrooms are comfortable enough for 6. Penthouses are fine for 8.

Ramada VetroBlu Scarborough Beach – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: A fantastic coastal path for walking, jogging, and cycling is close to the hotel. The path extends for 11 miles south to the rejuvenated port precinct of Fremantle and 12 miles north to Burns Beach. Shared-bikes can be rented through Spinway – the closest pickup point is outside the huge Rendezvous hotel (0.2 mile, 4-minute walk).
  • Taxis & Ride-shares: There are very few taxis along the streets of Scarborough, so it’s better to organize 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.

Ramada VetroBlu Scarborough Beach – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    Ask management about its ‘chargeback’ system where guests can add the cost of food/drink at some local eateries to their hotel bill. Most restaurants sell alcohol and all pubs serve meals.

  • On the ground floor of the Ramada building is a Domino’s Pizza outlet and Health Freak Café Scarborough which offers a scrumptious array of organic food.
    It’s better, however, to wine and dine along The Esplanade. Places listed below are close by and easy to find:

  • The Sandbar – Huge pub on a corner facing the sea north of Seashells. Al fresco dining, fabulous beach vibe, and live music on weekends. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • The Peach Pit – Lovely bistro with plenty of outdoor seating. For burgers as well as healthy and vegetarian options. Just past The Sandbar. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • The Lookout – Iconic hangout, popular among families. Pub with snooker tables, nightclub, bistro with food specials, and even a bowling alley. So casual, guests can wear swimming gear. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • La Capannina – Million-dollar views, Italian fare, classy décor, and attentive service. Above the Scarborough Beach Pool (see below). 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Cocolat – At ground level below La Capannina for views, amazing breeze, and casual meals. Always popular, especially for its desserts, gelato, and coffee. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).

Shops

Attractions

    The main attraction is, of course, the beach, as well as water sports (e.g. surfing, paddle-boarding, and kite-surfing).

  • Scarborough Beach Pool – Popular, with two heated pools – one for laps, the other ideal for families. Also along the foreshore are an adventure playground, free barbecue facilities, climbing wall, basketball court, and cycling path (see above). On The Esplanade, south of the hotel. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).

Ramada VetroBlu Scarborough Beach – The Hotel

The hotel is in a very colorful building.

The colorful Ramada building dominates a corner just a few minutes from the beach at Scarborough.

Apartments have balconies with sea views.

Part of a well-known international chain, the Ramada features many apartments with balconies offering distant sea views.

The hotel has a contemporary decor.

The design and décor throughout the Ramada, including the guest lounge, are contemporary and functional.

Apartments are spacious and colorful.

All the apartments are spacious and brightly decorated.

Apartments have large kitchenettes.

Each apartment features a decent-sized kitchenette with a fridge and microwave.

Bedrooms have plenty of natural light.

Unlike some apartment complexes in the city center, all the bedrooms have windows.

Large apartments have big dining tables.

The dining tables in the larger apartments offer plenty of seats.

The penthouses have large kitchens.

Each penthouse has a fabulous fully-equipped kitchen with a dishwasher.

There is a Domino's outlet under the hotel.

Just around the corner from the reception within the Ramada building is Domino’s Pizza and Health Freak Café.

Health Freak Café serves healthy meals.

The Health Freak Café has an inviting décor and serves tasty and healthy meals.

The Peach Pit nearby overlooks the beach.

The Peach Pit is one of several terrific bistros nearby that overlook the beach.

The Lookout bar has a bowling alley.

Just past The Peach Pit along The Esplanade, The Lookout is a pub, bistro, nightclub, and bowling alley.

La Capannina bistro offers great sea views.

La Capannina bistro offers fabulous Italian food and unparalleled sea views from an upstairs terrace.

The Sandbar is a great pub and bistro.

Dominating a corner along The Esplanade is the fantastic pub and bistro, The Sandbar.

Coles Supermarket is nearby.

Between the hotel and beach is a range of takeaway food shops and casual cafés in front of the Coles Supermarket.

Scarborough hosts a range of events.

As Perth’s most popular beach, Scarborough hosts events such as sunset markets on Thursday evenings in summer (November to April).

The area has a beachside holiday vibe.

Scarborough offers a beachside holiday vibe not possible in the city center.

The beach is clean and wide.

The beach is clean, wide, and sandy, thought there is little or no shade.

The Scarborough Beach Pool is huge.

Alongside The Esplanade and within a few minutes’ walk of the hotel is the Scarborough Beach Pool.

Buses link the beach with the city center.

Bus number #990 regularly links Scarborough Beach with the city center. (The bus in the photo goes somewhere else from the terminal at Scarborough.)

Perth Busport station offers several services.

Buses to Scarborough leave about every 10 minutes from the well-organized Perth Busport terminal in the city center.

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