The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Perth, Australia

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Updated: September 10, 2020

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Review of The Ritz-Carlton, Perth Hotel in Australia.

The Ritz-Carlton, Perth – So new, luxurious, and swish – and exceptional for families.

The towering Ritz-Carlton arguably boasts the finest location in Perth and is certainly the only hotel within Elizabeth Quay, a rejuvenated inner-city precinct of cafés and cruises. All rooms and suites are incredibly spacious and most feature floor-to-ceiling windows offering stunning views of the city and river. The amenities such as the terraced resort-style pool are even more impressive and with a kids club, albeit modest, it caters very well for families.

The Ritz-Carlton, Perth – The Location

  • Address: 1 Barrack Street, Elizabeth Quay, on the southern edge of the city center. Another tower alongside has a similar design and height, so finding the correct entrance could be confusing.
  • Area: The only hotel within Elizabeth Quay, which is based around an inlet of the Swan River. Newly redeveloped, this wonderful, rejuvenated precinct is a steepish half-mile walk to downtown.
  • How to Get There: Confusingly, there are 4 terminals across the separate (but nearby) international (10 miles, 30-minute drive) and domestic (8 miles, 30-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 (0.3 mile, 7-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: Elizabeth Quay (see below).

The Ritz-Carlton, Perth – The Basics

  • Guests: Business people and high-end tourists. Also caters very well for families.
  • Pets: Only service animals (e.g. guide dogs) allowed.
  • Kids Club: Almost unique among rival hotels is the Ritz Kids Club. No dedicated games room or organized activities, but children feel special with a ‘personal check-in’ and ‘Adventurer Passport’. Even a ‘camping’ experience with a tent inside the room can be arranged.
  • Views: Some views are obstructed by a lofty apartment block alongside but most rooms directly face the water or city.
  • Kitchen: The largest suites feature kitchenettes.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not provided.
  • Extras: Club Lounge for guests in special rooms and suites.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: No parking on-site. Ask management about options when booking.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +61 (0)8 6559 6888
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: ritzcarlton.com

The Ritz-Carlton, Perth – Amenities

  • Pool: Heated, outdoors, and with infinity edges, it’s the sort of pool found at a beach resort rather than an inner-city hotel. Sweeping views across Elizabeth Quay and café/bar alongside.
  • Spa: The huge spa offers a range of massages, facials, and other treatments that soothe the body, soul, and mind – some are designed for couples.
  • Fitness Center: Very well-equipped and the views are as impressive as those from many suites. Open 24/7 and separate saunas for men/women.
  • Other Facilities: Business services.

The Ritz-Carlton, Perth – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Songbird Bar & Lounge – Super-swish bar with terrace alongside the pool and perfect for admiring Perth’s legendary sunsets. Fresh seafood, signature cocktails, and craft beers. • Hearth Restaurant – Ground-floor bistro offering a unique all-day menu using the freshest ingredients. Spacious, chic, and colorful. • Hearth Lounge – Attached to the restaurant, this bar features comfy sofas and an airy setting. With water views and chairs along the sidewalk, it’s also renowned for its High Teas (most afternoons).
  • Breakfast: Not included but available for an extra cost.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours a day.

The Ritz-Carlton, Perth – Rooms

  • Room Types: Studio Swan River King Rooms • Studio Park King Rooms • Premium Twin Rooms • Elizabeth Quay Suites • Langley Park Suites • The Ritz-Carlton Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed anywhere on the hotel premises.
  • Best Room: The signature Ritz-Carlton Suites are more than four times larger than any other room in the hotel. Each suite has a private work area, separate living room, kitchenette, and finest possible river views.
  • For Families: Most rooms and suites can easily accommodate 3 people each, while the Premium Twin Rooms and Ritz-Carlton Suites can fit in 4 each.

The Ritz-Carlton, Perth – 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 17-mile 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 and can be picked up and dropped off at a point just outside the hotel.
  • 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 (0.5 mile, 11-minute walk 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.

The Ritz-Carlton, Perth – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

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

  • The Reveley – Triple-level building offering fabulous views from the rooftop bar. Modern Australian cuisine, classy service, and family-friendly. 2-minute walk (0.1 mile).
  • Amberjacks – Pleasant waterfront setting for fish and chips and other casual meals. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
  • 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). 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • The Lucky Shag Waterfront Bar – Appealing waterside position quietly set back from the crowds. Pub-style meals, signature cocktails, and live music sometimes. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • 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. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).

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The Ritz-Carlton, Perth – The Hotel

The hotel dominates the locality.

The Ritz-Carlton (to the left in this photo) dominates the magnificent waterside precinct of Elizabeth Quay.

The hotel is in a tall building.

The hotel looms over a compact area of cafés, bars, and terminals for ferries and cruises.

The hotel has an opulent vibe.

The décor and design of the guest lounge attached to the reception area is representative of the hotel throughout.

Contemporary sculptures can be found throughout.

With so much space and style, the hotel is dotted with contemporary sculptures.

Hearth Lounge offers outdoor seating.

Tables and chairs in the Hearth Lounge at the hotel spread across an outdoor area alongside the sidewalk.

Hearth Restaurant offers classy dining.

Also on the ground floor of the hotel is the sophisticated Hearth Restaurant.

Hearth Restaurant offers outdoor seating.

Having a drink outside the Hearth Restaurant and Bar at the hotel is enjoyable.

The hotel pool offers magnificent views.

Featuring breathtaking views of Elizabeth Quay and the city skyline, the pool at the Ritz-Carlton is one of the finest in Perth.

The Ritz-Carlton is the only hotel in the area.

The Ritz-Carlton is the only hotel in the magnificent Elizabeth Quay precinct.

Songbird Bar & Lounge offers great views.

Offering some of the finest views anywhere in Perth is the Songbird Bar & Lounge at the hotel.

Songbird Bar & Lounge serves signature cocktails.

The sophisticated Songbird Bar & Lounge serves signature cocktails and craft beers.

The hotel has a huge spa.

Almost unique among rival hotels in Perth is the huge spa at the Ritz-Carlton.

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

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

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 in the section of the waterside precinct 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 cruise is the aptly-named Riverside Café.

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

Elizabeth Quay, especially around the departure points for ferries and cruises, is dotted with cafés.

The Lucky Shag Waterfront Bar is nice.

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

Reveley has a cafe, restaurant, and rooftop bar.

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

The hotel stands out in the neighborhood.

To the right in this photo, the Ritz-Carlton dominates the rejuvenated inner-city precinct of Elizabeth Quay.

The Spanda sculpture is right by the water.

Dominating one section of Elizabeth Quay is the remarkable Spanda sculpture.

A pedestrian bridge spans the bay.

This namesake bridge links the two sides of the bay at Elizabeth Quay.

The bridge and paths are very popular.

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

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 to a terminal at Fremantle.

There are several cruise options here.

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

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

The hotel is only a few 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.

Downtown is just 10 minutes away.

The downtown area of Perth is a 10-minute stroll from the hotel.

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