Tribe Perth Hotel in Australia

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Updated: September 9, 2020

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Review of Tribe Perth Hotel in Australia.

Tribe Perth – Boutique hotel with personality and a chic design.

Black, tall, and crafted from glass, the Tribe is easy to find among low-level buildings in West Perth, about five stops on a free bus service from the city center. Just across the road from the magnificent Kings Park and minutes from suburban shops and corner pubs, the hotel is designed for young, hip business people not interested in a pool, spa, or gym. Rooms are compact – may be undersized for some – but the mirrors and entire walls of glass windows do add to a feeling of extra light and space, and the design makes intelligent use of available space (e.g. luggage can be stored under the raised bed).

Tribe Perth – The Location

  • Address: 4 Walker Avenue, West Perth, a suburb which immediately adjoins the city center.
  • Area: Neat, quiet suburban area about 1.5 miles from downtown Perth. The suburb is mostly mid-level businesses in new and small buildings, e.g. mining firms, accounting firms, and tech companies. A few shops and other facilities are 10 minutes on foot, but it’s not a touristy area.
  • How to Get There: Confusingly, there are 4 terminals across the separate (but nearby) international (12 miles, 35-minute drive) and domestic (9 miles, 30-minute drive) airports. Main options are door-to-door shuttle buses by Perth City Shuttle or Just Transfers and taxis for about A$60. (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 along St Georges Terrace from where it’s a short walk to one of two free CAT bus stops (see below) to the hotel. Free shuttle buses operate 24/7 between the 2 airports. Note: Always double-check which terminal your flight arrives at/departs from.
  • Handy to: Kings Park.

Tribe Perth – The Basics

  • Guests: Most are young business people, probably working at tech and mining companies based in the vicinity.
  • Pets: Only service animals (e.g. guide dogs) allowed.
  • Views: According to the website, the floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of ‘Kings Park or Swan River’. Decent views of the park may be possible from the higher floors but most rooms overlook suburban streets and buildings – and none really offer views of Swan River which is almost a mile away.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected (or provided) at this sort of suburban boutique hotel.
  • Extras: Free movies, 40″ smart TV, Nespresso machine, in-room safe, bathrobe, mini-fridge, and chilled bottled water in each room. Free bicycle rental.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: Secure and undercover for a reasonable daily fee.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +61 (0)8 6247 3333
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: tribehotels.com.au

Tribe Perth – Amenities

  • Pool or Spa: Not provided (or really expected) at this minimalist, chic, and business-oriented hotel.
  • Fitness Center: Surprisingly, no fitness center.
  • Other Facilities: Business services. Laundry. Library for short-term lending.

Tribe Perth – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: Ecologically aware and as chic as the hotel, Tribe Foods offers an innovative menu and long communal tables ideal for chatting with fellow guests. Open early for breakfast.
  • Breakfast: Can be included; depends on how the room was booked. Modest selection, but enough for guests who are mostly business people in a hurry.
  • Room Service: Limited menu available from 4.30 pm to 8.45 pm.

Tribe Perth – Rooms

  • Room Types: Tribe Standard Rooms • Tribe Park View Rooms • Tribe City View Rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed anywhere on the premises.
  • Best Room: All rooms are the same size and feature an almost identical décor. The main difference is the position within the hotel, so those on higher floors offer better views of the streets or park.
  • For Families: The hotel is mostly for business travelers. Try the serviced apartments at Quest Kings Park across the road.

Tribe Perth – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: West Perth is an enjoyable area for walking – whether along the quiet shady streets or around Kings Park (see below) across the main road. The area is also ideal for cycling, especially the trails within Kings Park, which is part of the fabulous 17-mile-long Perth Discoverer cycling trail that also meanders along the edges of the city center and foreshore of Swan River. Guests can rent bicycles at the hotel for free.
  • Buses & Trains: The excellent public transport system includes the free CAT bus services that link West Perth to the city center every few minutes daily from about 6 am to 7 pm (until later on Fridays and Saturdays). There are 2 options to/from the hotel: stop #18 on the Red CAT bus at Outram Street (0.3 mile, 6-minute walk via Walker Avenue and Ord Street) or stop #16 on the Green CAT bus at Colin Street (0.4 mile, 9-minute walk via Kings Park Road).
  • Taxis & Ride-shares: There are no taxis in the streets nearby, so 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.

Tribe Perth – What’s Nearby?

From the hotel, stroll up Walker Avenue (i.e. away from the park), turn right at Ord Street, and left at Outram Street. At the traffic lights (0.4 mile, 8-minute walk) where Outram Street meets Hay Street, which heads into the city center, there are a cluster of cafés, bars, and shops. Amenities are focused on locals, not tourists, but are certainly good enough.

Restaurants & Bars

    Most restaurants serve alcohol and all pubs serve meals. At the corner with the traffic lights (see above), inexpensive shops sell kebabs and noodles, and a large food court (open during the day) is almost hidden behind the post office.

  • Bar Bizu – Chic suburban café/pub. Simple and inexpensive menu, friendly staff, and funky décor. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Black Tom’s – Easy to miss along Ord Street, it is sophisticated and spacious. Street-side tables for a cocktail or classy dining with attentive service. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Miss Maud – Popular bakery and casual café at the traffic lights. Outdoor tables and tasty food. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Mayfair Lane – Combination of a stylish bar with very happy hours and tables on the footpath, and an ultra-swish (and pricey) silver-service restaurant. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).

Shops

    At the corner with the traffic lights (mentioned above) are several craft shops and banks, as well as a post office and a small supermarket. Otherwise, head to the city – particularly all the department stores and arcades along Murray Street Mall via the free CAT bus (see above). 15 minutes (1.5 miles).

Attractions

    Just across the namesake road from the hotel, Kings Park is one of the largest inner-city parks in the world. A trail for walking and cycling leads through untouched scrubland and a few minutes east along the main road from the hotel, an entrance leads to a developed area with shady lawns, free barbecue facilities, and the Stickybeaks Playground Café (0.3 mile, 6-minute walk). Further along (0.8 mile, 18-minute walk east of the hotel) is the world-class Western Australian Botanic Garden.

Tribe Perth – The Hotel

The hotel is new and chic.

New and fashionable, the Tribe hotel is in a likable suburb about 1.5 miles west of the city center.

The hotel is more for business travelers.

Easy to find among low-level buildings, the hotel is mainly designed for business people working in the local area of West Perth.

The hotel has a quirky decor.

The swanky and, in places, quirky design and décor is apparent throughout the hotel.

The lobby is also a shared work space.

The spacious and airy lobby lounge doubles as a working space for guests.

Tribe Foods is a hip bistro.

With long communal tables and funky furniture, the Tribe Foods bistro is as hip as the hotel itself.

The buffet breakfast is modest.

The selection for buffet breakfast (included in some rates) may seem modest, but is ideal for time-focused business people rather than those on leisurely holidays.

The rooms are compact.

Rooms are certainly compact; some guests might regard them as undersized.

All rooms come with full-length glass windows.

All rooms feature a full-length wall of glass offering extensive views of the suburban streets or park across the main road.

Rooms views of the neighborhood are interesting.

Views from windows overlooking the streets are unobstructed because most buildings in the vicinity are low-level.

The hotel is in an upmarket area.

The Tribe hotel is in a quiet, shady, and neat area of upmarket businesses and apartments.

There are several amenities nearby.

Around the traffic lights, where Outram Street meets Hay Street, is a cluster of pleasant shops and other amenities that represent the center of West Perth.

There are a few nice historical buildings in the area.

A few historical buildings have been lovingly restored in this area.

There are several cafes and shops nearby.

There are several cafés and craft shops in the neighborhood.

Bar Bizu is a modern bistro.

One of them is the fashionable bistro/pub, Bar Bizu.

Mayfair Lane bar is elegant.

The elegant Mayfair Lane bar is close by.

The Dining Room has a sophisticated menu and decor.

The décor and menu at the Dining Room attached to the Mayfair Lane bar is very sophisticated.

Miss Maud is a popular bakery on the corner.

The corner tables at the popular Miss Maud bakery and café are ideal for people-watching.

Black Tom’s is a nice bistro nearby.

Easy to miss along Ord Street just a couple of blocks from the hotel, Black Tom’s is a spacious and tastefully designed bistro.

Gangemi's is a gourmet food and wine shop.

This gourmet food and wine shop dominates the corner at the traffic lights.

Across the hotel is Kings Park.

Directly across the main road from the hotel, much of this part of the vast Kings Park is untouched scrubland.

Kings Park's entrance is nearby.

A few minutes east along the main road from the hotel, this entrance leads to a developed area of Kings Park with a playground and café.

Kings Park has free bbq facilities.

This developed area of Kings Park offers shady lawns and free barbecue facilities.

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

The free CAT bus links the Tribe hotel in West Perth to the city center only a few stops away.

Murray Street Mall is reachable by free bus.

The Murray Street Mall in downtown Perth can be reached via the free CAT bus.

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