Affordable boutique lodgings are popping up in the West, marking an end to those tired ‘80s-era hotels that were once endemic. Perth’s vibrant new approach to accommodation is eye-catching – without the eye-watering cost.
Our pick of the best cheap hotels in Perth has got options for every traveler, from those wanting to check out arty Fremantle to beachbums heading straight to Scarborough and families wanting to stay right in the heart of the city. Need a bit of travel inspiration? Check out our Perth hit list for your guide to Western Australia's capital city.
Best cheap hotels in Perth
The test of a good hotel is its bathroom, right? A rain shower and bathroom bigger than most studio apartments make this luxury hotel worth a try. Factor in personal Nespresso machines, a great adjoining restaurant and a location within walking distance of both the CBD and Kings Park, and you’ve got yourself a home away from home, with the added incentive to exercise thanks to a 24-hour gym.
Time Out tip: Perth’s most popular Italian restaurant, Julio’s Italian Restaurant, is just downstairs. Hand rolled potato gnocchi with fresh tiger prawns are a must.
This Freo institution, with unparalleled views of Fremantle Harbour, is back in business after a two-year, $7 million renovation. The results are prettier than a modern Scandinavian castle: contemporary four-poster beds, navy linens and slatted timber décor are a nod to the hotel’s waterfront views, while Sarah Kelk’s pastel artwork acts as a centrepiece for the revived aesthetic. Come for a great night’s sleep in one of the 83 spacious rooms, and stay for a chilled Little Creatures Pale Ale up at the new rooftop bar that locals are flocking to. Time Out tip: Give yourself enough down time to enjoy a soak in the huge free standing baths.
Time Out tip: Give yourself enough down time to enjoy a soak in the huge free standing baths.
Aloft is the only address weary travellers and busy corporate types need. Located in the gentrified Rivervale area, a ten minute drive to the city and 15 minutes from the airport, the hotel is perfect for those who are after an affordable, yet sophisticated stay. Aimed at tech-savvy travellers who like a great breakfast buffet, it’s one of kind in WA right now. Time Out tip: Ask for the gluten-free banana bread which is usually on offer in the communal treats kitchen just off the lobby.
Time Out tip: Ask for the gluten-free banana bread which is usually on offer in the communal treats kitchen just off the lobby.
A quiet achiever with just 20 rooms nestled behind a 115-year-old, heritage-listed home, the Nest boast American soul food from the in house kitchen, local wines in the rooftop garden and delicious Chinese take-out just around the corner. The rooms offer free Wi-Fi, TVs with Chromecast for screen sharing from your device, and windows that open for fresh air and sounds of the city to float in and make you feel at home.
Time Out tip: Still read paperbacks? Take part in the hotel’s Take a Book – Leave a Book initiative and grab or donate something new to the hotel’s library.
You’d expect blackout blinds, huge, high-end rain showers and luxury Kevin Murphy shower products would beat a fancy hotel, not one that charges (on average) about $149 per night. Tribe’s kitchen is helmed by Jamie Oliver’s mate Tobie Puttock and offers simple comfort food like warm chicken sandwiches. This is the perfect sleepover spot for solo travellers seeking a prime location and great value for money.
Time Out Tip: The cut outs at the foot of the bed are actually storage space for your suitcase, shoes and other things you’d usually trip over in the middle of the night.
Located opposite Cottesloe Beach, this hotel offers 2 bars and a restaurant. Most rooms boast a balcony offering uninterrupted ocean views.Ideally located for swimming and surfing, Cottesloe Beach Hotel is just 500 metres from Sea View Golf Club. Originally opened in 1905, this hotel retains it's classic art deco characteristics. The Beach Club offers stylish décor, casual meals and an extensive wine list. The sophisticated Cott & Co. Fish Bar serves a selection of delicious seafood. The Verandah Bar is perfect for a drink straight after a swim. Each of the air-conditioned rooms includes a private bathroom with a shower, hairdryer and free toiletries. Tea/coffee making facilities.
Time Out tip: One of the best eateries in Perth is just up the road. Book a table at Il Lido canteen for the best Italian fare this side of Sicily.
The Esplanade has period charm and the reliability of a chain hotel – it’s part of the Rydges empire. A great location and the best pub meals in town are two highlights of a stay at one of Freo’s oldest hotels. The rooms are kitted out for those keen on staying in and relaxing, offering 24-hour room service and free Wi-Fi. Bathers Beach is a stroll away and you can make the most of the huge resort pool.
Time Out tip: Little Creatures Brewery is within walking distance. Run, don’t walk, and try the sticky pork ribs.
Come for the Crown treatment, stay for the best Perth has to offer in one convenient location. Come here to catch a show at the adjacent theatre, a romantic dinner at Rockpool or just to soak up some rays by the pool, but Promenade is also the best place to lay a weary head (on high end pillows). Make yourself at home and enjoy complimentary robes, on-demand movies and 24-hour room service for about $200 a night.
Time Out tip: The pool deck is like something out of Las Vegas. Get the concierge to reserve you a sunbed and remember dark sunglasses, if only for the people watching.
Scarborough’s beachfront is undergoing a huge redevelopment with new restaurants and venues opening regularly. Ramada is right in the thick of the action and about 16 kilometres away from the city. The resort style hotel is great for families who want some extra space and their own kitchen and laundry facilities. It’s also great for those keen to experience a favourite beach of the locals with the sands of Scarbs just a stone’s throw away.
Time Out tip: The Wild Fig, a northern suburbans breakfast institution, is just up the road. Get in early and order the grizzly pancakes.
Group trip? Quest will look after your large party numbers and sanity with spacious apartments in a handy location. If you need a break from the tribe, venture out of the hotel to any one of the cafés or bars that are a short stroll away, or see what’s on at the nearby State Theatre. Inside, each of the 130 rooms offer full kitchen and laundry facilities. The rooftop area is great for low-key evenings where you can fire up the communal barbecue as you drink in uninterrupted views of the Swan River. Time Out tip: Take a three-minute walk toward East Perth Reserve and enjoy breakfast at Toast. Order a coffee, Rocky Road on Challah, and enjoy spot of dolphin watching.
Time Out tip: Take a three-minute walk toward East Perth Reserve and enjoy breakfast at Toast. Order a coffee, Rocky Road on Challah, and enjoy spot of dolphin watching.