I chose the Norfolk Hotel because it was close to the conference I was attending and besides, I did not want to stay in a large hotel. As some of the reviewers pointed out, the primary business of the Norfolk Hotel is pub and staff (although friendly) sadly lack skills and training to look after the hotel guests. Among the major cons for me were: steep set of stairs leading to the accommodation part and lack of elevator; having to access the room either through a noisy and crowded bar or through a rather empty car park; music blaring downstairs till early hours of the morning; and not having room service (you can order your meal at the bar and take it to your room, but don't forget those stairs! plus there are at least 3 sets of doors to open whilst balancing your plates and drinks before you get to your room. With all due fairness though, a lovely barmaid send one of the waiters - a very nice and obliging young man - to help me carry my dinner up the stairs, but only after I asked for some help). Besides, on my first night there, a fight broke out just outside my window at around 2 a.m., seemingly between some of the patrons leaving the pub. This was enough persuasion for me to try and find alternative accommodation the next day, although sadly, all decent-looking places in the area were booked out. On the upside, food was delicious and the room was very clean but basic (and definitely not worth the $150 price tag!). Overall though, a definite no-no for women travelling on their own!
- Also Known As:
- Norfolk Hotel Fremantle