We took one of the four bayside rooms, the only option I would consider at this hotel. The room was comfortable but not luxurious. What you are paying for is the interrupted view of the beautiful Thomson Bay. The rooms are set back from the beach and there is a bike/walking path between the beach and rooms. There are also low trees in your line of view. We had an end room. There was a bit of noise from our neighbour, talking, TV, running taps but not enough to be disruptive at night. The bed was comfortable and, with the exception of the shower floor, the room was clean. One of the lights had no globe which suggested a lack of detail in maintenance. It had rained the night before we arrived. The outdoor lounges had been left in the weather and did not dry during our two day stay. We were also very disappointed to have one of our duffle bags delivered with one end wet and sandy and a slit in both seams. It appeared it had been dropped, split and water had been taken up into the items at that end of the bag. We complained to the hotel, who in turn contacted the luggage carriers, who in turn blamed the ferry company. It was disappointing that this complaint was not 'heard'. We ate dinner both nights at the hotel. The food and service was excellent as was the outlook. Indoor and outdoor dining is available. The indoors is airconditioned, sightly raised and has full length windows to give similar spectacular view as the outdoor seating. Breakfast was not offered, however, The Dome cafe, which offers a cooked breakfast menu, is only a short stroll down the path. If you are just after a coffee and a snack then your other good options are The Lane and the Rottnest Bakery, both just a short walk from the hotel. There is plenty to do, particularly in the outdoors. There are free guided history walks twice a day, a little museum and three tiny galleries opened at different times of the day. You can pick up a tours program on the ferry or from the hotel reception. Most tours are free. Swimming, fishing and bike riding are also very popular. Bikes can be hired from the ferry companies or on the island. You can also bring your own if you don't mind it having a bit of salt water blowing over it. Although we had an enjoyable stay I would say the lakeside rooms at the Lodge are a better investment for a short term, no hassle stay at Rottnest.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The accommodation at Hotel Rottnest is second to none on the island, being the only resort style accommodation on Rottnest Island that is on the beach. Our Bayside rooms are the top of the range on Rottnest with private courtyards that overlook the majestic Thompson Bay, and are the only Rottnest Island accommodation with reverse-cycle air-conditioning. Spend your Rottnest holiday in resort style comfort only minutes from Fremantle. There is no better place to sit and sip on a glass of champagne and watch the world go by or to rejuvenate after a day of adventure on this serene island paradise. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rottnest Hotel