We stayed at Tradewinds as a special treat. We had been there in our courting days almost 20 years before and had very fond memories. The receptionist appeared very helpful and told us about the facilities and about breakfast times as a full buffet breakfast was included in our rate. The room we were given had a view of a wall. It was on the 2nd floor and just outside the lift. As this was supposed to be a special occasion and our memories of our room of 20 years before was in the original old heritage building, with wonderful harbour view, we asked if we might be given something nicer. Apparently no one could remember the old building ever having rooms, it is now a conference centre, so that was not an option. The next room we were given was just above the first. Looking straight out at the wall of the lift well. But with a 90 degree twist of our necks or by dragging our chairs a few rooms further down the outside walkway we could glimpse the harbour and hopefully the setting sun. It was room 315. I will never forget. We ventured down to the Restaurant for Dinner where the music was so loud we could not hear ourselves think. So we gave it a miss and went into Fremantle to a great Indian Restaurant. We returned to our room, having missed seeing the sunset from the concrete walkway. We sat down on the couch to watch a bit of TV and have an end of day beverage, when, after a few minutes we realised the floor was vibrating. There was an awful droning noise that vibrated along both side walls and through the floor. Not knowing if this would eventually stop, we contacted the reception and asked if we were, perhaps, above the kitchen and the noise might be the exhaust fans. We were told no. So then we asked that someone come up and listen to the noise. After about 3 phone calls and nearly an hour the duty manager finally came and listened. He admitted there was a 'bit of a noise', but he had no idea what it was. So he went to investigate. Another 2 phone calls and about half hour later the receptionists told us he (the duty manager) could not find the source of the noise, but if we were 'so susceptible to noise' they could put us in a room further away! This was almost mid-night. We packed up and changed to a much quieter room! No one ever followed up. We never found out what the noise was, though we suspect it was a motor on the side of the lift shaft. But apparently we were the only people who had ever noticed it, even though it vibrated through the whole room and the wall where the couch was and the bed. To top it off, the next morning we had 15 minutes to have our buffet breakfast as the receptionist had told us it finished at 10am when in fact it finished at 9.30am weekdays and 10am on weekends. This was a Friday!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Tradewinds Hotel offers 83 fully self contained apartments, alfresco and indoor bars, a delicious seasonal menu created by Executive Chef Gary Martin in our Restaurant and is conveniently located on the beautiful Swan River in East Fremantle. The hotel offers amazing river views and is only 5 minutes to the heart of Fremantle and 20 minutes by car to Perth's CBD. All apartments are spacious and equipped with a kitchenette and private bathroom, 24 hour reception, room service, outdoor swimming pool, heated spa, new state of the art gym and complimentary undercover security parking. Located within easy 5 minute walk of an extensive range of cafes and dining options along the river, and on George Street, East Fremantle. We offer in-house buffet breakfast for hotel guests including children and have highchairs available for your convenience. ... more less
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