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The Murray Hotel Perth
Ranked #4 of 12 Perth B&B and Inns
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Mandurah, Australia
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“Basic motel, ideal for short city stay, reasonable price for family”
Reviewed June 13, 2011

This place must have undergone some recent work, it's not as bad as some here would suggest (probably best not to read reviews older than a year anyway). It's not really what you would call a hotel - but if you're looking for a B&B or motel type place for just one or two nights city sightseeing, it's ideal. Would probably benefit from new carpet and curtains and refitted bathrooms, but I normally stay in 4* or above, so probably me just being fussy. This was ideal for our cheap and cheerful one night stay.
We had a family room which was clean and fresh with comfy beds, and importantly for children, full size single beds (not a pull-out sofa). We only stayed one night, so enough room for us with only one suitcase, I would find the small bathroom a bit tedious if staying longer, with the lack of room to put your toiletries. I hope the owners seriously consider revamping the bathrooms next, if only to put a basin into a unit with a top either side. For a family room, it would be better to put the kettle somewhere different (rather than on the top of the fridge). We have teenagers, so not a problem, but it would be a concern for anyone with littlies, being able to reach it.
The free city bus stops right outside the front door, great for sightseeing or shopping. There is a small car park at the front, but also another one at the back. The receptionist was friendly and welcoming. There is free internet access. We didn't have dinner here, but the breakfast was fine. Plenty of cereals, fruit, yogurt and toast, orange juice and tea and coffee. Who needs a cooked breakfast?
If you look at Google maps, you will see quite clearly that the motel is situated right on the corner of a busy intersection, with a bus stop outside and a hospital over the road. Don't complain about the noise! There are ear plugs supplied in the room. Maybe one day the owners will upgrade to double-glazing, but apart from that, there's not really much else they can do, can they?

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed April 18, 2011

Having had some terrible hotel experiences in Perth over the years I was extremely happy with my stay at this Hotel. The rooms was fresh, clean and very comfortable. Only draw back was not being able to open the window for fresh air. Did not experience any noise as was stated in other reviews. Hotel is well situated to a busy dining area in Hay Street but the meals supplied at the Hotel were also pleasant and not expensive, also a good selection of local wines available. The staff were extremely friendly and helpfull. Free parking on premises was also a bonus but small car essential. My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay and I will stay there again.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 15, 2011

In nice quiet area within minutes by bus from the CBD ( and with the free CAT service directly at the door). Moderate tariff , ( which includes breakfast) clean and large airy room . Appointments within not that great but excellent comfortable bed, good linen, flat screen TV. Affable and accommodating staff. Drawbacks no lifts and parking quite cramped however you are not being charged capital city rates either. Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 12, 2010

I wouldn't stay here again, very basic and the food is crap: ordered room service and it was revolting. It is very noisy, but I'm so tired it hasn't kept me awake. It's basically a back packers, the bathroom is very basic, not enough room to put toileteries out and the taps leak. I'll be glad to check out tomorrow!!!!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled on business
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murrayhotel, Owner at The Murray Hotel Perth, responded to this review, November 14, 2010
Thank you for your comments. I'm sorry that you did not enjoy your stay with us. We are actually a 3.5 star hotel and are sorry that we wern't able to make your stay more enjoyable. I take on your comments about the food and am reviewing the menu and chef and will have a whole new range of items to eat within the next couple of weeks.
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Reviewed April 29, 2010

This establishment is really a motel, not a hotel. Stayed for 3 nights. Booked this property from Wotif because it had free parking and free internet. It was same price as other better located/quality hotels who charged for internet. Whilst the room was large enough for 3 of us (actually had 4 beds), the bathroom was very small and quite grotty. Not sure that a bottle of "Mold Away" would have fixed it. Our room was clean, but there were a couple of holes in the walls that had obviously had power points removed, and they were patched up with plaster which was unpainted. The TV was an old fashioned one - the remote did not work and the push-buttons on the TV were broken. The included breakfast is nothing more than cereal, toast , orange juice and tea/coffee. If you are used to bigger breakfasts, take one of the lower priced (not necessarily lower quality) hotels in the CBD and pay the $12-20 for the cooked breakfast. We had a meal inthe "restaurant" on our first night (it was late when we arrived). MEal was a little pricy for just a bowl of spaghetti with a splash of sauce and some grated cheese. A drink was included, but I still felt hungry after the meal. A pieces) of garlic bread would have been a good filler and would have left me satisfied. Staff was very helpful, and they know they are limited by some of the problems with property. If you are a light sleeper, then noise is the big problem as mentioned by other posters. They even have earplugs in the room, so obviously others have complained about it. There are no shops near the motel, except the "express" shop in the service station just around the corner.then I would go for one of the other CBD hotels. If you don't need internet or a parking place, then I would take one of the better properties in the CBD.

  • Stayed April 2010
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murrayhotel, Owner at The Murray Hotel Perth, responded to this review, June 5, 2010
Thank you for your comments. The TVs are being replaced with flatscreen TVs & Foxtel and the hotel kitchen is being renovated with a new menu being introduced shortly. Unfortunately we are on a busy intersection and hotels can be noisy places hence the earplugs to assist to quieten sleeping time for guests. Thanks Kate
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed April 20, 2010

Stayed here for one night. The hotel has a very strong backpacker feel (down to what appear to be backpackers working the front desk!). The rooms come off corridors running the length of the building, leading to stairs at either end, that are left open during the day. I stayed on the same level as reception and there was a lot of corridor traffic which made the room quite noisy. It's almost as if the door and walls aren't there, as far as noise goes - very minimal insulation. The management is obviously well aware of this, as they have a container full of earplugs next to the containers of coffee and tea sachets. I chose not to use the earplugs which meant every time another group came back from dinner/the pub/wherever, I woke up - and got woken up very early as soon as the toilets and showers started going on my floor and the one above me in the morning. The bathroom is tiny but the hot water was fine.

On the plus side, it's cheap for Perth, it was clean, free wireless internet is great and there is a handy Shell servo just around the corner for basic supplies, and a free CAT bus stop right in front of the hotel that I caught straight to Perth city shopping centre. The included breakfast was fine - coffee bags (for the early-comers, instant sachets for the late!), fruit toast, juice, cereal etc. Bed was fine. Also I was able to use the free parking which was very handy. The tradeoff was that I only got about five hours of interrupted sleep and was quite cranky for my long drive the next day.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled solo
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murrayhotel, Owner at The Murray Hotel Perth, responded to this review, June 5, 2010
Thank you for your comments. I'm glad that you were please with your stay and I apologise for the noise you experienced. Unfortunately the age and position of the building together with other guests can make it a bit noisy and we are working on lots of things to quieten the building. Thanks Kate
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed February 15, 2010

I stayed here to attend the football at Subiaco. Only 10 minute walk was very convienent so if you are going to a game, this location is good. The hotel itself is showing its age, although renovations are being planned. The price is a bit expensive for the quality.

Probably the biggest issue is the noise. You can hear your neighbours, doors closing etc. The big issue is there is two hospitals right next to it, so I was constantly woken by ambulances through the night. They provide ear plugs but if you have an early wake up, you might miss the alarm.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled solo
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Property: The Murray Hotel Perth
Address: 718 Murray St | West Perth, Perth, Western Australia 6005, Australia (Formerly Murray Street Lodge Hotel Perth)
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Location: Australia > Western Australia > Greater Perth > Perth > West Perth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Perth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Murray Hotel Perth 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Murray Hotel is the smallest, family run 3 1/2 star property in Perth with excellent customer service and a "home away from home" vibe. The hotel is walking distance to Kings Park, Perth Arena, Subiaco Oval and Leederville. It's an excellent location for self-drive guests as the hotel has free parking and is positioned just off the freeway exit. The hotel is great for overnight or short 2 to 4-night breaks in Perth for both the corporate guest and families. There is a free yellow CAT bus right outside the front door taking guests into the CBD, Elizabeth Quay and city shopping districts. It's the only hotel in Perth that offers a complimentary breakfast! ... more   less 
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