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The Murray Hotel Perth
Ranked #4 of 14 Perth B&B and Inns
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Sydney, Australia
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87 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Cheap and clean but noisy”
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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karratha
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Reviewed December 2, 2009

Stayed here 3 nights. Great location for Subi, plus CAT stop right outside, so easy to get into main shopping area. You can buy basic meals here - but unfortunately not the best. When we stayed, there only seemed to be one person working all hours of the day, she was very polite and helpful considering all the things that were going on (manning front desk, phone calls, the bar and serving meals - what a star) I had read a previous review and was a little concerned about the expected traffic noise, however we didnt really notice it. Free internet access is a bonus. Only downside would be the very limited parking available.

Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Bunbury, Australia
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Reviewed October 10, 2009

I stayed here one night for business. The outside of the hotel is very off putting and looks like a bit of a dive, but appearances can be deceiving as the inside is clean & modern. My room was large & roomy, with a king size bed and a single bed. Also there was a sofa, coffee table and a work desk. The rooms have recently been refurbished and the furniture is new and modern. A big plus for the business traveller is the free wireless high speed internet access. The only downside is the location on the corner of two very busy roads, so don't expect a pleasant lie in! I wasn't really affected as I had to be up early anyway but if you were staying here for an extended stay then I think the noise would be an issue. The hotel should really invest in some double glazing then it would be just perfect.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled on business
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Lincolnshire U.K
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Reviewed May 27, 2009

This was the only vacant accomodation available in Perth that our relatives could get us late December. We had never stayed in this type of accomodation before and were rather apprehensive about it but it turned out to be very suitable for our needs - after all we only needed a bed and toilet faciliites. We stayed for various lengths in several of their rooms in transit between our travels around Australia.Dec06/Jan07. All were very clean en suite . There was a double and single bed in each room we stayed in plus table chairs, wardrobe and drawers etc. All had tea/coffee facilities, televisions and phones.. The reception was staffed from morning to mid evening and all staff were very pleasant, helpful and obliging. The laundry room was excellent. The communal lounge/diner was good. Breakfast was fine and plentiful. I actually enjoyed watching the hustle and bustle on the main road and sitting outside late evening talking to other guests. The rear garden was quite nice but the pool was too small for adults to swim in. The CAT bus stopped outside the front entrance .We will use this place again next time we stay in Perth and would recommend it.

  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed April 6, 2009

We stayed here two separate nights on way in and way out of Perth and both rooms were very clean and really good quality. The bedroom/studi area is nice and the best bed i slept on in 11 nights, and good sized TV. The bathrooms a little more basic but good sized shower, with shower curtian and tiled floor rather than those enclosed shower boxes. Good big mirror. Nice check in service, and easy to leave bags if need to. A free Cat bus service at front door! Small breakfast room/restaurant for dinner with meals such as pasta, curry - those sort of kid friendly well known meals like lasange etc. Not very gourmet but tasted nice. Included (!) breakfast is cereals and toast and juice tea/coffee only but hey it's free and fresh!

Also 2 free internet terminals in the breakfast room/bar.
The only downer is the roads, it's on the corner of 2 big ones so take some ear plugs if you sleep lightly. They worked for me and the place was quiet at night (people wise). There is a very small but nice looking pool and lounger area. And parking! I'd definetly stay again.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed March 23, 2009

The Murray St Lodge Hotel is okay. It is on the corner of a busy road, so once morning rush hour starts you can hear a fair bit of traffic - probably not ideal for light sleepers.

I was pleasantly surprised. It looks a little run down from outside, but the room is spacious and most importantly very clean. The beds are very comfy and you've got everything you need in your room...although they did forget to give me towels but quickly provided them when I asked.

There is a free basic continental breakfast, free wireless internet and free parking - it would be a long walk to the centre of Perth but to West Perth (which is nice) it is very close.

Would I recommend it?
Yes, I think so - all the inclusions, plus the clean comfortable room makes me think that for a few days it is fine. Not sure about a longer stay, but I'm happy with the two days I was there.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled on business
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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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 14 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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