We were in Perth for a conference and as a jumping-off point for a SE Asia trip. Conference was at the Mercure, so that's where we stayed. First impressions were that it was a bit dated, but clean and adequate. We were advised that we had been upgraded. Other conference delegates remarked that our room was better then theirs, so i guess we actually were upgraded. One delegate was lucky enough to get a still better room with capsule coffee maker and other mod cons. Pity she wasn't a coffee drinker, but it did make me a little envious.
The Mercure is ideally located on the corner of Irwin and Hay streets, just a couple of hundred metres or so from the Hay St mall, so it's close to shopping and the pedestrian precinct. The Red Cat free bus service runs past the hotel, with a stop close by. Perth suburban train station is an easy walk away.
The hotel itself is a little tired and dated, but still refined. It has aged gracefully. The staff were absolutely magnificent. Nothing was too much trouble: even down to finding a local doctor to issue prescriptions for a couple of items that somehow missed our suitcases, and excellent recommendations for meals. Room was very comfortable, but the over-the-bath shower was missing one glass door, making it a delicate operation to avoid flooding the bathroom.
Breakfast let them down badly. I've never been a great fan of bain-marie style food gently stewing away all morning, and this one was no better than most. Their coffee however was wonderful.
We spent four nights here, and you left feeling that while it was adequate and comfortable enough, it certainly wasn't outstanding: except for those staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located in the Perth Central Business District, Mercure Hotel Perth is close to shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Just a short stroll from the Swan River, Perth Mint and Supreme Court Gardens; you'll find many of Perth’s attractions nearby. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Perth Hotel Perth