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“Paying for the view” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Rottnest
Perth, Australia
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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Paying for the view”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2012

The only "hotel" type accommodation on Rottnest Island. Very expensive in summer and you would be best to book 12 months in advance. Rooms are average but command views (with a hefty price) and easy access to beach. Good food though limited menu but consistent, also expensive. Otherwise great place to JUST hang out and relax.

Tip: Get there around 5ish to get the best seats along the front (beach frontage)
Drinks: Vodka LL&B $12.50 / Jack Daniels & Coke $14.00
Menu: Thai Salad / Salmon
Service is slow both bistro and bar.

Room Tip: Room with ocean views and balcony are limited. If you don't like noise, I wouldn't recommend...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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Singapore, Singapore
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49 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2012

We liked this place, but on first look we almost turned around and walked out - I'm not talking about the fantastic area that faces Thompson Bay, but the rooms: the accommodation side of the house looks, visually, like a motel from some bad seventies movie.

Until you enter the room, at which point, things pick up - a little.

We didn't spend much time in the room, and enjoyed the astroturf courtyard enough to compensate, but it wasn't somewhere we'd be comfortable recommending.

Room Tip: Try and get one of the three beach-facing rooms. At least you'll feel like you're nearby a...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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70 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2012

Its a given that you can expect to pay double for anything on rottnest island. But the service and food definitely does no reflect that! $6 for a lemondae and a $20 pizza that tasted like cheese on toast, none of which came with a smile

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank NatB1
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Perth, Australia
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16 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2012

Stayed 3 nights at the hotel. Wonderful weather. Great location. But the rooms are those of a 1-2 star facility. The reception is open from 0830 to 1630 only. No breakfast. No internet or telephone. Down to the little details like the bathroom basin had no plug. Some rooms are nice, and some are more limited with poor ventilation. On the plus side, the pub is right at hand. The beach is a couple of steps away. And you are in the centre of main settlement of the island. l'll stay there again, but conscious that I am comfortably "roughing it", rather than staying in a hotel.

It is very expensive. If this was in Germany or Greece or France, this room would be about 70 euros per night (maybe less since there is no breakfast). Factor in the island location and the need to bring in everything by boat, and the price would reasonably rise to 110 euros. They charge $A280 which is 230 euros - that is a heck of a lot for a night - and twice any normal country..

Room Tip: Rooms at the front look great (extra cost).
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Portland, Maine
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2012

The beautiful beaches and climate are big positives for Rottnest and I recommend visiting the island. However the Rottnest Hotel, whilst in a fantastic location, will greet you with terrible customer service and prices that are way over the top for the below average food and drinks. Take a look at the great location, but spend your money elsewhere.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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117 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2012

We stayed overnight at Rottnest becuase we wanted to take in as much of the island as possible. In saying this, I think a day trip is sufficient. We took the ferry over which was lovely and wondered the island. You can take bikes there or walk around - it's not a very big island. The hotel accommodation was pretty average - small rooms but because you are spending most time outside, you don't really need much. The rooms were clean but unfortunately not very sound proof. Lots of kids around but it was during the school holidays. I have to say it doesn't really feel much like a hotel but more like a motel because it feels more short stay. Also very expensive becuase it's one of the only places to stay on the island unless you get a cabin.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Perth, Australia
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38 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2012

We always stay on our boat so can't review the hotel as such, only the restaurant and beer garden.
As always the food was cooked perfectly. The beer garden is very large and the staff always manage to find you when delivering your meals. The staff are usually backpackers but they always have experience and speak excellent English. The setting overlooking the Indian Ocean is superb with the gentle breeze keeping the summer temperature enjoyable, The menu is fairly extensive if not a little pricey.

Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Rottnest

Property: Hotel Rottnest
Address: 1 Bedford Ave, Cockburn, Rottnest Island, Western Australia 6161, Australia
Location: Australia > Western Australia > Greater Perth > Cockburn > Rottnest Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Rottnest Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Rottnest 4*
Number of rooms: 18
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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