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Hotel Review: Mercure Perth

Perth . 2015 . Apr 30 - May 5

This post is part of our Perth Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.

Budget and convenience are always on the top of our list of criteria when selecting a hotel for our vacation. When it comes to Perth, there are hardly many hotels which fall into this criteria.  Mercure Perth was one of the few that does.

Fantastic Location

The location of Mercure Perth is one of the best we could get for a bargain.  It is a short 5 minutes walk away from the Perth’s Central Business District (CBD) where there is fabulous shopping, cafes and restaurants that open till late.

Best of all, the Perth City Train Station is within walking distance in the CBD as well, perfect for getting to towns like Fremantle.  Simply walk along Hay Street to the CBD, and you’ll be there in 5 mins.

Mercure Perth is also easily accessible from the airport by way of the public buses.  Check out our guide to getting to Perth City via bus! The public buses from Perth Airport stop at the road opposite to Mercure Perth, at St Georges Terrace.  Cross the road at St Georges Terrace and walk into Irwin Street where Mercure Perth is.

Mercure Perth is located next to Perth’s District Courts and Law Chambers.  While we have no use for these Courts, they are a fine sight to behold while on the way to Perth CBD.

Another of the reasons why we chose the Mercure Perth was that it is located one small road away from Kings Perth Hotel, where the day tour buses of Adams Pinnacles Tour depart from.  Since most of our day trips out of Perth city were booked with Adams, it made sense to find some convenience in boarding their buses.

Mediocre Check-In and Service

We would say, service standards at the Mercure Perth was mediocre, occasionally good at best. We would have dismissed the inconsequential smaller issues, but one incident involving getting a less than polite reply from the reception desk when we tried to borrow an electrical adaptor stuck to the mind.

The little things do count, and I guess this is what differentiates lower-tier hotels with the better ones.

The Room

Unlike other Australian cities such as Sydney and Gold Coast, it was rather difficult to find a hotel in Perth that has up-to-date designs.  Most hotel rooms in Perth CBD looked tired and out-of-date. Thankfully, we were pretty satisfied with our room at Mercure Perth.  While it is not the most stylish of rooms, it is at least roomy, clean and looks exactly as it is on the hotel website.

The room at Mercure Perth counts as one of more roomier rooms we had ever stayed in.

Even the bathroom is spacious.

The range of amenities provided.  Bring your own toothbrush, because Australian hotels do not provide it.

The view from our room.  There are quite some massive construction happening in and around Perth City, and it happens that we are privy to one of these construction works, right at our window-step.

Sun-rise over Saint Mary’s Cathedral, taken from our window. Amazing! I guess not many can have the privilege of taking this picture.

The Surroundings and Facilities

The Mercure Perth had recently undergone a facelift, thus accounting for the modern and stylish outlook.

At the reception lobby.

The Baccaria Bar at the lobby lounge is one of my favourite places.

The Business Centre at the reception area, which comprises of two desktops with complimentary access to the internet.

The lift lobby.

Away from the modern contemporary design of the lobby, we felt transported through time to a decade or two earlier when we reached the guest floors.

The lift lobby at our floor - level 13.  I hope Mercure Perth do have plans to upgrade these areas. Thankfully our room was better than this.

Our room, tucked in a corner.  Unlike the other rooms, this one’s in a cove. We almost missed it.

Floor plan of level 13.  Our room on the bottom left corner, bearing a slightly different configuration from the other rooms.

Level 13 is also the access point to the gym and the swimming pool.

The gym is only a small outfit but is equipped with the basic facilities.

The open-air pool at the rooftop.  Very small, but good enough for a quick dip.

From the rooftop deck is also one of the best places to view the city scape of Perth.

Looking at the construction site below us.

There’s also a small sauna pool at a higher floor, but it didn’t look very inviting, does it?

Final Verdict

Cheap for a budget stay, with great location to boot.  If you have a better budget to spare, consider other hotels.

Mercure Perth
10 Irwin St
Perth WA 6000

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This post is part of our Perth Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.

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