There are expansive views across the Australian city’s western suburbs all the way to the cranes of Fremantle port. In another direction, Perth city centre unfolds beyond the clubs and bars of the city’s entertainment district.
First Impressions: The hotel opened officially at the start of the year and there’s a freshness about the property that appeals. Service staff have quickly come to grips with the new environment and produced a slick check-in experience. Another plus: It’s a non-smoking hotel and those who decide to light up face a A$1,000 (US$692) fine. Phew!
The Location: Northbridge was once on the wrong side of the tracks – the railway tracks – until an impressive new development, Yagan Square, linked Perth with its liveliest nightclubs, restaurants and pubs. The hotel is also close to Perth’s Chinatown, which offers visitors another taste of the city’s rich heritage.
The Room: Muted colours of silver and grey with interesting artwork. Bathroom is compact but quite adequate.
The Service: Double Tree’s Make it Right service addresses any issues, big or small. A Careline button on the phone ensures a prompt response. Overall the 24-hour service from a young team was spot-on.
Memorable Moment: The outdoor heated pool and fitness centre is located on level 3 and open from sunrise to sunset. A great place to unwind.
Final word: For those, like me, who tend to give hotel restaurants a miss, the James St Bar + Kitchen has been receiving wonderful reviews. One well-regarded local food critic wrote, “Straight away, it’s clear this is no ordinary hotel menu, and this is no ordinary hotel chef. Executive Chef Kevin Garcia and his team know what they’re doing. DoubleTree guests are spoilt, and the rest of us can share in the spoils”.