Visited Samphire only open a week, expected a bit of first week blues. But have never been to a $500/ night hotel that refuses you breakfast and dinner. Facilities fine but accepting that price per night there should be some responsibility to look after you. They don’t offer a hotel simply a nice room.
To be clear - Rottnest Island is not about accommodation. It's about those adorable little quokkas, so I could have stayed in a cardboard box and been happy about it. The location was great, everything is walk-able or bike-able. The food and drink at the restaurant were great, the beach is lovely as are the views. The room was large and the bed comfortable but it's not luxury. BUT I woke up one night and there was a bug in my room (not a big deal, we are in an Australian wildlife destination after all) and I opened the door to try to shoo it out and there were several sweet quokkas in the courtyard and it was a magical moment. I sat out there and watched them for a long bit. That made my choice of hotel/room absolutely perfect to me. But again, don't expect lux. Also check in was a bit odd in that there is an office you have to go into and then if no one is there (which was my experience the few times I went in there for something) you have to simply wait until someone returns -- at check in there were several of us just waiting staring at each other.
The hotel is conveniently located just a stone throw away from the ferry stop, provided you throw it really hard and it bounces a few times. The attached restaurant serves tasty food and would be a great place to rest your legs after a ball-busting cycle round the island.
I liked the quiet serenity of the place after sundown as it was frightfully cold in November and there wasn't much to do after dark. Thankfully, the rooms were suitably warm and the toilet stocked all the right soaps.
We stayed in the courtyard room and occasionally one or two quokkas would be hopping around for a photo opportunity.
After many years of wanting to visit we finally made up our minds and headed to Rotto for a short stay.
We decided to stay at the Hotel Rottnest and it turned out to be a great decision.
Apart from the fantastic location right on the beach at Thompson’s Bay the rooms were great. Clean and functional with the most comfortable bed I’ve stayed in for years.
Our room was a good size with a queen size bed and great amenities.
The hotel itself served great meals and ice cold beers and the staff were happy and helpful.
We really enjoyed our stay and can’t wait to return to the hotel in the future.
The good: friendly staff, great location and the room was clean.
The bad: bed was uncomfortable. The walls paper thin - I could hear the people in the rooms next to me. Very noisy.
Had a room with a private balcony with views of the beach. The furniture was dirty and uncomfortable. Plus it was noisy due to other patrons being on their balconies and not being mindful of noise. Honestly, better to have a room that shares that communal grounds. It's quieter and cheaper.