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Hotel Rottnest

1 Bedford Ave, Fremantle, Rottnest Island, Western Australia 6161 Australia
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#1 of 1 special hotel in Rottnest Island
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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.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Beach
Mini golf
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Internet
Coffee shop
Restaurant
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Wine / champagne
Canoeing offsite
Tennis court offsite
Walking tours
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
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ATM on site
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Ocean view
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4.0 of 5 stars
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Sara B wrote a review Dec 2023
2 contributions1 helpful vote
We came for lunch ordered 3 meals and 2 sides. Only 2 meals and 1 side arrived we let them know and they said they were coming. One of meals arrives fish and chips which was good and the chicken sluvaki that was suppose to be chargrilled but hadn’t seen a grill let alone been charred as was wet and soggy. We let them know and they directed us to manager who kindly Changed this for a burger as it was falsely advertised. When the new burger and third meal (fish burger) arrived the fish burger was so oily had a bite and squeezed it and so much oil came dripping out onto plate. I get it’s fried but this was disgusting. We let the manager know about fish burger flooding with oil when he collected the plates full with poor food. He replied ‘lovely’ took plates and walked off. Wouldn’t recommend if you don’t want beyond greasy oil food served by a rude manager. Other staff were lovely, shame manger lacks such poor customer service skills, Surprised he got the job over his over his polite colleagues - he must have been hired externally rather than in house promotion. Would have let him know this myself if he didn’t just reply ‘lovely’ and walk away.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Mat C wrote a review Oct 2023
7 contributions12 helpful votes
Atmosphere is good. Food isn’t great. Had prawns - were saturated in batter and over cooked in the deep fryer. Apparently i need to have a minimum of characters so adding this sentence to meet this requirement.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Peter B wrote a review Mar 2023
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We ate here as a family last night for my daughters birthday. We really do understand the pressures of trying run a business right now with staff issues and product shortages. However the food we ordered was extremely sub par. My daughter, who’s vegetarian, ordered cauliflower tacos. What appeared in front of her were two, very small flour tortillas with a smattering, and I mean smattering, of cauli mix and for this we paid $20. My issue is that the product was very poor value but even worse it was presented on a large white plate with no dressing or garnish to even make it look attractive, hence my point, lazy catering. Meanwhile my burger arrived and was very small, the Pattie was burnt around the edge and it was also luke warm at best. Similarly this was presented on a large white plate, just with chips, no garnish or presentation whatsoever, again, lazy catering. And that at $24. By comparison, today we ate at Geordies Art Cafe and it could not have been more different. The burger was twice the size, only $2 more, beautifully presented with a stick in it and garnish and sauce all in a lovely basket and also delivered with a smile which was also greatly lacking at the hotel. Take my advice, eat at Geordie’s and then go to the pub for drinks and maybe the pub could send their cook (not chef) up to Geordies to see how it should be done. Obviously management expectations are low at the hotel but I hope this constructive criticism may spur them to improving presentation, quality, value and service.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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ER wrote a review Oct 2022
Rottnest Island, Australia228 contributions76 helpful votes
Backpackers are back and so is the service, food and ambiance. With Island bar music playing, a sunny day and a good mix of day trippers, overnighters and yachties - Hotel Rottnest was the place to be. Loads of accents (mostly French, Italian and South American) from both the bar staff and the visitors for the youngsters, and Aussie accents for the older generation demonstrates island and hotel management have got it right. We loved it all.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Maggie Fowler, Owner at Hotel Rottnest
Responded 29 Nov 2022
Thanks very much for the great review! Hope to see you here again soon. - Maggie & team
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Chris M wrote a review Aug 2022
South Fremantle, Australia93 contributions48 helpful votes
Hotel Rottnest is an iconic location with fantastic views. Today however, while not overly busy, the service was severely lacking. Standing at the bar watching multiple people getting frustrated as the bar staff make no attempt to serve the next person in line and simply serve who happens to be in front of them. Not to mention those patrons who take advantage. Shame there is no other choice on where to go. Probably part of the problem.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Paul Clark, Owner at Hotel Rottnest
Responded 15 Sept 2022
Hi Chris - sorry we fell short on that particular day - we have been working hard on our recruiting but it is a tough labour market at the moment. I understand however that this should not be your problem. Sorry again Regards Paul and Team
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Liz L wrote a review July 2022
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We stayed at Samphire Resort for 3 nights on a Winter Package that included the ferries for 2, breakfast each morning at Lontara Restaurant, 2 drinks vouchers, a bottle of Prosecco and a dessert platter on arrival. It was a good deal. We were very excited about staying. Our room was in Beach Lane. We hadn’t expected to have our ground floor outdoor area looking straight on to a construction site. Might have been advisable to tell guests when booking. After trying to enjoy a coffee but having to endure less than delightful language of the construction workers, we asked for another room. We were moved to a first floor poolside room which was very kind. It seems though that someone cut corners with the Resort design. The painted wooden deck has peeled badly. The first floor balconies have no roof just wood slats that don’t protect you from the rain. . We had to dash out to rescue the Resort’s outdoor chair pillows on our balcony chairs. Just seems like a poor design. The concrete is failing on a number of locations at the perimeter. The outdoor settings are lovely but perhaps someone needs to ensure they are cleaned? Don’t ask us why but there are no toilet brushes in the bathrooms. We asked for one but were told housekeeping cleans. I’m not sure housekeeping wants to be called every morning. There is a very small toilet fan and no toilet air freshener. As the toilets and bathroom are frosted glass walls, it’s not ideal if the meal the night before creates a reaction. Just seems like basic hygiene? Our breakfast choices at Lontara were brilliant. The Chia and Granola bowls are very good. Poached eggs and sourdough were perfect. Coffee was excellent. The key ingredient to make a great Resort is staff who are enthusiastic, cheerful, happy to see you and help. It was missing at Reception. Very stern staff who made us feel like we had been sent to the headmistress/master’s office. Most delightful staff were those doing the cleaning. Very cheerful and happy to say hello and have a short chat about the weather. We realised they were short staffed as staff told us. So we did our best to be encouraging and supportive. We are in a pandemic. We get it. But as guests we came with reasonable expectations of being made to feel welcome. Some staff clearly missed any training on offer (assuming they do train). The stand out staff member was the delightful American woman (Maryland)managing the bar. She was so kind, personable and professional. We hope she gets to stay in Australia. She would certainly assist in raising the hospitality bar. Overall, it was a a good experience but not the luxury one we thought we would be getting.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Maggie Fowler, Owner at Hotel Rottnest
Responded 17 July 2022
Hi there, thanks for your detailed review of our sister property, Samphire Rottnest! We are glad you enjoyed your stay... I will certainly pass on your feedback to the team at Samphire. Hope you enjoyed some time with us at Hotel Rottnest also! If not... see you next time. :)
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Carolyn R wrote a review June 2022
Perth, Australia8 contributions1 helpful vote
Just has a very disappointing dinner at the hotel. Ordered 2 servings of grilled snapper with sweet potato chips and Caesar salad. The fish was OK nothing special but the salad was dirty. Every mouthful was full of grit. I complained and the chef said it was seasoning on the lettuce.. Absolute rubbish, it had not been washed, you could actually see and feel the dirt on the lettuce. It’s a shame but we will not go back and will certainly pass this on to our family who regularly come to Rottnest. No apology offered and certainly no deduction on the bill. Very poor service..
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Response from Maggie Fowler, Owner at Hotel Rottnest
Responded 5 July 2022
Hi Carolyn, I'm very sorry to hear about your experience here. Providing a quality product is very important to us so I'm sorry we fell short here! Please contact me on maggie.f@hotelrottnest.com.au should you wish to return to Hotel Rottnest, would love to shout you a meal and drink on your next trip to Rotto.
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Suzie wrote a review May 2022
Perth, Australia6 contributions5 helpful votes
Delicious lobster slider, burger and starters. Food came out quickly and compared to our last visit a year ago has improved. Order drinks at the main bar to avoid getting plastic wine glasses. Food was great and we were very happy!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Maggie Fowler, Owner at Hotel Rottnest
Responded 3 June 2022
Thanks for the great review Suziese! So glad you enjoyed your time at Hotel Rotto :)
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jimmyb04 wrote a review Feb 2022
Perth, Australia1 contribution
Dropped in for dinner with 2 families and some extras; prawn and pepperoni pizzas and chicken wings were very nice. Weren’t so happy with the burgers but still okay. Service was very good in a challenging environment; couldn’t fault any of the staff. Everything was delivered quickly. It is a pub under pressure and it delivered well as far as we were concerned.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: The pizzas are good and wings different but worth it
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buckersz wrote a review Jan 2022
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Has to be the worst fish and chips ever served in the history of mankind. $29 for an undersized piece of shark in soggy batter and luke warm soft chips. Nothing else in the plate apart from a piece of lemon and a tub of tartare sauce. It’s clear to see there is virtually no competition for food in Rottnest when they can get off with ripping people off for substandard food. Oh and the plastic glasses didn’t help. A tip - buy your drinks from the inside bar as you get real glass, the outside bar gives you crappy plastic.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Rottnest
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Rottnest?
Nearby attractions include Wadjemup Museum (0.3 km), Thomson Bay (0.2 km), and Just 4 Fun Aqua Park (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Rottnest?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Rottnest?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Rottnest?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Lane Cafe, Rottnest Bakery, and Frankie's on Rotto.
Does Hotel Rottnest offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel Rottnest?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Oliver Hill Battery (2.7 km), Kingstown Barracks (1.3 km), and Rottnest Chapel (0.4 km).
Does Hotel Rottnest have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Hotel Rottnest accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.