Due to a local mining boom which has kept the economy of the state of Western Australia accelerating despite the global financial crisis, there is a dearth of good accommodation in the state capital of Perth.
With most of the corporate hotels in the CBD charging guests a fortune because of too few hotel rooms, there is a gem of a place called Assured Ascot Quays which does not boast a prestigious inner city address, but which offers a resort-style stay in a perfectly sublime location.
The hotel is situated on Great Eastern Highway in the suburb of Ascot, between the city and the airport, which makes it very convenient as you don’t have to sit in traffic seemingly forever with your taxi meter running riot just to make it in time for your flight.
Yes, Assured Ascot Quays is not in the city centre, but its location is absolutely superb, sitting on a stretch of the magnificent Swan River, with good proximity to the Crown Casino Complex, which is one of Perth’s top entertainment venues.
The views over Perth city are the best that I have seen, particularly at night when the city lights up and you look over the reflections of lights on the river as it snakes its way like a multi-hued carpet right to the city’s edge.
Recently celebrating its tenth birthday, the hotel has been renovated and now has a brand new look from the reception area and lobby lounge, right through to the apartments. These have been accessorised with contemporary interiors including new flat screen televisions, all designed to offer the guest a comfortable and relaxing stay.
The hotel boasts a variety of accommodation which are suitable for both short and long stays.
Spacious self-contained one, two and three bedroom apartments with city, river or parkland views have been remodelled and include gourmet kitchens complete with dishwasher and full-size fridge.
Other keys services include, complimentary on-site parking, 24 hour room service, a swimming pool and gymnasium, business services, broadband wireless internet access and a tour desk.
Immediately behind the hotel is a path which follows the contours of the Swan River, and which is perfect for a brisk walk or slow amble along this magnificent waterway. Despite the fact that you are just metres from a busy main road, the river is still serene and a walk gives an invigorating start or end to the day.
The hotel’s restaurant, 150 East Riverside Bar Restaurant is the perfect location to enjoy a fine meal from an innovative menu which changes seasonally using fresh, high quality produce with a local focus.
Assured Ascot Quays is a good place to stay for either a business or a leisure trip as you can spend a hard day working in the city then relax after work in a magnificent location.