SOUTH Perth’s first hotel is expected to inject further tourism dollars into a Mends Street precinct that has recently welcomed a new 24-hour supermarket and high-end shopping arcade.
Quest South Perth Foreshore opens tomorrow, offering 90 rooms that nearly all have sweeping views across the river to the Perth CBD and a location that puts them within walking distance of the Perth Zoo and Mends Street jetty ferry.
The six-floor complex is built immediately above the new Mends Street Arcade, which will mark its opening next month.
Quest property manager Annabell Javinez relocated from Townsville to take charge of the riverfront suburb’s first hotel.
She had never been to Perth before but believes business travellers and tourists alike will concur that she has hit the jackpot.
“We have positioned ourselves to be in a prime location that has everything they need, from the 24-hours The Good Grocer downstairs, all the shops along Mends Street and the local restaurants,” Ms Javinez said.
“If they’re going to work it’s very close to the CBD and they can take the ferry to go across; it’s very easy.”
She expects Perth firms will like the hotel’s conference facilities and alfresco barbecue area, which would make a prime viewing platform for next year’s Australia Day Skyshow.
Another nice touch inside is the hotel’s wall art, a selection of scenic photographs of Perth.
With the City of South Perth set to start work on Connect South today, there’s an understandable air of vibrancy right along the foreshore.
“The project will create an attractive pedestrian-friendly piazza, improve lighting in the area, and create active and passive spaces for visitors,” South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said.
“Additionally, Connect South will build a strong connection between the South Perth Foreshore and Mends Street, creating a gateway to South Perth and the Perth Zoo, improving the visitor experience and reinforcing the links between South Perth, Elizabeth Quay and the Perth Central Business District.”
A smoking ceremony at 10am will mark the start of the construction phase.
Quest’s opening in South Perth comes just two months after one of Great Eastern Highway mainstays, Comfort Inn Bel Eyre Perth, reopened after a $50 million redevelopment as Ingot Hotel Perth.
The 214-room hotel is the first in Perth to join Choice Hotels Asia-Pac’s Ascend Hotel Collection portfolio, a network of centrally located, boutique hotels across the Asia Pacific region.
General manager Paul Rogers said the four-star hotel’s proximity to the CBD and the airport would attract corporate travellers and tourists.