Want the Palm Springs vibes you see all over Instagram without leaving Australia? The West Coast has it! Our staycation at the stunning modern Fremantle Tradewinds Hotel.
TRADEWINDS HOTEL FREMANTLE
Since it’s reopening last year, after a ten-month renovation, Tradewinds Hotel in Fremantle has been on my wishlist to visit. The chic and modern renovation comes with Perth appropriate Palm Springs vibes, beautiful views and the modern facilities that make you want to book another night. Two years ago Lonely Planet named Fremantle as the only Australian city to make the top ten in it’s ‘Best in Travel 2016’. It comes as no surprise that Fremantle has been a driving force behind Western Australian tourism. The port town clocks up a seemingly endless stream of National and International visitors, all eager to experience its charms. Dominating the riverside North of Fremantle, Tradewinds Hotel is a destination to host travellers in comfort and a little bit of luxury without pretence.
We were kindly hosted by Tradewinds Hotel to share our staycation with you all and I can honestly tell you I loved our stay and would definitely repeat it all again.
THE RIVER SUITE
Checking in, our 50 square meter suite was described as everyone’s favourite. We were guided up to the top level to the River Suite, the largest of the suites with riverside and port views. The suite offers a comfortable lounge and dining room, complete with large minimal desk space. Moving through, the kitchen offers a stove top, microwave, coffee machine, fridge and dishwasher. Not that I had plans to do any cooking! The large bedroom with double wardrobe and king four-poster bed is as sleek and minimal as they come. But the added hero is undeniably the extra large tub. Oh or perhaps the loaded bar cart.
Tradewinds Hotel offers some enticing accommodation packages to meet the needs of their guests. We tried out the romantic ‘Barry White Package’, perfect for a staycation getaway to celebrate an anniversary. Upon arrival, the Barry White Package offers complimentary Mumm Champagne and chocolates along with breakfast in bed and in-house movies. The perfect package to show your significant other just how much you love them with a romantic night in. Other packages on offer accommodate the modern family or couples with food and beverage vouchers. The Tradewinds Bar and Bistro is a laidback dining option facing the Swan River. The spot is popular and approachable, but we opted to order room service and settle in to watch a movie for the night.
WHAT TO SEE / DO
Following our movie night, I dragged Mario up to hit the hotel gym because I am nasty like that! Not quite warm enough to jump into the lagoon pool for a swim, we ate our pre-ordered breakfast back in our room. The late checkout offered me a chance to get a little work done, film my last YouTube video (if you missed it, please find it here) and let Mario watch one last movie. Seriously though, with more than a 100 films to choose from, we could have been entertained for days! The suite had three televisions!
Situated along the Swan River, there is a walking path along the river bank just across the road from the hotel. Perfect for a sunny stroll. Fremantle’s heart, high street and many historical destinations are also a short drive away. Personally, I love to visit The Fremantle Art’s Centre to explore the exhibitions and wander through the Fremantle Markets. Of course, there are plenty of heritage trails, museums, arts events and vintage bookshops to check out too. Not to mention the beaches!
Personally, I am not a huge fan of websites claiming to be experts and directories of “where to eat in Perth”. This is thanks to the largely sponsored content and biased opinions they offer. Years ago some of these sites were my first destination to search out a new spot to dine. I soon grew wary that cafes featured were largely done so thanks to sponsorship. Aka, if you are a cafe willing to pay for advertising packages, you could have your cafe listed as one of the top destinations. While every post may not be sponsored, I visited a number of locations only to be hugely disappointed and later realise that the recommendations were inauthentic. So, if you would like me to put together a post on the food spots I love based in Fremantle, let me know.
WHERE TO EAT IN FREMANTLE
Though we live close to an hour North, we visit Fremantle to shoot outfit photos and dine once a fortnight. Sometimes the food is the drawcard and sometimes it is the architecture of the port town and its atmosphere. We don’t eat out all that often and largely stick to our trusted local spots. Fremantle is the main destination we head to for trying new food spots.
Although we ate at Tradewinds on this occasion, after checking out we stopped in across the river at one of my North Fremantle favourites, Ooh Coffee. The tiny coffee bar also offers easy quick pastries and bites. Across the road for a more substantial meal, Propeller is another of my favourite restaurants. The modern middle eastern menu is divine. These are two spots I discussed at length in my last My Favourite Places To Eat In Perth blog post, which you can enjoy in full here.
MY FINAL WORD
Of course, as with any of our travels or hotel profiles, I could just keep you scrolling endlessly with images. Lord knows that I get snap happy if I am in a destination that I love. Tradewinds Hotel was no exception to this. The hotel offered comfortable, approachable and thoroughly modern accommodation that is perfectly at home in contemporary Fremantle. With Palm Springs vibes that also somehow remind me of the heritage hotels you can find in South East Asia. It blends the old with the new. As new hotels pop up in Fremantle I will freely admit that Tradewinds impressed me more than I’d anticipated. Having done a staycation in a similar Fremantle hotel not long ago I would suggest Tradewinds as the first choice for couples or families.
Tradewinds Hotel is located at 59 CANNING HIGHWAY EAST FREMANTLE WA 6158