From the moment we pulled up at Crowne Plaza Hotel and handed our keys to Concierge to valet park the car, we felt relaxed. With limited time, a family staycation with just 25 minutes travel required, suited us down to the ground.
The four and a half star hotel is right on the edge of Perth’s CBD, with many attractions just a short stroll or free bus ride away. Crowne Plaza Hotel is found on Langley Park, opposite the Swan River.
Check in was very quick and by the time we’d headed up to the 10th floor in the lift, our bags were already waiting for us in the room. We opted for a Premium River View Room (with a trundle bed for Little Chef), so we could enjoy a river facing balcony. Large family rooms are also available, which have two queen beds and larger en-suites. Before we headed out to explore the rest of the hotel, East Perth and track down some food, we had a good look around our lovely room.
The air conditioned room is very well appointed, with a Queen bed, a good sized 42” Flat-screen TV with some Foxtel channels and pay per view movies, an arm chair and desk.
I was immediately drawn to the balcony which overlooks Langley Park and the Swan River. The private balcony, with uninterrupted river views, has a table and two chairs which we’d be making use of later on. There are too many inclusions to name, some of the things in the room that we found useful were:
o IPod docking station
o Coffee pod machine and tea making facilities
o Fridge and mini bar
o Complimentary bottled water
o Iron and Ironing board
o Snuggly bathrobes
o High-speed Internet access
o 24hr room service
The modern ensuite bathroom has a shower over the bath and has just about everything you might need, loads of quality toiletries, an ionic hair dryer and fluffy towels.
After we checked out our room we grabbed a couple of complimentary bikes. Crowne Plaza has adult sized bikes for guests to borrow and we brought Little Chef’s own bike from home too. We headed out on this gloriously sunny day for a ride around the river near East Perth and Burswood.
We rode around Claisebrook Cove, over the Windan Bridge and past the impressive new Perth Stadium. The Boys did keep whinging at me for being a slow coach! There were just so many photo opportunities! I did rather enjoy having a sticky beak!
There’s also a huge nature playground and a micro-brewery currently being developed next to the stadium. We’re all really looking forward to it being finished in early 2018.
We had an easy and mostly flat ride along the river and back over the Causeway to Crowne Plaza, which took a couple of hours, as we had a few stops at parks and playgrounds along the way.
After our ride, we’d worked up quite an appetite! We rested our legs and chilled on the bed for a little while and watched some TV. Soon after, we rang room service and enjoyed a delicious share platter that was promptly delivered to our room. We tucked into the platter and some chilled glasses of bubbles on the balcony, which overlooks the Swan River from the Causeway to Kings Park.
The share plate was made up of all sorts of tasty morsels – sausage rolls, garlic bread, chicken strips, samosas, tempura prawns, calamari, fish goujons and more.
Little Chef was feeling still feeling hot from his ride, so we headed down to the rooftop infinity pool so he could go for a dip. It’s located on level three, just through the well-equipped gym. While Little Chef has a splash about, I put my feet up on one of the recliners and took in the fab view over the river and towards the city.
After, we borrowed a soccer ball from concierge and took it over the road to Langley Park.
Chef and Little Chef had a kick about, trying to impress the other boys on the park having a kick – Sydney FC, who were also staying in the hotel.
For dinner, we dined at the hotel’s restaurant, Gusti.
Gusti is open seven days for both hotel guests and locals, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can sit on the outside deck, overlooking the grassy Langley Park or inside the contemporary dining room.
Before dinner, I enjoyed a cocktail on the deck, as the sun set.
Chef and I then shared an entrée taster plate as Little Chef tucked into his slider dish. For main I ordered the signature dish Crispy skin salmon, $38. The nicely cooked fish was served on a bed of tasty freekeh, chickpeas, roasted cauliflower and goats cheese with a tahini dressing.
Chef enjoyed the 300g Black Angus beef sirloin steak,$41. The medium rare steak was served with royal blue potato mas, asparagus and a red wine jus. We were FAR too full for dessert!
We headed upstairs and took in the city lights from out balcony and settled in for a comfortable night’s sleep, helped by the relaxing mist that was left on our bed to spray in the room, a nice little touch. The bed was very comfortable and I loved having the extra dark block out curtains! We made the most of a late 11am check out with a lazy morning. Drinking coffee from the room’s coffee maker on the balcony…
And reading the morning paper in bed with my fluffy hotel robe.
We headed downstairs for breakfast at Gusti, which is your typical hotel buffet with some excellent additions. There are plenty of options if you want the “full English” cooked breakfast with all the trimmings…
Or even something healthy like fresh fruit, bircher muesli and yogurt. There’s a juice maker, where you can create your own healthy breakfast juice too.
Honey dripping straight from the honeycomb for you to spread on your crumpet or pastries.
Little Chef adored the pancake machine, with a touch of a button it makes you own pancakes! He was mesmerised.
He made a little stack of pancakes, covering them with lashings of cream and jam! We all had a very filling and tasty breakfast.
It was a wonderful 24 hours at Crowne Plaza. It’s an immaculately maintained hotel, in a quiet spot in the city, but still close enough to the action! Thanks to the Crowne Plaza team for making us feel so welcome. Now is an excellent time for a city staycation as room rates at Perth hotels have dropped dramatically. Crowne is great for a stay with kids or a weekend couples getaway too. Check out more on Crowne Plaza on their website www.crowneplazaperth.com.au
We stayed and dined at Crowne Plaza at their invitation, with a heavily discounted rate. All opinions and comments are my own.