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The Best Accommodation In Fremantle To Inspire Your 2022 Portside Staycay

By Kate Jones
13th Jan 2022

Whether you’re wanting to book a staycation in our beloved port city or are browsing your options from further afield, Fremantle has some stunning accommodation picks up for grabs.

From a hotel constructed from sea containers to a converted flour mill, here is the best accommodation to book in Fremantle. 

Hougoumont Hotel

In a nod to Freo’s port history, the Hougoumont Hotel has been constructed using old sea containers, a building technique extending to the hotel’s microbrewery, Calamity's Rod. Once you step inside the hotel and you’ll find exposed brick walls, luxurious rooms and super-friendly staff. When you’re keen to do some exploring, hop on down to the Cappuccino Strip, the Fremantle Markets, and Freo’s best restaurants and bars, all just around the corner. 

Warders Hotel

Built in 1851 and neighbouring the Fremantle Markets, the Warders Hotel is set within the iconic limestone cottages that used to house Fremantle’s Warders (the guards that once worked at the Fremantle Prison). Nowadays, this boutique hotel boasts beautifully appointed rooms, with king-sized beds, soft luxurious linen and timber finishings. At the rear of the cottages sits Emily Taylor, an Asian fusion restaurant where you can throw back a cocktail or two with bao and dumplings in a huge leafy courtyard. And if this hotel couldn’t get any better, there’s also a quaint bar called Gimlet on the ground floor, serving up pre or post-dinner drinks and coffees. 

a contemporary hotel room at Warders

Tradewinds Hotel

Old school Fremantle hotel the Tradewinds has undergone some massive refurbishments and the end result is, quite simply, stunning. Splash out and get yourself a suite with river views for the weekend and make the most of the standalone bathtub and the bar cart. That's right, some of the more luxe rooms come with a bar cart and all the goodies you'll need to make espresso martinis, negronis and more. The king-size bed is one of the most comfortable you'll ever come across, and the pool and deck areas are lush (if you can bring yourself to leave the room).

The Local Hotel 

Sitting pretty on South Terrance is The Local Hotel, a lively and laid back watering hole and eatery, always packed with locals and beachgoers catching up for a pint. This large Victorian-era pub is ideally located between central Fremantle and South Fremantle, and is on the same strip as many renowned bars and cafes, such as Percy Flint and Ootong & Lincoln. Better yet, it’s just a 10-minute walk to the calm blue waters of South Beach. The upstairs section of the hotel is home to a few beautifully styled rooms, all fitted out with timber floors, natural light, large beds and luxe boho decor. 

Port Mill Bed & Breakfast 

Once a limestone flour mill in the 1860s, this luxurious B&B is now home to four stunning suites, centred around a lush courtyard. And while this courtyard feels private, just step onto Essex Street and you’ll find yourself smack bang in the middle of Fremantle, where beaches, wine bars, cafes, cinemas and shops are at your disposal. Reminiscent of an idyllic Mediterranean country estate, keep to the theme and head to Whisper Wine Bar next door and dine across the road at the French bistro, Angel House. 

Esplanade Hotel by Rydges 

The historic Esplanade Hotel is one of Freo’s most noteworthy accommodation options, due to its size, stunning white tiered shape and superb location on Marine Terrace. This hotel has everything you could really need when on a staycation—multiple bars, resort pools, a gym, a downstairs restaurant and close proximity to the beach. Home to 300 rooms, the Esplanade Hotel has accommodation with private balconies and cosy beds to make your stay extra luxe. 

Plympton Pool House

For a laidback poolside staycation that’s not too far from home, look no further than Plympton Pool House in East Fremantle. This architecturally designed studio is brimming with natural light, rattan furniture, leafy greens and gold accents. You could spend all day lounging by the pool on the shaded deck chairs, but when you’re ready to get up and go, walk to the iconic bars and trendy boutiques of George Street.

Fremantle Airbnb with pool

Character Loft House

Forget New York, Fremantle is home to the coolest loft around, set beachside in South Freo. Fitted out with primarily exposed brick, it has a modern kitchen, undercover deck perfect for entertaining and a spiral staircase leading to an upstairs bedroom, which also has a bathtub if you’re needing a moment of tranquillity. This loft can sleep eight people in five bedrooms if you’re keen to get a group together for the ultimate beachside vacay. 

Silver Street Studios 

Silver Street Studios is likely to be different to any Airbnb you’ve ever stayed in. This South Freo space was previously an artist’s studio and a gallery, and is now an award-winning retreat, with breathtaking high ceilings and a rustic design, with plenty of nooks and crannies, colourful rugs scattered on the floor and a lush outdoor area. Did we mention there's also an outdoor tub to soak yourself in after a day of beaching and brunching? interior of Airbnb with rustic design.

Minderoo House

This beautiful Airbnb gives you the opportunity to reside in a classic Fremantle character home, with photo-worthy limestone walls, high ceilings and an 1880s style veranda. The interiors of Minderoo House are modern, but the heritage charm shines through, with its stained glass windows and white fireplace. Lounge in the sunroom with a book, have a cuppa outside and soak up the cosy Freo vibes.  

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Image credit: Warders Hotel, Plympton Pool House, Silver Street Studios 

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