On this last trip to Perth, I knew that I wanted to spend most of my time in Margaret River, but I was arriving in Perth in the evening and didn’t want to have to make that 3+hr drive down to our Margaret River accommodation in the dark. Knowing that I would be staying on a winery then, I decided to see if I could work in a little time at the beach and reached out to the folk of Rendezvous Grand Hotel along Scarborough Beach, who kindly hosted me for a night!
I spent just one night in the hotel and had to check out by noon so I had enough time to make my way down to Margaret River, but I enjoyed my short stay there!
Rendezvous Scarborough has a great location right on the promenade of the famous Scarborough Beach. It’s a tall white building, the only tall building in that area, so the views it commands are quite spectacular. Scarborough Beach is also quite accessible by public transport, though it is about 30 mins from the airport by car.
We were put in Room 2304, on the club room level. The room was fairly spacious with a comfortable King sized bed and a couch area, as well as a TV and work desk. What’s awesome is that it comes with its own balcony, and we were lucky to get one that had a nice view of the beach, so you can enjoy the spectacular views of the coastline from the privacy of your own room.
I wish that there were deck chairs on the balcony though, I would have liked to sit outside and enjoy the view. Looking at the other balconies from my room, one or two chairs but I’m not sure if they were just dragged out from the room rather than dedicated balcony furniture.
The room and the hotel at large had some similarities to the Singapore Rendezvous hotel, with a little touch of more personal art on the walls which I liked better. The toilet was stocked with FCUK toiletries as well. One thing I found a bit odd was the white privacy screen used to cover the glass screen that separates the shower from the rest of the room – it’s not particularly opaque when the lights are switched on, so might be a bit awkward for non-couples because you can kinda see through it.
For Club rooms, we had complimentary parking in the self-park basement carpark below, and access to the club lounge on the highest level 25 for breakfast and sunset cocktails. Sadly we missed the free cocktails in the evening, but we had breakfast up there the next morning, which while a smaller spread, was sufficient and a nice quiet affair.
The hotel has 336 rooms in total. And like the Rendezvous Hotel Singapore, they also have a Straits Cafe on the first level where breakfast is served. It has a Lobby Bar
The swimming pool is located on level 10 and has a pretty rock facade and deck chairs to chill out in. You can see the beach from there though it’s partially obscured by the large plexiglass panels. Can get windy though, despite the panels!
For a real bird’s eye view, there is an observation deck on level 24 where one can get a 360 view of the coastline if you don’t mind being a little obscured by the plexiglass panels.
AROUND THE HOTEL
Scarborough Beach is the main attraction in this area, and the beach is practically on your doorstep, barely 100m from the hotel doors. This beach can be more crowded as it has public transport access, and right from early morning, you can see the surfers dash into the cold waters to catch some waves. The beach stretches up and down the entire coast, becoming Trigg beach in the north and Floreat beach in the south, and one could walk the paths along the beaches for some really good exercise.
The hotel seems to have a shopping arcade of sorts attached to it, and some amenities around the area as well, a supermarket next door, as well as some food like Subway
All in all, a nice stay for anyone who wants a nice stay with a great view with really convenient access to the beach.
The Rendezvous Club Room costs anywhere from A$290 – A$340 per night based on the rates on the website, though you can get the cheapest deluxe rooms from A$199 on average, though I saw it going as low as A$145.
Rendezvous Grand Hotel Perth Scarborough
Scarborough WA Australia 6019
Thank you once again to the kind folk at Rendezvous Scarborough as well as the folks at BM for arranging the stay for me!