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Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 31, 2014

An article by Kate Emery in the West Australian newspaper today reports that Hilton has announced two new hotel developments in Western Australia, and one of them will be in Fremantle. The West reports a 241 room hotel will be built at Perth Riverside Drive and a smaller 150 bedroom one in Fremantle, without mentioning the exact location for the Freo one. The new Hilton hotels will be of the Double Tree brand and should open in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Emery also reports on a 154 room hotel development at the Woolstores in Fremantle, I have not heard anything about either. Is it the derelict Woolstores site, or the shopping centre site that was earmarked for massive residential development?

If the report by Emery is correct, Fremantle will have a huge boom in new hotels with the Point Street, West Gate, and Challenger Harbour, as well as the two mentioned above. The Hougoumont in Banister Street has recently opened and the Pakenham short-term tourists accommodation development will also start this year. Top that off with the new backpackers at Fremantle Prison, and Freo will finally have sufficient capacity for tourists to stay overnight in our city. That will be a huge boost for the city’s economy and a very positive and welcome step towards the revitalisation of the CBD.

Roel Loopers

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  1. freoview said, on March 31, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    We often hear about kitchens closed at 8 pm and no way of getting a meal and even 9pm for coffee seems often too late in good old Freo, so we need to start catering for international tourists who don’t want dinner at 6.30 pm



  2. Steve said, on March 31, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    A decent late night or all-hours cafe is much needed in Fremantle. I’m shocked at the lack of options – where are students studying late night, nocturnal caffeine addicted locals, and tourists from different time zones supposed to get their late night snack or cuppa?? – Munchies is about all they got… and it leaves much to be desired.

    Cafe owner looking to differentiate yourself amongst the crowd? Help Fremantle fulfill one of the requirements for great international cities – open a cafe with extended hours and offer some decent, late night food and coffee. If done right it would be hugely successful as it would fill a massive gap.


  3. freoview said, on March 31, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    I agree. Andrew, and also that more hotels will no doubt mean more retailers wanting to open new shops, etc. It’s all good.



  4. Andrew Sullivan said, on March 31, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Its pleasing that the Council’s strategy and the subsequent proposals from developers are now getting firm commitments to take them to construction. I also like the mix of different tourism accommodation being proposed with Hilton’s more traditional hotel rooms, Hougoumont’s micro boutique suites, more short stay apartments at Challenger Harbour and again at the new Pakenham St Hotel, budget rooms on Adelaide Street and the backpackers in the prison. Everyone of these hotel rooms is just like having a new residential apartment built in terms of the ongoing spend in the CBD – good for both the retail and entertainment businesses as well as increasing the tourism flow through venues like the Prison and Round House.

    It would be great to see both the genuine Woolstores, the wool stores shopping centre and the Gas & Coke car park sites redeveloped but their time will come. The more the surrounding areas are improved, the more pressure there will be for these three key strategic sites to be developed. We’ve got enough to do in facilitating what is in the pipework with the proactive developers so we can afford to give less attention to those land owners who remain absent from the conversation.


  5. freoview said, on March 31, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    I agree Tim. Really good positive news for Freo!



  6. Tim Milsom said, on March 31, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Roel I was at the unveiling of the two sites this morning at The Hilton Perth.
    The Fremantle site is on Point Street SKS are the developers
    This is very good news for the East end of Fremantle and will bring a much needed boost to that side of our City and hopefully will extend the entire City center just what we needed.
    Tim Milsom.


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