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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.

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