Where to stay in Fremantle – the Rialto apartments

The view from the Rialto apartments

The Rialto apartments in Fremantle

The Rialto apartments are a great place to stay if you are visiting historic Fremantle in Perth, (Freo to the locals.) Looking over the High Street, these modern, spacious apartments, are right in the historic centre of this breezy port town. This spot makes a great base to explore the attractions close to hand. It is only a few minutes to the port, the harbour and the beach. Similarly Fremantle’s Maritime Museum and the Museum of Ship Wrecks, are also close by. Trendy boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants abound in the surrounding streets.

Fremantle – the Capuccino strip

The Rialto apartments – the facilities

These apartments are really a home from home. With two cosy bedrooms, plus a sofa bed, they can easily accommodate a whole family. There is a bathroom and spacious kitchen come dining room, with polished pine floors. All mod cons such as a dish washer, TV, washing machine and of course the all important Wi-Fi are available. The apartments are north facing, and so stay cool even in the height of summer. There’s air conditioning too though, in case you need it. The Rialto is also one of the few buildings to have a wide street facing balcony. You can sit here with your glass of Australian wine, and watch the world go by.

Sleep well at the Rialto!

The Rialto apartments – the West End

Fremantle  is in Perth, Australia’s sunniest capital. The town has lots to offer the new and returning visitor. The West End area of the city is the most historic, with over 95% of the buildings being more than 100 years old. Most are beautifully restored, and it is really nice to stroll around this area at any time of day.

Bather’s Beach

The surrounding streets heading up towards the centre, are packed with cute shops, cafes and restaurants. In one direction, the apartments are close to the port, the river and the marina and Bather’s Beach. Also nearby is Esplanade park and the Round House, the oldest public building in the State of Western Australia. Opened in January 1831, just 18 months after settlement, it was originally built as a jail for convicted criminals. Saved from demolition in the 1920’s, it was subsequently deeded to the City of Fremantle.

The Fremantle Round House

Sunny Fremantle – stay at the Rialto apartments!

Perth is Australia’s sunniest capital and Fremantle has a kind of cool laid back feel which gives a real holiday place vibe. The Rialto apartments are in the West end of the city with lots to offer the new and returning visitor.  The famous Fremantle markets are open every Friday Saturday and Sunday and sell everything from local produce, to souvenirs, street food, arts and crafts. I even met Kira the Koala the day I was there, on a visit from an animal educational centre.

Kira the Koala

The free hop on, hop off, CAT bus takes you all around the town in air conditioned style, and will even take you down South Terrace in ten minutes to one of my favourite spots, South Beach, for the full Freo experience. Or why not catch a ferry across to Rottnest island and meet the famous Quokkas or hop on a Swan River cruise, up to Perth city itself.

Fremantle Perth – top spot for winter sun

Steve Gorman is the proprietor of the Rialto apartments.  Providing top end accommodation in Fremantle for many years, Steve is now expanding, and building another twenty smaller boutique rooms next door. Due to be completed next year, these will offer a variety of affordable price points.

The Rialto apartments

The boutique under the apartments, Casa Rialto, is run by Steve’s wife Maria. This upmarket outlet sells beautiful affordable linen and cotton clothes in gorgeous colours. Maria designs them herself, and they are made up in Indonesia, where the workers are directly employed by the Gormans themselves. This part of the world is a fantastic place to come to in the depths of the British winter to top up your tan and your vitamin D levels. I’ll be returning to England very soon and I’ll miss the endless blue skies and sunshine so I’m off to the beach now to make the most of it while I can!

Kangaroos get thirsty too!

 

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