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If you followed our journey around Australia, you’ll know that we didn’t always stay in our five by three-metre camper trailer. I’d go insane living ONLY in that for 18 months.
When you need a little more stability on your travels, there is nothing like walking into a holiday home and kicking off your shoes.
I like always having a place for my things, but sometimes you just need a bit more comfort and plenty of space to move around, especially traveling with kids and running an online business.
When we were visiting Perth, we stayed at Mantra on Hay Perth holiday apartments which was supposed to be our home away from home.
In this guide, we’ve shared our honest review of our stay, so you know what to expect from a stay at Mantra on Hay, Perth.
About Mantra on Hay, Perth
Mantra on Hay is a luxurious hotel located in East Perth, Western Australia and is owned by the Accor Hotels Group.
Hay Aparthotel East Perth offers a range of spacious and modern accommodation options, from hotel rooms, studio apartments to one and two-bedroom suites and three bedroom apartments, catering to both short and long-term stays.
You can also get adjoining rooms if you are traveling as a family and need more space, but don’t need the luxury of a whole apartment.
Each room is equipped with high-quality amenities such as air conditioning, flat-screen televisions with cable channels, and complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as a fully equipped kitchenette (apartments only) and some rooms even have a balcony and washing machine.
Mantra on Hay boasts a heated indoor rooftop pool, fitness center, and onsite restaurant, Cornerstone Bar & Kitchen, making it ideal for a relaxing stay.
Its central location in Perth CBD on the Eastern side of Perth makes it easy to explore the city’s many attractions, including the beautiful Kings Park and Botanic Garden.
Just outside the front door is the free CAT bus service, which takes you to some of the top Perth attractions.
Perth Airport is a 15-20 minute drive away.
Our Experience Staying at Mantra in Perth
We raced to the Mantra in Perth. Like, literally raced there!
We were meant to stop in Jurien Bay for the night to break up the eight-hour drive to Perth from Kalbarri.
But, then along the way I came down really sick. I have a few food issues sometimes and I think I’d eaten some gluten somewhere.
My stomach was on fire and I was sure I’d have to see a doctor or go to the hospital.
So we headed straight down to Perth and were thankfully able to get a room at the Mantra on Hay Street.
I just wanted to get to the Mantra and lie down. Which was what I did.
We arrived and I lay straight on the couch, numbing out to a bit of TV. I instantly felt at home and that was exactly what I needed after feeling sick all day.
Craig and the girls dialed in pizza and I collapsed into bed for a restful sleep. I woke up in the morning still sore and a bit hazy, but feeling like I did not need to see a doctor anymore.
I was so grateful for the apartment the next day as I just hung out and got the rest I needed to recover, and got in a little bit of work whilst the kids watched cartoons.
That afternoon, I was able to take a walk outside to discover the city. Fortunately, the apartments were in the city centre so I didn’t have to go far. We love central apartment stays in the city.
The location of the Mantra is on Hay Street and easy 10-minute walk to the CBD. There are many cafes and coffee shops nearby, or a short walk down to the river, for cricket fans, the WACA.
It’s also close to the Hay Street and Murray Street Malls for the shopaholics.
When it comes to exploring Perth, Mantra’s location is unbeatable and it’s the ideal base for exploring Perth. I also liked how the free CAT bus was nearby too.
I certainly enjoyed that on the Friday morning with Lululemon, an athletic clothing store, offering a free yoga class!
AWESOME! I almost had the city to myself as I walked down for a bit of vinyasa flow to start my day in the right way.
Close by was Northbridge, which offered 6am morning rooftop yoga. The class completely kicked my butt, but I loved starting my day looking at the skyline while doing my upward dogs. The rooftop also has evening outdoor cinema in the summer.
The Mantra on Hay also had lovely lighting coming into the living room window and modern decor, which was really important for me. It was the perfect opportunity for me to shoot my videos for our upcoming free training series for my Money Cleanse.
There’s no way I can get those conditions in the camper trailer so I have to look for those opps when we stay in apartments. This was exactly what I needed.
Craig took the girls for a swim in the indoor pool on the top floor of the Mantra and then for a play down by the river while I got busy shooting the videos.
Facilities at The Mantra on Hay, Perth
What I love about Mantra on Hay is that it’s not just an apartment, but it has 4 star hotel-like facilities in the public areas such as a heated indoor pool and gym.
Mantra also provides guests with same-day laundry facilities, self parking (for a self parking fee), and 24-hour reception with multilingual staff. There is also a tour desk that offers ticket assistance and a snack bar.
The air-conditioned accommodations come with everything you need for a comfortable stay, such as towels and bed sheets, hair dryers, coffee and tea makers, minibars, complimentary toiletries, and in-room wireless internet access.
There is also daily housekeeping and disabled access rooms for those with specific accessibility needs.
For business travelers, the hotel has business-friendly amenities such as conference and meeting rooms equipped with audiovisual equipment and free wifi.
Guests can also enjoy delicious meals and drinks at the hotel’s restaurant and bar, Cornerstone Bar & Kitchen, which has a buffet breakfast each morning and serves romantic dinners in the evening.
Or you can order room service to order food (and in-room massages), or cook up a storm in your own kitchen.
Check-in / Check-out Experience
Checking in was really easy at Mantra on Hay. You simply need to show your booking confirmation or reservation confirmation and government-issued photo identification.
You need to pay a small deposit for incidental charges (basically if you break anything) but they can place this deposit on your credit card and it’s refunded within 14 days – though it usually goes through immediately.
They also have a contactless check-out where you put your card in the box and all is done for you.
The check-in time is 24 hours, so you can check-in or out anytime. You can request an early check-in for an additional fee at least 24 hours before your time of check-in.
The minimum check-in age is 18.
If you need to make special requests for infant beds or cribs, you should notify the front desk 24 hours beforehand and are subject to availability.
Final Thoughts on Staying at Mantra on Hay
I love staying in holiday apartments for a refreshing escape and to get some decent rest, to have a clean private shower for awhile, and to be able to wake up in the middle of the night and go to the toilet without having to grab the torch and shuffle in the dark for 50 metres to the amenities block in the campsite.
And I love having a full kitchen, with an oven, and being in a good location near to the action.
I miss not having an oven in the camper trailer as I love to make meals like vegetable lasagna, lentil shepherd’s pie and Mediterranean vegetable bake. And maybe a chocolate cashew tart or two (sugar and gluten free!!)
Plus, we always find the girls get a good rest and enjoy having their own room and separate beds. And we don’t have to go through the dreaded 90-minute pack up and set up time-consuming process with our camper.
Not to mention being able to knuckle down and get some work done at a real desk!
Thanks to our partnership with Mantra Hotels, we’ve have been staying in Mantra holiday apartments in cities and coastal areas on our road trip.
Their tag line is “there’s room for everyone” and they’ve become our little home away from home that offers us all we need from our break and typically they come with AMAZING views like this one in Coolangatta.
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