HOSTEL G - Perth’s trendy hostel blending art, design, cuisine and community.
As most of our regular readers would know, I generally don’t do backpacker style accommodation when travelling. I need my creature comforts, to a point. Mainly, a private room with bathroom and somewhere safe and cosy to recharge the batteries each night. My regular hotel audits or mystery shops tend to be 4 and 5-star hotels. So, it might surprise you to know that hubby and myself hit Hostel G for our latest Perth staycation and I’m here now to write home about it.
No ordinary hostel, Hostel G is basically the hostel version of Hotel G our preferred digs when in Singapore. It’s the kind of modern streamlined style of accommodation we opt for when travelling. Somewhere relatively central with everything we need to sleep, shower and repeat each night, as we tend to spend our days out and about exploring.
Unlike Hotel G, where there are more than a few extras, this is basic and incredibly affordable accommodation. More than a step up compared to the backpacker or hostel accommodation that hubby was accustomed to in his youth but slightly less than what you would expect from a 3-star hotel. Being relatively new, as well as attached to Campus Perth, a trendy student accommodation complex, there is a young modern vibe to the rooms and social areas.
Interestingly, Hostel G was the preferred accommodation for visiting artists during Fringe World earlier this year and it is easy to see why. The affordability factor for starters, as well as the location, so close to the Perth Culture Centre and the bulk of Fringe venues. Add to that free high-speed WIFI, charging sockets galore and various common area spaces that offer a sense of community and relaxation as well as working on the go options, depending on what you need at the time, make this an ideal place to base yourself in Perth.
For us, this weekend was all about rewinding the clock and catching up with each other. Playing the majority of the weekend by ear and throwing my usual pack too much in style of staycation agenda out the window.
Lazy Lee urban eatery and bar, located on level 1, was a big part of our weekend. The free retro arcade games, foosball and pool tables, as well as the other games and activities on offer (see below), all helped set the pace and stop the clock. The venue in general, that allows you to kick back and relax, meant that time stood still for us for a little while.
There were busy periods but for most of our stay, I almost felt like we had the place to ourselves. The spaciousness of the venue does that. The restaurant area is reserved for customers while you are eating or drinking but the common or social areas just down from this means you don’t have to spend all your time in your room. Yes, we did head out exploring each day but we were more than content with what was on offer in-house of a night.
There are several room types including shared rooms with private bathroom as you would expect with a hostel. Also on offer are entire room options, again with a private bathroom, that are more than affordable and more my style. I prefer not to share with strangers. Sharing with hubby who tends to mess the room up within seconds of arriving is bad enough.
On this occasion, we stayed for two nights in a private Great Room which consists of two twin beds, bedside tables, a console table with two stools that doubles as a desk, a stack of charging ports, bedding, towels and private en-suite. We had a view of the city out our window, overlooking a vacant parking lot.
I believe you can pick up a single bed in a shared room from a more than affordable $22 a night. Although, if you are quick, their STAY GLAM – KEEP GLAM & GLITTER ON promo running at the moment will score you up to 15% off the standard price. I wouldn’t mind using the promo as an excuse to head back and case their Glam, ladies only room for four with three friends from $88 per room/per night or the Greatest Suite (family suite for up to six) which includes two twin beds and four bunks, from $84 a night with the discount.
All rooms come with super-fast WIFI. Towels and bedding are provided and there are private in-room bathrooms, as well as lockers in the shared rooms. You’ll want to bring your own toiletries but who wouldn’t anyway. There’s no fridge in your room but there is a communal area with basic kitchenette facilities that include food storage. I must confess though, we didn’t case this particular area because we were too busy casing the menu at Lazy Lee the in-house restaurant and bar.
Lazy Lee the urban eatery and bar, opens from 11 am to late each day. We attended a menu launch with them earlier in the year, so knew what to expect and thankfully not much has changed. Same great service, same high standard of food on offer and the perfect place for catching up in a relaxed and spacious venue. What has changed? New lazy deals, a frequent flyer card for the $10 lunch deal with your 10th lunch free and more.
There’s a new winter menu running until August 31st with Lazy Lee offering up their limited-edition Dr Pepper loaded fries for $10. The fries come loaded with Dr Pepper pulled pork, American cheddar, jalapenos and bacon bits. There are also three winter cocktail specials for $12 each. I can highly recommend the Warm Espresso Cocoa and I’ll be heading back soon to case the Spicy Mulled Wine and Snow Fall cocktails. YOU SHOULD JOIN ME for a little casing the cocktail action!
As we were in on the first of the month, the deal of the month was still a bit of a mystery, even to staff, which is just another excuse for me to head back again soon with friends.
Can we focus on the Lazy Deals for a minute? Starting with half-price milkshakes and sodas on Monday, which isn’t actually listed on the current Lazy Deal flyer but a poster hanging near the pool table, so I can only assume the promotion is still running or the poster needs updating? Even at full price, these shakes are an absolute bargain.
Also worth mentioning are the $10 lunch specials that run from 11 to 2 pm daily and until 9 pm on Thursdays. The bucket of double-fried Korean chicken wings and corona bottles for $30 on offer on Friday would be a perfect way to kick start the weekend. We tried the Korean chicken wings during this visit and loved them. There’s also selected $10 cocktails with live entertainment and DJ from 8 to 11 pm on Saturdays, a great way to finish the night.
I’m not going to inundate you with foodie pics here but keep an eye on Instagram for more. They are guaranteed to have you drooling and heading in soon to case this hidden gem.
With lazy deals on the go most days, including selected cocktails for $10 on Saturday, there’s always something to smile about. Happy hour with Lazy Lee runs each day from 4 to 6 pm, with selected pints and wines for just $4 and 50% off sides and bites. My kind of happy hour!
My only real gripe, apart from wanting to stop the clock and stay longer, is that Lazy Lees doesn’t open until 11 am. Which means there is no hot cooked buffet breakfast on offer. Instead, they do have a coffee/grab n go area with budget-friendly options from 8 am and there is the new OMG (Oriental Market Grocery) opening downstairs soon. The coffee was certainly worth waking up for but why not take the lazy approach to staycations and sleep in then tackle the pancakes or waffles on offer at Lazy Lees when they open. I highly recommend the banana walnut waffles pictured above or anything from the dessert menu.
The urban eatery has also recently launched regular event nights, including a pool competition each Tuesday, quiz nights on Thursdays, DJ from 8 to 11 pm Saturday and there is free popcorn on offer for Movie night each Sunday. Not that I told my sports mad hubby but they also screen major sporting events via Foxtel Sports. Shhh… he doesn’t need to know.
There are plenty of bikes available for daily hire at reception. The Swan River with dedicated bike and walking tracks, not to mention great scenery, is basically just a hop, skip and a jump if you know which way to head. On foot, you are a street or two away from all the action and free activities on offer in the nearby Perth Culture Centre. If you aren’t up for too much walking or riding, there’s also the free cat buses that do a loop around Perth. The Blue cat will take you all the way to Elizabeth Quay, another great place to explore or you can hop off at one of the link junctions and catch the red or green bus for a different loop around the city.
For our WA Day long weekend, with all the crowds over Burswood way and the streets of Perth and Northbridge relatively quiet, we opted to hit the Perth Culture Centre on foot and bus it to Elizabeth Quay then walk back. In particular, the free installations on offer in both The Art Gallery and PICA are worth a look. I must confess I’ve only been to the Art Gallery on a few occasions, once when I was emceeing a fashion show for Women in Media WA, another time for Morrisons’ Perth Fashion Festival after party and more recently, a foodie event held in the café. With three daughters, I’m not entirely sure why I’ve never actually been to peruse the artwork. I had no idea, a sculpture from one of my favourite artists Henry Moore is on display.
I do however spend a fair amount of time at the State Library of WA, so we didn’t do a tour on this occasion.
Not my usual staycation style but Hostel G is definitely a more affordable accommodation option and so far removed (in a good way) from what you would expect from a hostel or backpackers. The affordability and accessibility, together with the modern facilities on offer, means I will most certainly be back for more. That affordable, I can easily justify more staycations… and more of Lazy Lee while I’m at it!
As mentioned, they are currently running a STAY GLAM – KEEP GLAM & GLITTER ON promotion, which gives you 15% off the standard price for a limited time. Head to their website for full terms and conditions.