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Our run in with Moaning Myrtle

Above: The view from our room. Below: the lobby from floor 8

The Club buffet. Photos by Deanne Scott

My wife and I had a lot of fun at the great Hyatt Regency Hotel on Adelaide Parade in Perth. It has every sort of amenity a traveller needs and the friendliest and most accommodating staff I have encountered anywhere.

It is a five star hotel and earned every one of the stars. It has an impressive lobby and a unique style of building with huge domed transparent roof.

We were booked into a Club room – 811- which was a good size with a very comfortable bed and heaps of wardrobe space, quality toiletries, shower but no tub. We were booked in for four nights with a five day break and then back for two more night.

On our first night we were kept awake by constant but random flushing of the toilet. An engineer was called and he told us: “It’s a phantom flush; there is nothing we can do about it.”

I suggested that maybe Moaning Myrtle from Hogwarts might have moved in. The cry was taken up and the room renamed “The Harry Potter Room”. With good humour we were immediately moved to another room and assured that 811 would remain guest free until the phantom had been flushed out.

There is free Wi-Fi and parking and a magnificent heated outdoor pool. Unfortunately the weather was too cool for a Queenslander to take to swimming. There is also a full-size tennis court, meeting facilities and an excellent fitness centre that my wife used regularly. There is also a special laundry deal for long distance travellers, a full laundry bag filled to the brim washed and folded for $25. This was very handy on our return to the hotel after five nights on board the MS Astor!

Top marks too for the club room, with views over the Swan River and an always attentive and friendly staff on duty for continental breakfast and drinks and cold buffet from 6-8 pm each night.

We tried a full breakfast in the Cafe (a special section is reserved for Club members), which proved to be as good as any five star

breakfast bar.

It’s a very handy spot for transport; the bus stop right outside the hotel sees free buses to the city centre pass by every few minutes we found this to be a real boon in a strange city.

If we return to Perth at any time, the Hyatt would be our first choice for accommodation. She’s a classy lady staffed by lovely people.

The pool and below our room.

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