It’s one of the most recognisable icons of Perth's northern suburbs, has undergone a couple of name changes and makeovers, and has hosted celebrities like Michael Jackson, Bono and Kylie Minogue. The hotel opened in 1986, just in time for Perth to host the America’s Cup, and owner Alan Bond’s wife Eileen had a hand in its interior design. Back then, it was called Observation City, which was later shortened to Ob City, a name which seems to have stuck.
The hotel’s most recent refurbishment was completed in 2013, including a much needed exterior paint job. This year marks the hotel’s 30th anniversary, and if you stayed there back when it was still officially called Observation City, it might be worth paying another visit.
The hotel’s biggest drawcard is its location. The views over the Indian ocean are unparalleled, and there really is nothing like watching a summer sunset or a winter storm rolling in from your own private, salt encrusted balcony, with the ocean so close you can taste it.
The 336 rooms at the Rendezvous are cosy and welcoming, and ours had a mural of native flowers on the wall, which gives it a unique West Australian feel.
If you’re staying on the upper levels of the hotel, you’ll also have access to the Observation deck, which offers panoramic views of our world-class coastline. And what better way to enjoy those views than with complimentary drinks and canapés, served in the club lounge on the next level. The lounge also serves breakfast, so that you can admire those views at both ends of the day.
The Rendezvous also has its own Lobby bar, complete with a grand piano, live music and a pool table. There’s also the popular Straits Café, which serves an enormous buffet dinner featuring fresh seafood and a mountain of delicious desserts. And in the warmer months, the Cascades Pool Bar will bring you a cocktail and snacks while you lay by the lagoon style pool.
Around the hotel: If you feel like you need a bit of extra help relaxing into the holiday vibe, then make an appointment at the Vanilla day spa. It has the full range of treatments, and if you’re at the Rendezvous to celebrate with your special someone, I highly recommend the Vanilla Slice for Two. You and your partner will be treated to a foot scrub, massage and relaxing facial, which can be rounded off by popping yourself out on their private balcony to enjoy a slice of cake and herbal tea (or glass of bubbly if you prefer).
If you feel like heading off site, there are several other options within walking distance. Basically next door is the Matisse Beach Club, a huge, swanky club with an outdoor pool and day beds as well as a couple of bars and a raised dance floor.
A bit further on (and up the stairs) is the Scarborough Beach Bar, which features both indoor and outdoor seating and pretty good food. But if you’re not much of a drinker, there’s always the Health Freak Café, which serves up heaps of healthy, organic, gluten free goodness.
And if you need to burn off some calories after eating at all those places, Scarborough beach features outdoor exercise equipment, or naturally you have the option of doing any other exercise you can think of along the golden sand or in the clear blue Indian ocean.