The Hotel: Ibis Styles Albany
A boutique hotel framed with sculpted hedges and rounded trees, ibis Styles Albany reflects the city’s old-world nature with its chesterfield-dotted lobby and opulent decor in rooms. Sitting in the heart of town, close to major tourist attractions, the hotel is just a five-hour drive from Perth.
Large beds are offset by rich textiles, while Wi-Fi, tea- and coffee-making facilities, 42” plasma TVs with Foxtel, refrigerators and furnished balconies or verandahs add both comfort and convenience. The ibis Bar and Grill restaurant serves tasty meals along with a fine wine selection from the Great Southern region. Each morning guests sit down to a continental breakfast with a smorgasbord of delights on offer. Groupies also enjoy a late 12pm check-out on the final day.
- Bed size/type: King size bed
- Standard occupancy: Two people
- Maximum occupancy: Two people
- Bed size/type: One queen bed and two single beds
- Standard occupancy: Four people
- Maximum occupancy: Four people
The Area: Albany, WA
Become acquainted with surroundings on an Albany Historic Town Trail, where legs get a casual workout while eyes see historical sites like the old Gaol and Stirling Terrace. Marvel at the jaws of a great white shark at the Residency Museum or step into the oldest dwelling in WA at Patrick Taylor Cottage Museum.
Whale World offers an intriguing look at Albany’s whaling past from its base in the old Cheynes Beach Whaling Station. Closed in 1978, the station is now home to exhibits, skeleton displays, movies and a former whaling ship.
Folks can step even further back in history with a visit to the Brig Amity Replica, the original of which brought Albany’s first settlers to the area in the 1820s. Bush and coastal scenery can be caught with a trip to West Cape Howe National Park or Mt Melville Lookout, while gourmands pick up fresh goods, breads and hams at the Farmers or Boatshed markets.