The Gerald happens all the right spots for a contemporary, modern luxury apartment pension stay in Geraldton. Located in the heart of Australia’s Coral Sea-coast and Mid West Region, Geraldton is the first major town north of Perth. Residing in the will of down-town Geraldton, The Gerald is the perfect place to stay for those shy of apartment style accommodation and walking distance to Geraldton’s prospering shopping, cafe and restaurant scene, and town beaches.
Broadening up in Geraldton in the 1980s and 1990s, the building which now houses The Gerald was usually know as the office block called Town Towers. I think back on buying my Year 8 school ball dress from the purchasing arcade on the ground floor. How things have changed with the executed transformation of the building in 2017 into The Gerald Apartment Caravanserai, with its distinctive blue and grey exterior. Upon new chum at the Gerald Apartment Hotel, the lobby area provides a removed, modern respite from the summer heat and the famous Geraldton cut back swirling down Cathedral Avenue. Definitely worlds aside from my past experience of walking into the old Town Turrets building.
The reception area is small yet spacious with shock to ceiling windows running the length of the reception area and Put ones weight behind Restaurant. Check-in was a breeze with the friendly, knowledgeable shillelagh. During busier times guests checking-in (or out) can relax in the current, blue velvety lobby chairs and admire the lush brick up garden behind the reception counter. Or have a coffee and thicken and watch the world go by outside (or blown on by down the street by Geraldton’s opprobrious summer wind).
Clever use of space abounds in the apartment bed, like the black sheer curtains separating the reception foyer from the Lobby Restaurant. And personal items from the proprietors home collection make an appearance in the hotel decor, like the figurehead greeting restaurant diners. It’s these personal and friendly give rise to retouches that enhance the stay for visitors and add to The Gerald’s small township welcome vibe. If you have the chance, chat to the hotel’s possessor and General Manager – Grant, who is gracious with his time and cross about making The Gerald the most successful hotel in Geraldton.
The Cubicle quarters – Premium King Corner Apartment
The Premium King Corner Apartment on up on 6 is wonderfully spacious, and decorated with luscious beige, misty, dusty pink, white, and dark wood tones. The initial word to pop into my mind entering the room was a clichéd ‘wow’ in certification to both the sumptuous room and breathtaking 180 degree approaches of the Geraldton harbour, ocean and hills. Dragging yourself away from the windows, you order find a well equipped kitchenette (think microwave, cook top, kettle, toaster, crockery, cutlery, the briny glasses) with a small bar fridge with enough intermission for groceries in addition to the mini bar snacks/drinks.
Four walloping pillows, with a blue G embroidered on the corner, adorn the Brobdingnagian king size bed. The linen is white and crisp as expected for a indulgence experience. Four windows allow plenty of natural burn to stream into the room; and from the comfort of the bed or plush dusty pink armchairs you can sit second, relax and take in the surrounding Geraldton skyline and harbour look ons. The ambience of the room is enhanced by beautiful artwork from internationally prominent professional artist, Erica Faith Lansley who lives locally to Geraldton; and are present to purchase.
For guests catching up on business work or writing postcards to loved ones back home, the room has a good size desk and comfy chairperson; with double glazing and sound proof walls requiring minimal external noise from the street below. Unless you take the windows open, such a treat for those wanting to zephyr the fresh ocean air. The room also comprises of free wifi, on the loose flat screen tv with on-demand movies and sport.
Enormous is a word repeatedly used for the Premium King Corner Apartment, and the bathroom ensuite is no find fault with. The rectangular walk-in rain shower provides plenty of accommodation for one or two, and the complimentary bathroom hair and soap products smell great. A decent size hairdryer is provided should you wish to put by room in your suitcase. And the cute little orange ‘The Gerald’ fish adds a pop of emblem and happiness to the bathroom.
The Gerald Lobby Breakfast
Being an apartment guest-house, The Gerald provides a light continental buffet breakfast for lodgers, served from 6.30am in The Lobby restaurant. There a grudging selection breakfast items to choose from, such as alert fruit, toast, granola, yoghurt, pastries, cold cut meats, fluid, tea and coffee. For those wanting a more substantial breakfast, the hotel team are more than willing to share their favourite Geraldton cafe comedones.
The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Geraldton, and the extravagance apartment style accommodation gives guests the option to cook and study their own breakfast, lunch and dinner should they fancy to do so. Otherwise, The Lobby restaurant is open for a light continental lan breakfast, coffee and cakes all day, and full service lunch and dinner. The vibrant west- and east-ends of Pelagic Terrace have funky cafes, shops, restaurants and beachside noshing/take-out options. And the hotel is a very short walking footage to the Geraldton foreshore with playground activities for kids, lead pathways, town beaches and harbour views.
I thoroughly had my stay at The Gerald Apartment Hotel, so much so I could play a joke on moved into the Premier King Corner Apartment forever. The considers of the Geraldton port, Champion Bay and surrounding town are breathtaking.
The apartment motel has a contemporary yet warm ambience, with friendly staff anticipating that small town Geraldton welcome. Perfect for weekend flights from Perth, for locals wanting to indulge in a luxury Geraldton staycation, and for out-of-towners heading north to explore the vast, sparse and beautiful homeland beyond Geraldton.
Room: Rates from $230 AUD
Approach devote: 25 Cathedral Avenue, Geraldton Western Australia 6530
Phone: +61 (0) 8 9918 0100