Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Hotel Rottnest redevelopment?
Work has begun on the biggest expansion of Hotel Rottnest in its 150-year history. The hotel will nearly double in size as part of the $24 million redevelopment. Eighteen existing hotel rooms will be demolished to make way for the new development that will include 80 new guest rooms, two pools (adults and toddlers), a reception pavilion, outdoor dining, function facilities (up to 250 people) and utility areas.
Who is developing the hotel?
Garrett Hospitality Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of the Prendiville Group, which has leased Hotel Rottnest since 2007.
Has the building always been a hotel?
No. The building was originally constructed from 1858 as the official summer residence of the WA Governor. It was converted to holiday accommodation in 1919 and, in 1953, opened as a hotel.
How long will the construction take?
Work is expected to be finished by the summer of 2020.
Was the community consulted as part of the development assessment process?
Yes, an extended public consultation period closed in November 2017, which included referral to various government agencies.
In addition to the comments received during this community consultation process, Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) assessed the proposal against the Rottnest Island Management Plan and the Development Planning Guidelines before determining the application.
Ministerial approval was obtained for extension to the lease and lease area for the redevelopment.
RIA granted conditional approval for the development in March 2018 and a subsequent amended application was approved in May 2019
What impact will the redevelopment have on the hotel’s operations?
Hotel Rottnest's bar and restaurant will continue to trade but there will be no hotel rooms available during the construction period.
Will construction cause disruption to visitors?
During the construction phases, construction materials and goods will be transported from the barge area at the Main Jetty to the site. Measures to mitigate the impact on visitors are being implemented, however, as with any large construction project, there will be times when disruptions occur.
A temporary cement batching plant has also been established near the Island’s airport. This will require truck movements along Parker Point Road.
Construction work can only be undertaken between 7am-6pm Monday to Saturday and 9am-6pm on Sunday.