The Best Hotels and Places to Stay in Esperance, Western Australia

Esperance is a gem in Western Australia
Esperance is a gem in Western Australia | © Paul Kingsley / Alamy Stock Photo
Cassie Wilkins

As the jewel of the southern coast of Western Australia, Esperance is famed for its endless white beaches and waters in shades of turquoise and deep royal blue which lead the eye to a horizon studded with islands. A short flight or long drive from Perth, life in Esperance is dictated by the sunrise, sunset and steady pace of the waves – where time feels like something to be savoured, not merely spent. You’ll feel it when you walk through the town centre with its quirky cafes and cool murals, and you’ll be welcomed like family in these hand-picked hotels and places to stay – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. The Jetty Resort, for beachfront paradise


The outdoor pool area at the Jetty Resort
Courtesy of the Jetty Resort / Expedia

Just like a sandy beach divides the water from the land, the family-run Jetty Resort sits between the idyllic – and rather refreshing – waters of the Southern Ocean and a lovely, warm solar-heated pool. A short scenic stroll to town, accommodation here also straddles the spectrum – ranging from cheap and cheerful motel-style en-suite rooms with kitchenettes in the brick building to fancy ocean-view spa suites and apartments with kitchens and balconies.

2. Comfort Inn Bay of Isles, for central convenience


The brick-tiled outdoor pool and jacuzzi area at Comfort Inn Bay of Isles
Courtesy of Comfort Inn Bay of Isles / Expedia

Steps from the ocean and the town centre and only five minutes’ drive from the picture-postcard shores of West Beach, Comfort Inn Bay of Isles is as close to the action as you can get – even if the action here is more like cute cafes and quaint bars. Relax and spend the day lounging by the pool before hitting up the in-house restaurant or ordering room service to your little abode. Rooms here can accommodate up to four people – and you can opt for extras like spa baths and kitchenettes.

3. Bayview Motel, for friendly staff


A grass lawn leads to the exterior of the Bayview Motel
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Priding itself on being Esperance’s friendliest accommodation – a member of the staff will even pick you up from the coach station – Bayview Motel is a little gem in the heart of Esperance, with rooms catering for everything from solo overnight trips to family holidays. Including kitchenettes as standard and offering two-bedroom suites for groups and families, Bayview Motel also has a communal BBQ and coin-operated laundry to make your stay as stress-free as possible. Staff can also help with all your vacay needs – from booking whale watching tours and snorkelling/diving trips to personalised recommendations – so all you need to do is decide what to pack.

4. Hospitality Esperance, SureStay Collection by Best Western, for dolphin spotting


A table set for a romantic dinner overlooking the bay at Seasons restaurant, Hospitality Esperance, SureStay Collection by Best Western
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A great home base for a beach-front getaway, Hospitality Esperance offers guests the trifecta: well-appointed rooms with big beds, TVs and minibars; a refreshing outdoor pool; and super friendly staff. The best part of staying here, though, has to be the location – close to the beach, where you can watch dolphins playing in the bay and an easy meander to myriad cafes and boutique shops. There’s also an on-site restaurant, Seasons – with picturesque windows overlooking the bay for dreamy drinks at sunset.

5. Clearwater Motel Apartments, for seafront self-catering


The exterior of the Clearwater Motel Apartments
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Clearwater Motel Apartments in Esperance offers bright and beachy self-contained accommodation with everything you need for an easy getaway. Splurge on the luxury three-bedroom Beach Shack or premium king apartment with private sun decks and courtyards for an extra opulent stay – or opt for a standard or deluxe room with shared al fresco BBQ facilities. Security-lovers will adore the locking carports, though with complimentary transfers to and from the bus station and the main sites within walking distance – including Rotary Lookout and West Beach – you can easily enjoy a car-free escape here, too.

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