WA, meet the new Guildford Hotel! With his heritage belvedere tower and baroque façade make-over, we’ve fallen hard for his latest look. The restored white and grey majesty can be found in the heart of Guildford where he was first built in the 19th century, just a short stumble to the station.
Inside this pristine local is where the mischief-maker lives – he’s a ladies’ man, but a gentleman. He’ll fix you a thirst quencher of the cocktail variety as you explore two stories of original exposed brick, repurposed timber and brass finishes, not to mention his impressive collection of recovered décor throughout.
The doors are open seven days a week and he’ll keep you company for a quiet one, that is, until he’s convinced you to have a shameless loud one. Otherwise, you may fancy a family feast in the courtyard, after work drinks in the beer garden or a surprise celebration in the Vaudeville Room – oh the laughs to be had!
Shared feasts can be enjoyed by locals and visitors of all ages as he welcomes you to enjoy the best beer, wine and produce the Swan Valley and WA has to offer. Don’t say we didn’t warn you about the dapper chaps’ irresistible charm, you’ll lose track of time in his abode, each and every time.
The Guildford Anzacs Project is record of the impact of WW1 on a whole town in Western Australia. The project identifies the soldiers, by name and gives a military history of each man or woman, and records their associate with the town of Guildford through church, organization or school membership. The project identified surviving homes of these Anzacs and marked them with a brass poppy plaque.
The Guildford Hotel respectfully acknowledges all soldiers including:
Pinker, Isaac. Gunner. 46th Bn. SN 3248. Returned 19.10.1917. Invalided.
Smith, Clarence Hugh Cyril. 2nd Lieut. Australian Flying Corps. SN 1998. Returned 16.12.1918. Invalided.
For more information: http://www.guildfordanzacs.org.au/
We are so very proud of our history here at The Guildford Hotel – and what an incredible history she is! We’ve heard many whispered tales and joyous times gone by that we couldn’t wait to share some of them with you here…
1880s - 2 years after the Fremantle Guildford Railway was built, Lot 26 Ellen St (now Johnson St), was bought for £600. Image: Railwayheritagewa.org
The Guildford Hotel is licensed. Image: Royal Western Australian Historical Society
Mr George Hiscox takes ownership and establishes the hotel as we know it today
Gold Rush boom allows for extensive alterations including accommodation Next door’s Vaudeville Theatre also built at this time Image: Western Mail newspaper
Early 1900s, outside the billiards | Image: Swan Guildford Historical Society
Image: City of Swan Local History Library
Construction of a new façade and cupola (now called belvedere) was completed A spiral staircase also added. Image: The State Library WA
Image: © Commonwealth of Australia (National Archives of Australia) 2015
Image: West Australian Newspaper Archives
Circa 1950s: The building features a silver belvedere and white paint update | Image: Swan Guildford Historical Society
1980’s: Major renovations carried out. Hotel now includes bottle shop, restaurant, 3 bars, 26 rooms. Image: Swan Guildford Historical Society
The property is purchased weeks before demolition is to start, due to structural problems, restorations begin. Image: West Australia Newspaper 12.10.1996
The building was added to the State Heritage Register | Image: Swan Guildford Historical Society
Image: © Paul Strasser. Courtesy of Panoramio
The building is engulfed in flames, leaving only an empty shell | Image: ABC Photo Archives 1.9.2008