This is the best tourist beach you will ever find. You can live it up, or live it down!
Standing on Marine Parade in Cottesloe, Ocean Beach Hotel is a Western Australian landmark.
Cottesloe is one of Perth's most popular beaches. The older part of the OBH (as locals refer to it) was built in 1908 and was widely used as a hotel for country people during their annual holiday to the coast.
The "country pub" tag still remains, but it is also well known for great Sundays out, with customers a mix of surfers, backpackers and yuppies enjoying lunch and/or dinner.
The OBH has been the centre of hot debate over the years. Its mixed architecture is something locals either appreciate or think deserves to be demolished. In the 1960s a boutique hotel was built next to the original building and was painted good old mission brown. Thankfully, it underwent significant renovations last year and is now bright, funky and painted in more eye-pleasing colours.
There are four types of rooms available, executive, deluxe, spa and family, priced according to spa, size and extent of ocean views.
All are equipped with mini-bar, ensuite, in-house films, individually-controlled reverse-cycle air-conditioning, Internet data port, tea and coffee-making facilities and a sitting area with breakfast room service daily.
Of course, the ocean views are breathtaking, with undisturbed coastline and views out to Rottnest Island.
OBH has two bars, a café, the C Blu Restaurant and function rooms.
Ocean Beach Backpackers is in the original hotel rooms above the pub and can accommodate 130 in a range of rooms. They vary from eight-bed shared dormitories to private double rooms. All have their own bathroom and are cleaned daily to the same standard as the rest of the accommodation. On top of that, it has tasteful terrazzo and karri pine floors, high ceilings and large windows. Activities such as barbecue nights, surf lessons and tours are arranged.