The European Hotel
Creating a warm and inviting hotel where memories are made, has always been at the heart of the European Hotel.
DID YOU KNOW?
The very first alfresco licence in the City of Perth was granted to here. Today our guests continue to enjoy warm alfresco café culture under the heritage canopy of the hotel.
William G. Wolf's Architecture Reflecting a European Aesthetic
This European aesthetic is unmistakeable in our charming boutique hotel which has managed to preserve its original character for more than one hundred years to provide pleasure and delight to the many guests who have stayed here since its early beginnings.
The landmark European Hotel, with its world-wide reputation for warmth, comfort, amenities and historic significance was designed by architect William G Woolf in the European style prized by early settlers and city fathers. It is located just a stone’s throw from the historically significant Perth Town Hall.
Whenever the state’s heritage is examined it is evident that much of Perth’s character was created by adventurers seeking fresh opportunities in our wide-open state. For the European Hotel our unique heritage building was designed by architect, William G. Wolf who, before being lured to Western Australia during the gold boom, spent several years in Melbourne and Sydney designing significant buildings.
William Wolf was the father of five children, so his move to WA made it essential for him to quickly gain architectural work in the thriving state. A diversity of commissions was earned by him resulting in his design of many significant Perth buildings including Perth’s much treasured His Majesty’s Theatre on Hay Street, which today continues to present premier theatrical productions. When visiting His Majesty's Theatre you will see the similarities between our own hotel and some aspects of the theatre's design.
Other of Wolf’s designs that contributed to the city’s built form included the impressive Swan Mechanics Institute and the Jewish Synagogue on Brisbane Street, as well as several prominent residences in Subiaco and the Catholic Presbytery in Peppermint Grove. Several of these buildings are no longer standing as the city grew and made way for ‘progress’.
William Wolf's membership of the Imperial German Institute of Architects listed as part of his international credentials underpin his understanding of the European design aesthetic of the best hotels in Europe and exemplified in his design for the European Hotel
The Derward Hotel
The Hoffman family owned and managed the Derward Hotel for more than thirty years, with daughter Penny Hoffman, who grew up living at the hotel recalling Perth as her playground.
In a Museum of Perth interview for its Shaping Perth series, Penny beguiled researchers with tales of her life at the hotel and in the city, painting a picture of all that is good about Perth life.
Penny Hoffman’s girlhood living at the Derward Hotel in the 1940s was one of exploring her city neighbourhood and learning to know it intimately. She knew the gardeners in the Government Gardens (now Supreme Court Gardens and a few minutes’ walk away); the policemen on point duty (before traffic lights were installed in the city); and the firemen at the Central Fire Station just up the road from the hotel on Murray Street.
Penny’s mother loved to take her to the nearby Queen’s Gardens by tram, to the Zoo and to Kings Park with each of these locations favoured venues for her birthday parties.
The European Hotel and before it the Miss Maud Swedish Hotel continues to be a favoured place for celebrations with many generations of local families sharing their birthdays, anniversaries and other celebrations in the restaurant and the hotel. See the film with shared memories of the Derward Hotel.