Built in 1898 on land owned by a local property investor (rumoured to have made his money from Kalgoorlie gold) the pub still stands as a testimony to the ‘good ol’ times’.
At the turn of the century the Bayswater Hotel was frequented by hunting parties and became famous for its genteel ‘afternoon teas’. During the Great Depression it developed into a working man’s hotel and began its long association with the employees of the railways. The Hotel was the only one in Australia to put on free beer the day World War II ended. In the early 1950s the Main Roads Department proposed to demolish the hotel to make way for a new one, but thankfully they were not successful.
Extensive renovations were made in the 1960s and early 1990s and motel units were constructed. In 1981 the hotel was sold to Sam Sardelic and Lloyd Marchesi, and in early 1990 Charles Letizia became the third partner. He believes the Bayswater Hotel will always be a significant landmark to the suburb, not only because of its historical importance but because of its significance to the community today.
Although much has changed over the years, including a recent renovation and the construction of additional rooms, the Hotel still retains many of its original interior treatments, including a pressed-metal decorative ceiling and ornate timber mantels.
The Heritage Room at the front of the Hotel has been listed in Australia's municipal inventory in recognition of its historical significance, as 2018 marked the 120th anniversary for the hotel. Alongside this anniversary, 2018 also marked the opening of our new coffee house and alfresco area in the heritage room. Featuring its original interior design, this glamorous renovation adds modern style to our historical hotel.