Built in 1898 On land owned by a local property investor, (and, it is rumoured, with money made 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 reputedly the only one in Australia to put on free beer the day World War II ended. In the early 1950s the Main Roads Department wanted 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 has been listed in a municipal inventory in recognition of its heritage significance, and 2016 marked the 118th anniversary for the hotel.