CHECK IT OUT ALEX HOTEL, PERTH
From the team that brought us Little Creatures Brewing comes a new privately owned and operated Perth hotel where the emphasis is on unpretentious but beautifully crafted home comforts and good West Australian food and wine.
Alex Hotel’s low-key interiors and communal public spaces are likely to draw comparisons with Canberra’s Hotel Hotel but this property is deeply rooted in its inner-city Perth locale, providing ready access to restaurants, bars and the city’s leading cultural institutions.
Wedged between fashionable Northbridge and the CBD, the hotel features 74 “contemporary crafted” rooms over five levels with interior design from Sydney’s Arent & Pyke and bespoke furniture by New Zealand makers Douglas and Bec.
Hotel general manager and co-founder Miles Hull says: “We have styled the (Alex) on that of a privately owned European city hotel, with generous living areas that feel more like a private townhouse than a typical hotel.”
Each guestroom features a locally made bed dressed with 100 per cent Italian Beltrami linen, the latest smart television, which allows for onscreen streaming from your hand-held device, and ensuite bathroom with rain shower and stocked with local Sodashi unguents and Aussie-made Bemboka towels. Windows actually open and many guestrooms have private balconies overlooking the city.
The make-yourself-at-home vibe in the lobby cafe and mezzanine lounge includes an honour bar stocked with WA beers and wines; you can also enjoy a drink on the rooftop garden terrace while taking in great city skyline views.
DON’T MISS: An afternoon in Perth’s Cultural Centre, located on the Alex’s doorstep; see the latest exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Western Australia and Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.
DINING IN: Chef Sue Hutchins is in charge of the Shadow Wine Bar & Dining Room. Start with the signature aperitivo, Amaro Nonino with soda, then tuck into the crispy pork jowl with roasted cauliflower and pomegranate or the house-made pappardelle with porcini cream and pickled mushroom. Hutchins’s menu will change seasonally.
DINING OUT: For coffee drop by Northbridge Books for a brew and a browse. Favourite neighbourhood restaurants include No Mafia, Bivouac Canteen & Bar and La Cholita.
ASK THE CONCIERGE: Head out for a morning ride on one of the hotel’s complimentary Dutch-designed Lekker bikes, exploring the inner-city precincts of Highgate and North Perth. After dinner pop out to Sneaky Tony’s for a nightcap (you’ll need a password; just check with the front desk).
CHECKING IN: Rooms from $200 including continental breakfast and Wi-Fi. More: alexhotel.com.au.
ALSO TRY: Hotel Hotel, Canberra; G-Rough, Rome; Sherwood Queenstown, New Zealand.