CHECK IT OUT ALEX HO­TEL, PERTH

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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.

CHRIS­TINE McCABE

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