Perth, Australia

Alex Hotel

Rates from (ex tax)$142.53

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD200.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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Style

Ale and arty

Setting

Perth's artistic pulse

The gourmands behind cult cafés and bars Bread in Common, Gordon Street Garage and the Hippocampus distillery have cooked up effortlessly cool boutique stay, the Alex Hotel, in Perth’s Cultural Centre, where dive bars mingle with respected galleries and svelte eateries. Within the black-and-white block designed by Space Agency architects, bespoke Arent & Pyke furnishings, affable staff and an honesty bar filled with West Australia’s finest make this the go-to stop for comfy disco naps and hearty fuelling breakfasts.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

74, including eight X-Large rooms.

Check–Out

12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability; AU$40 is charged for late check-out till 2pm. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $142.53 (AU$182), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD200.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

A lavish Continental breakfast buffet is included in room rates.

Also

The hotel has a fleet of elegant vintage-style Lekker Bikes that guests can borrow for free. They’ll also give you a map, lock and helmet. The hotel’s library has a diverting selection of art and design books too. Space Agency, the architects behind Bread in Common – owner Nic Trimboli's achingly hip café and bakery – built the sleek, cubist yin-yang of a block the hotel resides in.

At the hotel

Espresso bar, lounge, library, mezzanine and roof terraces, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV with streaming movies, free bottled water, air-conditioning and local Sodashi bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Perth’s motley mix of 19th-century art deco buildings and sleek skyscrapers can best be admired from X-Large Room 602, which has a corner balcony, a glass wall in the bathroom and a window by the the bed (pillow fight your partner to see who gets to sleep on that side). X-Large Room 515 is the biggest in the hotel, and it has a balcony for sunset watching.

Packing tips

Comfy trainers for biking, and a stash of Tim Tams for when you feel peckish and don’t want to leave your room.

Also

The hotel has a lift, and all common areas are wheelchair accessible. Four rooms (a little larger than the Medium rooms) have been adapted for guests with mobility issues.

Children

This is a Smith-about-town kind of place, so best suited for older kids. Eight sets of Small, Large and X-Large rooms on each floor interconnect to form mini two-bedroom apartments. Cots for under-2s can be added to rooms free.

Food and Drink

Photos Alex Hotel food and drink

Top Table

Sultry Shadow Wine Bar & Dining Room has plenty of low-lit corners for couples to hide in. The deep velvet sofas in the lounge and the roof terrace’s fainting couches are rather inviting too.

Dress Code

Intriguing tailoring in block colours: something offbeat from hip brands 33 Poets or House of Sky will turn heads.

Hotel restaurant

Charcuterie and cheese plates, single-origin coffee and excellent beers and wines are served in the lobby café; floor-to-ceiling windows open to the street and there’s a small outdoor terrace. Shadow Wine Bar & Dining Room, behind the hotel, is another of the owners’ ventures and the hotel’s unofficial eatery. Accomplished Italian fare (crab spaghettini, peppery montaditos, slow-braised meats) and cult brews (Moo, White Rabbit and Little Creatures, of course) are served. Breakfast is a buffet in the hotel lounge composed of West Australian treats: Mano a Mano coffee, Bread in Common sourdough, home-made muffins, friand cakes, muesli and granola, and fresh fruit.

Hotel bar

The hotel’s honesty bar is filled with niche craft ales and lagers, ciders, and a well-chosen range of reds and whites mostly from the Margaret River region. Take your pick and settle down at the window banquette or large dining table in the lounge. Coffee and tea are free in the lounge, and staff will whip up a pot of specialty loose-leaf brew on request.

Last orders

The breakfast buffet is laid out with a flourish from 6.30am–10.30am.

Room service

No room service, but the honesty bar and lobby café are open 24 hours a day.

Location

Photos Alex Hotel location
Address
Alex Hotel
50 James Street
Perth
6102
Perth
Australia

Planes

Perth Airport (www.perthairport.com.au) is the closest international hub, a 20-minute drive away. Direct flights arrive from South Africa, the UAE, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and New Zealand, and there are frequent domestic services.

Trains

Perth Railway Station is a five-minute walk from the hotel. Transperth trains run to destinations along West Australia’s coast and inland. If you’re travelling from the east coast, hop on a Rail Australia (www.railaustralia.com.au) sleeper train; the journey from Sydney takes three days.

Automobiles

Driving in Perth is as laid back as the city itself, give or take a little peak congestion. There’s an Avis car-hire booth at the airport, and it’s worth securing a GPS – freeway exits can be tricky. Take National Highway 94 and State Route 8 from the airport to the hotel. Parking is close by at the City of Perth car park (by the State Library); it’s AU$32.90 for 24 hours.

Worth getting out of bed for

Perth’s Cultural Centre is at the heart of the hotel’s on-trend Northbridge neighbourhood. You’re likely to stumble upon challenging plays, live shows by local bands or much-debated art exhibits thanks to its many galleries, theatres and buzzing bars. The familiar pointillism and abstract symbolism of indigenous Australian art become more complex when viewed through a contemporary lens in the Art Gallery of West Australia’s (+61 (0)8 9492 6622) impressive collection. Free volunteer-led tours are held frequently, and the rotating exhibitions are renowned. A champion of up-and-coming playwrights – alongside the sublime and ridiculous – The Blue Room Theatre (+61 (0)8 9227 7005) has covered subjects as diverse as teaching robots how to feel, and ballets defending the ubiquity of Apple products – attend with an open mind.
 
Borrow one of the hotel’s bikes for a 13km cycle to Cottesloe Beach. Legendary as the birthplace of surfing in Perth, this curve of coast overlooks breath-taking Indian Ocean sunsets, and fish and chip shops sit close by. Its centrepiece is an art nouveau house built by John Curtin, Australia’s 14th prime minister. For ventures further afield, appropriately named Penguin Island is a 45-minute drive from Perth: kayak and kite-board, or spy seals, dolphins and a colourful cast of underwater critters from a glass-bottom boat.
 

Local restaurants

Babooshka (+61 (0)4 2998 6026) – just around the corner from the Alex, if you’re feeling a tad ‘delicate’ – peddles an enticing menu of brunch goodies. Try the Tsar’s breakfast or a delightfully dense Nutella milkshake, and don’t forget the coffee. Stop for lunch at Flipside Burgers (+61 (0)8 9228 8822); the chain is a (prime) cut above many bearing the tag. Beef, chicken and veggie patties are layered with intriguing toppings (beetroot slices and fried egg, or pear and parmesan), and the Burger of the Month Club throws breakfast and country-themed offerings into the mix. Prince Harry is allegedly a fan of the Queen Victoria Burger. The Alex’s own Nic Trimboli conceived low-lit, intimate Balthazar (+61 (0)8 9421 1206), where dishes play fast and loose with sweet and savoury flavours (toffee-apples stuffed with blue cheese and parmesan-sprinkled beetroot-jam doughnuts) with stylish – and delicious – results. Head to Lalla Rookh (+61 (0)8 9325 7077, named after a showgirl from mining town Kalgoorlie) for high-end Italian fare: charcuterie and cheese plates, seasonal dishes and a reassuringly abridged pizza selection. For sushi with a twist, look just down the road to Aisuru Sushi (+61 (0)8 9328 8578).

Local cafés

We get good percolations from William Street coffee peddler, Daphne (+61 473 196 322). They do a brain jump-starting espresso using Loaded craft coffee. Nab a comfy cushion-packed pew for a ploughman’s or all-natural La Paleta ice-lollies; we love the banana butterscotch, and watermelon and rose flavours. Part of the WA Museum, The Muse Garden Café (+61 409 209 904) is a remarkably peaceful city hideaway with an interior garden and very friendly staff. Superfoods and equally super drinks are served on pretty bone china, as well as warming comfort food.

Local bars

A sleek assemblage of lattice screens and leather banquettes dominated by an enticing spirits cabinet: font-monikered bar Helvetica (+61 (0)8 9321 4422) has an epic whisky (and whiskey) list and cool cocktails (the Mexican Pornstar piqued our interest). Sustenance comes in the form of lemon-fried chorizo and black Angus beef pies. On Queen Street a red-brick former mill has been converted into The Flour Factory (+61 8 9485 1711), a fine city drinkery. Its menu favours carnivores, with ‘butchery’, charcuterie and hotdog sections, and the drinks menu has whole segments dedicated to G&Ts and Negronis. Head to its Sherry rooftop for alfresco sipping and socialising.

Reviews

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Carrie Hutchinson

Anonymous review

‘Hi. We’re moving over here to keep you company.’ These are not always the words you long to hear when you’re dining. But, in this case, the two women in cute Fifties-style dresses seem like a welcome distraction. Shadow Wine Bar, with its dramatic black beams and lengthy, softening drapes, is fairly humming on a Friday night. It’s the restaurant that’s part of (but around the corner from) the super-stylish Alex Hotel, owned by the consortium behind Little Creatures Brewery and designed by Sydney-based company Arent & Pyke. 

There are no private tables, the hostess tells me when I arrive, but she can seat me at the high communal table. My new companions arrive when I’m part-way through a first course of kingfish ceviche and green-chilli vinegar. ‘We’ll just have cheese and wine…’ one tells the waiter, who talks them through the day’s selection. They’ll have some of each, as it turns out. Then, after ‘hellos’ and a few words, they go back to talking about a project they’re working on.

It’s not as though I am desperate for conversation. There’s a book in my handbag, and the two women on my left are that mix of beautiful, cool and seemingly rich that can induce feelings of nausea. However, their overt interest in what everyone else is eating and a squealing conversation about their love lives is all rather amusing. Then there is the menu and wine list – one the best in Perth, everyone had told me. Who am I to resist a couple of glasses of Paul Nelson’s Maison Madeleine mourvèdre grenache (made in the Ferguson Valley south of Perth) and a delicious bowl of crab spaghettini with capers, lemon, tomato and chilli?

It just so happened I ended up in Perth without Mr Smith, since he’d had something of a family emergency the day before departure. Unfortunately, unlike the preferred approach of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, it was too late to call the whole thing off, so I’m flying solo. Besides, with a wet, windy and cold start to the Melbourne summer casting a pall over the city’s inhabitants, a few days in the West Australian sun is just what the doctor ordered. 

There’s something about travelling by yourself; I suddenly realise what that thing is after just a few hours at the Alex Hotel – the hip bolthole in artsy Northbridge – Room 401, one of the Alex’s ‘large’ rooms, still looks much as it did when I’d arrived. My coat – unnecessary here, due to Perth’s glorious weather – is hanging neatly on the chic unit that combines a light, mirror and a couple of hooks; the bed is still made; a glass of the bottled water provided is sitting on a coaster; and my bag is placed neatly in a corner. Hours later, the Mr Smith bomb hasn’t gone off. It’s an unexpected joy.

If you must be somewhere by yourself, it may as well be the Alex. Apart from the room, which is a sublime minimalist grey, with crisp white linens and a couple of splashes of daffodil yellow, there are a number of immaculate public spaces. A free breakfast is served on the first floor: slice from the loaf of fresh sourdough, pop a couple of spoonfuls of home-made strawberry jam and blood-orange marmalade on them, and grab a freshly baked muffin (sweet or savoury, depending on your morning tastes), then take a seat. Being on East Coast time, I find myself reading the paper on the sunny patio one morning, the next at a table in the lounge. Here, you can plonk on a faded-pink or mustard velvet sofa, or hang around the huge communal table, put an album on the record player and flick through cool magazines and hefty art books. You might want to mind jammy fingers on the latest, pristine copy of Kinfolk, though…

This lounge is also home to the honesty bar. Grab a glass of Margaret River ‘cab sav’, a bottle of Eagle Bay Brewing Co’s Kolsch or even a Karma Cola; write in in the book and it gets charged to your room when you leave. Just a quick tip: take it up to the sixth floor, where there’s a rooftop terrace with sensational sunset views. 

It would be easy to just laze around the Alex enjoying its relaxed atmosphere, but the hotel’s other drawcard is its location. Just steps away is the public art and performance hub, Perth Cultural Centre, where you’ll find the Art Gallery of WA, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Blue Room Theatre and the closed-for-renovation Western Australian Museum. Take a shortcut through the main train station and you’re in Perth’s city centre. I spend my days wandering aimlessly, eating a lot – dumplings and bubble-tea cocktails on the roof at laundromat-themed Lucky Chan’s Laundry & Noodlebar, or beer and burgers on the deck at Mechanics’ Institute are highly recommended – checking out the redevelopment of the historic State Buildings, enjoying the sunshine by the Swan River and exploring the spectacular Kerry Hill Architects-designed City of Perth Library. Imagine doing that with Mr Smith in tow…

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Alex Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Very chic hotel on North Bridge Road. Very friendly and helpful staff. Great amenities.

Don’t expect

Not sure whether the window is double glazed. The noise from the Brass Monkey hotel bar on Friday and Saturday night is almost unbearable for a light sleeper like me. Luckily, the sweet staff from Indonesia offered us another room that was a lot more quiet. Would be great to have a nice little wardrobe.

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Stayed on 11 Aug 2017

We loved

The hotel decor. 

Don’t expect

Desks in the room.

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Stayed on 5 Apr 2017

We loved

Location, decor/design using local designers, friendly and down-to-earth staff, cosy, homely and romantic vibe, housemade goodies at breakfast, rooftop terrace perfect for summer evenings. We bought Flipside burgers and ate them on the rooftop terrace of the hotel. 

Don’t expect

glitzy design.

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Stayed on 7 Jan 2017

We loved

Everything about the Alex Hotel. As designers, it felt like a dream home. Really lovely staff and perfect location in Perth. We wish we could spend Christmas here every year! The shadow bar was lovely, as was being next to the library and museum. The staff were great for recommendations.

Don’t expect

To be disappointed!

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Stayed on 23 Dec 2016

We loved

Friendliness and helpfulness of staff, particularly on arrival; the honour bar, the rooftop terrace, the common parts of the hotel which were warm and welcoming, great in-room movie selection. Great location for exploring Perth City, good walking distance to a huge variety of bars, cafes and restaurants as well as Perth's main shopping hub and museums

Don’t expect

Drab, uninviting room with mustard walls and office style grey carpet; industrial chic had been taken a little far, with concrete ceilings feeling unfinished rather than stylised; Sodashi products affixed to shower to avoid light fingers - either provide sample size products or a cheaper offering as this just felt insulting and not in keeping with a hotel of this caliber

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Stayed on 16 Sep 2016

We loved

The wine bar, the lounge, the divine shower and bathroom products. Locally, the restaurant and wine bar next to the hotel was as far as we got. It was fabulous.

Don’t expect

Much elbow room. The room was distinctly cosy. The nightclub across the road was noisy, so this hotel best suits night owls.

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Stayed on 10 Sep 2016

We loved

The communal spaces, honesty bar and free in-room movies. It really is a hotel that encourages you to get out and explore the hotel, but they make your room as comfortable as can be. Recommend Bodhi J for yoga and luxury spa treatments, the Old Treasury Building in the CBD is a 10 min walk from the hotel. It has recently been restored to architectural glory and is home to a few high-end shops, restaurants (Petition and Post) and the amazing Como Shambala Spa.

Don’t expect

A completely peaceful night's sleep. The hotel is located around many nightclubs, so request a high-level room and one that does not face the street. The hotel does provide a set of earplugs in your room, which does help.

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Stayed on 9 Sep 2016

We loved

The chill out areas and places to relax with serve your own drinks and a great array of books. Bringing a client back for a drink is the perfect experience more like inviting them go a drink at home. Comfy beds and quality irons (!) make it ideal for business travellers. No Mafia was great and Northbridge is fun to check out.

Don’t expect

Gourmet brekkie - good solid continental and order proper coffee

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Stayed on 22 Aug 2016

We loved

The location - within easy walking distance to central Perth and in the gentrifying neighbourhood of Northbridge. The rooms were spotless and nicely designed. Shadow wine bar and restaurant (attached to the hotel) does fun cocktails. 10/10

Don’t expect

A chair or anywhere to hang out in the room! The common area is very well appointed for working/socialising though.

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Stayed on 15 Jun 2016

We loved

The breakfast area and lounge space is great, and the attached wine bar/restaurant is excellent

Don’t expect

Amenities of a big corporate hotel

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Stayed on 14 Jun 2016

We loved

The location. The wine and coffee. The breakfasts. The common spaces are what this hotel is all about. We met our friends and family there, relaxed and drank wine and coffee for extended hours.

Don’t expect

Luxurious rooms. The rooms are minimalistically stylish (They don't have wardrobes, bathtubs, or bathrobes). But it all works!

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Stayed on 26 May 2016

We loved

Excellent breakfast, beautiful decor and ensuite, free movies on your tv, free wifi, walking distance to most CBD attractions. Try No Mafia for an excellent meal if you are feeling a bit lazy.

Don’t expect

If your room faces William St, you will likely experience live music from mid-week onwards until 10.30pm or so. But you can escape it by exploring the night life!

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Stayed on 17 May 2016

We loved

Decor, bed, staff, location

Don’t expect

Cooked breakfast

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Stayed on 27 Apr 2016

We loved

Everything, as usual! 10/10

Don’t expect

...to be disappointed

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Stayed on 15 Apr 2016

We loved

Proximity to the city nightlife. Fabulous new bars really close by

Don’t expect

Big cooked breakfasts

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Stayed on 15 Apr 2016

We loved

The quirky hotel, relaxed vibe and great breakfast (a petite selection but really great quality). The coffee was outstanding! All within a block - NoMafia - brilliant food, excellent wine and staff who are a pleasure (and they gave us great recommendations on what to visit in Margaret River); Bivouac Canteen.

Don’t expect

Big rooms, cupboard space (in the smaller rooms) or any bathroom privacy (glass door panels with a gap).

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Stayed on 23 Mar 2016

We loved

Pretty much everything. I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Perth. 10/10

Don’t expect

Protein for Breakfast or a good sleep on the weekends.

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Stayed on 10 Mar 2016

We loved

The rooms, the vibe and the location is the best in Perth.

Don’t expect

Mammoth suites but this is modern funky luxury.

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Stayed on 8 Mar 2016

We loved

The simplicity of the hotel, all basics yet comfortable.

Don’t expect

Extravagance.

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Stayed on 25 Jan 2016

We loved

The style, the toiletries, the staff, and the rooms. The breakfast and snacks were also great! Really close to the shops and museums, and nightlife. The associated Shadow restaurant was great – we definitely recommend!

Don’t expect

Complete peace and quiet – we were there over Thursday and Friday nights. Music from the excellent bar opposite was very loud, and could be heard from the room. There was a noticeable police presence in the surrounding streets in the early hours (3am) of Saturday morning when we left, due to the night life from adjacent bars/clubs.

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Stayed on 7 Jan 2016

We loved

The awesome common areas for relaxing, reading and meeting other guests. The Scandi design, rooftop for a great view over Perth and the location. The breakfast and honour bar are fantastic, as are the staff – more than happy to help with anything!

Don’t expect

A fridge in your room, however you can store stuff in the fridge on the ground and level 1.

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Stayed on 1 Jan 2016

We loved

Everything about this hotel – it has a beautiful industrial/Scandinavian contemporary design with beautiful local touches. Loved the relaxed 'at home' feel with the honesty bar and delicious continental breakfast. To top it all off, a drink on the rooftop was amazing! It was great to also use the Lekker bikes to explore Perth City.

Don’t expect

To find anywhere better in Perth!

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Stayed on 25 Dec 2015

We loved

The set up with the communal mezzanine where you could read wonderfully curated magazines, use the self serve bar and have the delicious breakfast. Great design, very helpful staff. Loved the bikes as well!

Don’t expect

Refrigerators in room, or a gym.

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Stayed on 24 Dec 2015

We loved

The stunning quality of design, the outstanding customer service, the homemade breakfast treats.

Don’t expect

Quiet nights. The hotel is located in the heart of the nightlife district. The double glazing keeps out most of the late night sounds, but it can be a little noisy.

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Stayed on 24 Dec 2015

We loved

Great location!

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Stayed on 20 Dec 2015

We loved

Roof top bar and communal lounge area.

Don’t expect

Much hanging space for clothes – pack light.

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Stayed on 19 Dec 2015

We loved

The honour bar and the roof terrace.

Don’t expect

Complete peace and quiet, it's in the hustle and bustle of Northbridge. Also, not many toiletries are provided, so take your own body lotion, cotton buds, etc. (They do provide shower gel and shampoo!)

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Stayed on 19 Dec 2015

We loved

Location, bathroom, interior design, very friendly and helpful staff, quirkiness of their uniforms, set up of the front desk, comp cocktails, rooftop (though a bit chilly to stay long up there).

Don’t expect

No refrigerator. Some peeps - like me - have medications that require to be refrigerated and also some people - like me - hate room temperature water. Needing to go fetch iron and ironing board was a bit inconvenient too.

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Stayed on 18 Dec 2015

We loved

It's such a cool hotel. Really chilled, lots of lovely touches such as an honesty bar, roof terrace, own-brand locally-made gorgeous toiletries, the ability to find out how to purchase anything in the hotel direct from the suppliers – and the decor was awesome. Couldn't fault this place!

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Stayed on 8 Dec 2015

We loved

Interior design, sumptuous linen, amazing shower and the view. Plus, the honour bar and brekkie in the morning! It met all our expectations!

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Stayed on 5 Dec 2015

We loved

Laid back, friendly atmosphere, communal spaces and awesome design aesthetic.

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Stayed on 26 Nov 2015

We loved

All the design elements of the hotel. The friendly staff. The communal spaces and the concept of an "honour bar".

Don’t expect

In room facilities, such as making coffee and tea.

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Stayed on 24 Nov 2015

We loved

The Alex hotel is new has a great location close to everything can walk every where. Fantastic design hotel my favourite ever. Professional staff, great beds

Don’t expect

Because it's located in the middle of the lively part of town it's not a quiet place at night, so get a room on a higher level and use the ear plugs if you want peace and quiet.

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Stayed on 5 Nov 2015

We loved

The service and atmosphere of the place

Don’t expect

Tea coffee facilities in rooms or hanging space

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Stayed on 23 Oct 2015

We loved

The concept - hang out in the common areas (or the roof) instead of sitting in your room. Grab a burger from next-door and then enjoy it on the roof.

Don’t expect

A fridge, kettle or safe in your room.

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Stayed on 21 Oct 2015

We loved

The big room,the breakfast the honesty bar shadows and our comp coctails, the honesty again for late late night drinks Did I mention the White chocolate friands and the coconut cake. The design of all areas and I'm a desihner also so that's big praise from me.

Don’t expect

Wardrobe, travel light who needs room service when you have the mezz level honesty bar.

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Stayed on 19 Oct 2015

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