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Pinctada McAlpine House
Ranked #5 of 14 Broome B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 4, 2011

Deceided on the spur of the moment to head to Broome for New Year. I know it is the wet season but you can have some good weather in December/January. In the past I have always stayed out at Cable Beach and never really gone to the beach itself other than to see it.

So this time I thought I would try something closer to town and walking distance to a few restaurants. I came across by accident McAlpine House which had a rate of $200 per night inclusive of breakfast in a Garden Suite - good value. There are four types of rooms but the Garden Suite looked the most modern of them all. The others are done in a more classical style. Note also that there are only eight rooms in the place so it really is like a private retreat.

The price also included a transfer from the airport - quite common in Broome. I did double check by telephone that there would be someone to meet us on arrival but when we entered the arrivals hall there was no-one - not the best first impression. We checked with the general transfer desk who called the hotel and was told he could take us......hmmmmm.......

Trust me when I say that it all went dramatically UPHILL from here on in. We were met by the manager (Robert) who carried the bags to the room after a lengthy explanation of all the facilities. The rooms were beatifully air conditioned and spacious. Definately nice and modern. Big king size bed with plenty of pillows. An array of lighting options, a seating nook and desk. I think calling it a suite is a bit of a stretch but it was a great room.

The bathroom has two sinks and a giant shower (no bath but that is ok with me). You can see they are owned by the same people that run the Pinctata Resort as the towels and some other touches are branded as such. Towels were big and fluffy, toiletries were ok and some neat bathrobes. The shower heads could do with a bit of de-calcifying as they spray everywhere!!

Couple of points to note is that the website indicates a few things that the room did not have. There is no cable TV and no DVD player in the room. The added touch of the Nespresso machine was excellent though - who drinks instant coffee anymore.

We were treated to a bottle of champagne on arrival which was just magic and very much appreciated and needed in the heat. We drank it up on the balcony outside the library which overlooks the pool - we need to stay out of the rain. The library was also a nice place to chill out in air con comfort. There is a DVD player in here. Also there is free wireless internet which was great but hit and miss in the room - we were warned the signal was weaker there.

The pool area is just wonderful and again, like your own retreat. We were lucky that there were only ever three rooms occupied so it was peaceful. That does remind me, they have a number of parrots in an aviary which are VERY noisy, especially at 5:00 am - you have been warned.

During the wet season the food offering is reduced to a continental breakfast. This is just lovely and light enough to start off the day, I believe during the dry season they offer a cooked breakfast option as well as a dinner option. It was no hassle not having this and I knew this when I booked. The food menu looked good so would be worth trying.

I would definately rush back to stay here. If you are looking for a full list of resort options then do not stay here. It does not have a spa or a pool side bar but that worked for me. Having the peace and tranquility of the place to yourselves (other than the parrots) was perfect. Also the manager was magnificent - nothing was too much trouble. Always had a useful touring or dining tip and drove us out to the airport to pick up the hire car - top bloke.

If you choose here just know that it is not a big resort, if that is waht you want head out to Cable Beach and pick one there. That works for me as it means there will be less people booking here and I can keep it to myself!

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with friends
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7  Thank wockinwod
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Reviewed September 6, 2010

Room has not been cleaned prior to our arrival. Dead cockroaches in kitchen cabinets. Dust room. Obvious cobwebs on ceiling, corners, Tv cabinet. No attention paid to our comments and complaint, no answer to the letter I wrote to General Manager. very disappointing. It is a Christmas present to my partner to stay 2nights in this hotel, but after only few minutes in the room, he just wanted to go home !

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank BroomeShootingStar
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Reviewed November 30, 2009

We stayed at Mc Alpine house in October 09 and were pleasantly surprised by its lush tropical garden, hand crafted Javanese furniture and old world charm.The bedroom was comfortable, with a modern wet room. Our host was welcoming and very attentive to our needs. As it was very hot, we enjoyed the cold breakfasts, with lots of tropical fruit and we made the most of the lovely swimming pool. There are only 8 rooms so it was quiet but just what we wanted after a busy day.you could walk into town but , in the heat , a rental car would be best. Mc Alpine House is not cheap but if you are after something different , in a tropical atmosphere and with historical connections, that is the place for you.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Clara_8
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Reviewed July 23, 2008

As other posters have said, this is not a cheap hotel. In season, as we were, it was $500 per night

Now that would be fine if there was the service to go with the price. There was no receptionist on duty, and she had to be summoned by phone (arrived 10 minutes later, then disappeared). No staff meant the the bar was not open except for an hour between 5 and 6. And the restaurant was closed because it was the chefs day off. One would have thought at the price that they could have afforded to have staff on duty.

The room we had, a Library Suite was very comfortable and well decorated. A problem with ants all over the place, but this is Australia, and I accept that!.

Breakfast was fine, but writing this 4 weeks after our visit, was unmemorable in as much as I cannot remember anything about it.

McAlpine House is an old building by local standards and indeed a historical building. It oozes character. But all considered, the hotel was worth perhaps $300 in comparing it with other hotels we stayed in in Australia, certainly not worth $500

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with family
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5  Thank moraira
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Reviewed March 5, 2008

have stayed in all rooms over many visits and simply love it. But unfortunately it is now pricing itself way above its position. The rooms are old style except the garden suites, the property is small but comfortable, no spa or any other resort facitities so hard to justify such a hike in price. I think room cleaning and breakfast at a B&B are standard but now these are supposed to be luxuries you have to pay extra for. $600 a night is way overpriced. Get back to your roots or maybe you will b happy having the place to yourself as I feel occupancy will decline.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank MelbPaul
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Reviewed December 1, 2007

We stayed in November 2007 in a Garden Suite. It was out of season and there were only a few guests. Our room was clean,well designed and comfortable.
The public areas were superb – not easy to describe this place - it is unique.
We did not have a car and had to take the 'bus into Chinatown (the main shopping area ) and Cable Beach
Deb(Guest Relations) was very helpful and efficient and contributed greatly to our visit
We enjoyed our stay here very much.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled with family
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4  Thank EdandLiz
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Reviewed November 19, 2007

A wonderful place to stay!. After spending a week in perth we decided that we wanted a rest and the Mc Alpine House Hotel was the perfect place. I would advise a car to get around the area, mainly due to the heat!
The hotel location is a little way out of town, but we did walk on a few occassions.
What we enjoyed the most was being able to discover Broome and surrounding location during the morning and then spend a relaxing afternoon lazing around the pool at McAlpine House. The garden atmosphere is Tropical and just adds to the whole experience. We stayed in one of the garden rooms, which are new and very tastfully decorated, the only downside, which was a shock on the first morning was the early morning greetings from the Hotels resident Parrots.However this is something that like the rest of the hotel, just all blends in to a lovely experience.
Rooms are well stocked with a Mini Bar.
Breasfast is served in a dinning room that is a mixture of modern art and antique furniture. There is a good selection of Fresh Fruit, cereal,yoghurt and bread. Freshly brewed Coffee and Tea which you make yourself.
Hotel Staff are really friendly and helpful. They organised our car hire and trips and there is no agenda they are just offering a great service, what we found amazing was that pick ups, drop offs and transfers were all free.
There is a sense of freedom at McAlpine house that is not to be missed.
A final note, when you compare the local hotel prices McAlpine works out to be about the same as some of the beach resorts. However if you want piece and quite and an incredible place to stay then choose McAlpine and hire a car or use the town bus, because it is worth it.

Stayed: October 2007
4  Thank HappySue
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Additional Information about Pinctada McAlpine House

Address: 55 Herbert St | (Corner Louis Street), Broome, Western Australia 6725, Australia
Location: Australia > Western Australia > Kimberley Region > Broome
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Broome
Price Range: $127 - $253 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Pinctada McAlpine House 4.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As soon as you step through the modest white picket gate onto a path sprinkled with frangipani flowers and shaded by towering palm trees, you know instantly that you are entering a special place of relaxation and solitude. The former home of Lord McAlpine, Pinctada McAlpine House has been meticulously converted into a private 8-room lodge - perhaps 'oasis' is a more fitting description. A subtle blend of historical charm and modern facilities makes McAlpine House the perfect place to reawaken the spirit. Wide open verandahs and polished timber floors complement a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere which slowly extinguishes your sense of time. We encourage you to make our boutique lodge your home for as long as you stay. By day, the atmosphere is shaped as much by the lush tropical gardens and exotic birds as it is by the personalised attentive service. At night, enjoy a moment of calm by the turquoise waters of a pool lit by a myriad of tiny lights. World class resort? Private retreat? Luxury guest house? McAlpine House defies classification, and that is precisely why it is such a unique place to completely rejuvenate your soul. With just eight rooms - each with its own style and private outdoor escape, a sense of space and escape is blended with a feel of intimacy and serenity. Create your own world among the original artwork and decor reflecting the unique colours and textures of the Kimberley, or step outside to explore the wonder, beauty and contrasts of Broome's azure waters, sweeping white beaches, distinctive red earth and eclectic culture. ... more   less 
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