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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Mcalpine Hotel Broome