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Alex Perry Hotel pool

Perhaps it’s because Alex Perry is a fashion designer but it quickly becomes apparent the designer-turned-hotelier knows what a girl wants. For a start, there is no haughty staff at the Alex Perry Hotel and Apartments in Brisbane ready to diss my choice of frock. Roses fill reception with their sweet fragrance and the welcome we receive from the staff is as warm as the sunny day outside. My man and I are here to enjoy a night on the town in hip Fortitude Valley, sampling some of the hottest new bars without the hassle of having to drive home.

Our chic apartment gets my plans for a glam night out off to a good start with plenty of gal-pleasing-goodies like a GHD hair straightener, make-up remover towelettes and bespoke Molton Brown toiletries. The master bedroom is more compact than luxe but there is a full-size kitchen and the lounge is big enough for dancing which (almost) makes up for the small bedroom. We would love to swap the queen size bed to a king but a larger bed probably wouldn’t fit in the room.

Alex Perry Hotel lounge
Lounge area
Alex Perry Hotel apartment kitchen
Apartment kitchen
Alex Perry Hotel bedroom
Master bedroom

We spend a lazy afternoon swimming laps in the heated rooftop pool at the Alex Perry Hotel & Apartments, enjoying stunning views of the Brisbane skyline as we soak up the sun. Later than night, we bring our bottle of wine to the communal rooftop entertainment area and curl up on a curved outdoor lounge that is big enough for two as the lights of the Story Bridge twinkle in the distance. 

Alex Perry Hotel pool
Rooftop pool at Alex Perry Hotel
Alex Perry Hotel rooftop area
Rooftop communal area

In fact, it could be said the aforementioned wine sums up this hotel. It’s a complimentary inclusion in our accommodation package yet the upmarket chardonnay is one we would bring to a dinner party. It’s a nod to the quality and attention to detail which is apparent throughout this 140 room hotel. There is no in-house restaurant, however the attractive rooftop barbeque area is free to use although it needs to be booked in advance.  Someone has beaten us to it so we pop down to reception and have a lively chat about nearby drinking and dining venues with the staff.

Alex Perry Hotel exterior
Alex Perry Hotel

We could choose from yum cha in Chinatown to the upmarket restaurants lining James Street and the Italian sophistication of Tartufo across the road.  However, sitting under the stars with a takeaway pizza and a glass of red on the rooftop would also be a fine idea with that sparkling view. Given the lively nature of the surrounding area which parties until the wee hours, we were pleasantly surprised to discover how quiet the apartment was. The bedroom might have been small but it delivered a superb night’s rest. Perry also understands that a girl needs her beauty sleep.

Disclosure: The writers paid for their stay at this hotel.

If you’re looking for accommodation in Brisbane, we have reviewed the Treasury Hotel, The Calile, Ovolo The Valley, W Brisbane, Capri by Fraser Brisbane, Hilton Brisbane, The Johnson, NEXT Hotel Brisbane, Sage Hotel James Street, The Westin Brisbane, Oaks Brisbane Festival Suites, Royal on the Park, Ibis Styles Elizabeth Street, Sofitel Brisbane, Crystalbrook Vincent, The Inchcolm by Ovolo, Alex Perry Hotel & Apartments, and Pullman Brisbane Airport.

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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.