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4.3 out of 5

"Great respite from the dry hot environment with all the trees and balconies. " More

By a verified traveller on Tue 17 Oct 2017

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Hotel Description

A luxury stay in Broome awaits you at Pinctada McAlpine House. Within just a 10-minute stroll, you'll find Bedford Memorial Park and Broome Historical Society Museum. Highlights at this hotel include free daily breakfast, an outdoor swimming pool, and free self parking.

The hotel's own lounge bar is a nice place to enjoy a drink. Additionally, you'll find free WiFi in public areas, a snack bar/deli, and laundry facilities. Free full breakfast is available daily between 7:30 AM and 9 AM. There's also the convenience of limited parking.

Places within a 15-minute walk of this 4.5-star Broome hotel include Matso's Brewery and Broome Museum.

Library Room

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
AU$374* Per night/room 3 Jul. - 4 Jul.

Garden Suite

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

McAlpine Suite

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Pearlers Verandah

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Pinctada McAlpine House ratings based on 61 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.3 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Pinctada McAlpine House

Everyone (29) Couples (32)
2 out of 5

A bit tired

Sadly McAlpine House seems to have lost its flare and feels tired despite the hosts best efforts. It used to be great.

Posted by , from Perth on 7 Dec. 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

19 Apr. 2018 by Marilynne

Dear John, Thank you for taking the time to write. I am sorry if the property presented itself as a bit tired while I was away. It is always a challenge in mango season to keep the decks cleared of leaves and mangos. Following our extremely busy and long season this year, we are now working on our annual maintenance and repairs program, something that we cannot attend to in high season without disturbing our valued guests. The Pearlers' Verandah is being lovingly restored to retain the original timber work in the building, now reinforced by recycled timber to provide the new support structure for the building. Painting and refreshing the various buildings is also commencing now that we are closing for the Christmas/New Year period and we will open afresh in late February, having attended to the various maintenance issues that are inevitable in such a wonderful historic building. I am sorry you found it no longer up to your expectation and apologise for that. I assure you, we have not lost our passion or commitment to this property and thankfully, our guests usually find us in fine form. Again, thank you for taking the time to write and I hope you do choose to visit us again. I am sure you will find us sparkling. Best regards and merry Christmas.

5 out of 5
Pros: Great escape
Great respite from the dry hot environment with all the trees and balconies.

Posted by , from Sydney on 17 Oct. 2017

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13 Dec. 2017 by Marilynne

Thank you for taking the time to write your review, Kerrie and I am so please you had an enjoyable experience with us. Wishing you a merry Christmas and perhaps we will see you again in 2018. Best regards.

5 out of 5

Homely and welcoming place to stay

Pros: Size, staff, surroundings, homely feel.
Cons: Nothing
Location: Located within easy walking distance from shops, restaurants, markets, clubs.
Very small boutique hotel where staff were very friendly and helpful. We stayed for two nights separated by two weeks. Had the same room each time and were given great info on where to eat and the breakfasts were delicious.

Posted by , from NSW on 5 Aug. 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

11 Sep. 2017 by Marilynne

Dear Lynn, Thank you for expressing your enjoyment of McAlpine House. We really appreciate you taking the time to comment on your stay. Warm regards.

4 out of 5

Tropic charm

Well kept but slightly tired. Very friendly informative staff. Quality breakfast. Would stay again.

Posted by , from Sydney on 12 Jul. 2017

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17 Jul. 2017 by Marilynne

Dear Bob, thank you for your feedback. you are correct, the property is slightly tired, being more than 100 years old. It is a little like the Sydney Harbour Bridge, constantly needing attention. However, we find the majority of our guests really enjoy the cleanliness, ambience and personal service. Thank you for staying with us and especially for your comment that you would stay here again. We look forward to welcoming you back.

5 out of 5

Home from home

Wonderful peaceful ambiance in the middle of Broome

Posted by on 24 Jun. 2017

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5 out of 5

Gorgeous, charming, and a wonderful surprise.

I recently had the opportunity to stay here while on a research trip. My room was beautifully appointed and the bed was wonderful! What really blew me away was the service I received. I got the best advice on where to dine and see the sunset as well as where to go in town. In the morning I had the pleasure of breakfast in their lovely dining room. The breakfast was made by a lovely gentleman and was beyond my expectations. This spot was a wonderful last minute addition to my trip and I will most surely return!

Posted by , from Cairns on 20 Dec. 2016

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1 out of 5

Problems with staff

Cons: Improved communication processes between staff, and staff training in customer relations
I cancelled my booking 2 weeks prior to the date of the booking. It seems that My cancellation was not recorded, so I was charge full price. When I tried to query this prior to the booking date I was unable to get through on the phone. On the day of the booking a staff member called me and spoke to me in an accusatory, threatening and very angry manner, leaving no possibility of discussion or negotiation regarding the matter. I do not recommend this business to other travellers

Posted by , from Derby on 19 Aug. 2016

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5 out of 5

Beautiful historic character building

Centrally located, very private retreat. Perfect choice for a Broome experience

Posted by , from margaret river on 4 Jul. 2016

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5 out of 5

Best of Broome

Pros: Location, style and ambiance. Beautiful furniture.
Cons: Nothing
Location: A short walk to the old town or a $10 day pass on the bus will get you all around Broome and out to Cable Beach.
Had we known beforehand, we would have booked this place for a week instead of just a couple of days. The ambiance and history remind one of Hemingway or tropical plantations in another world. It is of course surrounded in the history of Broome and its glorious past based on the pearling industry. The hosts and staff are most obliging, friendly and helpful. The property is beautifully maintained in a wonderful tropical garden setting. There is a bird aviary set amongst the gardens, visiting sulphur crested cockatoos and flying foxes (fruit bats) around sunset, all adding to the tropical experience. The pool is a refreshing sanctuary on a hot afternoon, and the perfect way to cool off after a day in town. Good eating can be found within a quarter of an hour walk. We were fortunate enough to be able to have an evening meal cooked by the hosts, and that alone was worth the experience. Simply stunning.

Posted by , from Adelaide, South Australia on 4 Jul. 2016

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3 out of 5
Interesting place with a old Broome feel. Plumbing and aircon seemed a bit tired.

Posted by on 12 Dec. 2015

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About the Pinctada McAlpine House

Location 55 Herbert Street, Broome, WA 6725

Property Features

There's a snack bar/deli on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Free breakfast is served daily. WiFi is free in public spaces. An outdoor pool, a library, and a terrace are also featured at the luxury Pinctada McAlpine House. Limited free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. This 4.5-star Broome hotel is smoke free.

  • 8 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • Built in 1910
  • Full breakfast (free)
  • Deli
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • No smoking on site
  • Bar or lounge
  • 1 conference room


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking , Parking (limited spaces)


  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Pinctada McAlpine House offers 8 accommodations with minibars and safes. Rooms open to balconies. These individually decorated and furnished accommodations have separate sitting areas. Beds feature premium bedding. Guests can make use of the in-room refrigerators and coffee/tea makers. Bathrooms include separate bathtubs and showers, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. LED televisions come with digital channels. Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and ceiling fans. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Private balcony
  • Sitting area
  • Minibar
  • LED television
  • Digital channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Separate shower and tub
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sound-insulated rooms
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor
  • Wardrobe or closet

Food & Drink

Guests are served free full breakfast daily from 7:30 AM to 9 AM.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18
  • Check-in time ends at 7:00 PM

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 48 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation. If you are planning to arrive after 5 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
To arrange for check-in, guests must contact the property at least 48 hours prior to arrival using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests arriving after 5 PM must make advance arrangements by contacting the property using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in information. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children younger than 18 are not allowed at this adults-only property. All guests 18 and older are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, and American Express. Cash is not accepted. For guests' safety, the property includes a carbon monoxide detector and a smoke detector in each accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F. Social distancing measures are in place; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions. Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • No lifts
  • Minimum guest age is 18
  • Caters to adults only
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Staffed front desk
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Smoke detector
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff do not wear personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is not available for guests
  • No shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is not available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually wrapped food options are not available
  • No gap period between guests' stays
  • Staff temperature checks are not conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are not available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is not available
  • Property does not follow sanitisation practices of any association
  • Guest accommodation is not sealed after cleaning
  • Electrostatic spray is not used for disinfection
  • Cashless transactions are available
  • Masks are not compulsory at the property
  • Contactless food service / room service is not available
  • Reservation is not required for facilities on site
  • Mobile key entry is not available
  • Food service has been amended for enhanced safety


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Late check-out is available for a fee (subject to availability)
  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge of 2.8 percent

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • McAlpine House
  • Pinctada McAlpine House
  • Pinctada McAlpine House Broome
  • Pinctada McAlpine House Hotel
  • Pinctada McAlpine House Hotel Broome
  • Mcalpine Hotel Broome
  • Pinctada McAlpine House Hotel
  • Pinctada McAlpine House Broome
  • Pinctada McAlpine House Hotel Broome

You should know

  • This is an adults-only property and guests under 18 years old aren't allowed.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.