The Richardson is so unobtrusive that you could drive right past it without realising it’s there (I’m speaking from experience). This anonymity is probably why it’s been the choice of so many high profile celebrities, world leaders and musicians, and there’s a photo wall of fame in the guest lounge that looks like a real life version of Who magazine.
The Richardson isn’t the kind of hotel that immediately dazzles you with a big showy lobby and flashy fixtures. It’s the kind of hotel that reveals its little luxuries and attention to detail the more time you spend there.
The rooms are more like apartments, with the bathroom off the main hallway, a lounge/dining area, kitchen and bedroom. The kitchen features a (well hidden) microwave, coffee machine and the best stocked mini bar I’ve ever seen in a hotel.
The décor is similar to what I imagine you might find in an old English manor, with heavy drapes and soft lighting. The beds are dreamy, with a large selection of feather pillows to choose from. There are two TVs with over 150 complimentary movies on offer. And if you can drag yourself out of the cosy room, the balconies have views out to the city, or over Subiaco.
The ‘spa’ part of the Richardson Hotel and Spa is an understated, elegant space with low lighting, soft music and amazing relaxation chairs where you can unwind before your treatment. If you decide on a massage, the therapist will offer you a range of different aromatherapy oils to smell before you decide which one you’d like to be smothered in.
The hotel has two restaurants; the fine dining Opus restaurant and the more casual Conservatory, which is where hotel guests are served breakfast. Opus has impeccable service and a wine list the size of War and Peace (thank goodness for sommeliers), as well as some very pretty desserts.
The Conservatory is a light, airy space with a glass ceiling which serves an absolutely delicious breakfast (I highly recommend the French toast).
Around the hotel: It’s possible to walk to Kings Park from the Richardson to enjoy a meal at Fraser’s restaurant, a picnic on the manicured laws, or see an outdoor movie or concert. For something a bit more energetic, you can hire out the tennis courts at Next Generation in Kings Park.
Or if you feel like you need to connect to your spiritual side, you’ll find the Yoga Space on Colin Street, which offers classes seven days a week.
On the dining and drinking front, there is a range of options in West Perth within walking distance of the Richardson. Amphoras on Hay street is a cosy bar that has an excellent wine list and tapas menu, Mayfair Lane has a had a makeover since taking the place of the Brown Fox, and Pony Express O serves an excellent coffee with a side of history (it’s housed in a stable built in the early 1900’s.)
So even though West Perth is known more as a 9-5, Monday to Friday kind of place, there are definitely enough options to keep you entertained for a great staycation weekend.