The Richardson Hotel & Spa

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This 74-room destination hotel has serious style, a sumptuous spa and Sir Terry Farrell design
The Richardson’s unique curved triangular design, created by famed London architect Sir Terry Farrell, rises from the quiet streets of the inner-city suburb of West Perth. Found between the CBD and the gourmet district of Subiaco, this boutique hotel combines the welcoming West Australian hues of Outback reds and ochres with equally attentive and outstanding service, inspired by charismatic owner-manager, Joe Oxley.

A hit with celebs, media folk and business people alike, The Richardson is real top-dollar luxury, packed with quality punches. Its glass and marble lobby is supremely elegant; its award-winning restaurant is one of Perth’s most fashionable. Better still, the spa offers excellent specialty programmes, facials, body wraps and a range of treatments for women and men. The city’s famed Kings Park on the Swan river is a walk away, as is the Perth Convention Centre and downtown.


  • There's fine dining at the restaurant, Opus, plus a 24-hour room service menu and in-room kitchenettes with microwaves
  • The rooms and suites are well-designed, large and comfortable, with clean, modern décor; there's an extensive pillow menu to ensure you get a perfect night's shut-eye
  • It's ideal for work travel, thanks to its in-house business centre
  • The gym is state-of-the-art, as is the spa
  • The staff are helpful, organised and friendly; a concierge service is available


  • West Perth is dead on weekends and after 5pm; walk or get a taxi to Subiaco, which has a happening restaurant scene and trendy boutiques, or head downtown
  • Rooms are pricey, although spacious and well-equipped
  • If you catch the hotel on a less busy evening, it can lack atmosphere
  • Due to the bland beige (although luxurious) décor, some say it feels a bit soulless

Best time to go

Perth is lovely all year round, with a temperate climate. The main season is between September and April, when it's hot but rarely humid, with little rain. There's more rain in winter (May to August), but temperatures remain mild and the sun often shines. The Perth International Arts Festival is in March, and the Red Bull Air Race takes place over the Swan river in November.

Our top tips

Take the ferry to Rottnest Island, a nature reserve and home to white beaches, rocky coves, the quokka (a rare marsupial) and plenty of birds.

Great for...

  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 74
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Indoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
Room: Executive Room


Rooms are very spacious, with muted shades of red and gold and beechwood furniture. All come with lounge and dining areas, balconies, and blissfully comfy kingsize beds with 400-thread count sheets. Better still, you get a pillow menu with options ranging from the basic 'just fit' to the luxurious 'magnetic massage' variety. Bathrooms are large and decorated in sleek white porcelain and marble.

A useful addition in all rooms is a galley area, with a bench top, a sink, a convection microwave and a Nespresso coffee machine. There's a selection of gourmet ready meals which you can purchase, heat and eat if you don't fancy anything from the extensive room service menu.

Executive Rooms are the smallest, though hardly cramped with 50sq.m to play in. These are the only rooms without bathtubs, and their lounges have armchairs only. Slightly larger Deluxe Rooms are similarly configured, but come with a sofa in the lounge area; some have 2 bedrooms. Deluxe Suites have 1 or 2 bedrooms and overlook Kings Park.

The top floor is dedicated to the penthouse suites. Of these, Tuart, Jarrah, Mari and Karri have 2 bedrooms, while Sandalwood has 1 bedroom; Sandalwood and Karri also have studies with sofabeds. Top of the range is the Kings Park Suite, with 3 bedrooms and commanding views of the park and city skyline from its 3 balconies.

All rooms have voice mail, 2 telephone lines, free WiFi, safes, minibars, plush bathrobes, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, DVD players and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee maker
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Pillow menu
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


The Richardson's restaurant, Opus, provides an ideal setting to impress clients and is open for lunch and dinner. Its décor is textured with exposed stone and leather, mesh-wrapped chandeliers and tones of chocolate, copper and gold. Modern Australian cuisine is presented by chef Todd Cheavins, who mixes market-fresh local ingredients such as Snowy Mountain pigeon with local beef and fresh seafood.

Over 300 international wines can be found in the cellar to complement Cheavins' cuisine, which is considered to be some of the finest in Western Australia.

The restaurant's conservatory offers a more relaxed ambiance for breakfast and lunch, with a light-filled atrium and contemporary cane chocolate furniture. From the comprehensive breakfast menu there's a choice between continental and American dishes, as well as à la carte options such as eggs Benedict, buttermilk pancakes and noodles. Preserves come in every variety; there's a good selection of cereals, too. Pleasingly, you get a wide range of beverages: teas of every stripe, 9 varieties of juice and smoothie, and coffee every which way.

There's also a 24-hour room service menu in addition to the ready meal selection, which means travellers never go hungry. Plus on Sunday's there's a traditional afternoon tea on offer which features a selection of sandwiches, sweet pastries and a large choice of leaf teas and coffees.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee maker
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu


  • Visit Subiaco (10 minutes away on foot) for fashion shopping and gourmand experiences
  • Go jogging in nearby Kings Park - the concierge service can provide a track guide
  • Kings Park is also home to the city's botanical gardens and has fantastic views over the river and downtown areas
  • Take a day tour to the Swan Valley wine region or embark on a cruise along the Swan river
  • Have a leisurely lunch at Cottesloe Beach and marvel at all those active folk swimming, kayaking, running, cycling, surfing, windsurfing, sailing...
  • Relax by the pool, which opens to the garden
  • And don't forget to use the 10% discount for i-escape guests in the spa, which offers a range of indulgent treatments using ESPA products

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Sailing
  • Shopping / markets
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Well being
  • Wildlife
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine tasting


The suites are well suited to travelling families, with 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms (some also have separate studies with sofabeds - see Rates). All rooms have galley kitchenettes with microwaves, plus lounge and dining areas. Baby cots and extra beds are available free of charge.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available


Babysitting is available by arrangement.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

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