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The west coast of Australia might be really far away, but it sure does know how to cater to the celebrities who make the trek to the other side of the world for a visit. Now, a posh inner-suburb of Perth will once again be a playground for the stars after a restaurant hangout will turn into an equally posh hotel.
West Perth's vintage building which dates back to 1908 was previously known to locals and visiting celebrities as Julio's Italian restaurant before it closed last year. Just this week, development has been approved to re-open the building as a hot new lobby bar and restaurant for a new luxury 12-story hotel going up behind it, eventually connecting to the 106-year old building.
After attracting the likes of Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Pink, Michael Bublé and U2, the restaurant will again be able to host the famous, even offering them plush digs upstairs if they want to stay the night.
Sometimes it's a mystery about which hotels become most popular in the TripAdvisor rankings, and that's definitely the case when we read that The Outram is the #2 hotel in Perth, the capital of Western Australia.
We're not saying the Outram's a bad hotel. But it's kind of out of the way - probably a half-hour walk from downtown Perth, and although it's a short stroll from the lovely Kings Park, it's still the kind of place you'd only stay if you had access to a car--you almost might as well be in suburbia.
Holidaymakers in Perth, Western Australia usually stay in the city center or migrate somewhere along the river or the coast: but it turns out that the best hotel, according to Trip Advisor reviews, is actually just a mile or two west of the city center in West Perth. That puts it quite near the glorious lawns and bush areas of Kings Park, so you don't need to rely too much on Perth's public transportation system.
So what is it? The relatively little-known Richardson Hotel is the apple of so many travelers' eyes. It markets itself as a boutique hotel with a spa complex; it has 58 suites and 16 hotel rooms, full of the usual luxuries like LCD flatscreen TVs, king size beds and even a selection from 6 kinds of pillows from the pillow menu. You'll get a welcome cocktail on arrival and to some rooms you can even bring your pet (they mention cats and dogs, so we're not sure what else is welcome). Right now the Richardson is offering some Easter specials for two-night stays, including discounts on spa treatments and breakfast at either the Opus Restaurant or the Palm Terrace. Rates start at $230 for a hotel room and range up to $340 for the suites.
· Richardson Hotel Suites and Spa reviews [TripAdvisor]
· Public Transportation Love-Hate: No Love For Surfers in Perth [Jaunted]