I've previously said that the "star" ratings of hotels in Perth bear no relationship to anywhere else in the world. Most are highly overrated. The Richardson is a delightful exception. It is small, but beautifully maintained and presented. It is in West Perth, generally a low rise office area, but is quiet. It is about a 15 min walk to the edge of the CBD area.
I stayed in a cheaper room, looking at the office building next door. Room was about 3.5m by 2.5m, with an additional large bathroom containing a good sized bath and shower. There is an external sheltered balcony of about 4m by 1.5m, ideal for smokers. The room fitout is tasteful and functional and included a well stocked minibar and a nespresso machine. For someone still on east coast time, this is a beautiful thing. There is a lounge open from 4am local time which also makes life a bit easier. The work desk was useable, but the room is a little claustrophobic to work in all day if you had to.
Wifi is free, but I couldn't get my VPN to operate on it, and didn't have the time or patience to troubleshoot it. Shifted to an external provider and was up in seconds.
Service was very good. I arrived late and was greeted by name and processed quickly. Breakfast was fine and the staff delightful.
There was one slightly creepy issue. I was booked by my company and handed over a business card to avoid filling out a registration form. I was then asked to prepay my night's accomodation. I have only had this happen to me once in Australia, at a 3 star "walk in". I was then asked to give a separate imprint to secure additional charges. This was taken on a card which was good for the cost of a suite rebuild if I happened to have a Keith Richards evening.
I was then asked to provide photo id. This is creepy. In Australia there is no univeral ID card and citizens are not required to carry one. In fact it is possible to travel the country without one, and I sometimes do (because it is simply not necessary or part of our way of life). It is also a sensitive issue with the Government being forced by public outrage to back down from a proposal for a national ID card. I have never been requested to provide one by an accomodation provider before and it it clearly unnnecessary in view of the security for costs given. It unnecessarily increases the risk to guests in the inevitable event of breach of hotel data security.
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6 July 2012
Thank you cumin for your comments and I was pleased to read you had an enjoyable stay. The room you had was one of our Classic rooms which is only available to some of our corporate accounts as we have limited inventory - the vast majority of our rooms are junior suites and start at 50m2. I would recommend asking for an Executive or Deluxe room on your next stay. In terms of prepayment, we do for all first time guests and it is effectively establishing credit along with requesting a copy of ID. Being private property rather than a public facility, we treat the hotel like our home and I certainly sleep better at night knowing who is in my home. Thank you again for your feedback and we hope to welcome you back again soon.
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