David checks out Adelaide’s very own groovy boutique style hotel … the Richmond.
Rundle Mall in the centre of Adelaide's commercial and shopping districts hums with life.
The Hotel Richmond was built there in 1928 and has recently been transformed into one of Australia's best boutique accommodations. Daniela Valmorbida owns the hotel and her background in food and fashion has changed the old five-storey watering hole into a very special property.
Spanish-forged iron gates guard the dark merbou parquetry floors and charcoal-coloured walls.
The reception area features an egg-shaped, hand-carved counter which winds around the room to protrude into the arcade, becoming an exterior wall with curved glass insert. It then continues back into the room as a long bench which also houses a bar.
It features beautiful 1920s art deco, while its rooms and suites are modern. Its 31 rooms are minimalist, decorated in creams and light browns, with American oak furniture and marble bathrooms.
Beds are king-size. There are Sony flat-screen televisions, separate bath and shower, reverse cycle air-conditioning, cotton percale bed linen, feather pillows, cable television, complimentary newspapers and gym membership and, maybe best of all, windows which you can open.
The 13 studios have a large sofa, lounge chair, ottoman, two leather chairs and oval table. Executive suites have a separate living room and an extra television, double vanity and a day bed. The two deluxe suites on the top floor have extra large separate living rooms, private balconies, oversized bathrooms with double bath and vanities and day beds.
The café features art deco tiles and a glass shard chandelier. Sliding glass doors open to a large terrace for al fresco dining.