Named after the affluent Richmond Hill area of London, the trendy suburb of Richmond located just 3km southeast of Melbourne’s financial district is a highly sought after location for luxury hotel accommodation. Those after discounts on a holiday or business trip to this exciting Australian city can browse Hotwire’s carefully selected collection of elite 4.5* Hot Rate hotels. Richmond hotels previously featured in the collection have included Melbourne Hilton on the Park, Le Meridien and the Intercontinental, amongst other independent boutiques. Whilst executive guests have enjoyed the quality of the business centres offered by these hotels, those after a city retreat have rated the selection of a la carte restaurants. This Hot Rate hotel is conveniently linked to the city centre via numerous nearby tram stops and is also in walking distance of East Melbourne’s picturesque parks, Fitzroy Gardens and Yarra Park.
The charming east Melbourne neighbourhood of Richmond is renowned for its eclectic mix of architectural styles, from pastel-coloured, Victorian terraces to contemporary, converted warehouses. Hotel guests are advised to wander its streets to truly experience its diverse history. In addition to its many al fresco cafes, family-run restaurants and popular bars, Richmond is also home to ‘Little Saigon’ which is found along nearby Victoria Street. This vibrant area is home to Melbourne’s Vietnamese community and therefore boasts the best restaurants serving authentic cuisine and the freshest produce.
Centred around the glistening Yarra River is the Yarra Bend Park, a 642 acre park in the adjacent suburb of Kew. Owing to its preserved natural landscapes and thriving indigenous wildlife population, the park attracts millions of visitors each year hoping to relax and enjoy the sunshine. Tourists and locals are able to perfect their game on the park’s two 18-hole golf courses, take a rowing boat out onto the lake, hire a bike or take a peaceful walk through the woodland. Other pleasant urban retreats in the local area include the Fitzroy Gardens and the Yarra sports park.
Those hoping to experience cosmopolitan city life can take a tram into Melbourne’s glittering Central Business District, located near the Docklands area. The Victoria Harbour, Waterfront City and Yarra’s Edge are all major retail and entertainment developments with a host of vast shopping malls, quayside restaurants and lively nightclubs. Waterfront City is especially popular for its 390ft Melbourne Star Ferris Wheel which offers visitors breathtaking 360° views across the estuary.