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The Motley Is Richmond's New Five-Star Boutique Retreat with an Unapologetically Bold Edge

The 80-room hotel on Bridge Road embraces the eclectic, taking inspiration from one of the building's famous former residents.
By Libby Curran
February 24, 2023
By Libby Curran
February 24, 2023

Boasting a storied past, and home to a melting pot of people and subcultures, Richmond has to be one of inner-city Melbourne's most eclectic pockets. And the suburb's newest accommodation offering gives a wholehearted nod to that diversity. Introducing The Motley, a five-star boutique hotel that's made its home on bustling Bridge Road and is unafraid to show off its colourful side.

With 80 rooms across its eight floors, this stylish urban escape draws inspiration from the most famous of the building's former residents — a well-loved seamstress and theatrical costumier named Ms Mary Parker. The site has been developed by Amber Property Group and will be managed by La Vie Hotels & Resorts.

The Motley's considered interiors come courtesy of leading design studio Chada, paying homage to Richmond's multifaceted culture and history. You'll spy nods to sporting icons, references to the arts and, inspired by the area's long ties to the textiles and design industries, an abundance of rich textural elements incorporated throughout.

Accents of brass, terrazzo, leather and stone are played against bold patterns and playful hues, with an enviable collection of statement artworks gracing the walls. Five room styles are currently available, with a collection of individualised Motley Heritage Rooms launching soon — including one beauty decked out in animal print known as the Tiger Room.

Meanwhile, the ground floor plays host to colourful eatery Ms Parker, which is slinging coffee and cafe fare by day, transitioning into a fine-diner from 5pm each night.

Earlybirds can tuck into the likes of wattleseed sourdough, 'nduja shakshuka with dukkah, and even a brekkie pavlova paired with coconut sorbet. Dinner plates up elevated dishes like duck liver parfait profiteroles, a dagwood dog reimagined with crab and 'nduja, rainbow trout done with roe and a beurre blanc, and bone marrow paired with miso brûlée and fermented daikon.

Find The Motley at 205 Bridge Road, Richmond, with bookings now open online. Ms Parker is open from 6.30am–12pm weekdays, 7am–12pm weekends and 5.30pm–late daily.


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Published on February 24, 2023 by Libby Curran
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