The spirit of The Great Gatsby was channelled at the much-anticipated opening of The Terrace Hotel tonight.
Perth’s who’s who descended upon the West End of St George’s Terrace for their first glimpse of the $20 million hotel, the refurbished heritage-listed St George's House, which is opposite QV1 and Woodside Plaza.
Channelling old Hollywood, WA-born and raised actress Emma Booth, who looked ravishing in an Aurelio Costarella creation, was on hand to help Premier Colin Barnett, architect Jean-Mic Perrine and part owner Chris Pye cut the ribbon allowing the guests to walk inside the lavish 1920s-inspired venue for the first time, just hours after final preparations were complete.
Booth arrived in Perth earlier this week to spend time with her mum in Busselton and be the special guest at the opening.
As someone who is always travelling with her work, Booth said she was interested to see such a unique hotel opening up in Perth.
The 29-year-old actress said she is gearing up for a big 12 months, having just completed the film Tracks in Adelaide, which also stars Mia Wasikowska, and is anxiously awaiting the January release of her first big budget US film Parker, where she appeared alongside Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez and Nick Nolte.
“I am very excited. It is big film,” she said.
“He (Jason) was gorgeous I love him, we got along really well and we became really good friends. And Jennifer Lopez is a total sweetheart. She is gorgeous and tiny, I couldn’t stop staring at her – she is stunning.
“Nick Nolte played my father in it is just an absolute darling as well, so there was a really interesting mix of characters on set.
“I will be travelling everywhere to promote it.”
Another star guest at the Terrace was supermodel Jessica Gomes. After a hectic year of jet-setting around the globe for upscale fashion shoots, event and runway appearances, the Perth-born model was looking forward to attending an exciting local event after touching down in WA last weekend.
The 28-year-old Sports Illustrated swimwear regular – who is now based in Los Angeles and last week appeared at the Caulfield Cup in Melbourne – flew into Perth last Saturday and has since been spotted in and around town having already been seen kicking back at Northbridge bar, The Bird.
Gomes said it was her first trip back to Perth since last Christmas.
“I’m just here for some family time and some relaxation,” she said.
Guests drank free-flowing Veuve Clicquot while they explored some of the 15 rooms within the boutique hotel, which is spread over four floors and is luxuriously appointed with restored jarrah staircases, crystal chandeliers, fireplaces and Victorian and Edwardian furnishings.
Executive Chef Shannon Wilson, who has previously work as a private chef to Sir Richard Branson, created a modern menu to sample from including stilton and white onion tarts, virgin mary Sydney rock oyster shooters and Shark Bay blue swimmer crab and sweet potato cakes.