Bills family has been in the hotel game for more than three decades and it was always his intention to take over the family business, Hotel Concord, The Wiseman’s Ferry Hotel and most recently The Palace Hotel, Mortlake near Breakfast Point.
“I did a business degree when I finished school and the intention was to be in the hotel game. I ended up having a 10-year career playing rugby,” he said.
Bill played 46 Tests for Australia and retired as the second most capped Wallaby. He said leaving the game was a hard decision but the Inner West hotel business was in his blood.
“I was born in a hotel in Glebe, mum’s parents are from a hotel background, my parents had Concord, and so I’m a third generation hotelier,” he said.
Bill has taken over the running of The Palace Hotel and intends to add a modern touch to the hotel without taking away from its rich historical roots.
“We want to create an atmosphere that’s casual, warm and inviting — where people feel comfortable and welcome”
He has thrown himself into the hotel business, but he still keeps his eye on his former team.
He said he missed the mateship and camaraderie he experienced in rugby but was looking to the future.
“I suppose it was always my intention to go down this road eventually,” he said.
I have a great team in place at The Palace and would like to invite everyone from Breakfast Point to come over, say Hi, and check out the wonderful facilities on offer at The Palace Hotel for themselves.
The Bistro is open for lunch and dinner Monday to Friday and all day weekends, including ‘Foodies Trivia’ every Tuesday night. You can also enjoy live music with family and friends every Sunday afternoon in the beer garden.
More information on future events will be posted on Breakfast Point Lifestyle in coming months or phone the friendly staff on 02 9743 6351