Location: Adelaide’s newest luxury hotel is right where it counts, on busy King William Street with a trifecta of attractions within walking distance. The new polyglot of bars and cafés in Leigh and Peel Streets are right next door; the highbrow treasures of North Terrace are around the corner; and the big game at Adelaide Oval is five minutes’ walk.
Style? Yes – and lots of it. The 170-room hotel has some monumental presence thanks to its successful restoration of the heritage 1934 Colonial Mutual Life building; inside is all contemporary smoothness and no small amount of intimacy.
Nice touches: Enjoy the Appelles Apothecary bathroom amenities presented on a wooden paddle; the honey selection in the breakfast buffet; and the Hennessy rooftop bar on the 13th floor.
Rooms from: $169
Location: The 182-room Playford is part of the North Terrace scene thanks to its distinct pavement bar and voluptuously sculpted entrance. It’s diagonally across the road from the late-19th century edifices of the railway station and State Parliament building. It’s not in the prettiest part of North Terrace but the district is changing so fast (the furiously evolving Riverbank precinct is a stone’s throw away) there’s no saying how it will look when you check in.
Style? Lush and plush thanks to a shameless love for Art Nouveau. The decadence of the décor – especially in the ground floor bar – has been the hotel’s signature since opening in 1998 and still makes guests feel indulged.
Nice touches: The New York-style Loft Suites are super-cool with their wrought iron staircases; the indoor pool is also a bit of a wow; and to show how serious they are about food, they bake their sourdough for 18 hours.
Rooms from: $165
The Playford: 120 North Terrace, Adelaide; 08 8246 6467
Location: The 308-room Crowne opened in 2010, the first new hotel in the city for 20 years. The tower overlooks Hindmarsh Square, but more importantly is in between Rundle Mall (the pedestrianised shopping strip) and Rundle Street (one of Adelaide’s liveliest ‘eat streets’ and home to the like of Jock Zonfrillo’s Orana and pavement faves like Eros Café and the Austral pub).
Style? It’s modern and bright, the perfect space for busy travellers exploring Adelaide and the surrounding regions. The modern simplicity of the space has earned fulsome praise from guests for a hotel that gets the basics right and staff members who go out of their way to be courteous, friendly and helpful.
Nice touches: The Redsalt Restaurant is as good as it is affordable – and it even affords you a discounted $11 ticket for the excellent arthouse Nova Cinema on Rundle Street.
Rooms from: $150
Crowne Plaza: 16 Hindmarsh Square; 08 8206 8888
Adina Apartment Hotel
Location: The 79-room Adelaide Treasury sits on the north side of Victoria Square, a significant city hub especially since the square has been rebuilt to host major events like Tasting Australia and the Royal Croquet Club during Festival time. The Adelaide Central Markets and Gouger Street restaurants are around the corner.
Style? Bags of contemporary style fused with swags of history. The Treasury
Building dates back to 1839 and retains a lot of late-19th century grandeur. Style mavens will especially approve of the gorgeous 1870 courtyard – used as an escape route by The Beatles in 1964 when Adelaide fans gave chase.
Nice touches: If staff have time they’ll show you underground tunnels (where treasury gold was smelted) and the Cabinet Room where colonial affairs were conducted. The generous basement pool is a surprise.
Rooms from: $145
Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury: 2 Flinders St; 13 8642
Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
Location: The 120-room Majestic is another modern décor hotel enjoying the vibe of Rundle Street as well as the increasingly lively courtyards of Ebenezer Place.
Style? Contemporary design makes for a clean, spare décor, with balcony rooms enjoying sexy Japanese screens that open between bath and bedroom. If you don’t have a balcony, drinks can be had on the roof garden, the place to enjoy views to the Adelaide Hills.
Nice touches: Unlimited wifi is welcome. Culshaw’s Restaurant keeps foreign guests happy with their signature dish, ‘Hop, Snap & Swim’ – spiced ‘Paroo’ kangaroo fillet, salt and pepperberry squid and crocodile tail, and baked NT barramundi.
Rooms from: $135
Majestic Roof Garden Hotel: 55 Frome Street; 1800 008 499