From luxury suites with every amenity to affordable art-filled hotels and beachside family apartments, Adelaide has accommodation to suit every taste and budget.
By Sue Gough Henly
Located between white sand beaches and rolling hills, Adelaide, like San Francisco and Bordeaux, is one of the world’s Great Wine Capitals. With more than 200 wineries within an hour's drive, it is a gateway to superb wine and food touring. The capital of South Australia is also known as the festival city and has a vibrant food market precinct, an eclectic small bar scene and terrific museums featuring Aboriginal art and artefacts.
Boutique luxury: The Mayfair
One of Adelaide's luxury hotel offerings, the Mayfair is set in a heritage-listed art deco building that offers a touch of New York glamour with its elegant lobby and sweeping black staircase. There’s a buzzy rooftop bar and the stylish rooms feature supremely comfortable beds and spacious bathrooms. Ask for one of its corner rooms which are particularly light-filled. Nearby Leigh and Peel Streets are the epicentre of Adelaide’s burgeoning laneway bar and restaurant scene.
Historic charm: Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury
The Adina Apartment Hotel offers modern studio, one and two bedroom serviced apartments with spacious balconies set inside the sandstone Victorian-era former treasury building. There’s a gym, indoor pool and tranquil courtyard where you can relax after a busy day of sightseeing. It’s just a short stroll to the Adelaide Central Market where you can buy fresh local produce to cook up in the apartment kitchens. There is free Wi-Fi and laundry facilities.
Art hotel in the leafy suburbs: The Watson
Overlooking the city and adjacent to the River Torrens walking track in Walkerville, this modern high-rise hotel features the colourful abstract paintings of indigenous South Australian artist Yannima Tommy Watson. Its open-plan, self-contained suites and residence apartments sport comfortable mid-century furniture, kitchenettes and washer/dryers. There’s an outdoor 25 metre (82 foot) pool, barbecue, gym, free Wi-Fi, and even an art library. You can also rent a smart car, scooter or bright red Lekker bicycle to get around town.
Five stars on Adelaide's prime street: The Playford
With a central location on Adelaide’s museum-dotted North Terrace, directly across the road from the Convention Centre and casino and not far from the famed Adelaide Oval, The Playford Adelaide MGallery has all the bells and whistles you’d expect from Sofitel’s top-of-the-line boutique brand. There are art nouveau-style embellishes to imbue character and a spacious pool, gym and spa area.
Contemporary and affordable: Ibis Adelaide
This sleek, inexpensive and up-to-the-minute spot to stay features commissioned artwork by street artist Ghostpatrol and a multi-coloured LED-lit staircase. If you’d rather be spending your money at a restaurant such as the Propaganda Supper Club around the corner, the Ibis Adelaide offers rooms in neutral tones with maximum functionality. Guests will love the in-room entertainment hub which you can use to access the hotel’s restaurant menu, on-demand entertainment and smart TV apps.
Tiny price, big art: Majestic Minima Hotel
If you are looking for a hotel with a big personality and a small price, check out Majestic Minima Hotel where each compact studio room is boldly embellished by a different local artist. Located in the heart of the popular suburb of North Adelaide, this budget hotel also has free Wi-Fi, guest laundry, free bikes and secure underground parking.
Family-friendly beachside: Seawall Apartments
Perfect for families, Seawall’s character-laden apartments are directly across the road from a wide sandy beach in a quiet part of Adelaide’s seaside suburb of Glenelg. The 22 one-to-four bedroom apartments offer fresh, modern interiors inside seven different heritage buildings. The School House family apartment is part of a grand 1889 terrace house. The two-storey Olive Court has Spanish-accented flourishes and the 1910 Beach and Boat House apartments have ornate plaster ceilings and stained-glass windows.
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