Are you planning a trip to Adelaide and looking for a hotel in the city centre? Or are you an Adelaide local looking for a great place for a city staycation? Here are some hotels in Adelaide for you to consider.
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While I would love to say I’ve stayed in all of the Adelaide hotels and can compare them all to find the best, unfortunately that is not the case. I have stayed in a few though, which I will share with you below. To help out, I’ve asked some other travel bloggers to share places they have stayed too.
I personally haven’t stayed here, but Helen, who has a great blog at Japlanease.com, has stayed twice. Here’s a little about it from her.
A super central location, plenty of space and peace and quiet are the three things my partner and I look for when we book a hotel and the Miller Apartments offers us all three of them. Now, if you know Adelaide at all you probably don’t think of Hindley Street as quiet, it is the premiere party strip in Adelaide city centre after all, but the Miller Apartments has a secret weapon – their Loft One Bedroom Apartment.
This is located way at the back of the building and, with its own spiral staircase to a bedroom upstairs, has no obvious neighbours which means it’s whisper quiet. While the rest of the building’s minimalist 1,2 or 3 bedroom apartments suit families, friends – or those who want more home-like amenities when travelling on business, this space is only suitable for couples – and ones who don’t mind climbing the stairs to bed (note: they are quite high and the bathroom is downstairs!).
We’ve stayed here twice now and it’s a great place to base yourself with the cool bars of Peel Street just a few minute’s walk in one direction and Adelaide’s River Torrens and the museum strip just a little way behind. The full kitchen also comes in handy for nights when you don’t want to eat out – or, on a cold Adelaide evening when a takeaway from the many restaurants on your doorstep seems more appealing than a night on the town. They also offer parking underneath the building.
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I have a stay at the Ibis booked in in a few weeks time (lockdowns willing!), but in the meantime, here is what fellow traveller Paula thought of her stay. You can see more from Paula over on Australia Your Way.
On a recent visit to South Australia, we chose the Ibis Adelaide on Grenfell Street for our first few nights. There were a couple of reasons the hotel made the top of our list. First, its location right behind Rundle Mall is incredibly convenient. All the key sites, including the stunning Botanic Gardens, are within walking distance of the hotel and there is transport at the door.
On arrival, the staff were very welcoming and although we arrived several hours before check-in they found a room ready for us to leave out things before we headed out exploring.
We have stayed at Ibis properties in several cities so were prepared for the small-sized room however, we were presently surprised by how well set up it was. There is not a lot of space for storage but for a brief stay what there was adequate and well-positioned.
The room offered a comfortable queen-sized bed, a long desk with a fridge underneath, and a good-sized bathroom. There was a full window overlooking the street, which gave good light and seemed to be well soundproofed as noise was not a problem.
Most pleasingly, the room was spotlessly clean. There is an onsite restaurant and bar, a gym and a guest laundry. Guest site parking is available in the Rundle Shopping Centre about one hundred metres down the street.
This is a perfect Adelaide hotel if you are on a budget and need a clean and well located place to stay.
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The Hilton has been my go-to hotel in the city for a few years now – but that’s mostly because my husband has status with the Hilton loyalty program so we get a few extra benefits when we stay there, such as free breakfast. Having said that, we’ve stayed at least a half a dozen times and I have no problem recommending them as a good place to stay in Adelaide.
The location in Victoria Square may seem a little further from the main North Terrace/Rundle Mall area, but the tram stops right out the front and will take you the stop of two needed for free. The good part about the location is it is only metres from both the Adelaide Central Markets and Gouger Street, both of which should be top of the list for foodies.
We’ve almost always booked their base room, and occasionally have been upgraded to an executive room (thanks to my husband’s status). The rooms are neat, clean, and comfortable. in my opinion they are fairly standard in terms of hotel rooms in the 4/5 star big name hotels all over the world. They are spacious enough – when walking in there is no immediate though of “oh, this room is huge/tiny!”. I have always loved how comfortable the Hilton king-sized beds are, and would happily just lounge in bed all day here if I could.
I’ve enjoyed all the bars downstairs during my visit, eaten breakfast in the restaurant multiple times, and also eaten in their restaurant “Coal” in the evening. My only complaint is that vegan options were very limited in their buffet-style breakfast – but that would not be an issue for most people.
While the Hilton does have a pool, I’ve never actually used it on any of my stays. The gym is small but practical, and there is a tennis court and running track for more exercise. The hotel has many business options including meetings and function rooms too.
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Crowne Plaza Adelaide
Adelaide has had a whole host of new premium hotels open up in the last year or so and the Crowne Plaza is one of them. Located between Rundle Street and North Terrace, it’s a great option as a business or leisure hotel.
I stayed at the Crowne Plaza only days after it was opened in a King Deluxe room. The room was light and fresh with plenty of space. I loved the floor to ceiling windows that gave great views over the city skyline to the hills beyond. The bathroom had a great walk-in shower with environmentally friendly pump-pack toiletries.
Our stay included a buffet style breakfast which was unfortunately a little restricted at the time by the covid rules. We also couldn’t eat at the restaurant as it was not open on the night of our visit, but I have heard good things about tit since.
The Crowne Plaza has a great area for casual meetings, socialising and relaxing. The pool is surrounded by an outdoor lounge area, linked to their casual bar, Luna 10. The bar also faces onto an inside area with tables and casual seating. The types of seating varies, and includes workspaces for those needing an area to work in. I took advance of this for a couple of hours after I checked out while I was waiting for an appointment elsewhere. There are also business services available if required.
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Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets
Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets is another of the new hotels in town. While Indigo Hotels can be found in many other parts of the world, this one is the first in Australia. They describe themselves as having boutique hotels, each one built with the local neighbourhood in mind. This one is located right next to the Adelaide Central Market.
I stayed there just a few days after it opened and chose a Corner Suite for our stay. This was a lovely two-room space on the fifteenth floor, including a balcony with some outdoor seating. The floor to ceiling windows gave us lovely views to the south and west, which meant we had a sunset view from our balcony.
The room has a modern decor with a slight industrial feel with minimal shelving and hanging spaces. All the usual facilities are here though, with coffee making supplies, a fridge, safe, and desk. The seperate bedroom feels a little small, but it is perfectly adequate. Both the bedroom and living area have large flat screen tvs on the walls. The bathroom has a large shower with a luxurious feel, thanks to the dark tiles and metallic finishes.
The hotel has great facilities for dining and drinking. The Merrymaker rooftop bar is the highest of it’s kind in Adelaide and is a great space for a cocktail or a light meal. The downstairs Market & Meander restaurant is a more formal dining space, but still funky and modern. This is where breakfast is offered.
Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets is a great choice for foodies looking to explore the Adelaide Central Market, Chinatown and Gouger Street. It’s only a short walk to the tram, which will take you (free!) one or two stops to the other popular parts of the city. If you are looking for a funky and fun hotel, this in the one!
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Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
The Majestic Roof Garden Hotel has a fantastic location just off of Rundle Street in the East End. This means it’s the perfect Adelaide Hotel for those leisure visits for the Adelaide Fringe.
This hotel is the flagship for a South Australian-owed group, Majestic Hotels and has been open since 2004. With so many new hotels opening in Adelaide recently, it was interesting to compare this established offering. It should be noted that although this is often described as a luxury hotel, it does sit at a cheaper price point than many of the other hotels that claim to be the same.
The Superior Room we stayed in at the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel was one of the more spacious rooms in the city. It includes all the things you would expect in this type of hotel, but went a step further by including a deep bath as well as a seperate shower in the bathroom.
The Majestic Roof Garden Hotel is well known for it’s restaurant and it is a popular conference/event venue, particularly the roof top area. Unfortunately during our visit, Covid meant the restaurant was not open on the days we were there so we couldn’t test it out. This was not a problem for us though, as the location meant it was just steps to the restaurants of Rundle Street. There is a small gym at the hotel, but no pool.
If you are a leisure traveller who does not plan to spent too much time in the hotel or a business traveller looking for good value, then the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel lis a great choice.
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The SOHO Hotel
The SOHO Hotel hit my radar when I was looking for an option to use one of the Great State vouchers offered during 2021. I decided to try a place I didn’t know anything about, and this was what I ended up choosing.
The SOHO Hotel is a small budget option in Adelaide with only 29 rooms. It is located on Flinders Street, so a little further away from the main areas that some of the more premium options – but it was still only about ten minutes walk to Rundle Mall, and around 15 minutes walk to the Adelaide Central Market.
I wrote above that the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel had a big room – this room was even bigger, so if it’s space you want, this is a great choice. It includes all the usual amenities you would expect in a hotel, but there are some extras too. It wasn’t quite a kitchenette, but there was a sink, plates and cutlery along with the usual tea/coffee supplies and drinking glasses.
The SOHO Hotel has a small pool, only open during the summer and just the thing for a quick cooling dip after a long day. There are no restaurants at the hotel though, but there is a seperate Thai restaurant on the ground floor that does great meals (and you can take them to your room to eat). The recommended breakfast cafe is just two doors up.
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The Oval Hotel
Yet another of the new Adelaide accommodation options, the Oval Hotel opened in September 2020. It is located – unsurprisingly – at the Adelaide Oval. It is a great option if you have a function or a game on at Adelaide Oval, if you are doing the Adelaide Oval Roof Climb or you just want to experience a little of this ironic stadium,.
The rooms are lovely and modern, as is to be expected, and they all have great views over the surrounding parklands and beyond. There is a lot of technology included in the rooms to make your stay great, from an iPad for all the hotel information, automatic curtains, and my favourite, a sensor light under the bathroom cabinets that gives just enough light for a nighttime toilet visit without the need to turn on lights. Light sleepers will love this.
The hotel has a top fine dining restaurant and a great bar and casual dining space. There is no pool or gym, but residents can use the premium facilities at the nearby Next Gen gym (the place where all the who’s who of Adelaide go!).
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More Adelaide Hotels
There are still some Adelaide hotels on my wish list, particularly some of the new ones I have not had a chance to stay at yet. If you are keen to take a look, these are the luxury hotels in Adelaide I would love to experience:
Another hotel recently renovated hotel that looks fun is the Franklin Boutique Hotel.
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Josie Kelsh is South Australian, born and bred. She has lived in the state for almost her whole life, just one short stint away as a teenager with her family. Travelling all over the world has shown her exactly how amazing South Australia is to live and travel in and she uses her passion to show it to you the way a local sees it.