The Stamford Grand is brassy, sassy and beachside.
Overlooking Victoria Square, the original building is historically significant, with tunnels, a Premier's meeting room and a Florentine courtyard where the Beatles escaped to from hordes of screaming fans. The Medina's owners spent large to give it the love it needed and subsequently made their splendid restoration accessible to all. Cool self-contained apartments, great bar, engaging space.
A sleek boutique escape on a popular Eat Street with surprisingly affordable rates. The Minima is in fact DIY check-in, with a breakfast vending machine in the foyer! But the exclusive guest terrace is well worth the price of (keyless) entry.
If you don't believe big hotels can be sexy, you'll double-take at the Allegra's glass-wall partitions between its bedrooms and ensuites (there's an automatic blind for the bashful). For more voyeurism, the first-floor pool has glass portholes in the bottom so you can look down onto doormen ushering new guests into the hotel. It's a very polished product with great attention to detail located on an increasingly lively street.
It's got a party atmosphere in a heritage building with a bar so good that the locals use it. It's also only metres from the beach and Moseley Square.
It's an urbane inner-city hotel pushing all the right decor buttons. Intimate and chic, it evokes a feeling of exclusivity, although the glam cocktail bar is a lively end-of-week venue for Adelaide's bright young things.
The stone edifice in the English style, rose gardens and views over the Piccadilly Valley are guaranteed to make you go all gooey.
The Adelaide Hilton
is a food lover's hotel for two good reasons. First, it's around the corner from Gouger street
, and second, it's home to Executive chef Dennis Leslie who heads up The Brasserie
. He sources all the best produce from local providores, farmers, growers and suppliers of the region and brings them together in a uniquely South Australian way.
This extravagant hotel is ever-so-slightly bonkers, and all the more endearing for it. The seven floors are heavy on the romance and the Rococo (plenty of gilding and curlicues) culminating in a Grecian-Roman pool complete with pilasters and a Michelangelo mural. The theatrics continue in the Terrace-side restaurant and bar, fostering an atmosphere of indulgence.
The decor is neither tasteful nor contemporary, but on the ground floor of this former fire station you get to sleep alongside a 1940s fire engine. Any questions?
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