South Australia's Capital Has a New Spring in Its Step — Here's Where to Stay in Adelaide

By Ivan PetrenkoJun 15, 2024 17:30 PMNews
Port Noarlunga South Australia
Port Noarlunga South Australia. Source: unsplash

Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, has long been considered a gateway destination for exploring nearby natural wonders like the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island. However, in recent years, the city itself has blossomed with a new sense of vibrancy, attracting visitors with its expanding laneway scene of bars and restaurants, and a collection of design-led hotels that pay tribute to the city’s landmarks. Here’s a guide to some of the best places to stay in Adelaide.

1. Vibe Hotel Adelaide

Vibe Hotel Adelaide, opened in 2023, is the fourth property by the homegrown hotel group known for stylish yet affordable accommodations. Located in the East End of the CBD, the 18-storey glass-fronted structure offers stunning views of the Adelaide Parklands and the winery-rich Adelaide Hills.

The hotel’s 123 guest rooms feature a blend of urban and natural elements, with wall-to-wall windows, raw concrete ceilings, and wooden bathroom screens. Luxurious touches include high-thread-cotton bedding, and rooms on upper floors provide panoramic views of the treetops and hills beyond. Guests can explore the city using the free bike-hire scheme and enjoy festivals like the Adelaide Fringe and WOMADelaide. After a day out, relax at Storehouse, the lobby-level diner with an outdoor courtyard filled with native plants, offering dishes like seared kangaroo loin and linguine with king prawns from Spencer Gulf, paired with local wines. Rooms start from A$239 (£124).

2. Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets

Situated next to Adelaide Central Market, the largest covered market in the Southern Hemisphere, Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets celebrates the city’s vibrant festival culture. The hotel’s design features posters and memorabilia from the Adelaide Fringe, reflecting its lively setting. The Market & Meander restaurant showcases modern Australian cuisine with a local twist, and the hotel boasts the highest rooftop bar in the city, offering spectacular views. Rooms start from A$202 (£105).

3. Eos by SkyCity

Eos by SkyCity offers a luxurious experience with a spa and a terrace overlooking the River Torrens and extensive urban parklands. Part of the SkyCity Adelaide casino complex, the hotel is housed within the heritage-listed Adelaide Railway Station building. A highlight is The Guardsman restaurant, located in the station’s former Great Dining Hall, which retains its original flooring and lights. This hotel combines historical charm with modern luxury. Rooms start from A$339 (£176).

4. Oval Hotel

The Oval Hotel is directly connected to the Adelaide Oval, a renowned sporting stadium. It’s conveniently located next to the arena’s visitor center and the RoofClimb experience, which offers behind-the-scenes tours. The Bespoke Wine Bar & Kitchen at the hotel provides stunning views of the Oval’s pitch, while the guest rooms offer great skyline views of the city. This hotel is ideal for sports enthusiasts and those looking to explore the city’s sporting heritage. Rooms start from A$299 (£155).

Adelaide is no longer just a starting point for exploring South Australia's natural wonders. With its exciting new hotels, vibrant cultural scene, and renowned hospitality, it’s a destination in its own right, offering a fresh and stylish urban experience.

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