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Adelaide is a unique mix of old-world charm with trendy vibes, making it the ideal place for a city break. The fact that it’s in the heart of South Australia’s wine region doesn’t hurt either – the city is a gateway to some of the best vineyards in the country. You can enjoy bucket list-worthy cellar doors (more than 200!) and leisurely tastings.
Adelaide is a city that loves to party, so you can expect a jam packed calendar of festivals and events. It’s shot up in recent years as a culinary hotspot to visit in Australia, thanks to its fast-growing bar and restaurant scene. From gin bars to craft beer, to hidden cocktail bars and cosy wine caves, there’s a spot for everyone. Food lovers have a lot to look forward to here: you’ll find Asian, Italian, Australian and most cuisines in between. What really sets the food scene apart here is a passion for locally sourced food.
There’s so much to see and do here, but highlights include a foodie tour of Adelaide Central Market, watching a game at Adelaide Oval or strolling through the lush Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Adelaide is also a cultural hub of galleries and museums, and is home to the world’s largest display of Aboriginal artefacts, a futuristic exhibit and a collection of more than 38,000 artworks.
Once you’ve discovered some of the city, hit the beach! There’s plenty of surf and sand to enjoy near the city; you can jump on a tram just 20 minutes to Adelaide’s favourite city beach, Glenelg. There’s also mountain hikes, river cruises and wildlife parks to experience.
As for where to stay? You’re never too far from the action in Adelaide, with an excellent choice of hotels. Whether you stay in a boutique hotel in the CBD or escape the city in Adelaide Hills, it’s easy to explore the area. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in Adelaide for your next trip…
This award-winning hotel has been regarded as one of the best luxury hotels in South Australia since opening in 1995. It’s unique architecture and baroque towers means you will have total privacy during your stay – there are no communal areas, and suites have space for fine dining with antique silver settings. Couples will love the romantic atmosphere and opulent rooms. Highlights include private underground cellars, antique furnishings, four-poster beds and spa baths.
The hotel is in the heart of the Adelaide Hills region, so you have easy access to wineries yet are just 20 minutes from the Adelaide city centre.
With just seven rooms, this boutique hotel is located above a cute 19th-century pub and packs a real punch when it comes to individuality. Each of the rooms is decorated differently, all with original, unique artwork from local artists. The vibe is very casual yet stylish, with modern comforts such as Nespresso machines to make you feel at home.
Grab a bite to eat in the snug pub downstairs and then spend some time soaking in the deep bathtubs in one of the hotel’s premium rooms. The CBD location is perfect for exploring the city, too.
The Mayfair is a relatively new five-star boutique hotel in Adelaide and is quite the showstopper. The building itself is a beautiful Heritage design from the 1930s.There’s a sleek rooftop bar and a restaurant serving sustainable and local Australian produce. Each of the 170 elegant rooms feature hand-crafted South Australian furnishings, custom-made beds, fluffy slippers and L’Occitane toiletries. You won’t want to check out of this boujie hotel…
The Playford is a member of the exclusive MGallery by Sofitel Collection, so you can expect only the best from this stylish hotel. It has an Art Nouveau design (think: a sweeping grand staircase & gold leaf walls), with 182 beautiful rooms and suites, all with luxury features. There’s a 24-hour heated pool, gym and sauna.
For exploring the city, The Playford is perfect. It’s located opposite The Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Casino, Adelaide Oval and within easy walking distance to the central business district.
The Watson is inspired by and dedicated to Tommy Watson, one of Australia’s renowned Indigenous artists. With Watson’s artwork adorning the walls and halls, the hotel has a vibrant and contemporary style. While it’s not within the CBD (the hotel overlooks the Adelaide Hills), you can rent free bikes or hire Smart Cars. There’s a mix of suites and long-stay residences, all sleek and bright. A real highlight here is the 25-metre outdoor lap pool designed by Australian Olympic swimmer Michael Klim.
Mount Lofty House has the best of both worlds, with views of the Piccadilly Valley in the Adelaide Hills wine region. Yet, it’s also just 15 minutes from the central business district. This boutique hotel ticks all the boxes for a relaxing stay, with an onsite spa, pool with views over the valley and a cosy library. Take your pick from accommodation within the British-style manor or luxury cottages for a ‘Lord of the Manor’ feel.
Dining options are excellent, with a 3 hat restaurant serving locally foraged ingredients. Make sure to visit the wine cellar, which runs the entire length of the historic building!
This scenic hotel is part of a family-owned Adelaide Hills single vineyard, just outside the historic township of Macclesfield. Staying here is a unique experience, as you’ll be able to do wine tastings during the day and then stay overnight in the charming homestead suites. They’re stylish and welcoming, with plush beds and spa baths (in some).
The accommodation has cooking facilities and guests receive tasty breakfast supplies of farm eggs and bacon to enjoy. There’s also a great eatery at the Cellar Door, where you can feast on platters to share.
The best time to visit is from March to May & September to November. During these seasons rainfall is rare with pleasant temperatures.
Yes, Adelaide is known for its metropolitan beaches, close to the city and very accessible.
It can be compared to the Mediterranean climate, it is warm and sunny for most of the year. Mild winters and minimal rainfall compared to Sydney and Brisbane.
If you want to be in the heart of the city, where all the hustle and bustle is, staying in CBD is the best option. Glenelg is a great option for those looking to stay next to the beach.
Adelaide is famous for its laid back lifestyle, and of course wine, with many famous wineries in the region.
Yes, even if you don’t drink wine, the scenery itself is not to be missed, with sprawling hills and cute picturesque towns. And if you like wine, then it’s a must!
The name comes from the Germanic language, meaning “noble natured”, the city was named after Queen Adelaide after she took the title of Queen Consort of King William IV of the UK.
In terms of lifestyle prices Adelaide is cheaper than Perth, it is also cheaper to fly to Sydney and Melbourne. Perth is known to have better beaches.
Yes, you can get the train from Adelaide to Melbourne, it takes approximately 11.5 hours.
The city itself is quite small, it’s easy to walk around, you can also travel by bus or the city tram.