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O'Connell Inn
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   197-199 O'Connell Street | North Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia 5006, Australia   |  
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Ranked #22 of 55 Hotels in Adelaide
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“Great place to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2008

We stayed at the O'Connell Inn for three nights and were very happy with the service - breakfast in the dining room was excellent and staff went out of their way to provide anything we needed (taxi to the Entertainment Centre, advice etc) and provided excellent evening meals in the dining room. For the weary traveller it was home away from home. The rooms were excellent, clean and comfortable. Many thanks for the hospitality.

  • Liked — Ease of parking, central, dining room, privacy
  • Disliked — there was nothing I did not like
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2007

Booked a family room for 3 adults for 3 nights over the weekend and when we arrived found the reception area completely deserted. A sign said we should enter the restaurant where the manager would be working. There was very loud music and only one table being occupied but still the manager took about 5 minutes to come to reception to check us in. After he made several jokes about our surnames he gave us keys for room 108 on the first floor. When we got there we were overpowered by the smell of cigarette smoke and realised he had given us a smoking room. The window was set to open about 2 inches so we could not let any more fresh air in. We tried to change rooms but the manager claimed to have no more non-smoking rooms which would accommodate 3 people.

When we asked if we could cancel and try somewhere else the manager became quite nasty and defensive and said it was our fault because we did not specify a non-smoking room. He said we could not cancel and would have to pay the first night's accommodation as 24 hours notice was required.

After enduring the night in the smokiest room on earth with air conditioning which seemed to make it worse we checked out the following morning and will never return.

Stayed February 2007
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Address: 197-199 O'Connell Street | North Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia 5006, Australia
Location: Australia > South Australia > Greater Adelaide > Adelaide
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #22 of 55 Hotels in Adelaide
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — O'Connell Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The O'Connell Inn is located in cosmopolitan North Adelaide amongst lively cafes, pubs and restaurants. This boutique property of 24 spacious guest suites was recently acquired by the Fargher family from the Prairie Hotel, Parachilna (Flinders Ranges). The hotel combines the ease of a city location with the warmth of country hospitality. Generous-sized, quiet rooms with private bathrooms, a central guest atrium and friendly staff make this a pleasant and peaceful city stay. An added bonus is off-street parking & WIFI at no additional cost. Guest facilities include a restaurant, bar and laundry. The light-filled, east facing restaurant and alfresco dining area is open each morning (excluding public holidays) serving espresso coffee, Tbar teas and full range of breakfast choices from the a la carte menu. The O'Connell Inn uses local free range eggs and are able to cater for gluten and dairy free dietry requirements. Bed and Breakfast packages are available for individuals and groups. The close proximity to the city, frequency of public transport into the city and access to free 'City Bikes' gives you the opportunity to leave the car behind and explore this beautiful city in a number of different ways. The city's premier sporting, entertainment & arts venues are all within 3km, including the Entertainment Centre (2.8Km), Festival Theatre (2.1Km), Art Gallery of SA and the Adelaide Cultural Precinct (2.6Km) on North Terrace. The new Adelaide Oval (1.7Km) is a short walk, the Piccadilly Cinema is next door, Glenelg (14km), surrounding beaches and Adelaide Airport (9.1Km) are 10 to 20 minutes drive. The O'Connell Inn is Adelaide's gateway to the Flinders Ranges & Outback and in easy distance to Barossa & Clare Valleys, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Peninsula for day trips out and about. ... more   less 
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