This was my first trip to Adelaide to watch the Tour Down Under.
The hotel is nice and central to everything cycling when this event is on...probably one of the closest hotels you can get to the final stage of the event. Most of the cycling teams are camped out at the Hilton so you don't get to see many celebrities here, however I did bump into Kevin Sheedy on my way to the Club Lounge one afternoon.
We booked a club room and with our Gold Ambassador membership got an automatic upgrade to a better level room...which in our case turned out to be a junior suite which was nothing short of awesome! Would have to say that it's probably the best hotel room we have ever spent a night in, let alone 3 nights. I was wondering where I would keep my bike during the stay...nothing to worry about...it was fine to take it up to the room! There was plenty of room for it too, with two bathrooms, a lounge (which became daughter's bedroom), bedroom, dressing room/walk-in wardrobe. At one point there was some argument over what we were going to watch on the TV - I put the argument to rest by pointing out we had two large TV's in both lounge and bedroom, problem solved.
The only little points I could pick on was that my bedside lamp had no globe, so I took the lampshade off and the housemaid spotted that straightaway and had it taken care of. I didn't see the housemaids during my stay as I was always out riding somewhere, but my wife said they were wonderful and very knowledgeable and chatty, they obviously love working here. My wife loved the bed, extremely comfortable, and apparently were brand new.
The club lounge was very nice and kept me fueled with plenty of drinks and nibbles during my stay - really handy to come back for a free coke instead of paying $3 a can out on the street (or $6 in the room!!! ouch!). Speaking of expensive, the in-house internet is exhorbitant...so we ignored that and used the data connection via my mobile phone (first time I'd tried doing that...so I'm glad I was forced to try that out as it worked very well).
The pool is great and very well maintained. The chemical balances were expertly maintained. It was very well utilised by many cyclists staying in-house after a hard day's riding...a most welcome way to restore those tired muscles.
The valet parking was awesome. They left our car at the front of the hotel for quite a while as we kept coming back and getting more stuff from the car that we didn't think we'd need. Even once they'd taken the car away for parking, they quickly retrieved further items for me later on. They even pre-empted our check-out and had our car waiting for us to simply load up and move out at the pre-appointed time.
We've stayed at a lot of 5-star hotels in Adelaide as they are always very cheap over Easter, so for many years we would come to town whilst all the locals were getting out. This is by far the best accomodation we've stayed at in Adelaide and would be hard pressed to consider looking elsewhere when we're back here next.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Positioned exclusively along the banks of the River Torrens, adjacent to the Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide Convention Centre and the Casino, InterContinental Adelaide effortlessly blends luxury with comfort. Each of our 367 spacious, well appointed guestrooms offer clean designs and an elegant marble bathroom featuring walk-in shower, separate bath and large vanity area. Specifically designed for the needs of the global traveller, each guestroom offers uninterrupted views across the historic city of Adelaide, high speed internet access and a spacious and ergonomically designed work area. For more than two decades the hotel’s collection of 21 suites have been home to world leaders, heads of state and visiting celebrities from across the globe. To take exclusivity and luxury a level further, our Club InterContinental, located on level 21, offers private lounge access for the most discerning of guests. Enjoy an elegant meal in our signature restaurant, Riverside, or indulge in award-winning Japanese cuisine in Shiki. Both restaurants boast extensive wine lists featuring a selection of award-winning Adelaide wines and rare gems designed to complement your dining experience perfectly. The Atrium Lounge provides an elegant, relaxing atmosphere for afternoon tea, cocktails or late-night drinks. It is the ideal place to unwind on a Friday night, with happy hour from 5:00pm and fantastic live entertainment that continues throughout the weekend. Guests seeking to remain active while they travel may enjoy exclusive use of the InterContinental Health and Fitness Centre, offering full gymnasium, personal training on request and an heated outdoor pool. Our Concierge possess unrivaled knowledgeable about insider-experiences and unique events around Adelaide and are delighted to assist guests in planning an authentic Adelaide experience. Those travelling to Adelaide on business may make full use of the hotel’s high-speed internet and ergonomic in-room working areas, or may seek assistance from the Concierge for access to our premium Business Centre services. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Adelaide Hotel Adelaide
- Adelaide Hyatt Regency
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