Andrew put me in charge of researching our hotels for our four-night stay in Adelaide last month so I booked a great deal here on Wotif, without hesitation, based on the glowing reviews.
The Sebel Playford is located on North Terrace, opposite the Casino, the train station, the art gallery and parallel to Hindley Street, where if you keep walking several blocks will get you to Rundle Mall, Adelaide's city mall.
The staff are fantastic with being nothing too much trouble. They advised me to sign up for a program (oops, forgotten its name) which gives free internet access at the Mirvac hotels which I appreciated, with work still needing to be done despite being on holiday.
We brought our bikes with us to go cycling and they helped us unload them and store them in the luggage room. The concierge told us we could cycle down to Henley Beach along the Torrens River, a scenic 14km trip that took us past swans, croaking frogs, horses, pretty homes and some sort of mini amusement park. At Henley, which was almost deserted, we had a great reviving coffee at Cibo cafe and then booked a maxi-cab to take us (me at the least!) back to the hotel.
He also told us the best stalls to visit on the Tuesday at the Adelaide Markets (they're closed on the Sunday when we arrived and the Monday) for cheeses, sweets and picnic goods and booked a tour for us at the Penfolds Magill winery which is only 8km from the CBD, where they make Grange (a must-see/taste).
We walked to Gouger Street (the CBD is only about 8 blocks wide so it's nice and compact), the major restaurant strip for dinner on the Monday night and chose a cheap-and-cheerful meal at Tiffany's Thai, near the Argentinian Gauchos that I was plumping for, and for $22 had a two-course meal with the best salt-and-pepper squid we have ever eaten.
We LOVED the hotel's massive and attractive breakfast buffet which included freshly cuts fruits from watermelon to lychees, mueslie, yoghurts, bacon, sausages, hash browns, tomatoes, eggs etc, about six types of bread, sweet Danish style pastries and freshly squeezed juices, including, one day, kiwifruit. On our last two mornings we were sitting one table away from Julie Goodwin, the first season's MasterChef winner.
We didn't use the gym but did enjoy sitting in the hot spa, next to the coolish-temperature pool which features a mural, I think, of the creation of man! Apart from one woman in the pool we never saw a soul use it, and definitely not kids jumping in, which was a relief.
If I had one quibble, it was the bathroom. For some reason there was a massive gap at the base of the door of about 7cm so bad luck if you don't like hearing your partner on the toilet! It also had no drawer to put your bathroom contents away, nor - and this is less than ideal for most women without putting too fine a point on it - no wastepaper bin with a lid on it. The bathtub also was too small for us to have a soak together but you can't get everything.
Still, we would definitely stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Playford Adelaide is a 5-star hotel set in the heart of Adelaide’s vibrant North Terrace, opposite the Convention Centre and City CasinoElegant 5-star hotel with superior accommodation, conference & recreational facilities, located in the heart of Adelaide. Winner of 2012 Best Deluxe Accommodation at the AHA SA Awards and 2011 Best Luxury Accommodation at the SA Tourism Awards. ... more less
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