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The Playford Adelaide
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   120 North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 54 hotels in Adelaide
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“We love this place!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2011

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.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2011

This was our first trip to Adelaide and we selected the Sebel Playford as we managed to get an excellent rate for this highly recommended and rated property. The room was clean and spacious, with the added value of the organic toiletries that are specifically made for them. The location was good for getting around as the skylink shuttle from the airport drops you off right next door, the majority of the tours pick you up there also and the tram and railway station are right outside. The only grumble we had was the noise in the early hours from party goers out in the street. Our room was at the back of the hotel which faced a block of apartments with a small alleyway below, which could have resulted in the sound reverberating more. Although three sides of the hotel have alleyways and the other side faces the road, so I am not sure which would be the best. Christophe on concierge was very helpful and organized all of our tours for us. We did not eat at the hotel as there were more reasonable offerings close by.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2011

The rooms where clean, spacious and good but the poor communication and management let them down. Too many errors in payment, we got stuffed around and were seemed to be looked down upon because we came from the country!!!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2011

We stayed at the Sebel Playford in Adelaide principally based on the recommendations of others on Trip Advisor. I was not disappointed. The visit began with a complimentary upgrade to a bigger room and just got better after that. The breakfast buffet is a wonderful start to the day. The staff is helpful and friendly, especially the hotel ambassador Marco and his colleague Christophe. The hotel is centrally located in Adelaide for business and just a short walk from the city's museum area. This was 4 star quality at 3 star prices.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2011

I went with the number 1 rating on TA when booking the Playford for 4 nights, and was not disappointed.

The room was clean,bathroom toiletries were impressive and the staff were friendly and helpful from the moment we checked in.
Location is great with Tram and Railway out the front and the city's main shopping mall around the corner.

Top class facilities, indoor pool,spa and gym were great and the restaurant was a true fine dining experience.I would recommend loading up on the buffet breakfast and attacking the day..... you wont need to eat again till dinner.

The only possible letdown was the view from our room ... an office block, so pay the extra and go for the north facing rooms.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2011

We have been to the Sebel Playford before for weddings and cocktail functions but had never stayed overnight. We knew it was going to be a nice room and we were not disappointed. Very spacious, very clean and comfortable and the staff were very friendly and helpful. It is located in a great position in Adelaide for the Convention Centre, the Casino, the Glenelg Tram, Rundle Mall - I could keep going.

We enjoyed our stay and would stay again.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2011

Spent here 5 nights with my wife having a convention in the convention centre. Walking distance to convention centre, river, central city and all relevant restaurans. Walking distance to all art galleries and theatres.
Found the hotel clean, good amenities and excellent service, from the bellman right to the roomservice and the free parking that was part of our package. Excellent breakfast, brought for no extra charge to the room.
The only drawback was that the room was really tiny and looked into an old inner yard, so no real daylight and buzzing equipment down below.
We switched off the A/C overnight as it was very loud, but then woke up in the middle of the night in very sticky air, so decided to plug the ears and sleep on.
Otherwise a great stay and the hotel also has a great restaurant. Important for us: it really catered well for vegetarians and even had a special menu card for that !!

Room Tip: Ask for room to the front, there are rooms in the moisy side streets, where cars drive through fast...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 120 North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia
Location: Australia > South Australia > Greater Adelaide > Adelaide
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Adelaide
#1 Business Hotel in Adelaide
#1 Luxury Hotel in Adelaide
#1 Family Hotel in Adelaide
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Playford Adelaide 5*
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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