We needed a two bedroom apartment for our week’s stay in Adelaide. We soon realised that due to the Adelaide Festival which is staged every even year that availability of our initial choices would not be possible.
The Old Lion Apartments which is owned by Majestic Hotels, seemed to offer all that we needed and we duly booked.
The location is North Adelaide, close to the junction where Jerningham St intersects with Melbourne St. There are a variety of shops, small supermarkets, pharmacy, various restaurants, Old Lion Hotel / Pub. There are several buses which will take you to the town centre, and indeed there is a daytime free bus ‘Adelaide Connector’ which is available once an hour at a bus stop on Melbourne St, just along from the Old Lion Hotel, at approx ten past the hour.
Staff on Reception were friendly and helpful, throughout our stay, and the apartment was clean and serviced with the exception of Sunday.
Our apartment consisted of a large lounge / kitchen, a large bedroom with double bed, a second smaller bedroom with two twin beds, Bathroom with Shower over bath, washing machine and tumble dryer. There was one air conditioning unit positioned in the lounge, so you really needed to leave the bedroom doors open if you wished cool air to circulate into the bedrooms. Although it was the first week in March the heat in Adelaide was intense, temperatures of 40C and more on some days, so effective air con was a very much a necessity. Even so our daughter found the small bedroom was always very hot.
After settling in and finding our bearings we hired a car from Thrifty Car Hire, Hindley St. in the centre of Adelaide. The car was in good condition with a powerful air con unit (much needed), and I was pleased with the rate and the service I received.
The car is uplifted and returned to the multi-storey car park located across the road from the office on Hindley St.
Positive aspects of the Old Lion Apartments:
Location – approx 10mins or less to city centre
Eating out options on your doorstep
Secure covered car parking underneath building
Safe deposit box in flat
Friendly and helpful staff
Old Lion Hotel / Pub is a busy establishment from Thursday to Sunday, and there is noise. In addition the refuse lorry comes around every night about 3-4 a.m. and empties huge containers of bottles and other refuse. The noise will waken all in the neighbourhood and can last 10-15 mins.
It is a good 25/30 minutes to drive to places like Henley Beach or Glenelg.
Overall the apartment served us well and we had a pleasant stay, but I could not perceive it to be a 4 star establishment as the management claim.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The beautifully landscaped Majestic Old Lion Apartments are located in cosmopolitan North Adelaide amongst a vast array of cafes, restaurants and shopping. Refurbished in 2005 and again in 2011 this four (4) star accommodation offers a choice of studio, one, two and 3 bedroom apartments making it the ideal choice for group and family accommodation. Location is a key feature of these North Adelaide apartments situated just 2km from Adelaide’s city centre and walking distance to the Adelaide Zoo, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide University and other attractions. Each of the 66 self-contained apartments are modern, spacious and functional and include free and secure on-site parking, private kitchen and laundry facilities, reverse cycle A/C, opening windows, Foxtel, in-room broadband, 37" LCD TVs, electronic safe, direct dial phones, electric blankets and more. Select apartments also cater for the movement impaired. ... more less
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