I looked at so many hotels and read so many reviews on various websites for our stay in Adelaide and ended up booking here primarily due to the price.
It was a very inexpensive way for my 3 children and I to stay in Adelaide. I booked a twin room (a basic hotel room with two queen sized beds). It cost $115 for one night and $120 for the next. It was a monday and tuesday night so there was no noise from any bars or restaurants.
Long story short, you simply cannot go past it for value and location. Free parking (hello? major Aussie city, great deal) was a treat. There was covered and also open-air parking and plenty of it. Felt very safe leaving the rental car there.
STAFF were fantastic. Everyone was friendly and the concierge desk was fantastic. Very helpful. For example, we arrived early (~12MD) when check-in is 2pm. Our room was not ready but the man apologised (!!) and took my mobile number, made our check-in a priority and phoned me when the room was ready!
ROOM was basic but like I said to the kids, we just need somewhere safe and clean to sleep. We're in Adelaide for adventure. The room was clean, the beds very comfy and the bedding modern. (Nothing worse than a daggy bedspread). Yes the carpet is old and the bathroom screams 'renovate me!' but I didn't want to move in permanently, it was excellent for what we needed. It had the little shampoo thingy's. Nice towels and enough of them for all of us. And there was a BATH. It is so hard to find a bath in a hotel room these days. My little 2 loved it.
The room had a kettle and toaster. And a fridge with mini bar. Enough stuff to make a cuppa but nothing to help make toast (apart from the toaster). The restaurant were happy to give me plates and a knife. Ironing board and iron (nice touch, but I don't iron at the best of times). Lovely view of the city.
Our room adjoined another room, I am guessing they'd use the 2 as family rooms if they needed. This made it noisier than I'd have liked due to the chatter and occasional outbursty argument from the people next door. Like any hotel, here your comfort is often at the mercy of the other guests. I used a towel to muffle the sounds and thankfully the next door neighbours didn't party all night.
TV was great. Internet available (at a price I believe), but the guy at the desk happily offered the info that next door (pasta/ pizza/ bar place) has free wifi. (They are also happy for non-paying customers to sit inside and use their wifi).
Bottle-shop around the corner. Heaps of restaurants nearby. Short walk to the free tram.
Fantastic kids playground RIGHT across the road.
POOL was lovely but freezing cold. Didn't stop the kids having a splash. Plenty of towels and lounge-chairs poolside.
There is a restaurant on premises but I did not use it. Brekkie looked nice.
The LIFT was incredibly wobbly (I am scared of lifts, I'm not going to lie to you) and old.
The whole place is old. But if you are wanting a top-of-the-line swishy hotel you can pay your multi-hundreds per night!
Back to the lift. It is noisy. Our room was three rooms away from it and I could hear every move it made. I found that I was exhausted (travelling alone with 3 kids) so it was not enough to keep me awake anyway. The lift has a curfew which I appreciated.
Which leads me to the 'suites', the doors to the suites were IN the stairwell so I imagine that you could hear people clomping up and down the stairs late at night when the lift has retired for the evening. Just a thought.
I would stay there again.
Thanks for reading, and have a great trip!!
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- At Chifley on South Terrace, we have found just the right balance of convenience and comfort, never sacrificing one for the other. Just a stone's throw away are popular places like Adelaide Central Market, Victoria Square and South Parklands. And right in the comfort of your room, unlimited Wi-Fi, cable programming, minibars and room service for inroom dining if you choose. ... more less
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