I read all of the reviews posted here, so, I knew roughly what to expect. What I think is important is that people come with some realistic expectations. If you're looking for a modern and sleek hotel or a five star hotel, then you might want to look elsewhere. If you're looking for a pretty comfortable and QUIET room in a very CENTRAL location, then, it's an option worth considering.
ROOM: Even though I was travelling on my own, the cheapest room was the Deluxe Twin Room with two Queen-size beds. It was quite a spacious and clean room. Yes, the TV was a bulky old TV, which I believe they are changing, but, there were the usual free-to-air TV channels (no free digital TV channels in my room - no big loss to me at all), as well as, some Foxtel channels including SkyNews, two movie channels (although, only one was available to me - once again, no big deal), Discovery channel, and three sports channels. I'm aware that in some rooms, there was a microwave, but mine did not have one. The view was not so great (it was looking at an alley way), but, to be honest, I couldn't have cared less, as looking at the view was not my purpose in Adelaide. The bathroom was clean (it's a bath/shower combination with the toilet behind the door), the beds were pretty comfortable, and the room itself had space for hanging your clothes, plus plenty of drawers. For such a central location, I couldn't hear any noise at all, which was fantastic! The hotel information book was quite comprehensive, which was appreciated. If I could make a few minor suggestions, I would recommend listing the price for the internet charges into the information book. Also, as I had chosen not to have my room cleaned daily, I think it would have been good to have restocked the shampoo, conditioner, soap and spare toilet roll, instead of just cleaning the room and replacing the towels. These are both minor points that could have been raised with Reception, but, as mentioned, it's very minor and nothing I was disappointed or having major gripes with.
LOCATION: As I was not driving, staying in a central location was really important. Although I had looked at Google Maps, I didn't actually realise just how close the hotel was to Rundle Mall. You only had to turn the corner (next door was the transport information centre, which was really helpful for any transport enquiries), walk straight a little bit and turn right (you couldn't miss Haigh's Chocolates!), and there you were! North Terrace was under ten minutes away for the State Library, Museum, Art Gallery, etc., and Central Markets and Chinatown were about ten minutes walk away in the opposite direction. For the location alone, I would definitely return back to the hotel!
TRANSPORT: I caught the J1 bus (and the J2 bus on the return trip to the Airport - the bus stop is across the road from the hotel - just look for the right bus stop, but the signs are very clear) from the Airport and was a bit nervous about missing the bus stop, and needing to backtrack. But, I was happy to see that the bus stop (which is right outside the hotel) was one of the main ones in the city centre, so, a lot of people got off the bus at the same time. While Currie Street is quite long, just keep an eye out for 'Hotel Grand Chancellor', and you'll know where to stop (on the other side of the road is Hudsons Coffee, if that's of any help). Be aware that the actual hotel entrance is just around the corner. Just before you enter into Rundle Mall, you'll see the tram stop there which is free if you're travelling within the city centre, but, for $2.90, I purchased a two-hour ticket for Glenelg from the conductor who started going up and down the tram from South Terrace onwards. The free bus (#99C) does not travel along Currie Street, but if you head out to North Terrace (not far away at all), you can catch the bus from there.
SERVICES & FACILITIES: As I arrived quite early into Adelaide, I was only expecting to drop off luggage and then, check-in later in the afternoon, but, my room was already available, which was great, so, I could put away all my things and then, head off. Having an unexpected early check-in was really appreciated (I have a feeling that I arrived on a not-so-busy day because during the following days, I saw that bookings on their website were very limited). Also, on my return, I was able to store my luggage too.
FACILITIES I DID NOT USE (and hence, can't comment on): Parking, internet, dining at the restaurant, gym or swimming pool.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Housed in a nearly 100 year old Neo-Georgian style building, The Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide on Currie stands proud as a beacon of Adelaide’s culture and history. Located in the heart of the CBD, our guests have the pleasure of immersing themselves into the food and wine renaissance our vibrant city is experiencing. With a doorstep on the emerging cosmopolitan laneway that is Gilbert Place, a short walk from our 4 star hotel will take you to attractions like Adelaide Oval, Rundle Mall, The Festival Theatre, The Convention Centre, Adelaide Central Markets and Adelaide Casino. Our knowledgeable and dedicated front office team are available 24 hours a day to help you tailor your stay to suit your needs perfectly. The Hotel Grand Chancellor on Currie is committed to providing top quality guest services in a peaceful, homely setting, with all the conveniences of being located in a world class destination. With Leigh Street, Peel Street and Gilbert Place on our doorstep, the Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide on Currie sits at the focal point of Adelaide’s great food and wine renaissance. With an emerging sense of community and a focus on local produce, the city of Adelaide has become a smorgasbord of art and culture for even the most discerning guest. With South Australia recently being named in the top tourist spots of the world, the Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide on Currie is in the prefect location to take advantage of everything this great state has to offer. ... more less
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