“ Address: 107 King William Street / Adelaide SA 5000 / Australia / Tel: (08) 8231 4331 „
We recently stayed 3 nights at this hotel in Adelaide and whilst it is not exactly the Ritz it was full of olde worlde charm and the fantastic service we experienced more than made up for the slightly less glamorous surroundings. In terms of location you cannot fault this place, situated a 5 minute walk from Rundle St - the main shopping thoroughfare and 5 minutes the other way from the main square and Chinatown. The front of the hotel as shown in the picture above is the restaurant jutting out over the entrance below. The building itself is rather narrow and deep, you go through reception and past the 'gaming room' to the right and find yourself in the lobby area towards the back with a smallish wood pannelled wine bar and the stairs and (very old) lift to the hotel rooms. We paid $180 (£120) for 3 nights bed and breakfast in a double room and based on reviews we had read previously we were aware we would be getting cheap and cheerful for our money, however, as the location was so good we figured this was a good compromise to make. I have to say our room, although basic and quite dated, was functional and had plenty of space including a large bathroom with full bath (with shower over) and a double and single bed. We also had a large storage cupboard and chest of drawers (in the bathroom) and a TV/cupboard and fridge in the main bedroom. It was clean and the bed was comfy, the first night (a saturday) we slept very soundly indeed - although we had just stepped off a 23 hour flight. There were some issues with noise because our room was at the back and looked over another building which was having it's roof re-done, on the Monday and Tuesday mornings we were woken up by drilling, banging and general building noise from pretty much 7am onwards. Our room was single glazed and accordingly it was VERY loud. Thankfully I always travel with earplugs and they were well utilised here. From the moment we arrived we were impressed with the service and attitude of the staff. The friendly guy on reception showed us to our room personally (we arrived rather late, around 10pm) and carried my suitcase up the stairs (we were on the top floor and the lifts only go to the second floor), when I tried to tip him for this he laughed at me and refused to take it - unbelievable! At breakfast the next morning we were again pretty impressed with the very friendly service, breakfast was self serve and pretty basic (toast/cereals and some pastries with tea and coffee or juice) but the staff were always checking everything was refilled and making sure you had everything you needed. One evening we used the bar and had a couple of glasses of wine, the atmosphere in there is lovely, very chilled out, furnished with comfy old chesterfields and with a fantastic range of wines available by the glass for between $7-9. The same reception and games room manager served as bar staff also (staff did seem thin on the ground in an evening) so we were pretty much left alone which was quite nice. This bar was never busy in an evening and it was nice to sit in as the TV was always on in the corner showing sport or the news, it was a nice atmosphere to relax in after a day exploring. The building is a bit of a labyrinth and because of its age it only has a working lift to the first and second floors, this is a very old fashioned contraption which creaks and jolts and to be honest we only used it when we had our luggage with us as the stairs were usually quicker! For the price we paid I think this place is a bit of a gem - although you do need to be aware that it is basic. If you want a centrally located hotel with great staff and breakfast for bargain prices then this is a very good call. Just do make sure you pack ear plugs just in case!