There's a reason we continue returning to Adelaide. Isolating any one particular reason is the hard part! Maybe it's the fresh food and quality produce, the quieter CBD atmosphere and boutique restaurants, the clean air.. or even the Giant Pandas at Adelaide Zoo?
All of the above - And more.
They call Adelaide the “20 minute city” for a reason. Everything's so close and easy to get to. During this trip (our third in two years) we decided to stay at the northern end of the city at The Mercure Grosvenor Adelaide Hotel. The hotel is reasonably priced and is situated in an excellent location close to public transport, cafés, restaurants and most of Adelaide’s major attractions.
The Mercure Grosvenor has 181 well-appointed rooms and suites. The hotel itself is a mere stones throw away to Adelaide Convention Center, Adelaide Oval, Parliament house, Adelaide Art Gallery, Museums and Adelaide Zoo making it extremely convenient for those who want to explore the city gorgeous architecture and history.
Adjacent is Adelaide’s main railway station, a taxi rank, bus stops and tram access providing travellers easy access to the rest of the city. There's a Hertz car rental office located within the hotel which makes it great for those who would like to discover the renowned Barossa Valley along with all the other wonders South Australia has to offer. The hotel's 2 hour free wifi will help you search out your next destination and for those hiring a car, limited undercover self parking (for a nominated fee) is available - An overflow multi-storey carpark is available next to the hotel, should there be a lack of space below.
Whilst retaining the nostalgic historical Australian charms, the rooms were refurbished in 2007, and each room at The Mercure Grosvenor now offers modern touches to the aged elegance of the building. Plush beds with fluffy feather duvets and pillows, centralised air conditioning (which is a set to warm or cool, based off popular consensus), rooms with broadband internet access, LCD TV’s, Foxtel channels and pay per view movies.
As we walked into our suite it instantly gave us the home away from home feel. The suite itself consisted of a huge bedroom, additional living room with a second TV, a walk in wardrobe and an overly spacious bathroom with a shower and jacuzzi spa bath. Some of the rooms have private balconies and views over North Terrance. As the hotel was built to last, the sound proofing system was brilliant, even with the hustle and bustle of the city just outside your window. The room itself was sparkling clean. We've stayed in budget 3 star motels to 5 star grand hotels and none had been meticulously cleaned like this one.
Buffet breakfast was included in our stay and there was a great selection on offer. You can choose from Continental ($20pp) options or a full Australian breakfast ($26pp). It was great to see a separate section for my gluten free friends and there's something for the kids too, with a fantastic pancake maker and plenty of fruit to make them a little healthier. As a small tip, get in earlier on the weekend for breakfast as tables tend to fill up quite quickly - otherwise you can wait downstairs at the cafe and enjoy a nice cup of barista made coffee. Breakfast room service is also available for those who like a longer sleep in.
On the ground floor of the hotel you'll find the in-house restaurant - The Federal Restaurant & Bar. There's a variety of vegetarian, seafood and meat options for the hungry diner, all set in a comfortable and quiet environment with a slightly altered menu for room service.
To summarise, this hotel has great location, lot's of old world charm and excellent service on it's side - We will absolutely be staying here in the future.
Address: 125 North Terrace, Adelaide 5000 South Australia
Phone: +61 8 8407 8888 / 1800 888 222
Disclaimer: We were not paid guests of the hotel, and the above review is completely our own opinion.
Author: Donna Lusher
Photography: James Lusher