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Hotels: Sofitel Adelaide to open in September 2021

Hotels: Sofitel Adelaide to open in September 2021

Adelaide has 12 Accor Hotels across its brands from Pullman and Art Series through to Mantra and Ibis. Most are in the 4 star and below area, but it is soon to get a 5 star Sofitel. Initially slated for way back in 2018, it will finally open in September 2021.

a room with a red ceiling and a table

At the western side of the city centre at 108 Currie Street, it is more business area adjacent rather than in the thick of it.

a tall building with many windows

It will be a substantial hotel with 250 rooms across 24 floors. The mixed-use building runs to 35 floors, and those balconies on the top floors scream ‘apartments’ to me. Sure enough, they are part of the sold-out Luminesque development of 32 apartments over 7 floors.

a restaurant with tables and chairs

The hotel will have all the 5 star trimmings; ballroom, meeting and conference venue, club lounge, inhouse French restaurante, 2 bars, swimming pool and gym.

a room with a television and a fireplace

Slightly literal for the city known for its churches rather than its piety, the room decor is themed around French and Australian cathedrals – an odd theme for a hotel and brand with – I would have thought, a more louche set of brand values.

a living room with a black and white striped rug and a couch
a room with a bed and a laptop

The room decor is a bit busy and fussy for my taste, or at least it is in these renderings.

a bedroom with a bed and a television

Rooms are on par with most capital city 5 star hotels, matching the recently opened EOS at Skycity, coming in at around AU$350/night

a swimming pool with marble columns and chairs

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I hope to be a paying guest close to its opening. All that ‘Bonjour’-ing as a greeting and brand value puts me off Sofitel a little. Mind you, they have upgraded me to a vast suite in Melbourne, when I have negligible status with Accor.

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