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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published January 1st 2013
Luxury hotel for the budget traveller
Adabco Boutique Hotel Adelaide
Adabco Boutique Hotel Adelaide


I wasn't quite looking forward to staying at the Adabco after staying at the stately Buxton Manor the night before.

But the idea was to do one luxury night and then to balance it out by doing a cheaper stay on our second night in Adelaide.

Yet the entire experience of staying in this budget conscious accommodation was unexpectedly pleasant.

The hotel is in an historic building. It was once a boys' home dating back to the late 1800s.

But inside behind the original facade the space has been completely refurbished and stylishly revamped.

There are bright wide corridors with decorated by copious art work. Some of that artwork looks like cheap copies but at least it made the place look vibrant.





Front desk staff could not have been more helpful. Everything you wanted to know before we asked it including computer access. There are two computers with free access in the lounge area for printing out airline tickets and quick checks of your email.

The rooms were a big surprise. Not abundantly big but certainly ample. And the twin singles we ordered were the size of double beds. This was luxury especially after our trip on the Ghan which was certain lavish but necessarily cramped for two people.

Adabco Boutique Hotel Adelaide
Ample room.


The air conditioning in the Adabco was amazing. Despite the 41 heat outside we slept in cool bliss and the system was soundless so it made for a peaceful night's sleep.

Bathrooms were large, modern and spotless.

It was also nice to have a modern flat screened television.

The Adabco also offers a free breakfast. I have seen other reviewers complain about this limited breakfast. But hold on for a moment it is free, and they don't have to supply it.

It was simply a few cereals, toast, tinned two-fruits and coffee in the communal lounge area downstairs. Enough to keep you going until lunch and saving you the cost of another meal while travelling. I noticed some people brought down their own (better for you wholegrain) bread.

Adabco Boutique Hotel Adelaide
Downstairs breakfast area


Adabco Boutique Hotel Adelaide
Downstairs lounge area


For travellers trying to do things on the cheap there is also a smart modern communal kitchen and eating area on each floor.

Given the fridge was stocked with food, travellers were obviously making good use of this.

Adabco Boutique Hotel Adelaide
A kitchen on each floor




The Adabco looks really upmarket and has great showers and decor.

However it attracts a quite young crowd or conversely people travelling on a budget because of the cheap prices and excellent amenities. It is also a ten minute walk from the centre of town.

The Adabco is also on the free bus route that takes you to all the tourist spots in town. But this service only runs every hour.

If you are too tired to travel too far for dinner there is also a good Italian restaurant only two minutes walk away. It is always great to have your hotel and dinner spot in easy access of one another.

Nearby good Italian restaurant


Adabco Boutique Hotel Adelaide
Nice sorbets on a hot day


If you go to their website room prices can be over $200 but if you do a bit of Internet scrounging then it is much cheaper. We payed $129. I booked this through hotel.com which I am increasingly finding a better site than wotif because it lacks the associated booking fees. For my other cost saving tips on travel click here.

In many ways this is upmarket yet cheap accommodation. It may not be Buxton Manor but it has a better TV set.

Waiting area for taxis and so forth


Adabco Boutique Hotel Adelaide
There are a few nice decorating touches at the Adabco


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Why? Because its cheap but quite stylish inside and has lots of amenities.
Where: 223 Wakefield Street Adelaide
Cost: From $119 but do shop around
Your Comment
Thanks Dave hadn't thought of that. Will do. I always wonder if cross referencing gets us anywhere. But perhaps it does.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|5527) 2324 days ago
An interesting review Nadine, I hadn't heard of this place before.
You need to include the link to your travel tips though
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11197) 2324 days ago
I completely agree with you assessment of Adabco. It was comfortable, quiet and excellent decor for a city hotel in this price range.
by middy (score: 0|4) 2316 days ago
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