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by Karen Ross (subscribe)
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Published February 3rd 2021
Adelaide's new boutique hotel
The Oval Hotel, adjacent to Adelaide Oval, opened in September 2020.

The building hugs the infrastructure of the oval at its eastern end. There are just four floors and 138 rooms in the establishment. These modest proportions convey a sense of intimacy and exclusivity. I felt most welcome and even a little bit special on my first visit here.

Oval Hotel
Oval Hotel


The lobby, on the third floor, is bathed in light, thanks to a wall of windows overlooking Creswell Gardens. Our overnight accommodation package included a welcome drink so after settling into our room we returned to the lobby to sip our drinks and enjoy the garden and city views.

View from the lobby - Oval Hotel, Adelaide
View from the lobby - Oval Hotel, Adelaide


Our room was spacious and also bathed in light. Huge windows are a feature of this hotel.

The Room with a view
The Room with a view


Our vista provided a view of Adelaide's beautiful St Peter's Cathedral.

Cathedral
St Peter's Cathedral


The king-size bed was super comfortable and equipped with lovely, crisp white hotel sheets and big, plump pillows. A 'digital butler', in the form of a tablet, offered a menu with more pillow options in case those provided were not to our liking. The tablet also provided a room service menu, a minibar price list and other hotel services.

'Digital Butler'
'Digital Butler'


The bathroom had various lighting options including adjustable mirror lights. The shower was equipped with a rain shower and a hand-hold-option shower rose.

Bathroom - Oval Hotel
Bathroom - Oval Hotel


Evo toiletries, with inspiring inscriptions, were provided.

Ammenities
EVO Toiletries


The Five Regions Restaurant is located on the third floor and has clear views over Adelaide Oval. I'm a total philistine with regard to all sports and I definitely missed out on the football gene that is common to most South Australians. As a consequence I found myself wondering whether relaxing over dinner while watching a fast-moving football game would be a feasible combination of activities. Perhaps a slow cricket game might be more conducive to digestion. Who knows? I'll choose to remain blissfully ignorant regarding that consideration.

Restaurant view
Restaurant view


The adjacent Bespoke wine bar was sparkling and inviting, as all bars should be, and was flanked, curiously, by a meat safe along one wall.

Bespoke Wine Bar
Bespoke Wine Bar


The lounge section of the space offered comfy armchairs and sofas as an alternative to stools at the bar. A more appealing location, perhaps, for those who want to avoid views of the meat safe.

Comfy chairs and sofas in the Bespoke Bar
Comfy chairs and sofas in the Bespoke Bar


After spending a comfortable night we awoke to yet another package inclusion; complimentary breakfast. This was a worthwhile treat indeed. Full Breakfast at the Oval Hotel normally costs $38 and includes continental breakfast in addition to an la carte item. Juice, tea and filtered coffee are also included and barista coffees can be purchased.

Continental Breakfast
Continental Breakfast


I chose Shakshuka, a middle eastern dish comprising a spicy tomato, onion and garlic sauce and eggs. The eggs are poached or baked in the sauce and the dish often includes bacon or shredded meat. Mine had both. It was arguably the best I have ever tasted; a perfect blend of flavours.

Shakshuka
Shakshuka


My companion (lucky husband) chose the largest dish on the menu; house-made double-smoked bacon (perhaps from the meat safe?), sourdough, tomato, hash brown, relish and two fried eggs. Needless to say, he didn't eat lunch that day.

Big Breakfast with the lot
Big Breakfast with the lot


Our whole experience at the Oval Hotel was fabulous. If forced to offer constructive criticism I'd suggest coffee machines in each room. Apart from a delay to my morning coffee fix all went well.

I can only imagine that sports-loving guests will gain yet another dimension of enjoyment when the seasons start.

Adelaide Oval
Adelaide Oval

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Why? Breakfast is amazing.
When: Now open
Phone: 08 8368 9900
Where: King William Road, North Adelaide
Cost: Website advertises $215 p/n advanced booking
Your Comment
What a great location Karen. Pure luxury and the tariff seems very reasonable. Definitely a good spot to watch the cricket.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4054) 478 days ago
Article author must have missed the coffee making facilities in the room, somewhat hidden away, but there. We took advantage of the government's voucher and stayed one night. Many admirable features, with a fantastic view but do think more colours could have been used reflecting Australia as it really is like an international room anywhere. Friendly, helpful staff. The reception area with comfy seating and welcome drink is brilliant.
by chris (score: 1|20) 478 days ago
It is definitely a top spot in Adelaide.
I also had a travel voucher in the first round.
by Jenny Esots (score: 3|1723) 475 days ago
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