Nestled amongst the taller city buildings of Adelaide's metro area is Quest serviced apartments on King William Street, at the junction where Grenfell Street becomes Currie Street. Just overlooking the busy traffic intersection, my family and I spent five nights in a cosy two bedroom apartment on the second floor of the building. Being the Christmas season, getting affordable and convenient accommodation for all six of us was challenging, but I was lucky to find that a two bedroom apartment at Quest had just opened up a fortnight before my family was to visit Adelaide.
The main reason why I chose to stay here was simply the location; just a five minutes' walk away from Rundle Mall and bus stops on Currie Street, and the Pirie Street tram stop at an even shorter walking distance. As my mother intended to make full use of the apartment's kitchenette, it wasn't a hassle for her to walk out to Central Market, or take a tram to Victoria Square.
We arrived from the airport after sundown, and were greeted by a pair of very friendly and helpful receptionists. Once all the registering was settled, we were given our key and up we went in the creaky elevator to the second floor. It was very clear that it was an old building. However, any doubts we had were soon erased as we stepped into the beautiful two bedroom apartment.
I'll admit that I wasn't expecting much - some reviews online mentioned that it could get noisy in the building, and that the facilities were a bit old. On the noise side of things, my parents had previously stayed in serviced apartments on Hindley Street, which had a far worse noise problem than Quest does. We slept peacefully, and the morning traffic was barely noticeable to us in the daylight. The sofas and beds were very comfortable, and we got a sofa bed that was big enough for one of us and the youngest member of our group.
The bathroom was nice as well, with both a shower cubicle and a bathtub; spacious and brightly lit, it went very nicely with the rest of the apartment.
My mother cooked dinner for every night we stayed in the apartment, and though the kitchen area was tiny, she made do. There was only one large pan provided though, so it made things a little challenging. Other than that, the kitchen was equipped with everything we needed for a comfortable stay: dishwasher, microwave, sugar for coffee, that kind of thing.
The only inconvenient thing about the apartment is that the washing machine and dryer are not included; instead, we had to go down the hall from our room to where there is a shared sort of laundry area for the entire floor. There aren't very many apartments on the level though, so it was bearable.
After we checked out, we left our luggage in the storage for a while so we could do a bit more shopping before the taxi arrived to take us to the airport. We had a lot of luggage, and I was glad that they had ample storage space for everything - I know other hotels that wouldn't have fit all our stuff. The receptionist was friendly and helpful the entire time leading up to our departure, and she was a great help. We had a good stay here, and my parents agreed that if they visit Adelaide again, they would definitely stay here. Having tried quite a few serviced apartments around Adelaide before, this was a comfortable experience for what it was worth.