Kristel Rennai is a passionate, spirited freelance writer with endless wanderlust and a social conscience who laughs loudly and often inappropriately. Lead singer of Adelaide band, The Vibes www.facebook.com/thevibesacoustic
Published December 4th 2015
Rydges South Park Hotel Adelaide, nothing like the TV Show
Last weekend, my boyfriend and I went to stay at the Rydges South Park Hotel, Adelaide for a long overdue romantic getaway and when we got there he surprised me with a Premier Spa Suite upgrade... I know, he's a keeper right?
Rydges South Park Hotel: Image Credit Rydges.com
Rydges is very easy to find as it is situated right on the corner of South Terrace and West Terrace on the outskirts of the Adelaide CBD. The hotel has its own secure carpark right outside which we had free use of thanks to our particular package, booked through Agoda.
I would definitely encourage the use of discount accommodation search sites eg. Agoda, Trivago, Hotels Combined, Wotif etc. to hunt down the cheapest available deal to suit your needs. Just be sure to always read the fine print so you know exactly what you're up for, ie. Whether your deal includes free breakfast, parking or late checkout and what the cancellation policy is so you aren't caught unawares.
It's not far to catch a tram from Rydges, just a few minutes walk to the nearest stop, and the ride into Rundle Mall is free, as is any tram ride ride within the CBD limits. A taxi from the hotel within the CBD will only cost about $10 as a general rule so nothing is too difficult or expensive to get to.
The girl who greeted us at the Rydges reception was lovely and welcoming and encouraged us to sign up to the Loyalty program on the spot so that we could receive a free drink each at the bar that same day. Not being the type of people who would knock back a free drink, (do those people even exist?) we promptly signed up and trundled up to our room with our bags and coupons in tow. Note: No concierge here, it's DIY.
When we got up to our suite I was pretty pleasantly surprised. It was huge and had an incredible bathroom with a spa and three separate shower heads. To a water lover like me, that is my idea of paradise!
The view from the room was quite lovely with a panoramic scope of the parklands, hills and the slightly less majestic, Anzac Highway. Upon booking you can choose between city view and park view rooms and there are plenty of room configuration options to suit everyone's travel arrangements.
The View from our Premier Spa Suite Image Credit: Authors own
Upon heading upstairs to the bar we found out it's quite small and a word of advice, don't bother asking for a cocktail because even though they are on the menu, for some mysterious reason, they don't actually make them…
A strange feature about the configuration of the hotel is that you have to walk through the bar to get to the swimming pool/spa which would be fine if you were able to pick up a drink on the way through but unfortunately not, dammit!
The Skyline Restaurant area is also up next to the bar and does have a lovely view of the parklands and hills. Just try not to book in at 7pm on a sunny day in the daylight savings months or you will not only see the light, but most likely be blinded by it.
The service in the restaurant was fantastic and the wait staff dealt very politely and tactfully with a couple of inappropriately loud clients that happened to be eating in there the same night as us and announcing to everyone in the place their plans to get naked and smoke who knows what in the parklands as well as swearing more heartily than sailors. Well-handled Rydges staff! The food itself is pricey but nice.
I have to say that the bed in our premier spa suite was a real highlight. It was huge and super comfortable and as part of our deal we had a late checkout of 1pm so we could take full advantage of the extra zzz's.
Another big highlight of our stay at Rydges was the included breakfast at the in house café, The Deck. There was an extensive variety of food and as many choices as ones heart could desire including cereals, fresh fruits, yoghurts, pastries, and cooked foods like bacon, sausages, eggs in multiple forms, hasbrowns etc. Truly quality food in a lovely light and bright café area.
All in all, our experience at Rydges was very positive and I would recommend to people interested in staying in the CBD, as long as you aren't intent on being within walking distance only of the main attractions.
Big thanks to the staff who looked after us at the hotel and even bigger thanks to my fabulous boyfriend for surprising me!
Good to know that this place has quality.
There are loads of buses to and fro City, Glenelg etc right outside in West Terrace. Visitors should get a day pass.
(Come to think, Adelaide hotels would do well to hand out these inexpensive passes).