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The Playford Hotel

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by Karen Ross (subscribe)
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Published June 11th 2016
This must be Adelaide's best accommodation
I've stayed at The Playford Hotel, in Adelaide, many times over the last ten years and it's always been a special place to me. It seems to emit a sort of golden radiance, particularly after dark, which makes me happy even before I venture inside.

I love the grand entrance,

Grand entrance
Grand entrance


the pond with a neptune-like statue,

Pond with statue
Pond with statue


and, of course, the revolving door.

Revolving door
Revolving door


I'm always greeted by people wearing smart suits and warm smiles who help with check-in and car-parking. The decor in the hotel lobby features grand flower arrangements, fresh of course, golden cherub statues holding torches and mosaics on the floor.

Grand flower arrangements
Grand flower arrangements


There's a variety of chandeliers and a few sweeping staircases with gilt balustrades. Very 1940's. I always feel that I could reasonably expect to spot Lauren Bacall at the bar.

Sweeping staircase
Sweeping staircase


It's all very old world downstairs, but perfectly balanced by modern luxury upstairs in the rooms. My favourite room opens onto a second floor terrace, complete with fountain and I have been lucky enough to have been upgraded to a suite on occasion. However, even the standard rooms are as good hotel rooms should be, with good quality lotions in the bathroom and a tempting mini bar.

Hotels nowadays tend to charge a holding fee to your credit card on arrival, in case you forget to pay for things on check-out. I understand the logic behind this practice but have been in the situation, more than once, whereby a hotel has charged the holding fee but not provided a mini-bar. What might I forget to pay for on departure, I wonder?

Sparkling, marble bathroom with amenities
Sparkling, marble bathroom with amenities


Not so The Playford. Wine, small, shiny bottles of spirits, chocolates and pretzels were waiting to greet me, alongside a selection of T Bar teas, sachets for hot chocolate and fresh milk.

Mini bar
Mini bar


Not only were there six squishy pillows in the room but also a 'pillow menu' with alternative pillow options. The television had hundreds of channels and current movies and there was an iPod/phone dock for music. Even the standard rooms are large enough for a comfy sofa and coffee table and a computer desk as well as a king size bed.

Comfy sofa
Comfy sofa


I was happy to see The Playford still allows guests removable coat hangers in the wardrobe. Those new-fangled things that remain attached to the hanging rack have always irritated me. As if I'd steal a coat hanger.

Also inside the wardrobe there are soft, white fluffy bathrobes. I spend lots of time in mine, in particular when I visit my most favourite part of The Playford Hotel; the wonderful, warm, inviting spa.

Wonderful spa and pool
Wonderful spa and pool


There's a well equipped gym, a sauna and a pool large enough to swim laps in, but The Playford Spa is my pastime of choice.

The Playford is ideally located on North Terrace, opposite the Adelaide Railway Station and close to a tram stop. It's an easy walk to Rundle Mall or the Central Market for shopping, the East End for a movie or dinner and The Festival Theatre complex for a show. My one and only criticism is the parking fee. It costs $22 per day for your car's accommodation in addition to your own accommodation. Next time I think I'll leave the car somewhere safe and take the train into town.
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Why? Indulge yourself in Adelaide's best hotel accommodation
When: Anytime
Phone: 08 8246 6467
Where: 120 North Terrace Adelaide South Australia 5000
Cost: From around $170 per night
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