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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'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.
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?
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.
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.
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.