Review: Hilton Adelaide

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Review: Hilton Adelaide
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Earlier this year, I went on a multi-week adventure beginning in Wellington, New Zealand, before heading to the South Island, hopping over to Melbourne, Australia and driving to Adelaide, spending some time in Cairns at the Great Barrier Reef, and then ending in Hong Kong. While in Adelaide, I had the opportunity to stay at the Hilton Adelaide thanks to an affordable cash rate.

Given the hotel’s proximity to major points of interest in town and my HHonors Diamond status, this stay made a lot of sense. I knew we’d almost certainly be able to check in a bit early if we wanted (yep!), would receive a room upgrade of some sort (bigger room with a nicer view!) and would enjoy free breakfast in the restaurant downstairs and snacks in the evenings up on the club level. When traveling for such a long time, the ability to defray any meal costs, especially two meals in a day, potentially, is always a great way to relieve budgetary stress.

The Hyatt Adelaide was easy to find, and located within walking distance to the city’s small Chinatown, and only a few blocks from the major shopping district. Our room was simple but fine. I had requested two double beds, but probably in part due to the last-minute room upgrade at check-in, the bed was configured as a king-sized unit when we arrived. As is often the case when traveling outside the US, these king-sized beds are really just two doubles pushed together, with an extra topper to smooth things out a bit. This allows for maximum versatility in how rooms are configured, and so a phone call to housekeeping got things sorted out in just a few minutes.

The desk area and nearby mini-bar were both nicer than I had expected, and a small seating area was available near the room windows.

The view out our window was of the main gathering point for the annual Adelaide Fringe Festival, a showcase of experimental art, music, and theater that takes over most of the city for a month or so each year. It was cool to be able to look down on one of the main venues, while still being high enough up to escape any significant noise in the evenings.

The bathroom offered separate tub and shower spaces, and ample room, as well.

Evening canapés were fairly limited in nature, so we only made a meal of them one night, preferring instead to take advantage of the free beer, wine, and limited array of alcohol before heading out for dinner elsewhere on our second night in town. Breakfast was served in the restaurant on the lobby level, and offered a standard array of American options, along with a fresh-squeezed juice bar and omelettes made to order. Neither food option was particularly memorable, but both got the job done, and saved us a fair amount of time and money compared to fending for ourselves elsewhere.

I didn’t come into this stay expecting something on part with the Park Hyatt Melbourne, which was a splurge, and so was very pleased with the Hilton Adelaide. While its clientele were obvious more business-oriented than other locations in the area might have been, its central proximity to interesting places in Adelaide and affordable rates, combined with the food options available to HHonors Gold and Diamond members, makes the Hilton Adelaide one I’d visit again.

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