Words by Carlie Tucker
Heading to Adelaide for a big business meeting? Finding the right hotel can go a long way in making sure your stay goes off without a hitch. That's why we've collected a list of top hotels that combine a great location with comfortable amenities that cater to the full schedules of the business traveller. Here's a look at six of Adelaide's best business hotels.
Rydges South Park Adelaide
Staying at the centre of the city doesn't have to mean sacrificing the tranquility of nature as the Rydges South Park Adelaide demonstrates so well. Business travellers can relish the spoils of Adelaide's central business district within easy walking distance as well as the southern parklands – perfect for those that enjoy a morning run.
A variety of rooms and suites offer plenty of selection to suit your style and budget, and signature Dream Beds assure a comfortable night's sleep.
On-site food and drink options cover all situations from casual client catch-ups to discussing deals over dinner. The Deck Restaurant is the perfect meeting place for breakfast and lunch, or impress clients with fine food and city views at the Skyline Restaurant. All can be utilised for events , or make use of one of eight modern and fully equipped function rooms.
Business travellers will also appreciate the SmartSTAY benefits on offer, providing FCBT clients with exclusive access to complimentary Wifi, in-house movies, car parking for the duration of your stay and a room upgrade to the next category (subject to availability on check-in).
The Playford Adelaide - MGallery Collection
For something a little different, the Playford is an award winning boutique hotel that caters to travellers of all types, and it's superb location, among other things, make it an ideal choice for guests visiting the city on business. Aside from having Adelaide's business district at your fingertips, you'll be able to take full advantage of the city's major shopping and dining precincts.
Going beyond stock standard hotel rooms, The Playford aims to blend old world charm with Art Nouveau style in their five room types to create a unique stay that emphasises guest comfort. Hotel facilities further enhance the guest experience with a 24-hour Health Club and Business Centre. The latter features internet access and printing facilities. Secretarial services are also available by arrangement.
If you're catching up with associates, The Playford Restaurant provides an ideal atmosphere with world-cuisine, or hire one of the state-of-the-art meeting rooms that cater for small and large events.
Stamford Plaza Adelaide
Business travellers who like a little something extra when they hit the road will appreciate the Stamford Plaza Adelaide. Book this SmartSTAY hotel through your FCBT Travel Manager to receive complimentary internet access and breakfast as well as the option for a late check-out or early check-in (subject to room availability).
334 rooms and suites are well appointed and stylish with beautiful views of the Adelaide historic parklands, Adelaide Oval or cityscape. While room service is available, this hotel comes complete with five different drinking and dining options, and the outdoor heated pool, spa and gymnasium on the rooftop can be utilised for fun and fitness. 24-hour concierge, room service and front desk are also available to ensure that your stay is up to standard.
You'll be at the centre of all the action with an ultra-convenient location in the heart of the city and there are a host of local restaurants, bars and convenience shops nearby. It is also only 10 minutes to the airport, which certainly bodes well for those with an early start or late finish.
Catering to business travellers with a range of amenities, the Hilton Adelaide goes above and beyond to ensure guest comfort while on the road. A range of rooms provide plenty of choice for all budget sizes with the Hilton's signature style ensuring comfort.
This top Adelaide hotel also offers guests the added advantage of on-site business and 24-hour fitness centres. Cool off or warm up in the hot and cold plunge pools, or take a few laps in the heated outdoor pool. There is even a tennis court available.
If you need to catch up for a meeting or are looking to schedule an event on a larger scale, the Hilton Adelaide can accommodate most requests with 17 versatile meeting rooms and space for up to 500 delegates. Food and drink aren't an issue with The Collins Bar, Lobby Bar and The Brasserie providing quality options for tipples and tastes.
In terms of location, you can't beat being within easy walking distance of the city and some of its most vibrant shopping and dining areas. The hotel overlooks Victoria Square and the Convention Centre is close by.
Rendezvous Hotel Adelaide
Occupying a prime position in Adelaide's city centre, the Rendezvous Hotel Adelaide is a superb choice for business travellers if not only because of its convenience. It is only a 15 minute drive from the airport and puts you within easy walking distance to the Adelaide Convention Centre, Rundle Mall, Central Market and the city's art precinct.
Serving up a heavy dose of comfort, the hotel was designed as a 'home away from home'. Offering up a variety of guest room and suite options, your stay will suit your style and budget with vibrant city views.
The usual amenities are available with a pool and fitness centre. Plus, the on-site restaurant serves up modern Australian cuisine with fresh, locally sourced produce should you need to schedule an evening catch-up with clients. If you're after something a little more business formal, on-site corporate rooms are also available with modern European style.
Keep in mind that the Rendezvous Hotel Adelaide is also a SmartSTAY hotel and provides guests with complimentary Wifi (100MB per day), a $25 hotel voucher to spend on food and beverage at the hotel (minimum 2 night stay) and a room upgrade if one is available on check-in when booked through your FCBT Travel Manager.
Crowne Plaza Adelaide
The 4.5-star Crowne Plaza provides a perfect hub for business travellers that appreciate the finer things in life. Ideally located in the city centre, it is within walking distance to many convenient amenities. It is just over seven kilometres from the Adelaide airport and close to the Adelaide Metro station.
If the location doesn't persuade you then the on-site amenities surely will. There are 11 different rooms styles to choose from, ensuring a stay that will suit your budget. Each is well-appointed with the Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage, which offers luxurious bedding, aromatherapy and Quiet Zones to help you rest.
All day dining is available at the Redsalt Restaurant and Bar, and on-site business amenities are perfect for those last minute emails or phone calls. This includes a 24-hour Business Centre as well as in-room internet access (additional fees apply). A number of leisure facilities are also available to guests, including an indoor lap pool, gymnasium, spa and sauna.