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Wednesday 28 October 2015

A new boutique hotel in Adelaide ticks a lot of boxes

Attention to detail is important when opening a new high-end hotel - and there has clearly been a lot of attention to detail put into designing Adelaide's newest five-star boutique hostelry - the Mayfair Hotel.

If you want to be right in the centre of the action this is an ideal choice with the hotel located on the corner of King William and Hindley Streets in renovated Colonial Mutual Life building. The eateries and bars of Hindley street and refurbished Rundle Mall are on your doorstep and the casino, Riverbank Entertainment Precinct and Adelaide Oval are just a short stroll away. 

In a blend of the old and the new, the facility also includes a 'jewel box' addition. the Mayfair offers excellent service and impressive rooms. 

It was a thoughtful touch to be greeted by a gin and tonic in my room on check-in. Little things matter. 

There are eight different room configurations, starting from the 25 Superior Queen Rooms up. All feature custom-designed, locally-made beds. The en suite bathrooms are large with quality amenities, luxurious bathrobes and fluffy slippers. 

All room styles have complimentary wifi (great to see), a well-stocked mini bar, Appelles Apothecary amenities, an overhead rain and hand shower, flat-screen smart TV, writing desk, on-demand movies, air conditioning, safe, hairdryer and iron and board. 

After checking in quite late, I ordered room service and fish and chips arrived piping hot and beautifully presented - a lot of hotels could learn from service like this. 

The buffet breakfast, however, was rather less impressive. I don't want to make my own coffee in the morning and I enjoy fruit yogurt, Weetbix, grilled tomatoes and mushrooms, none of which were available. The toaster, too, was one of those infuriatingly slow versions and the restaurant manager was not particularly interested in my observations.

This is a full service hotel with a restaurant, bar, cafĂ© and lounge with the Mayflower restaurant the fine dining option. 

By the end of the year a 13th-floor roof top bar will be launched, which should be fun. The Mayfair is quiet, elegant, has some personality and the staff are very helpful. I'd stay here again.
Online prices start from below $200 a night but vary seasonally. 

The Mayfair Hotel: 
(08) 8210 8888
#Update: Locally-grown tomatoes and mushrooms are now part of the breakfast buffet.

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