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Sunday 27 June 2021

Is this the best-value hotel in Adelaide?

Sometimes you really don't need a hotel with all the bells and whistles that cost the big bucks.

For a night or two you can get by without a concierge, 24-room service, around-the-clock reception and porters to help you take your one small bag to the lift.

What you probably do want is a clean, quiet, well-sized room with a TV, shower, fast free internet and a central location.

For all those of you with simple tastes, may I introduce you the Adabco Boutique Hotel in Adelaide.

With a history dating back to 1897, the Adabco has a communal kitchen and outdoor terrace located on each floor. It is clean, comfortable and very affordable.

Located in a heritage-listed Venetian Gothic style building it offers a beguiling mix of old-world charm and modern sophistication.There is even a guest lounge with computer terminals.

It's a little old school, for sure, but that's part of its appeal.

There are little touches of luxury like in-room robes and Netflix movies, but what the Adabco does best is offer a very good base within strolling distance of both Adelaide many cafes, eateries and bars and the lovely parklands.

The building was originally opened as Our Boys’ Institute in 1897, the early forerunner of the YMCA in Adelaide.

Lady Victoria Buxton, wife of the former Governor of South Australia, laid the foundation stone in October 1896.

There are a range of room sizes and styles with prices booked directly online for under $100 a night - that's cheaper than many crappy country motels. Two night stays, for instance, attract a 20% discount.

The Adabco is part of the Elanor Group. Adabco Boutqiue Hotel, 223 Wakefield St, Adelaide SA 5000. (08) 8100 7500.

# The writer was a guest of Adabco Boutique Hotel but would happily stay there at his own cost

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