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Wednesday 10 July 2024

Quirky Adelaide hotel has a lot to commend it


I'm not sure who designed the upmarket Eos by Sky City hotel in Adelaide. 

But they had some seriously weird ideas. Even local taxi drivers have no clue as how to get guests to the reception desk. 

It turns out you need to take a small side road and drive through an underground car park, then make a sharp turn, to get to where you want to be.

Which is odd because the hotel is part of the central casino precinct just back from North Terrace. 

When you do get to check in - and can get your fiddly "disc" key to work in the lifts - there is a pretty good experience ahead. 

The rooms are modern and well-equipped, breakfast (below) in ITL restaurant is excellent, the staff are uniformly helpful and you can charge meals in any of the casino eateries back to your room. 

I can recommend Madame Hanoi (below) for tasty modern Vietnamese dishes. 

The hotel's marketing blurb is confident; some would say cocky. It sounds like it was written by a slightly demented A1 bot. 

"Welcome to a new realm of luxury. Where a love for the unexpected meets deep local knowledge. Where subtle gestures underpin indulgent experiences. With us, your every need is considered, and your every desire answered. Step beyond the everyday and allow us to illuminate the possibilities.

"Always personalised, Eos by SkyCity encompasses the finest in modern hospitality. From signature restaurants and entertainment, to opulent suites and spa experiences, we’re for the pleasure-seekers. This is a precise alchemy designed with you at the centre. Step in or step out: each distinct delight is delivered with a deft touch."

OK. Enough alchemy for one day. 

The entry level rooms are spacious and quiet with free wifi, an in-room tablet (that didn't work), a mini bar with complimentary snacks, free water, hairdryer and straightener, HD TV, luxury bathroom amenities and free movies.

There is a year-round outdoor pool, fitness centre, sauna and terrace and 24-hour front desk and room service.

My one serious complaint: the wifi is dreadful. It must have dropped out a dozen times over 48 hours, each time demanding that I logged back in. Very annoying. 

Niggles aside, this is a very nice place to stay. 


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