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Barossa, Clare Valley and McLaren Vale; three distinct and stunning wine regions in South Australia. And all nearby to Adelaide, one of Australia's best kept travel secrets. It's creative personality, ease to get around and outdoor adventures, coupled with the thriving festival, sporting and food scene make the South Australian capital a must visit on any Australian itinerary.
Perhaps the most underrated city in Australia, Adelaide offers far more than its title of the ‘City of Churches’ might suggest. The locals are aware of how good they have it - Adelaide is consistently rated as one of the world’s top 10 most liveable cities. But there are more than just a few reasons for tourists to experience the South Australian capital too.Surrounded by Australia’s most famous wine regions, lined from top to bottom with stunning beaches, and home to the country’s most vibrant festival scene (particularly during what the locals call ‘Mad March’), Adelaide combines a small town feel with the fun and excitement of a leading city.Ready to book your Adelaide adventure, but wondering where to stay? Qantas Hotels allows you to choose from over 200,000 hotel and accommodation options worldwide, with over 150 in Adelaide alone. You’ll also earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 spent* with Qantas Hotels.So whether it’s your first time to the city or your twentieth, let’s take a look at what you need to know about Adelaide and its hotels to make the most of your stay.
Places to see
What is the best area to stay in Adelaide?
- The CBD: The heart of the action, the square mile that makes up the Adelaide CBD is defined by its order and symmetry, wide streets and pristine parks. From here you can easily get to the rest of Adelaide and its surrounding regions.
- North Adelaide: The leafy suburb to the north of the CBD is full of gorgeous buildings, many of which date back to the 1800s. Surrounded by greenery, it’s here that you’ll find St Peter’s Cathedral and Adelaide Oval.
- Glenelg: Adelaide’s famous beachside suburb is home to a beautiful promenade, a long jetty and more white sand than you can poke a stick at. The beach is always buzzing in summer, although you can leave your surfboard at home - there are no waves to be found here.
- Norwood: A lively, upper class suburb to the east of the CBD, ‘The Parade’ is one of Adelaide’s best places to shop. Norwood does food well too, with a strong migrant community offering up endless dining options.
- Adelaide Hills: While the Barossa and McLaren Vale take the limelight, the cool climate wine region of the Adelaide Hills is every bit as spectacular. A short drive from the CBD, in the Hills you can properly disconnect.
What are Adelaide’s must-see attractions?
- Adelaide Botanic Garden: Established in 1857 and spread over a massive 51 hectares, this garden is one of the most impressive in Australia. The Palm House, Rose Garden and Bicentennial Conservatory are highlights.
- Adelaide Central Market: This is one of Australia’s largest fresh produce markets, and the most visited place in South Australia with 8 million visitors every year. The perfect place for lunch, in other words.
- Adelaide Oval: Described by many as the most beautiful stadium in Australia, get a different perspective by braving the heights with the Adelaide Oval Roof Climb.
- National Wine Centre: Surrounded by the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills wine regions, Adelaide is considered to be one of the 10 wine capitals of the world. Fancy yourself an expert? You can learn all about the state’s famous produce at the National Wine Centre.
- Glenelg Beach: A beautiful stretch of sand that features a jetty, a theme park and plenty of opportunities to indulge, Glenelg is where Adelaideans spend their summer.
Find the right hotel
What are Adelaide’s best hotels for solo travellers?Perfectly private and business friendly, there are ample opportunities to socialise should you want them. Check out Holiday Inn Express Adelaide City Centre, the Mayfair Hotel and the Arkaba Hotel if you’re a solo traveller in Adelaide, and earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 spent with Qantas Hotels while you do it.
What are Adelaide’s best hotels for couples?Are you and your partner ready to use your Qantas Points to book your next getaway with Qantas Hotels? Romantic, secluded and luxurious, couples travelling to Adelaide could do far worse than experiencing the hospitality offered up by North Adelaide Boutique Stays Accommodation, Amble at Hahndorf B&B and Adabco Boutique Hotel.
What are Adelaide’s best hotels for families?Heading to Adelaide with your tribe? Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury, Majestic Old Lion Apartments and Seawall Apartments are self-contained, family-friendly hotels that will ensure you are warmly welcomed and entertained.
Location and views
What are Adelaide’s best hotels for location and views?Adelaide is a beautiful city, and you can enjoy it in all its glory if you choose to stay at Majestic Roof Garden Hotel, InterContinental Adelaide and Stamford Grand Adelaide - hotels that boast both great locations and stunning views.
What are Adelaide’s best hotels for amenities?Are you after a hotel that you don’t really need to leave? Between parking, WiFi, bars, pools, gyms and entertainment, Art Series - The Watson, Stamford Plaza Adelaide and The Playford Adelaide MGallery by Sofitel provide an amazing in-house experience.
What is the best way to get around Adelaide?
Public transportWhile you can still buy single trip paper tickets for Adelaide’s network of buses, trains and trams, the contactless Metrocard is a far cheaper option. Visitor cards are available, and can be bought and topped up at most newsagents and convenience stores.
Private transportIf you prefer private transport over public, rideshare apps are always the safest choice. Uber and Ola are available in Adelaide, or you can use GoCatch or Bolt/Taxify to hail a local cab. Always ensure that taxis are legitimate before hopping in.
Why book with Qantas Hotels?
Earn 3 Qantas Points per $1 spent^, or use points to book**
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Frequently Asked Questions
On average a 3-star hotel in Adelaide costs $90 per night, a 4-star costs $180 and a 5-star costs $260 (be aware that these prices will be greater on weekends and at times of high demand).
While Adelaide is most famous for its nearby wine regions, there are also wonderful national parks within an hour or two of the city. Check out Mount Lofty for the best views, and Deep Creek for close brushes with nature.
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^ Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 spent unless otherwise specified, for hotel stays booked through qantas.com/hotels, except Classic Hotel Rewards and Airbnb bookings. Points Club members will earn 25% more Qantas Points, and Points Club Plus members will earn 50% more Qantas Points. Qantas Points will be credited to your account at least 8 weeks after check-out. Qantas Points can be earned on cash only purchases and the cash component of Points Plus Pay purchases on eligible bookings and will not be earned on cancelled or refunded bookings. Qantas Points may be earned by the member in whose name the booking is made. Members will not be able to earn points on additional charges paid to the accommodation provider for extras (including cots, breakfasts and other incidentals) on check-in or check-out (as applicable). Deposit Pay is available on selected properties that offer a free cancellation window that is 21 days or more in the future from the date of booking. Visit our FAQ page for more. 20% better value is based on the value of a Point when using Points Plus Pay for Qantas Luxury Holidays(stay-only) bookings through qantas.com/luxuryholidays as compared to the value of a Point using Points Plus Pay for Qantas Luxury Holidays(stay-only) bookings made prior to 27 April 2023. 20% better value only applies to the points component of the booking and excludes cash payments.
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++ 500 bonus Qantas Points will be awarded to Qantas Frequent Flyer members who make their first Airbnb booking. Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn 1 Qantas Point per A$1 value for all Airbnb stays booked through qantas.com/airbnb.
~ Saving is off the hotel's generally available rate for the same property, room type, days, inclusions and conditions.
** Businesses earn 1 Qantas Point per AU$1 spent on eligible Qantas Hotels worldwide. Eligible Qantas hotels excludes Classic Hotel Rewards. A business must be a Qantas Business Rewards Member to earn Qantas Points for your business. Qantas Points are not earned on any amounts payable directly to the hotel. Conditions apply
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