Hotel review: Pullman Adelaide

It’s the ideal location to make the most of Mad March – or just to explore the city.

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People don’t sleep in Adelaide during March – that’s one of the first things I was told when I landed for a visit courtesy of the South Australian Tourism Commission. It’s a time of year when droves of creatives visit the city, thanks to Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Writers’ Week, Adelaide Fringe Festival and WOMADelaide.

But it’s not just artists and thinkers here: Adelaide’s also host to the Superloop Adelaide 500 (a car race) during the Mad March festival season.

With so many events on at one time – and a burgeoning food and wine scene – finding somewhere to rest your head between shows, talks and sightseeing is essential if you want to keep up.

The Pullman proved to be an ideal refuge, providing comfortable amenities in a perfect location for getting around.

Pullman Adelaide Hotel details

  • Where: 16 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide
  • When: 7 - 10 March 2019
  • Room type: Superior room, 1 king size bed
  • Guest: One adult, one room
  • Cost: Around $174 to $228 per night
  • Book: Pullman Adelaide Hotel

Amy’s review, in short ★★★★½

  • Cost: Well-priced for a 5-star hotel. Rooms start from $174 in mid-March (price checked on 14 - 15 March, just before the festival season ends).
  • Location: Right in the city, about a 5- to 10-minute walk to sites including Rundle Mall, Art Gallery of South Australia and Rymill Park (a key site for Adelaide Fringe Festival).
  • Décor: Stylish, modern and inviting.
  • Check-in process: Very easy, with friendly service.
  • The room: Great size, very comfortable but lacking a view.
  • Facilities: Good. It includes a basic gym as well as a pool that I heard other guests raving about.

The cost

Hotel prices in Adelaide are very reasonable compared to other capital cities in Australia. Even during the peak season of March, I found rooms at the Pullman from $174 per night. Cue picking my jaw up off the floor as I compared this to prices in Melbourne or Sydney, where that rate would typically get you a 3- to 4-star hotel.

The location

The Pullman is right next to Hindmarsh Square, towards the eastern side of the city centre. It’s walking distance to many city sights, including the Rundle Mall shopping strip, Botanic Gardens, Art Gallery of South Australia and Rymill Park (where you’ll spend a lot of time if you're visiting for Adelaide Fringe Festival).

If you’re in Adelaide for the footy, an easy 20-minute walk will get you to Adelaide Oval, which is also near the convention centre, Adelaide Festival Centre and Festival Theatre (where most mainstage shows are hosted throughout the year).

The décor

Relaxed elegance is how I’d describe the Pullman Adelaide. Comfortable chairs and lounges deck out the foyer, which is completed by modern light fittings and understated floral arrangements.

Pullman Adelaide entrance Image: Amy/Finder

Pullman Adelaide Image: Finder

The check-in/check-out process

Check-in was swift and friendly, setting the tone for my stay. Each day, I was greeted by smiling staff as I left and returned to the Pullman. It’s little details like this that make all the difference.

Check-out was relatively easy, although there was some confusion about whether I’d had something from the snack bar in my room (I hadn’t). The friendly staff member serving me could tell I was miffed and explained that sometimes that happens when they aren’t sure if a guest has had something from the room. So at least it was a quick fix on their end.

The room

My room was generous for one person and would have been very comfortable if you were travelling with a partner. There was plenty of space to house the comfy king bed, a desk, a lounge chair and a pouffe/footrest. Both the main part of the room and the bathroom were impeccably clean and had everything I needed.

Unfortunately, the only view I had from this room was a brick wall, although you can book rooms on the other side of the hotel that boast views of the city if you want them.

The only other critique I had was that there was no price list or details about the minibar and snacks, which meant I wasn’t really sure what was or wasn’t complimentary. Be aware of this if you don’t want to pay more for drinks and nibbles during your stay.

Pullman Adelaide room Image: Amy/Finder

Pullman Adelaide in-room coffee and tea Image: Amy/Finder

The food

Although breakfast was included in my booking, I never had the chance to sample anything as I had other plans. I did hear from some locals that the Pullman’s buffet is delicious, and the glimpses I had of the dining area suggested it would be a nice way to start the day.

Tip: If your booking doesn’t include breakfast, take a five-minute walk to Ebenezer Place to check out some of the local cafes in this historic part of town. I can highly recommend Exchange Specialty Coffee for a caffeine hit and classic breakfast fare or Hey Jupiter for food with a French flair.

The facilities

First thing’s first: there is free Wi-Fi. While I didn’t do a speed check during my stay, I found it good enough to do research between sightseeing and festival events.

The Pullman Adelaide also has a pool and spa as well as a small gym offering both weights and cardio equipment. There are also meeting rooms, a classy dining area and laundry facilities for longer stays.

If you want anything else, head to the concierge desk in the lobby and ask the friendly staff what’s available.

Pullman Adelaide gym Image: Finder

Pullman Adelaide facilities Image: Amy/Finder

The verdict

The Pullman Adelaide offers a relaxing place to stay right in the heart of the city. It’s great if you want to get around on foot and also easy to get to by taxi or hire car – perfect if you’re tired out from wining, dining and exploring everything Adelaide has to offer. And based on what I’ve seen, there’s a lot happening in this city at any time of year.

Ready to have your own South Australian adventure? Check out the latest flight and hotel deals for Adelaide. It’s also worth looking at car hire rates, so you can head to the Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley and other nearby regions that offer exceptional produce and wines.

Amy travelled to Adelaide as a guest of the South Australian Tourism Commission.

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