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Near the coast of South Australia, you can have your cake and eat it, too. How? Well, the capital city of Adelaide has lots of small-town charm and a covet-worthy location near long, blond beaches. Oh, and there are plenty of cakes to be noshed on, too. But that’s not all. You can also walk your way around town without ever having to leave one of the peaceful parks that circle the city, and stay in one of the best boutique hotels in Adelaide for an added dash of character and vintage vibes.
We’re pretty sure Shakespeare was thinking about Adelaide when he wrote A Midsummer Night’s Dream, because although the city is relatively small, it sure is fiercely hospitable. OK, maybe our mate Will didn’t have South Australia on the brain, but all the awesome Adelaide boutique hotels will have you convinced this city is much grander than its garden-lined borders.
Getting out of your shell is easy-peasy in Adelaide! The super-walkable city centre is a prime location for fab events, like the Adelaide Fringe Festival, where people from all over the state gather to celebrate artistry, free thinking, and keeping the “odd” in Adelaide.
The party starts each February on North Terrace, and Mayfair Hotel is in a great location within walking distance of this and other events, as well as the Adelaide Oval, the historic Parliament House, and more. Plus, the Mayfair’s curated décor, designer toiletries and 24-hour room service are just a few of the reasons you’ve got to stay at this boutique hotel in Adelaide next time you’re here to embrace your inner unicorn...ahem, artist.
When you aren’t wandering around the vintage downtown streets, take advantage of Adelaide’s proximity to quirky beach towns, like Henley Beach, just 11km west of the city centre. This sleepy seaside suburb is home to an awesome pier that stretches toward the sunset and warm waves that are begging for you to take a dip. Don’t be rude—dive in!
If you’re keen on hanging ten, Henley is a great place to try your hand—and feet—at surfing. Rent a board and book a class with one of the surf schools there on the waterfront. When you’ve charged your share of waves, you can leave the board behind without having to think about how the heck you’re going to sneak it past the attentive concierge waiting for you in Adelaide boutique accommodation.
Sunbathing can work up an appetite, whether you’ve spent the day on the beach or at the park, and Adelaide has plenty of both. So it’s a darn good thing that Addy also boasts some fantastic fine dining and cool casual eats. The north side of town is especially flavourful, featuring tons of New Aussie cuisine as well as some delicious international fare from Italy, India, Japan and more.
For a bistro atmosphere and an artistic pallet—and palette—reserve a table at Orana, where the close up-ready tasting menu is as beautiful as the restaurant’s contemporary décor. When you’ve seriously impressed your taste buds, keep the wow factor going at the nearby Majestic Roof Garden Hotel. Sip your morning coffee—or evening pint—on the rooftop terrace and relax with an in-room massage, because you can.
There’s nothing like the powerhouse combination of beachfront living, vintage city attractions and unforgettable food! Book boutique Adelaide hotels with Wotif and you’ll save big on all your travel needs, from awesome airfare to luxury accommodation.