Inside Adelaide’s Newest, Bordeaux-Inspired Hotel In the Heart of the City

Original art, burgundy-coloured chandeliers and free-standing tubs in open-concept marble bathrooms all feature at Adelaide’s newest five-star hotel Sofitel Adelaide, open this month.

The hospitality brand taps into Bordeaux, a French city that epitomises viniculture, gastronomic refinement, history and fine art, as inspiration for the 251-room hotel, located in the heart of the city on Currie Street.

Sofitel Adelaide exterior

“Each Sofitel draws inspiration from local culture while celebrating innovation and imparting a French sense of hospitality, and Sofitel Adelaide will proudly continue this tradition,” says the hotel’s General Manager Rachael Harman.

“We aim to deliver a one-of-a-kind, luxurious hotel experience, but with a distinct Adelaide feel.”

Sofitel Adelaide

Rooms or suites all come with stunning bathrooms stocked with Balmain Paris amenities, and views of the city or Adelaide Hills. The hotel’s piece de resistance is its palatial Presidential Suite, which includes a dining room, living room, walk-in wardrobe, study room and a grand bedroom with an en-suite bathroom.

All Luxury Club rooms and suites have access to facilities and services in the Club Millesime. Located on level 10, the lounge serves complimentary a la carte breakfast, afternoon tea and evening drinks and canapes, as well as offering check-ins and check-outs.

An indoor heated pool is flooded with natural light courtesy of floor-to-ceiling windows and illuminated by three exquisite chandeliers, while the hotel’s gym boasts the same leather finishings as used in Ferrari supercars.

In the lobby, an original piece by Newcastle-based fine-art photographer Alexia Sinclair, called Field of Dreams, is an eye-catching centrepiece, along with a suspended chandelier made to look like flowing wine, what South Australia is known for.

Art from more than 10 local and international artists, including photographers Emmaline Zanelli and Drew Lenman, painter and ceramicist Michael Carney and glassblower Nick Mount, are also set to be displayed.

Sofitel Adelaide

“These details are important in our ambition to become Adelaide’s official hotel for the arts, and will hopefully provide talking points for guests, inspiring them to explore and discover something new and interesting on every visit,” says Ms Harman.

The hotel will also house a French restaurant on its ninth floor called Garcon Bleu, with an open kitchen, wine wall and an oyster and raw seafood bar, as well as a street-level Champagne bar called Déjà Vu, inspired by the sidewalk cafes of Paris.

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