Sofitel Adelaide gears up for a September debut

Albeit three years behind schedule, South Australia's newest five-star hotel is set to impress.

By Chris C., June 17 2021
Sofitel Adelaide gears up for a September debut

Adelaide will be home to a much-anticipated Acccor hotel by the end of the next quarter, with Sofitel Adelaide set to open its doors in September.

Originally set to make its debut in 2018, the launch comes three years behind schedule: but there's every indication it's been worth the wait.

Situated on Currie Street in the city's CBD, the property will offer 250 rooms and suites across 24 floors of a 32-storey mixed use tower, with the top eight floors home to 80 private sale apartments.

Hotel guests can unwind at two bars, the French-inspired in-house restaurant, or can hit the marble-clad swimming pool or fitness centre for their daily workout.

Add to that a ballroom, meeting and conference rooms, and a signature Sofitel Club Lounge, giving the hotel appeal with both business and leisure travellers.

"Sofitel Adelaide is one of our biggest hotel openings of 2021 and its level of luxury and onsite amenities will ensure it’s one of Adelaide’s most illustrious new destinations," said Accor Pacific CEO, Simon McGrath.

"Distinguished by its bursting calendar of cultural events and flourishing passions for gastronomy, fine wine, music, fashion and design, Adelaide is an ideal destination for our Sofitel brand."

Greeting guests as they arrive is a flowing (and red wine-inspired) chandelier, charting a path into the lobby and the lounge bar.

Guestrooms come stylishly appointed with elements of cathedrals from both Adelaide – the City of Churches – and France, the Sofitel brand's native territory.

Suites offer even more space to stretch out, blending old world detailing with new world styling, in a nod to French colonial style.

Rates begin at $350/night, with members of Accor Live Limitless able to earn and spend points at the hotel, and enjoy their usual tier benefits such as free Internet access and room upgrades, as applicable.

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Chris C.

A former contributor to Executive Traveller, Chris lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

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18 Feb 2015

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How has Adelaide got a Sofitel and in Perth we dont have any decent luxury Accor hotel….. Come on Accor Perth needs something decent not another Ibis or Novotel 

Well done Adelaide this place looks great 

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13 Jul 2015

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Perth has a lovely Ritz Carlton which no other city has right now though. 

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

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Yes it does,  and after staying there last weekend,  Ritz Carlton  was fantastic,  pool spa, and not that much more expensive than Sofitel Adleaide is charging,  and its situated at elizabeth Quay - for us Adleaideans,  the area where the Sofitel Adelaide is located is quite grungy  with  not much around except Hindley Street in the evening 

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18 Feb 2015

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I was talking about Accor not having a decent luxury hotel in Perth. With have many lovely hotels just none by Accor, and as a platinum ALL member that annoys me 

08 Jul 2015

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Looks great but quite expensive compared to Sofitel Melbourne and Brisbane 

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13 Jul 2015

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Sofitel Brisbane is terrible and the Melbourne one is a little old, so that would likely justify it. 

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12 Sep 2011

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stayed Sofitel MEL in May  on a free Accor Plus night  Nice room UPG  to Studio with Club Millesime access for evening canapes and breakfast  Great room with great views - a little tired,  but  not everyone wants the plastic "modern" chipboard Me thinks owners Palumbo Corp need to recoup their investment,  since Sofitel Group have done very well in ADL  as quarantine hotels and perhaps this could become a quarantine hotel soon   once we see the massive surge in COVID cases here in ADL  - would suit the "returning" permanent residents nicely  - Just my 5 cents worth

18 Jul 2018

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They'll drop their prices once the hype drops, Oval hotel and Mayfair also started with high prices and dropped pretty fast to fit into the SA market better. 

More important for the Sofitel is that the Vic and NSW border stays open cause Adelaide is relatively poor so a luxury hotel like this can't really count on staycation guests regularly IMO. 

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15 Aug 2020

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Premier Marshall has killed the desire to holiday in SA - they close everything for one (dodgy or real) COVID-19 case.  

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12 Sep 2011

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Just checking out offers - this is way overpriced for Adelaide, but I guess it could become a Quarantine hotel so Palumbo group can recoup  some of their massive investment - Accor Plus shows opening offer of $900  for 2 nites   Its not even listed under Amex FHR in SA,  only Mt Lofty House where I stayed recently on a free AccorPlus nite in Conservatory Suite,  Last weekend in Perth at Ritz Carlton for  450 Amex Plat Credit + $79 AUD for 1 nite  with 12 noon checkin, AU$140 credit (spent at Hearth lounge) free bfast for 2 up to $49 each in Hearth Restaurant and 4pm checkout, and free upgrade (got a Larger Studio  with Eliz Quay and City Skyline Views )  so  IMHO wait  or go to Perth  for a nice property like Ritz Carlton   or go to Mt Lofty House   Sofitel ADL  is not showing ANY Free Nights for Accor Plus members   Its a bit like the overpriced Hotel Indigo at ADL Central Market - Marriot Group Hotel i think   Way overpriced

18 Jul 2018

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I doubt it will become a quarantine hotel; the building is mixed use and has already sold many residential apartments in there. Any new owners are going to cause a ruckus because they've paid very high per sqm rates on residential property in that building and will not be happy sharing the building in anyway with quarantine guests. In any case judging by NSW and Vic moves quarantine will likely be history by 2022.

You're right it's expensive but I think they'll drop their prices pretty fast to fit into the market here. I'm looking forward to trying the restaurant there (Accor Plus member benefits) but not overly excited about the hotel otherwise.

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13 Jul 2015

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Sorry but there is ZERO chance the most expensive new hotel in Adeliade would become a quarintine hotel, just 0 chance. Overpriced yes, but that doesn't mean anything. 

I've seen them posting job hirings for this hotel for the last few months, so it's definitely gearing up towards consumers - expect bonus deals once SA opens its borders. 


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