We really just wanted a good place to lay our heads after all The Ghan tripping around and choose the Chifley on South Terrace from an extensive list on Wotif – an accommodation on-line booking agency – and REALLY glad we made the choice.
Although no staff members assisted us getting our baggage into reception from our taxi and nor was any attempt made to assist getting to our room, we were really impressed with Chifley on South Terrace.
Located on the parklands that surround Adelaide city, the Chifley on South Terrace has all amenities required for a business or leisure traveler, including a large sized swimming pool, small fitness centre (photos above), plenty of off-street parking and an extensive foyer area with a modern restaurant and bar complex.
Our generous sized room was located on the second floor – lift to all floors – and had a queen bed, work desk and seat, dining table and 2 easy chairs as well as wide screen TV, bar fridge and tea/coffee facilities. Plenty of draws and hanging space for clothing. and guests possessions. Generous sized bathroom with shower above a full sized bath, and other facilities that would be expected.
There is a balcony that runs around the perimeter of each floor and our room overlooked the extensive parklands. There was a bit of traffic noise from the nearby main roads, but not enough to be a concern. Rooms on the other side of the building overlook the city skyline (photo above)
The rate we got was $109 for the 2 of us INCLUDING a full hot breakfast with plenty of choices. Buffet selection for fruit juice, cereals, toast and ‘sweet treats’ and serve yourself tea/coffee completed the well-worthwhile breakfast and more than enough to satisfy a Collingwood supporter – LOL
Although the hotel was built in 1968 it has recently been renovated. It is rated at 4 star but I believe an extra half start would be warranted.
The outstanding quality of the hotel was the staff and in particular the reception staff – they are a real credit to the establishment. I did however joke that I thought that a staff member was put in charge of making sure that all pictures were NOT hanging straight – even the lift sign as shown - LOL
I will not recommend this hotel.
Following the booking, we asked the hotel to confirm that bed was king size and free parking available. They responded saying yes to both and mentioned that room had spa. On arrival room had no spa. They said that it was a mistake and that the room had no spa, but reception staff would check with manager and let us know if upgrade to room with spa would be possible. No one ever got back to us.
My spouse and I also had very disruptive sleep for all the 6 nights. Regulary awaken by poor and noisy airconditioning(stuffy), noisy lift can be heard rooms away and noise of toilet flushing and plumbing from neighbouring rooms can also be heard.
King sized bed (actually two single beds joined together) and convenient parking did not compensate for the lack of good sleep(due to plumbing and air con stuffy and noisy) at night. As a result we were tired in the morning and found it hard to drive and enjoy much of what Adelaide could offer during the sightseeing.
The balcony in each room is not private, more like a common access for all room users to get through from one end to the other end of other rooms on each floor. The Gym is a small room with only three pieces of equipment, one of which was broken, so of limited use.
This hotel has been overly rated. The overall comfort/ presentation more like a 3 star only. Hotel long overdue for a major renovation. $155.00 per night is over priced.
Had we known earlier that there was no spa in our room, we would have canceledl the booking. As we read some bad reviews but thought that the spa would be nice given that we were celebrating our anniversary, so decided to stick with the booking. Looking back ...big mistake.
We recently stayed at the Chifley for three nights over the christmas break... and boy !! were we pleasantly surprised. T
he hotel is located close to the heart of the city ( about 5-10 mins by car).
The reception is elegantly decorated and neat. The service at the reception was excellent.
The room we took up was neat and well decorated. Bathrooms clean and without flaw.
The air conditioning was flawless inspite of the 40 degree temperatures raging outside.
The room did come with a small couch and a couple of chairs,to entertain if you have any guests. Though we did not venture into the pool, it looked clean and was well used by everyone else.
Unique Quality: One area where I see scope for improvement is the car park; each bay seems really small..... and it gets pretty irritating coming in at the ed of the evening with cars using two bays just to avoid scratches !
Directions: On South terrace, corner of King william street and Pulteney street.
The Chifley on South Terrace is the ideal base for any visit to Adelaide, especially if you do not mind to walk about half an hour to get to the city center. By taxi its only a short ride; the other side of the coin is the hotels nice position by the Adelaide South Parklands - a haven for joggers.
Chifley on South Terrace offers a large outside-pool and a wellequipped Health-Club, a nice (but somewhat dark) restaurant and good food. The service is flawless, most of the staff friendly and helpful.
Unique Quality: Nice location by the Parklands, good for hikers and joggers.
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Address: 226 South Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia, 5000, Australia