First look: inside South Australia’s luxurious, new Sofitel Adelaide hotel

108 Currie Street, Adelaide SA 5000

by James Wilkinson

Leading global chain Accor has offered a sneak peek inside its hottest new Australian hotel, Sofitel Adelaide, which is set to debut in September.

Accor Pacific CEO, Simon McGrath, said the highly-anticipated opening of Sofitel Adelaide will mark the luxury brand’s debut in South Australia and will be the first internationally recognised five-star hotel to be built in the city in 30 years

“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,” he said.

“The hotel’s design reflects the distinct sense of style and sophistication of Sofitel. Sofitel Adelaide is one of our biggest hotel openings of 2021 and its level of luxury and onsite amenities will ensure its one of Adelaide’s most illustrious new destinations.”

McGrath said from the moment guests arrive at the AU$150 million Sofitel Adelaide, they will be greeted by a sense of light and flow, of old and new, of secular and sacred.

“An original piece by Australian fine-art photographer, Alexia Sinclair, titled Field of Dreams forms the centrepiece of the hotel lobby and segments of this historic French-inspired artwork will appear on lightboxes to illuminate the entire porte cochere ceiling, acting as a bewitching teaser of what’s inside,” he said.

“A striking flowing red wine-inspired chandelier also draws guests into the lobby, which leads them to an exquisite lounge bar.

“Modern manifestations of churches will feature prominently throughout the hotel, weaving in influences from cathedrals in both Adelaide and France by merging their floor patterns to create the signature floor design used throughout the hotel,” McGrath said.

He said Sofitel Adelaide’s 251 luxurious guestrooms and suites feature sumptuous, residential-style interiors which are French colonial style adapted to a modern contemporary aesthetic – a subtle reference to the history and character of Adelaide.

Travellers can expect stunning fully open concept bathrooms with luxurious vanities and free standing bathtubs maximise a sense of space in many of the guestrooms and all showers feature an iconic mosaic design inspired by the stained glass windows of prominent Adelaide cathedrals.

Sofitel Adelaide will also feature a French-inspired restaurant, two bars, swimming pool, SoFIT health and fitness centre, meeting and private dining rooms and a Sofitel Club Lounge. Rates start from AU$350 per night.

Sofitel Adelaide is located at 108 Currie Street, Adelaide SA 5000.