The Crowne Plaza flag is once again flying high in South Australiaâ€™s capital city, and is the latest to feature the brandâ€™s new Plaza Workspace â€“ a co-working space for business guests â€“ offering.
A five-star newbie on the city block, Crowne Plaza Adelaide offers a combination of modern and spacious with a hint of attitude. Throw in the city views and that combo provides just the right fuel for WFH (Work From Hotel).
I breathed a sigh of relief when I opened the door to my King Premium Room for three nights, immediately appreciating the extra floor luggage space near the door in addition to the purpose-built, in-cabinet spot for a large bag.
My first day was in quarantine until I got my Covid test results and I was thankful for the beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows that brought the outside in and wonderful in-room meals (big thumbs up for the sides).
The room was well supplied with USB ports, including a wireless charger for my digital charging needs. If there was one thing I would pick on, it’s the fact that Iâ€™d wished there was a proper study desk instead of a cafe-style area meant more for meals than work, which meant the chairs were a wee bit low for laptop work.
Conference and events are a priority for Crowne Plaza Adelaide due to its CBD address next to the tech hub Lot Fourteen. It is also a five-minute tram ride away from the Adelaide Convention Centre.
On offer are 450m2 of flexible meeting space, with a dedicated Crowne Meetings Manager attached to every meeting plus on-demand audiovisual technology.
There are five rooms available, from an 18 pax boardroom style to a 237 pax ballroom theatre-style. Between meetings, guests are also invited to use the more open and social Plaza Workspace or co-working area featured in the lobby floor with generous access to power and high-speed Wi-Fi.
Like its rooms, the hotel’s conference spaces have a modern feel with floor-to-ceiling windows to bring in natural light. Style lines are simple and calming in sophisticated grey and wooden veneers.
Located in Frome Central Tower One, Adelaide’s tallest building, Crowne Plaza Adelaide’s best first impression can be found on the 10th floor where check-in takes place to a backdrop of the city’s panoramic views.
This is also where you’ll find the very stylish Plaza Workspace -their entirely new take on the hotel lobby, the Japanese-Asian restaurant Koomo, and the Luna 10 bar which leads to an outdoor infinity pool.
What I loved was the combination of Scandi style, Art Deco, and greenery throughout the property, made even better with the flood of natural light that created striking silhouettes in the long lobby as the sun rose or set.
Also on this level is a fully equipped gym that offers guests their own personal electronic trainer via TechnoGym and views of the Adelaide Oval.
I enjoyed breakfast at Koomo. While the offerings paled a little compared to larger hotels, what was available was delicious.
Being part of IHG, the hotel adopts the IHG Way of Clean protocols as its assurance to hotel guests for a Covid-safe stay.
Things can be a little more challenging during a pandemic so I appreciated the staff who were super friendly and helpful. There was one day when I came back to my room to find a pillowcase left on the loveseat and my vanity drawer unreplenished but I’m sure that would have been quickly fixed with a phone call.
This is a smart hotel that has amplified its attributes for its location. If you’re in Adelaide city for work, I would be happy to recommend Crowne Plaza Adelaide. It’s also a short walk to the wonderful Botanic Gardens when you need a break.
No. of rooms 329