Editor’s Choice - Crowne Plaza Hotel – Hindmarsh Square

When travelling it’s usually my preference to stay in boutique hotels as they often give you the chance to experience the real feel of the town or city you’re visiting. However, on a recent business trip to Adelaide, I had the luxury of staying in the Crowne Plaza, smack bang in the centre of Hindmarsh Square.

As part of my deal, valet parking was included and, not being the best at parking, what a luxury this was. The room I was allocated took in the views of the city and the gardens of Hindmarsh Square, allowing you to perfectly survey all which Adelaide has to offer.

Now often it’s the little things which make your stay in a hotel worthwhile. Aside from the wireless internet, the addition of an iPod docking station not only let me charge my iPhone but also enabled me to listen to my choice of music, still a luxury when travelling. But most of all, it was the ease and the convenience of staying at a large group hotel, coupled with the intimacy of the rooms which makes this a worthwhile consideration when staying in Adelaide.

The proximity to the city is ideal, especially if you’re just here on a short visit and don’t have a car at your disposal. Should you wish to travel a little further a field and sample the many wineries around Adelaide, the staff at the hotel can arrange this for you.

The part of travelling solo I don’t enjoy is eating alone, and as I love my food, this is a real issue. Room service or hotel restaurants are probably the least appealing options. However, the al fresco dining at the Red Salt Restaurant allows you to sample some of the delicious South Australian specialties on offer, while watching the world walk on by. Oh, and there’s not to far to walk if you sample one glass more than you should of superb Barrossa Valley Shiraz.

Rates are available at $169 per night but shop around as there are deals to be had.

For more information, visit Crowne Plaza Adelaide.