Hip Apartments in Adelaide, Australia, You’ll Want to Call Home

Adelaide has several hotels that offer home-from-home apartments
Adelaide has several hotels that offer home-from-home apartments | Courtesy of Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury / Expedia
Photo of Judy Cogan
2 February 2021

Australia is a huge country, and taking in the best of its beaches, culture and bucket-list attractions in one trip can be a squeeze. That’s why holidaymakers ofter overlook Adelaide in favour of Melbourne, Sydney and Cairns. However, the South Australian capital boasts sandy beaches, world-class wineries and a buzzing culinary scene worthy of your attention. It’s also a handy place to base yourself before venturing into the otherworldly landscape of the Outback. Here, Culture Trip rounds up the best holiday apartments in Adelaide to do just that.

Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury

An elegant cream-coloured bedroom at Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury
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These roomy holiday apartments in Adelaide are contained within the city’s former treasury building, now a heritage-listed property in Adelaide’s bustling Central Business District (CBD), overlooking Victoria Square. The National Trust runs tours of the old Cabinet Room tunnelling under the building; it was once used for the secure transport of gold. This sense of history is palpable within the apartments, despite the modern comforts and designs that ensure your stay is a comfy one. Conveniently, the airport is a five-minute drive away.

Quest Port Adelaide

Two twin beds in a minimalist bedroom at Quest Port Adelaide
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In Port Adelaide, just 15km (9mi) northwest of the CBD, these hotel apartments are made for business travellers, providing a peaceful base to work from, with high-speed wifi and an in-room desk. You can choose from studios or one-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes, or if you’re travelling with colleagues or friends, there are also two- or three-bedroom apartments. The Fishermen’s Wharf Market and Birkenhead Bridge are close by, and there are even a few old-world pubs serving top-notch grub that can, in some cases, be charged to your hotel bill – check where this applies at reception.

Adelaide Dress Circle Apartments – Kent Town

A living, dining and kitchen area with colorful artwork at the Adelaide Dress Circle Apartments – Kent Town
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Adelaide Dress Circle Apartments comprises 42 modern, fully equipped one- and two-bedroom units, all furnished to a high spec. There are some handy essentials provided on arrival, too, including tea and coffee, milk, sugar, washing powder and Aussie Natural Essence toiletries in the bathroom. Large groups are welcome, and extended stays (more than four weeks) are also available. Kent Town is an upcoming suburb, east of the city centre, near Rymill Park (home to Adelaide Fringe Festival) and the Adelaide Botanic Garden.

Seawall Apartments

A living room at the Seawall Apartments, with a quirky painting of a person holding a fish
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The sea-grazing suburb of Glenelg sits in a beautiful sandy bay, just a short tram ride from Adelaide city centre. Here, you’ll find spotlessly clean pads, all stylish, contemporary and well looked after by a team of friendly staff. A quiet path will lead you directly to the beach, and the apartments are conveniently located for dolphin-spotting cruises from Holdfast Shores Marina. Enjoy leisurely days spent strolling between quirky organic cafes and seafront indie boutiques before dinner at one of the much-talked-about eateries along Jetty Road.

North Adelaide Boutique Stays Accommodation

A spacious studio with two beds and a kitchenette at the North Adelaide Boutique Stays Accommodation
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Forget visiting a spa: at North Adelaide Boutique Stays Accommodation, your room is the spa. The spa studio has a queen bed, a deep luxurious spa bath with a wall-mounted TV above it, and an iPod docking station. The spa package includes sparkling wine and chocolates on request, and if you can’t bring yourself to leave your self-pampering sanctuary, the property offers home-cooked meals you can warm up in your microwave.

Hume Serviced Apartments

A simple bedroom with two beds at Hume Serviced Apartments
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From Hume Serviced Apartments, you can hop on the free City Loop bus that stops just outside the door, taking you on a tour of Adelaide’s top sights, shops and gardens. The apartments are fully equipped, and there’s a supermarket just across the road to keep you stocked up on supplies. The leafy Hutt Street, with its village-like vibes and cute eateries, is also a short walk away, and Coffylosophy, a nearby cafe, is a sure bet for brunch specials such as smashed avo and halloumi, chilli scrambled eggs and hearty burritos.

Hello Adelaide Motel and Apartments

A cosy bedroom with two beds and a large window at Hello Adelaide Motel and Apartments
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What this place lacks in frills, it makes up for with smiles. Affordable and comfortable, the Hello Adelaide Motel and Apartments sits in the tiny southeast suburb of Frewville. A major draw is its proximity to Frewville Foodland, an award-winning supermarket that will keep your cupboards generously stocked with organic produce during your stay; you’ll also have tasting stations, a cheese bar and a coffee bar to enjoy. You can also rent an apartment long-term if you’re paying an extended visit to Adelaide.

iStay Precinct Adelaide

The blue-tiled indoor lap pool at the iStay Precinct Adelaide
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If you want to stay in the thick of it, you can’t do better than iStay Precinct Adelaide – unless you took a room in Adelaide City Hall. This hotel sits on Morphett Street just south of Light Square and offers a deluxe range of open-plan one- and two-bedroom apartments, each with a full kitchen and a private balcony. The property also has an indoor heated pool, a spa and a steam room, all of which are welcome luxuries after a day spent exploring the streets of Chinatown and nearby Adelaide Zoo. The craft-beer and cocktail bars of the fairy-light-strewn Peel Street are also close by, giving you plenty to do – and drink – in the evening.

BreakFree Adelaide

A dining table with drinks and a desk with a chair at BreakFree Adelaide
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A stay at BreakFree puts you in the centre of Adelaide’s West End – a lively quarter full of trendy laneway restaurants and rooftop bars showcasing the best of the city’s nightlife. The smoke-free apartments are modern, unfussy and fully equipped for comfy self-catering stays. There are some handy extras, too, such as a babysitting service, a massage studio and a gym.

Miller Apartments Adelaide

A stylish bedroom with vivid pops of orange and turquoise and a balcony at the Miller Apartments Adelaide
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Sitting in the city centre, this plush, award-winning property is a great spot to base yourself for exploring Adelaide and the South Australia region. The friendly staff will help you plan day trips out to the beautiful Barossa Valley wine region, the rugged wilderness of Kangaroo Island or the Adelaide Hills. The Executive Apartments are modern, clean and stylishly designed with Bose sound systems and other high-spec amenities and come with late checkout (noon). If you have a car, these Adelaide holiday apartments also offer parking.

Franklin Apartments

A cosy living room and light-filled kitchen at the Franklin Apartments
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The best way to get to know a city is on foot, and from Franklin Apartments, it’s never more than a short walk to some of Adelaide’s top landmarks and attractions. Adelaide Central Market is a good place to start; it’s been a thriving hub of food and culture since 1869. Rundle Mall, Adelaide Oval and Waymouth Street and its many restaurants are also just a few blocks away. And if you need any extra tips on things to do and places to eat, there will be staff on hand to point you in the right direction.

Majestic Tynte Street Apartments

A guest room with wood furniture, one bed and a sofa at the Majestic Tynte Street Apartments
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For a comfy, hassle-free stay, make one of these self-contained studios or one-bedroom apartments your base in the buzzy North Adelaide area. Majestic Tynte Street Apartments comes with all the modern conveniences needed – including kitchenettes, free wifi, flat-screen TVs and sofa beds – and it’s in a great spot for tracing Adelaide’s history, too. The South Australian Museum and the Migration Museum are right around the corner, and the Fire Station Inn, which dates back to 1866 and is part of the North Adelaide Heritage Group, is next door.

For more options, discover our guide to the best beach hotels in Adelaide and book now on Culture Trip.

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