Walking into the Mayfair Hotel is like stepping into another world. Leave the peak time traffic sounds at the door. Walk across the bridge next to a circular staircase which leads to the restaurant and bar in the basement. You are suddenly surrounded by the peace and tranquility of English luxury. But this is not England.
For many years, the iconic Colonial Mutual Life Building sat vacant on the corner of King William and Hindley Streets in the city centre. It was purchased in 2012 by Adelaide based company Adabco Properties, to house the five star Mayfair Hotel.
The Mayfair Hotel welcomed its first guess in May 2014.
This neo-Romaneque designed building was constructed in the 1930’s at the height of the Great Depression. It’s goal was to provide much needed work for Adelaide. It was officially opened 17 December 1934 by the then Governor of SA, Winston Dugan.
A heritage listed building, the hotel holds 170 luxury rooms, with suites on the upper floors. All rooms have been restored in the original 1930’s decor.
The most luxurious part of the hotel, are the king size beds. Once you have had a busy day of sightseeing, business meetings or shopping, sink into the comfortable king koil mattress. It is guaranteed you won’t want to leave it in the morning.
If you are lucky enough to book into one of the upper floor suites, there is a view of the gargoyles and lions on the facade made from Benedict stone.
Descend the black winding staircase to the basement for a pre-dinner drink at the bar before dining in the hotel’s restaurant. Small and intimate, it is just big enough for small groups to dine in luxury.
Enjoy a delicious three course meal (if you can fit in dessert). However, as the dessert trolley is wheeled around the restaurant to diners, the selection is too tempting to ignore.
So why not indulge in a sweet treat? After all, you are on holiday!