REVIEW: A weekend away at the Brand New Atura Adelaide Airport

Hotel Review, Atura Adelaide Airport (Adelaide, Australia)
Date Stayed: 02/09/2018 – 03/09/2018 (1 Night)

The Atura Adelaide Airport is the newest addition to the hotel scene in Adelaide, with the hotel opening its doors at the start of this month. I had the pleasure of experiencing the Atura Adelaide Airport soon after it opened, and I was able to get a feel for the Atura brand. This is not only Adelaide’s first airport hotel, it’s also the first time we have seen the Atura brand in South Australia, bringing with it a whole new style that we haven’t seen before in any other hotel in Adelaide.

The hotel has been in construction for the past two years, since it was first announced back in October 2016 as part of the terminal expansion. Situated at the north-eastern end of the terminal, the hotel offers amazing views looking out towards the Adelaide CBD and airport, with rooms on the opposite side of the hotel looking out towards the airport promenade.

[READ MORE] How the first Adelaide Airport Hotel became what it is today, plus a sneak peek prior to opening.

If you are arriving into Adelaide Airport, there is a direct walkway that connects the hotel with the terminal which can be accessed from level 2. The walkway was still under construction during my stay, and will be opening very soon. In the meantime hotel guests and visitors can access the hotel by either the front passenger drop off area, or by the back entrance which faces out towards the airport promenade.

Atura Hotel Adelaide Airport (Image: Atura Hotels)

Guests are able to check in from 2pm. At the time of checking in I was able to proceed straight up to the check in counter. Rachael processed my reservation in no time and welcomed me to the hotel. She even offered me a complimentary glass of champagne to celebrate the opening of the hotel, and you can’t celebrate without champagne! Rachael was extremely polite and hoped that I enjoyed my stay at the Atura Hotel. This made for a great first impression and I was excited to check out my room.

The hotel’s lobby, restaurant, bar and check in area are all combined into one large communal space, separated into different social areas within the lobby. As you walk through the main entrance, the check in area is situated right in front of you, making it your first port of call if you are staying the night.

Lobby Area Photo (Image: Atura Hotels)

Next to the check in area is a large social area with various seating options to choose from. A large bench seat runs along the back wall with a large television mounted above. Situated directly opposite from the check in area there is a second seating area, making it the perfect place to sit back and relax. There is also a full sized pool table which anyone can play.

Against the wall there is a large bench seat along with tables and chairs. Mounted on the wall there are various screens with one of the screens dedicated with up to date flight information, so there is no excuse for missing your flight!

Up To Date Inflight Departures

Located at the back of the lobby is a trendy modern bar which serves a range of drinks, such as beer, wine, spirits, champagne and cocktails. This section is open from early in the morning to late at night, making it the perfect place to start your day with a freshly made barista coffee, or perhaps end your day with a nice glass of wine or a cocktail during happy hour.

The hotel has its own restaurant on site aptly named Hangar Bar and Grill. This is the hotels main dining area and it can be enjoyed by guests staying at the hotel as well as anyone who is passing by that feels like getting a bite to eat. The restaurant offers an impressive range of meals to choose from, from small entrees to large main meals and desserts. You won’t be leaving with an empty stomach that’s for sure! Breakfast and Lunch is also served in this area throughout the day.

Suspended from the roof are large industrial looking lights which portray the urban and modern theme that is synonymous with the Atura brand. The carpet used throughout the main lobby is a combination of pastel colours which compliments the assortment of coloured chairs in the restaurant.

The hotel has 165 rooms, spread over seven levels. The room that I was assigned was 601, located on the sixth floor of the hotel, it was one of the best rooms according to Rachael at check in. Lifts are situated down the end of the lobby to the right hand side of the check in area. You will need your room key to access your level, simply just swipe your room key over the card reader in the lift and select your level.

Room Numbers

I had booked a King City View Room and requested a room which looked out towards the airport, much to my surprise when checking in my room was upgraded to the next room type which offered a much larger room layout and a more impressive view.

The styling features that were present throughout the lobby are portrayed through the corridors, with exposed ceilings and splashes of colour in the carpet all helping to break up the dark grey tones on the wall.

Mounted onto the wall next to each room is a small black lamp which lights each room’s individual room number.

No matter how many hotels you have stayed at, there is always that nervous feeling when you arrive at the door to your room and you’re not too sure what to expect when you swipe your room key. As soon as I pushed the door open my first impression was “Oh my god!”, the view had my attention straight away. The one feature that did surprise me when walking in was just the sheer size of the room.

As you enter there is a small hallway with the bathroom and wardrobe situated on the left as you walk in and as you walk further down the hallway you come to the main section of the room.

Right in front of you is a small two seater couch, styled beautifully with coloured cushions. Behind the couch on the wall is a retro inspired wallpaper strip with many images relating to aviation, tying in perfectly with its location.

The main feature in the room was the large windows that face towards the Adelaide CBD, with the city as the main focal point and the hills behind in the distance. For any aviation geek, the best part about the view would be having the ability to watch various aircraft arriving onto Runway 23 or departing from Runway 05. The large windows give the impression of a panoramic view. The view from the room is incredible during the day, but becomes even better at night once all the lights come on in the city.

There is a small leather footrest and an easy to move side table, with a large 49′ HD TV allowing guests to have access to local television channels, cable/pay television channels as well as instant access to airport departure information. Underneath the television is a small storage ledge, making it the perfect spot to put your phone, wallet, room key or any other small items you have.

Huge 49′ HD Television

Along the wall of your room is a large bench which doubles up as a storage area, minibar and workbench.

Abundance of Bench Space

A full minibar is offered to guests, but like all hotels it is not complimentary and you will need to pay for what you consume. The fridge is stocked with sparkling water, beers, soft drink and a cheeky bottle of prosecco.

On the top of the bench there is a small tray which offers various snacks to choose from such as lollies, chips, wine, chocolate and nuts.

Tea and coffee is provided complimentary utilizing the in-room Caffitaly espresso pod system, decaf and strong coffee pods are supplied with an assortment of tea bags and chai latte sachet.

Down the end of the bench is a small basin, more than enough room to fill up your drink bottle or quickly rinse out your coffee mugs.

There are three draws and cupboards that can be opened to store various items in during your stay. One impressive feature in the room is the soft close draws and cupboards that will gently close smoothly and quietly, no matter how hard you try and slam them shut.

In between the two storage areas there is an open shelf which houses a kettle, glasses and coffee mugs.

The urban, modern and industrial theme that is portrayed throughout the hotel’s lobby and hallway is incorporated within your room. The exposed concrete roof, bright pastel colours, natural wooden side tables along with retro inspired decals all accent the room perfectly.

Room Outlook

To experience room 601 in a full 360 degree view, or a Virtual Reality experience please click here.

The room has two separate queen beds with one bed looking back onto the room, with the second bed tucked around the corner of the room offering the best views of the airport when laying in bed.

Room Outlook

To experience room 601 in a full 360 degree view, or a Virtual Reality experience please click here.

Next to each side of the bed are two wooden side tables which are home to the room’s telephone, Bluetooth speaker, wireless mobile phone charger, reading lamp and clock. Suspended from the roof on each side of the bed are two pendant lights which act as individual reading lights that can be turned on/off from either side of the bed.

Large Queen Bed

Two complimentary bottles of water are left on the bed side table along with a notepad and pen. One slight issue that I had was that not all sides of the bed have access to power points and I had to use the powerpoint on the other side of the bed to plug my phone in to charge overnight.

I felt that during my stay there wasn’t a huge amount of lighting to choose from, it just needed one main light in the centre of the room. There are various smaller individual reading lights around the room along with a floor lamp, but during my stay there was no cord attached to the lamp and therefore couldn’t plug it into the wall socket.

Moving onto the bathroom, there is a huge mirror on the wall along with an impressive amount of bench space, more than enough space to spread out your toiletries. The styling features that are in your room flow into the aesthetics of the bathroom, with a main feature wall styled by retro inspired wallpaper, similar to that of what’s in the main room and incorporates the aviation theme into it.

Bathroom Outlook

To experience the bathroom in a full 360 degree view, or a Virtual Reality experience please click here.

There is an above bench sink, small storage nook which is also home to a cheeky gnome, drinking glasses and an assortment of amenities. Toiletries are provided complimentary and offers guests shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion and hand soap.

The shower is quite large and you can simply just walk straight in. The water nozzle could be improved as I found the water output to be very soft and misty, there just didn’t seem to be a huge amount of pressure. It would be a great addition if you could adjust the flow of the nozzle. The temperature of the shower was perfect and didn’t fluctuate at all while in the shower which is great.

To experience the shower in a full 360 degree view, or a Virtual Reality experience please click here.

One addition that could be made to the bathroom is a towel ring to place your hand towel on when not in use, at present you just have to leave it on the benchtop which doesn’t allow for it to dry out. It also was unusual to see the hair dryer hanging from the towel hooks as soon as you walk into the bathroom. If there was more storage space underneath the sink it would be more practical if the hair dryer was placed there or on top of the storage nook.

Next to the bathroom is a small wardrobe, with coat hangers provided along with an iron, ironing board and an in room safe which guests can use during their stay.

A great addition to the room is a luggage stand, this saves you having to leave you bag laying on the ground.

Overall the room was amazing!  It has everything you need during your stay, and it provides guests with a perfect night’s stay. The large queen beds are super comfortable and situated right next to the airport, you hardly have any interruptions from the airport operations. Thankfully Adelaide Airport has a curfew which stops any aircraft arriving or departing between 11pm and 6am, so there is no need to worry about getting woken up during the night.

A full buffet breakfast is on offer to guests at the Hangar Bar and Grill, where you can choose from a selection of bacon, scrambled eggs, baked beans, mushrooms, sausages and more. You can also help yourself to a range of pastries, cereals, yoghurt, fresh fruit and toast. Breakfast is served daily from 6am to 10am, guests staying at the hotel can book a room that includes breakfast or alternatively you can add it on during your stay for an additional charge.

Breakfast Area

Dinner is available between 5pm and 10pm, with an extensive menu to choose from. The hotels restaurant, Hangar Bar and Grill prides itself on serving the best South Australian produce as well as showcasing the high quality produce that the state is renowned for. During my stay I dined at the restaurant and chose to have the fish and chips. Let me just start off with saying that it was delicious and would have had to have been the best fish and chips I have ever had! The fish of the day was fresh South Australian whiting, battered in Coopers beer batter, the fish was cooked perfectly and the chips were amazing!

To follow on from dinner I chose to have the chocolate brownie for dessert. It was accompanied with caramel popcorn, raspberry sorbet and chocolate crumb. It was so nice!

The table service throughout dinner was of a high standard, with staff regularly topping up drinks and making sure that everything was okay with the meal. The gentleman that was waiting my table had the most impressive knowledge on all the food and drinks that were on offer, and could easily tell you anything you wanted to know about the meals.

There is no doubting that the brand new Atura Hotel at Adelaide Airport is a much welcome addition to the Adelaide Airport precinct. The hotel brings with it an urban, modern and industrial feel, which is a new style that we haven’t seen in Adelaide before.

Having a hotel right next to the airport makes perfect sense with guests choosing to stay at the hotel when they have an early morning departure, or perhaps you have a long stop over before you connecting flight you can easily relax in the lobby with a coffee, wine or perhaps a game of billiards before your journey begins again. The hotel has recently just made day bookings available, with guests having the choice of booking a room from 8am to 3pm.

Next time you are passing by Adelaide Airport make sure you check out the newest addition to the Adelaide Airport precinct. If you have some spare time, why not grab a coffee at the Meeting Point Café or if you are feeling hungry, call in for lunch or dinner at the Hangar Bar and Grill. As soon as you walk through those doors and get a taste of the Atura flair there is no doubt you will be hooked, I know I am after my first stay and I can’t wait for my next visit!

Admiring the View

If you are looking for a night of accommodation, the Atura Adelaide Airport has offered me an exclusive offer to share with my readers. See the link below for further details.
[READ MORE] EXCLUSIVE: Stay at the brand new Atura Adelaide Airport with this special offer! Rooms available for $160p/n.

Disclaimer: All the reviews are simply a summary of my experience and opinions from my own point of view. Unless stated, all of the flights and experiences are paid for by myself as a self-funded frequent flyer. No articles or reviews are influenced in any way by a third party or company.

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