December 2, 2022 | By Graeme Kemlo
Despite the pandemic challenges of the past three years, Adelaide has continued to add major hotel developments, boosting the city’s room stock to more than 7,000 rooms – and they have not stopped yet.
Two new hotel marques will be added by 2023/24, with a new Hyatt Regency Adelaide going up and a Marriott Hotel built in the historic Adelaide GPO.
Both had been announced previously but a combination of planning and heritage approvals and the pandemic meant developers paused these projects. Now Adelaide Convention Centre general ganager, Martin Radcliffe, says soil has been turned on both projects.
The list of recently opened hotels reshaping the Adelaide skyline reads like a who’s who of hospitality – Sofitel Adelaide, Sequoia Adelaide Hills and Hotel Indigo all opened in 2021 while EOS by SkyCity, Crowne Plaza Adelaide and Oval Hotel at Adelaide Oval all opened in 2020.
The $200 million Marriott Adelaide GPO hotel was originally nominated to carry the Westin brand but has now been confirmed as a Marriott and will feature 285 guest rooms over 16 levels. It is planned to have four restaurants and bars as well as a swimming pool and fitness centre plus conferencing facilities designed to respectfully incorporate the historic building.
Adelaide previously had a Hyatt Regency next door to the Adelaide Convention Centre, but it became an InterContinental some years ago and is destined for a multi-million-dollar upgrade. The new Hyatt Regency plugs a gap in the brand’s Australian presence. Being built by a Singapore-based developer in the CBD, it will add a further 295 rooms plus dedicated meeting and event space to the city’s business event capacity. It is expected to have the usual Regency Club, pool, gym and a rooftop bar.