The Atura Adelaide Airport hotel offers funky rooms and great service in a location that’s about as close as you can get to Adelaide Airport without sleeping in the terminal.
Location & Impressions
The hotel is directly connected to both the domestic and international terminals at Adelaide Airport, which means you can walk straight off your flight and into the hotel lobby, located near the check-in counters and the arrival hall. The Atura’s public areas, including some dining areas, are accessible to all travelers.
In terms of convenience, it’s difficult to beat the Atura’s location, which makes the Atura Adelaide Airport Hotel handy if you’ve got an early morning flight or you’re getting in late.
The entrance lobby is expansive, with high ceilings and large windows bringing in plenty of natural light. While the décor may be a little too modern for some, I found it a welcome contrast to the blandness of the airport in terms of setting the tone.
The lobby has a number of zones, including quiet zones for relaxing, a sports entertainment area with televisions and a pool table, and the Hangar Bar & Grill.
Check-in is friendly (and most importantly, efficient), and I’m soon on my way to my City View King room.
On first impressions, the décor is not what you’d typically see in a hotel at this price range – the ceiling is bare concrete with a large yellow circle painted on it, and there are flourishes of colour throughout the room. It’s an interesting aesthetic, but we can see why it may be divisive.
My City View King room lives up to its name with a nice view of the sunset over Adelaide.
There are a number of different rooms available, including Runway View rooms, which provide close-up views of planes taking off from the runway if that’s more your thing.
The room itself feels spacious, and has a comfortable king size bed...
...a two-seater sofa...
...a wall-mounted television....
...and a working desk.
There’s also a separate area with a small sink and tea/coffee making facilities.
There’s storage for your clothes and luggage, and an iron + ironing board tucked away in the wardrobe.
The bathroom is basic (don’t expect a Japanese soaking tub here)...
...but has all the amenities you’d require for a short stay, including a shower suite...
...and Australian-made skincare and haircare products. The shower itself could be improved with more water pressure, but it was adequate for my 1-night stay.
Noise levels are good, especially for an airport hotel. I was able to hear very faint noise from turboprops, but not enough to wake me up early in the morning. Generally there are no flights from 10PM – 6AM at Adelaide airport anyway, so you should be able to get a good night’s sleep with minimal distractions.
If you need to get some work done during your stay, the complimentary WiFi has decent speeds for downloading large files or streaming.
With no club lounge at the Atura Adelaide Airport Hotel, your options are to work in the room or the lobby. The lobby does have some quiet areas, and you can stock up on snacks / drinks nearby (but you’ll need to pay for these).
The desk in the room is well-sized and perfectly adequate for knocking out some work if you need to.
Local calls are complimentary, but there’s no business centre on hand if you need to print or fax.
The breakfast that we had at the Atura Adelaide Airport Hotel was high quality – our only gripe was that the eggs were only available scrambled, with no other options for cooking them available.
Meeting Point Café is open from 4AM on weekdays, making it a great option for grabbing some breakfast before an early morning flight.
There are also ready-meals and snacks available to purchase.
The other onsite dining option is Hangar Bar & Grill, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves up classics like pizzas, steaks and salads.
The Atura Adelaide offers guests a decently-equipped gym, with free weights and a few cardio machines to get in a workout.
Apart from that, you can watch a sports match and have a cocktail or beer in the lobby.
As an airport hotel, there’s not too many other options in the way of relaxation – but you can rest easy knowing that getting to the check-in counter is only a couple of minutes away.