Where to Stay in Adelaide

South Australia’s cosmopolitan capital on the coast has a whole lot going on and it is easy to see why it is fast becoming a tourist hotspot. During your stay, you will be spoilt with not only fun city vibes but  incredible natural treasures. Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the CBD. Then, hop onto a tram and step onto the golden sands of the neighbouring beach towns. Escape into the hills to discover Adelaide’s best hikes and picture-perfect views before taking a tour around one of the world’s best wine regions … With so much to see and do, deciding where to stay in Adelaide can be a difficult decision. We’re here to help!

Where to stay in Adelaide

There are various areas to consider when deciding where to stay in Adelaide. From the city centre to trendy suburbs and seaside towns, there are options to suit everyone. Are you on a girls’ weekend away, a trip with the family or a romantic getaway?  Whatever your reason for visiting, keep reading to discover some of the best areas to stay in Adelaide. Alongside this, check out our top 4 hotels for comfortable, affordable and super convenient stays in Adelaide.

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SA Escapes top places to stay in Adelaide

Adelaide CBD

Adelaide CBD is the place to stay for the hustle and bustle of city life. Shop and explore the city by day and bar hop by night. It is a super central location, which is great if it is your first time exploring the city, as you will be within walking distance of famous tourist attractions such as the Adelaide Oval or Adelaide Central Market.

There are also excellent transport links from the CBD, which help you to explore the surrounding suburbs with the tram and bus services. If you are hoping to discover Adelaide’s vibrant nightlife, delicious eateries, and boutique bars then a CBD location is just what you need, with popular social scenes such as Peel Street and Hindley Street right on your doorstep.

Check out the following hotels for the a perfect CBD location.

1. Quality Apartments Adelaide Central

Situated in the heart of Adelaide, the Quality Apartments Adelaide Central offer stylish one or two-bedroom apartments perfect for your getaway in the city. Located in a beautifully restored heritage building you will have everything you need for a comfortable stay. Each apartment has Wi-Fi access and TVs with Netflix and internet access, as well as on-site parking and laundry service. To find out more and book your stay click here.

2. Adelaide Royal Coach

Adelaide Royal Coach is situated just a short stroll through Rymill Park to the City Centre, perfect if you want the CBD at your fingertips. There is a variety of contemporary and comfortable accommodations ranging from standard to spa rooms. Facilities include free Wi-Fi, an indoor heated swimming pool, and onsite restaurant Angus & Co. To find out more and book your stay click here.


If you are looking for a chilled-out beach escape with a trendy relaxed vibe, then Glenelg is the place to stay. Glenelg is Adelaide’s favourite seaside destinations, where a long stretch of golden sand will soon have you laying back and relaxing before you know it. You might even spot some dolphins.

Jetty road is where you will find an array of restaurants, pubs, and cafes to quench your thirst after a day on the beach. If you are travelling with children, then Glenelg is also a great base for your visit, because there are plenty of places to keep the kids entertained. The beach house entertainment centre is located just off the main square and is packed full of activities and games, from waterslides to dodgem cars. Plus, if you do fancy a day of shopping or exploring the CBD, there is a tram line which will take you straight into the city.

North Adelaide 

If you are wondering where to stay in Adelaide with family, then North Adelaide is a great option. Situated north of Adelaide’s CBD, North Adelaide is in easy distance of some of Adelaide’s most popular attractions. The famous Botanic Gardens will be a short stroll away, which is idyllic for a coffee and leisurely morning walk around the gardens.

Adelaide Zoo can also be found in North Adelaide, providing a fantastic day out for all the family. Then (leaving the best until last!) after a day of exploring, you will be spoilt for choice when looking for dinner spots in this area. Head to O’Connell Street and discover a hub of over 40 restaurants from fast food to chic cuisine, all nestled in some of the most beautiful and historic buildings in Adelaide.

Comfort Hotel Adelaide Meridien

Located on Melbourne Street in the heart of North Adelaide, Comfort Hotel Adelaide Meridien offers a variety of room types from king rooms to executive studios to one and two-bedroom apartments. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, gym, guest laundry, and free Wi-Fi. Comfort Hotel Adelaide Meridien is comfortable, affordable and well located for Adelaide escapes. To find out more and to book your stay, click here.


For a peaceful break by the sea, stay in Henley; calming seaside town with a long stretch of beautiful sandy beach. Sit in one of the quaint cafes or restaurants in Henley Square and enjoy a bite to eat with a refreshing cocktail, before heading to the beach to watch the sunset.

A vibrant food scene in Henley comprised fish & chips, pub grub and upscale seafood. Take advantage of all the water activities; test your balance at paddle boarding or try your fishing skills off the jetty. If you’re feeling energetic take a walk all the way along the coast to neighbouring beach suburb Glenelg. It is a substantial walk, but the with picturesque views and plenty of opportunities to stop off for a dip in the sea will make it worth the effort!

winter night on the beach watching sunset

Pic credit: Michael Waterhouse Photography

For more information on things to do during your stay in Adelaide, check out our ultimate guide here.