FIRST LOOK: New luxury French-style hotel, Sofitel Adelaide, has opened

The countdown is over to experience the new Sofitel Adelaide which is Adelaide’s first five-star, internationally branded hotel to open in the last 30 years.

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The countdown is over to experience the new Sofitel Adelaide with its official opening today, November 4.

It is Adelaide’s first five-star, internationally branded hotel to open in the last 30 years. Sofitel is world renowned for luxury French-style hospitality and a passion for art de vivre (the art of living) with more than 120 remarkable hotels around the globe.

Bringing all the elegance of France to the streets of the CBD, Sofitel delivers an intoxicating mix of old world charm and modern design, all with a decidedly whimsical twist.

Located in the heart of the city on Currie Street, the $150 million flagship hotel offers guests a selection of 251 luxurious guest rooms and suites with a choice of gorgeous city and Adelaide Hills views.

Throughout all the Superior, Deluxe, Luxury, Luxury Club, Prestige and Opera Suites, there is unquestionable prestige.

Each level of the hotel is encompassed by vast roof to floor windows, offering stunning views from each room. It creates a unique experience of viewing our glorious city from angles never seen before.

Looking out onto the expansive and bustling city, Sofitel brings luxury living to another level.

From the moment guests arrive at Sofitel Adelaide, they are greeted by a sense of light and flow, of old and new, secular and sacred. An original piece by Australian fine-art photographer, Alexia Sinclair, titled Field of Dreams forms the centre piece of the hotel lobby and segments of this historic French-inspired artwork appears on light-boxes to illuminate the entire porte.

A striking flowing red wine-inspired chandelier draws guests into the lobby, which leads them to an exquisite lounge bar. 

All interiors at the Sofitel have been custom designed – from the chandeliers featured in each guest room to the bespoke vintage-inspired wallpaper.

Every Sofitel around the world is culturally linked with a city or region in France that shares similar attributes in terms of culture, landscape and design. Sofitel Adelaide is culturally linked with Bordeaux which is a city that epitomes viniculture and gastronomic refinement, as well as history and fine art.

The hotel encompasses three of Adelaide’s quintessential themes being the city of churches, arts and culture, and wine. It weaves these narratives into the hotel’s contemporary interiors, all of which are also a nod to the hotel’s cultural link to Bordeaux.

Of the 32 storeys, the first 24 are dedicated to the hotel and its leisure and business facilities, which will including a swimming pool illuminated with four exquisite, crystal-blue chandeliers overhead.

Facilities also include two bars, the SoFIT health and a fitness centre filled with modern gym equipment, meeting and private dining rooms, and a Sofitel Club Lounge enclosed by massive blue doors.

Sofitel is home to the Garcon Bleu restaurant and bar, Adelaide’s newest gourmand destination, turning traditional French fare on its head with local produce and a cuisine of contemporary philosophy.

This space is one of our favourites, filled with natural light through the expansive windows which stretch to the height of the elevated ceilings. Glistening in gold-tinged mirrors, reflective surfaces and mirrored ceilings, the restaurant takes you to another dimension.

The open kitchen, extensive wine wall, raw seafood bar, archways and curved seating all sit on a stunning patterned timber parquetry that surfaces the floor.

From the first week of opening, artist-led tours of the hotel are on offer to tell the story of exquisite beauty that is Sofitel Adelaide.

The glass-walled building has become a glittering addition to the skyline of Adelaide, which you can book from $350 per night here.

You can follow Sofitel on Facebook and Instagram.

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