The city’s newest luxury hotel, Sofitel Adelaide, has launched a new Artiste Taste Tour series.
The new tours are designed to highlight Sofitel Adelaide’s passion for engaging art and gastronomy.
Each Artiste Taste Tour includes a one-hour guided Sofitel Adelaide art experience, an external artist-led tour of Adelaide’s west end, and a choice of lunch or dinner at Garçon Bleu – the city’s newest dining destination.
Hosted by Sofitel’s own ‘guest experience curators’, the in-hotel art experience takes guests on a guided walking tour to showcases an incredible curated art collection, on display across three levels of the five-star hotel.
Guests won’t have to look far to find examples of extraordinary art at Sofitel Adelaide. The hotel is decorated with original art pieces capturing the brand’s French origins taking inspiration from its South Australian heritage and surrounds.
The indulgent Club Millésime lounge and restaurant Garçon Bleu in particular are living galleries where guests can expect something new and interesting to uncover at every turn.
Sofitel has fast become Adelaide’s ‘Hotel for the Arts’, displaying artwork from more than ten local and international artists including photographers Emmaline Zanelli and Drew Lenman, painter and ceramicist Michael Carney, and glassblower Nick Mount who all hail from South Australia.
An original piece by Newcastle-based fine-art photographer, Alexia Sinclair, titled Field of Dreams, forms the centrepiece of the hotel lobby and segments of this historic French-inspired artwork will appear on lightboxes to illuminate the entire porte cochere ceiling.
In the lobby, a striking flowing red wine-inspired chandelier has been suspended, representing the flow of wine and meandering of the nearby Torrens River, to reflect two of the most appealing aspects of South Australia.
The hotel’s General Manager Rachael Harman says 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 – a city that epitomes viniculture and gastronomic refinement, as well as history and fine art,” Rachael said.
“Our Artiste Taste Tours have been designed to capture great art and food in one memorable afternoon for those wanting to indulge their artistic side.
“There are so many great creative, art-driven stories within the hotel, and in our neighbourhood that we’re excited to share.”
Beyond the hotel Artiste Taste Tour guests are invited to join a guided ‘art’ walk and discussion led by local South Australian artists.
Each artist will impart their own personal interpretation of Adelaide’s west end art scene as part of a guided journey that starts at the Sofitel and takes in a range of urban art works, galleries and cultural points of interest across the city’s west side.
For its inaugural tour, Sofitel has teamed with visual artists Cassie Thring and Nicholas Hanisch of artist-run initiative Floating Goose Studios to help uncover some of the state’s most exciting emerging artists.
Tour guests will also have an opportunity to visit Adelaide’s famous Jam Factory art gallery in the heart of the city’s west end creative precinct.
Two tour departures will operate, timed to include either lunch or dinner at Garçon Bleu – a French re-imagined restaurant. With elevated city views from its location on level nine of the new Sofitel Adelaide, Garçon Bleu’s 90-seat dining room boasts an open kitchen, an extensive wine wall, and an up-lit seafood bar.
Sofitel Adelaide’s Artiste Taste Tours are priced at $95 per person and include a light lunch or dinner.
For those who want to team an overnight stay at Sofitel with a tour, a Cultural Accommodation Package is available. Priced from $405 per person or $495 per couple, the package includes an Artiste Taste Tour plus an overnight stay in a Superior King or Twin Room, including breakfast.
Artiste Taste Tour experiences will run once a month (on the last Thursday) from January 27, 2022. Tours commence at 1.00pm to conclude at approximately 4.30pm.