For travellers who seek the finest that the world has to offer

Mayfair Hotel Adelaide hotel review

The Mayfair Hotel Adelaide is perfect for a city stopover before venturing to the nearby Adelaide Hills, Barossa or Clare Valley to explore the state’s premium cool-climate wine regions

Traveller: Cara Wagstaff
Room: Deluxe King Room
Address: 45 King William Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Date: August 2016
Best for: The ideal city stopover in the heart of Adelaide’s CBD

The Signature factor

At the Mayfair Hotel Adelaide I found it was the little touches that made my stay, from the decadent welcome lemon meringue tart with honey sourced from the hotel’s rooftop bees to the luxurious Appelles Apothecary skincare products and customisable Grohe overhead rain shower in the bathroom. The Mayfair concept has been a work in process for over 15 years, and it certainly shows.

The concept

Self-described as one of Adelaide’s most iconic hotels, the Mayfair Hotel Adelaide is a heritage-listed, beautifully renovated building in the heart of the Adelaide CBD. The property is situated in the 1930s Colonial Mutual Building and boasts 170 stylishly appointed rooms and suites. Each room has a unique design and display of artworks. The property first opened its doors on 29 January 2015 to much acclaim. The Mayfair hotel provides a platform to showcase best of locally produced food, wine and furnishings.

Mayfair Hotel Adelaide

First impressions

The boutique hotel boasts style and elegance. Hidden from the street the hotel opens up as you step inside. A sweeping ribbon staircase leads down to the Mayflower Restaurant and Bar and floral displays brighten up reception.

As I walked into the hotel, the concierge had let the receptionist know so they had the paperwork ready making the whole process easy and efficient.


The room

The perfect balance of business and comfort, the Deluxe King Room features a smart TV, privacy service panel, media hub and spacious workstation. For those there on not-so-serious business, you’ll enjoy the custom-designed, locally made king-size bed, hand-selected range of art works, Appelles Apothecary skincare products and a rain shower.

Aesthetically, the room juxtaposes soft creams and whites with dark timber furnishings and marble tabletops.

Mayfair Hotel Adelaide


On my plate

In the Mayflower Restaurant I enjoyed apple and almond bircher muesli followed by a serve of eggs Florentine, corn fritters with avocado salsa, whole roasted tomatoes and buttered mushrooms – a breakfast buffet of a vegetarian’s dreams.

The hotel also offers in-room dining for those who prefer to dine between the sheets. Other gourmet options included the rooftop Henessy Bar and Café 55 for classic café dining or take away.

Highlights from the mini-bar

A selection of complimentary Vittoria Espresso coffee, drinking chocolate and La Maison du Thé tea. Purchasable items include ‘Mayfair Mix’ of locally sourced blended nuts and South Australian wines including Penfolds Koonunga Hill 2014 Shiraz Cabernet and 2015 Chardonnay.

I wish I could take home…

The Mayfair Rooftop Bees! Executive Chef Bethany Finn is a training apiarist and at the top of the hotel you’ll find thousands of Ligurian bees in a spacious garden filled with flowers and surrounded with a white picket fence. The honey produced is used in menu items across the hotel, from the indulgent Honey Trapp cocktail served in the Hennessy rooftop bar, to the individual pot I was able to take home.

Staying in

Relax at the Hennessy Roof Top Bar named after the building’s original architect Jack Hennessy and enjoy the sweeping views of Adelaide. 

The venue’s architects and original designers Bates Smart played a large role in the original design and concept, for which they were recognised at the 2015 Eat Drink Design awards.

If your indulgence leaves you feeling guilty, you can work it off in the hotel gym.

Mayfair Hotel Adelaide

Stepping out

The Mayfair Hotel Adelaide is walking distance from shopping and entertainment hubs including the recently refurbished Rundle Mall, Rundle Street with smaller boutique shops and a plethora of chic cafes and restaurants.

The accolades

  • 2016 Travellers’ Choice winner Trip Advisor
  • #1 hotel in Adelaide Trivago 2015 Hotel Awards
  • Guest Review Award ranking 9.4 for 2015

Insiders’ tips

The Mayfair Hotel tested 30 Australian-designed and -made mattresses before the winning mattress was patented, and yes you can buy one.

Pet peeves

The only thing that I can think of is that there was no bath tub. What is a luxury overnight hotel stay without a bubble bath?

If only…

I could take the Ligurian bees home with me and have my own endless supply of honey.

Where to find Mayfair Hotel Adelaide