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Set in a heritage-listed building dating from the 1930s, the Mayfair Hotel offers a sense of style and grandeur before you ever walk in the door. The hotel is set in the former Colonial Mutual Life headquarters which has been artfully renovated and enlarged to include a striking modern ‘jewel box’ extension to one side. 

Inside, the decor echoes the building’s grand proportions with white marble floors and hanging chandeliers but the overall aesthetic is one of understated elegance with a soothing neutral palette and sleek contemporary design creating chic and sophisticated communal spaces. 

The 170 rooms and suites are equally impressive with great attention to detail but a restrained sense of calm, locally made furnishings and modern amenities. The hotel’s signature Mayflower Restaurant and Bar offers fine dining, while the exclusive Hennessy rooftop bar and terrace is a great place to soak up the atmosphere at the end of a long day. 

Alternatively, the hotel’s convenient location in the heart of Adelaide means guests are within walking distance of many of the city’s best shopping and dining options as well as its most popular sights.

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Rooms in this heritage building all differ slightly but feature calm and soothing decor in shades of taupe, grey, white and black. The hotel is committed to supporting local business and the beds and cream leather headboards are made in Adelaide and complemented by locally made and handcrafted wardrobes, marble-top desks and side tables. Each room has a large smart TV with movies on demand, complimentary Wi-Fi, media hub, air conditioning and powerful rain showers in the spacious bathrooms. Executive rooms also have Nespresso machines.


The hotel is set right in the heart of the central business district and offers easy access to the vibrant laneways of the adjacent West End with their cafes, bars and restaurants. The giant Rundel Mall is a five-minute walk away, the Adelaide Central Market is ten minutes on foot and the Adelaide Oval can be reached in less than 15 minutes. 

Food and Drink

A buffet breakfast is served in the basement Mayflower Restaurant and includes a range of pastries, breads and cereals, honey from the beehives on the hotel roof, and a selection of hot dishes. Lunch and dinner are classic in style with oysters, lobster, Chateaubriand and Cordon Bleu chicken on the menu alongside lighter pasta and salad dishes. Snacks are available in the rooftop Hennessy bar which is decorated with large crystal chandeliers and has a glass-roofed outdoor terrace and balcony. 

Facilities and Activities

The hotel has a gym, mini library in the lobby, and valet parking.

Our opinion

A stunning modern yet classic property with incredible attention to detail in a great city centre location.

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