Clarion Hotel Soho
Style Hip city design den
Setting East End of the CBD
Erupting from a tight site in 2008, Clarion Hotel Soho has quickly become one of Adelaide’s best boutique hotels. From the backlit marble reception counter to the moody corridors and Liquorice Allsorts-bright pillow covers, this is one hip haven, with the emphasis on contemporary cool and quality food and wine in Decant restaurant.
Need to know
- Rooms 30, over five levels.
Double rooms from $131.87 (AU$135), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
The price shown represents the lowest nightly rate for a double room available at this hotel over the next 21 days. Any price conversions from the hotel's local currency (AU$135) have been conducted using today's exchange rates from xe.com.
- More details Rates exclude à la carte breakfast, from AU$12.
- Facilities Free WiFi throughout, 24-hour reception, DVD library, in-room spa treatments, business centre, valet parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV with free in-house movies and Foxtel cable channels, DVD player, iPod dock, minibar, Appelles toiletries.
- Poolside The pool here is a winner: a six metre-long, heated rooftop jet-pool where you swim against the current (adjustable to cater for different fitness levels and left- or right-side swimming biases). Perched on the fifth floor, it also boasts wicked views over Flinders Street.
- Check-out 11am; check in, from 2pm, flexible subject to availability.
- Children The Clarion Hotel Soho can accommodate children in all rooms, and offers a babysitting service. More...
- Also Smoking is not permitted in rooms or public areas.
Food and drink at Clarion Hotel Soho
Helmed by chef Luke Harris, Decant is a snazzy little streetside food room on the ground floor of the Clarion, decked out with minimal Tom Dixon lights, dark Kartell chairs, mod-retro Missoni-fabric wall panels and racks of Veuve Clicquot. The menu is a thoughtful Mod Oz affair, drawing on South Australian produce, with a penchant for hearty meats. All-day coffee and breakfasts, featuring maple syrup and strawberry pancakes, spinach and goats' curd scrambled eggs and tasty bagels, are reliably good. At dinner, braised rabbit, confit duck, market fish and decadent desserts should get your vote, washed down with a strong Australian and French wine list (book a table when you reserve your room). A busy iPod calls the musical shots.
- Dress code Smart-casual during the day; ritzy-romantic at night.
- Top table There’s one seat by the floor-to-ceiling windows that almost sees you lounging on the sidewalk, but it’s such an intimate space you’ll be close to the outside world wherever you perch.
- Last orders Breakfast is served weekdays 7am until 10am (weekends 8am–11am); lunch is for group bookings only; dinner runs from 6pm to 9pm, Monday to Saturday.
- Room service Available 24 hours, room service dishes out up-tempo salads, pasta, pizza and desserts. In-room minibars also come well stocked with sweet and savoury snacks and drinks, and tea and coffee is free.
A glam, grainy grey-and-white marble-fronted affair, the bar at Decant sports a wine list of great finesse, with a predictable SA bias (a smart selection of reds and whites by the glass, and a lot more by the bottle). The odd Italian sticky and French bubbly make the grade. Swing by for a glass on your way out, or a G&T before dinner.
Clarion Hotel Soho 264 Flinders Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
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Our favourite rooms
Our fave room is sumptuous 504, one of three fifth-floor Soho Spa Suites that top the price range. It’s a lavish affair, accessed via a dark corridor clad in industrial chain-mesh panels, which makes the suite seem even more spacious. The bathroom is similarly generous with a two-person corner spa bath and rainfall-style shower. A crafty bedside slot window offers a framed point-of-view across the city skyline, while bi-fold doors access a little balcony for a broader perspective. Alternatively, bag a Corner Balcony Suite for the largest alfresco areas.
Adelaide is big, wide and flat, so bring some pavement pounders for seeing the sights. At night, Adelaidians love to go glam – pack your best duds for cutting the rug.
A tempting treatment range from Soho Spa is available in your room, including massages, wraps, facials, scrubs and mani-pedis, as well as hair-styling, make-up sessions and couple's therapies.