I have been to a lot of luxury hotels in many different countries, and Australia usually don’t do well in terms of service and hardware. This little boutique hotel in the Adelaide Hills really made me rethink my prejudice towards Australian hotels, and the city of Adelaide.
Driving to the Adelaide hills from the CBD was super easy, its an easy 25 minute drive and we are up in the hills looking down on the flat terrain of Adelaide. Mount Lofty House is situated just below the Mount lofty summit and it’s overlooks the stunning Piccadilly valley. The house was first built about 160 years ago, and after it was burnt down on Ash Wednesday, it was rebuilt with a new wing to take full advantage of the views.
The first view of the grounds and buildings are just wonderful. The old front gate and the beautiful stone work of the entrance way is charming. There is a small vineyard on the left and massive Californian Redwoods (Sequoia) that were planted over 150 years ago.
Checkin was efficient, you’re given a couple of welcome sparkling wines and also some drinks vouchers. We are then handed an old school key that opens your room, which is rare to see these days, but very cool. I booked a Piccadilly view room, which was right on the corner of the new wing to take advantage of the jaw dropping full valley view.
The new wing was built in the 80s, but it feels almost as old as the original house. It features super high ceilings and lovely open french windows and spacious balconies. It was so relaxing to sit out on the balcony on a 25 degree sunny day.
The room itself is quite spacious for 2 people. The 4 poster bed is huge, plush and looks awesome. There is a small space in front of the tv for a couple of comfy sofas and a large ottoman. There was enough room for a portacot too. The furnitures are all very high quality, and I enjoyed their use of dark woods, deep greens and pink accents throughout the property. There are lots of native Australian plants adorning your room and the hotel, which actually turns out to be plastic, you’d struggle to tell unless you touched them.
The bathroom is as functional, clean and spacious enough for a couple of nights. The toiletries are also of high quality.
The hotel features a small cool pool, which is more useful in summer time. A 3 tiered garden is situated in front of the old wing, and has a panoramic view of the valley. Above the garden is their restaurant, which served some of the best food I’ve had in Australia, totally worth a trip just to eat at the restaurant and look at the stunning view.
The best part of the hotel is the service, especially by David, the guest relations manager. He was personally introducing himself to every guest, checking everything is okay, and really trying to make their stay a personalised experience. He took a group of guests on an one hour history tour of the hotel with a sangria in hand, and then spend the evening pouring free sparkling wine made from the grapes planted on the hotel grounds.
Breakfast in the separate breakfast restaurant overlooks the sunrise and it was glorious. The breakfast buffet is small but high quality, and the a la carte hot dishes are spot on.
We spend the day walking through the challenging terrain of the mount lofty botanical gardens and enjoyed a couple of drinks in the swanky hotel bar afterwards, before descending the hills towards the airport.
This experience completely changed my perspective on Australian hotels. Given the price that I paid ($500 include a beautiful large view with a balcony, $200 dinner, breakfast and free glasses of sparkling wine), this was an absolute bargain. I felt as happy here as I did at Wolgan valley, but that privilege took $2400 from my wallet.
4.82 out of 5. One of the best hotel experiences of my life, the beautiful hotel rooms in a historic setting overlooking some of the best views in Australia, complemented by fine cuisine and the best personalised service I’ve ever experienced. Shout out to the David Tonkin the amazing guest relations manager.