Inspired by Adelaide’s pulse and rhythm, Hotel Indigo’s Australia debut on March 1 was a highly anticipated one, featuring eye-catching design features and outstanding culinary offerings. Located on the site of a former textile factory in the heart of the South Australian state capital, Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets is named for its proximity to the lively Adelaide Central Market. Built upon what the brand calls a “raw and refined” design philosophy, the 145-room boutique hotel pays homage to the quirky neighbourhood and the city itself.
Inspired by the vibrant aesthetics of the market, the property is home to brick archways that lead guests from one public space to the next, as well as colourful murals by renowned homegrown contemporary artists such as Tristan Kerr. An exposed terracotta feature wall comes etched with neighbourhood references like “Six o’clock Swill” and “Mad March”, the latter being the name given to the annual Adelaide Festival.
Localised design touches continue to play out in the guest rooms, which feature copper fixtures nodding to South Australia’s copper-mining heritage, light wood furnishings, as well as rugs mimicking tessellated tiles commonly seen in traditional Adelaide homes. Specially commissioned poster art and murals referencing the festival are displayed behind the king-sized beds, which are set against charming views of the city through floor-to-ceiling windows.
Other features include two-head rain showers in the bathrooms and bath amenities from the eco-conscious Biology brand. Guests staying in suites will enjoy espresso machines and minibars stocked with snacks and drinks from local vendors, including wattleseed Negroni from Lot 100 in the Adelaide Hills, Floral as Hell Gin by local distiller Blend Etiquette, and the Inch Licorice Block from Melba’s Chocolates.
The hotel’s drinking and dining outlets proudly showcase South Australia’s quality produce, with an emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients and homegrown makers. At Merrymaker, also the city’s tallest rooftop bar offering panoramas of the CBD and Adelaide Hills, guests can enjoy local seafood, charcuterie, and cheeses. Perched on the 16th floor, the bar also serves 25 award-winning gins, alongside a large selection of South Australian wines and craft beers.
Meanwhile, all-day modern Australian restaurant Market & Meander offers an international menu of smoked brisket, free-range chicken, and more, prepared on a South American-style parrilla grill. Encompassing the multicultural influences from Grote and Gouger Street, the eatery features details inspired by South Australian Premier Don Dunstan, a socially progressive and flamboyant leader who was also known for wearing pink shorts.
Guests can luxuriate in the hotel’s 13-metre outdoor infinity pool, as well as enjoy facilities like a well-equipped 24/7 fitness centre, and two boardroom-style meeting rooms. Those looking to explore the neighbourhood will be pleased to know that the hotel is walking distance from the city’s popular attractions, including Adelaide Botanical Garden, Adelaide Zoo, as well as Rundle Mall.
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