Discover how the eclectic Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets ticks all the right boxes.
After much anticipation, IHG Hotels & Resorts has launched their boutique lifestyle brand, Hotel Indigo in Adelaide.
As a travel-starved hotel enthusiast and a local, I've jumped at a chance to try out the property for a staycation. Read on to discover my take on Adelaide's most exciting new hotel.
First up: How I scored $85 back on my stay
But first things first.
As an American Express Card Member, I was able to take advantage of a special promotion to get $85 back for my stay.
Make your dollar go further with Open for Travel by American Express
It was as simple as registering my card for the American Express Open for Travel offer with IHG Hotels & Resorts and meeting a spend threshold of $350 at a participating property.
The offer is available to use at 33 IHG Hotels & Resorts properties across Australia. And, in addition to IHG, Amex is running offers for a range of other luxury travel partners.
The American Express Open for Travel offer is valid for use until 15 May 2021, and Card Members must be enrolled in the offer first. While the cap for IHG offer enrolments has now been reached, there are many other valuable offers available across leading hotel, car hire, and other travel partners (exclusions, T&Cs apply).
Booking in my Hotel Indigo stay
It almost always makes sense to book direct, and as an IHG Rewards Member, locking in my stay via the IHG website also ensured I was able to access the cheapest rate.
I’d normally opt for an entry-level room, however, on this occasion, I decided to splash out on a fancy suite. I figured that the final cost would work out to be around the same as a standard room when the $85 credit back with the American Express Open for Travel offer was taken into consideration. Score!
Entering from the street, I'm struck by how welcoming the property is.
Housed on the site of a former textile factory, Hotel Indigo blends heritage and eclectic modern architecture concepts within what they term a “Raw and Refined” ethos.
The design brief takes inspiration from Adelaide and the surrounding neighbourhood, featuring nostalgic posters of the Adelaide Festival, striking brick archways, and murals to evoke the colourful aesthetics of the Central Market.
You'll find the Hotel Indigo tucked away quietly off Gouger Street in the heart of Adelaide's CBD.
While you'll need to put on your walking shoes to reach the East End and Rundle Mall shopping precincts, this property boasts the best location for foodies keen to experience the best of Adelaide's culinary delights.
After all, it's just a short stroll to the hustle and bustle of the iconic Central Markets, and all the wonderful eateries that surround it.
Rooms and Suites
Hotel Indigo is a boutique hotel, offering 145 guestrooms and suites. Guests can choose from three room types: Standard, Premium and Premium Corner View.
All rooms feature Wi-Fi, a Smart TV, Espresso machine, 2 head rainfall shower, minibar and premium Biology amenities.
If you’re keen to splash out on a suite, as I did, you can choose from three different types. These range from 38sqm Junior suites, up to the flagship Hotel Indigo suites, which boast a huge 52sqm of space and expansive views of the Adelaide skyline from a large balcony.
Inside my Hotel Indigo Suite
For my stay, I've been lucky enough to score a Hotel Indigo suite, which comes with a separate bedroom and living area.
My suite is located on Level 14, and I head up immediately after checking in.
I'm an IHG Platinum Elite member, and I soon see that the hotel has thoughtfully provided a gift. I find a personalised card and a package of fudge and a fruit plate waiting when I enter.
The suite features design elements of wood, leather, plush carpets, and a bit of a Scandi vibe. Here and there, I find eclectic, hyper-local nods to the location, including fabulous vintage Adelaide Festival poster art.
The hotel has also helpfully provided a copy of Katie Spain's excellent book on the Central Market – an invaluable resource for interstate travellers looking to visit it for the first time.
As a concept, the design and decor works. The space feels warm and inviting, blending contemporary and creative elements, bringing a sense of understated luxe.
Beyond the spacious living area, there's a modern bathroom decked out with copper fixtures, a nod back to South Australia's mining days. There's a rain shower (no tub), and it's stocked with Biology amenities.
The separate bedroom boasts an Adelaide-inspired feature wall and floor-to-ceiling windows providing views over the hills. There are more USB outlets than you can poke a stick at, a large Smart TV, and a big, comfy bed to sink into.
In fact, the bed is the perfect location to enjoy the first of my two breakfasts the next morning!
But my favourite area of this suite is undoubtably the open-air balcony. It's decked out with seating for four, facing west, allowing me to take in the brilliant sunset over the sea.
For a boutique-sized property nestled on a small street in the CBD, the Hotel Indigo packs in a surprisingly large number of features. Think a lap pool, gymnasium, and two eateries – including that rooftop bar I mentioned earlier.
First up, the gym, located on level four. It's larger than I expected, featuring a range of motorised equipment plus a weights room.
Also located on the 4th floor, the heated lap pool offers views over the Adelaide city skyline. It's open from 6am – 9pm daily.
I'm delighted to find that I have the pool to myself when I visit, and I find a comfortable sunbed for a spot of relaxation and sun.
Drinking and dining
Hotel Indigo is perfectly positioned for food loving travellers who want to work their way through the surrounding eateries on Gouger and Grote streets.
That said, don't miss a chance to try out Hotel Indigo's in-house dining options, as they won't disappoint. The hotel boasts two eateries; Market & Meander, located on the ground floor, and Merrymaker, Adelaide's much-hyped new rooftop bar.
All-day dining at Market and Meander
Located on the ground floor, Market and Meander is a laid-back space, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Think modern Australian fare with a bit of a twist. There's a strong focus on sourcing local ingredients, with many items coming directly from stalls at the Central Market.
If breakfast in bed isn't your thing (I won't judge!), pop down here for a morning feed. The brekkie menu is varied (and also very well-priced). Your options include a decadent crab omelette, wattle seed waffles, bruschetta, and signature granola.
Of course, lunch is worth sticking around for too, especially with a sharply priced dining deal. Each day of the week, guests can choose a main dish from the lunch menu with a glass of wine or beer for $25.
With an offer like that, how can I refuse?
An incredibly rich brisket and Paris mash is the highlight of my lunchtime feed, while my dining partner feasts on smoky eggplant with coconut yoghurt and dahl which is packed with punchy flavours.
The special lunch menu is available daily from 12 pm – 2:30 pm.
Chasing the sun at Merrymaker rooftop bar
As the afternoon moves on, it's time to finally make a move to Adelaide's highest rooftop bar, Merrymaker.
Decked out with tessellated tiles and a quirky colour scheme, Adelaide's newest – and clearly coolest – rooftop bar offers sweeping (and very instagrammable) views over the city and to the Hills.
There's a heavy focus here on raw food, particularly around local South Australian seafood and charcuterie. A spectacular open-air seafood bar tempts diners with freshly caught prawns on ice and oysters shucked to order.
A thoughtfully curated list of cocktails and a comprehensive wine and craft beer offering sees me through the afternoon, well into the evening.
Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets: Verdict
As a newcomer to Adelaide's hotel scene, Hotel Indigo is a breath of fresh air. With eclectic yet thoughtful design, top-class facilities, and a serious local food focus, this property ticks all the right boxes for me.
Add in excellent service and a location in the heart of the Central Markets precinct, and I wouldn’t hesitate to return.
How to save on your next travel booking with American Express Open for Travel
If you're an eligible American Express Card Member, you could get one credit back to your statement when spending $350 or more with IHG Hotels & Resorts via the American Express Open for Travel offer.
At Hotel Indigo, there are plenty of ways you could maximise value with this credit. With an extra $85 back in your pocket you could potentially treat yourself to:
- An upgrade from a room to a suite (pricing varies by date)
- Two glasses of champagne and a plate of nibbles at the Merrymaker rooftop bar
- A decadent room service order to enjoy in the comfort of your room, or
- Lunch (including drinks) for two at Market and Meander
The American Express Open for Travel offer is valid for use until 15 May 2021 and Card Members must be enrolled in the offer first. While the cap for IHG Hotels & Resorts offer enrolments has now been reached, there are many other American Express Open for travel offers available across leading hotel, car hire, and other travel partners (exclusions, T&Cs apply).
This post was prepared in partnership with American Express
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