AT’s guide to the best cheap accommodation for summer and Christmas holidays
 

Adelaide

Why do we rate it?
It’s a quaint foodie haven definitely
worth a taste test – be it in the CBD,
outer suburbs or the Adelaide Hills.

Where is it?

Head west from Sydney and stop when you hit the church spires.

Where to stay

Majestic Minima saves space to save you cash. The CBD boutique hotel has 24-hour self-check-in (saving on staff costs) and just two types of rooms. Super-small economy and standard rooms are 14m2 but still manage to squeeze in LCD TV, king-size bed and desk. Quest on King William serviced apartments are a good choice for families or those needing a bit more space. Apparently the spa apartments have Adelaide’s biggest bathrooms – the baths fit up to five people.

How much is it?

Majestic Minima advertises ‘Mini Room, Mini Price’: $100 for two in an economy room or $115 for a standard room is not a lot to pay for such a central location. Quest on King William’s Christmas rates are $156 per night for a one-bedroom apartment and $228 for a two bedroom spa apartment that sleeps 4.

Availability

Every bed in town will be booked when the Tour Down Under bike race hits town on January 16, but from mid-December through to the beginning of January availability is good in both hotels.

What to do

A lunchtime visit to Central Markets in the CBD is a must. While there’s plenty to do in Adelaide – try the Zoo, Glenelg Beach and Unley shopping – the city is the gateway to wine regions galore. McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills and Barossa are all less than an hour away by car. Hand-pick fruit at the Beerenberg Strawberry Farm near Hahndorf before picking up some local German dried meats.

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