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I don’t know about you, but I usually look for low-cost options when it comes to hotels.
Generally, there’s not a whole lot available at the lower end of the cost spectrum.
When looking for modestly priced accommodation you’re pretty much guaranteed to see only old drive-in motels at the outskirts of town, zero-frills big box chain hotels, or “mystery” deals. You know what you’re going to get, and usually, that’s bland, run of the mill, adequacy. Hopefully clean.
Well if you look hard enough there might just be a funky, arty alternative, albeit with compact room sizes.
But if that puts you off – you can keep your same old boring box rooms or dirty drive in motels – I’ve found a gem.
Right in the heart of the Melbourne St buzz in North Adelaide is the Minima Art Hotel. It blends business traveller functionality, a great location and compact but well thought out rooms with unique feature wall art – plus a nice price.
Part of the South Australian owned Majestic Group, the Minima Art Hotel is positioned as a baby brother to the Old Lion and Tynte St Apartments, in the heart of Melbourne St, North Adelaide.
Handsome hotel. Photo: Willunga Wino
Melbourne St is within a 20 min walk or a few minutes taxi ride to the redeveloped Adelaide Oval, and about a 10 min taxi ride to the Adelaide CBD.
The Minima Art hotel has a semi-automated check in process which helps keep the hotel rates down.
When we arrived it was staffed, but outside of those limited hours it is like using an ATM to check in and receive keys.
The lobby is neat, modern and minimalist and a modestly sized space.
Depending when you check in, you may not see any staff at all! There are numbers to call in your room if you need it.
Each room has its’ own theme and artworks, each designed by local artists.
Choose from economy, or standard which includes a small balcony.
We had room 117, called “Mother Earth”. It was beautiful and distinctive, and sparkling clean.
Beautifully decorated room. Photo: Willunga Wino
Our room was designed by artist Fletch Cuts, and an information panel by the front door gives information about the artist, and the artwork.
Artist and artwork information. Photo: Willunga Wino
There was free unlimited wi fi
Rooms were compact, with a small desk and chair, a little balcony with two chairs, and a small but neat little bathroom with shower, decorated with contemporary mosaics.
There are also some special touches, like the Bambach alligator print saddle seat by the desk.
Bambach saddle seat. Photo: Willunga Wino
Depending on your room, you might overlook Melbourne St, the driveway to the carpark and neighbouring buildings, or behind to the other buildings in Sussex St.
Our room, 117 Mother Earth, overlooked the driveway and buildings next door, and had a little balcony with two chairs and a side table. It wasn’t too bad looking at heritage buildings.
One of the luxuries cut from the Art Hotel is a hotel restaurant.
This really isn’t a problem though, because Melbourne St is full of restaurants, of all descriptions. The Store is right across the road which does breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner on weekends. Restaurant sorted.
Minima Art Hotel has a lift to get to it’s levels.
Free use internet computers in the lobby.
Guest terrace overlooking Melbourne St.
And that’s about as far as it goes! No bells, services or whistles, just clean, neat, arty compact rooms. All you need basically.
Well worth staying for something out of the ordinary and a taste of interstate art hotels at a fraction of the cost. It really is surprising that more is not being said about this innovative hotel.
Bookings available through Qantas, but you can also book direct and choose your room based on the artwork.
When it comes to hotel rooms, which do you think is better, ultra cheap or arty and compact?
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Rating : 5 Glasses
Menu : Compact, arty rooms.
Meal Size: Choose your preferred artwork.
Atmosphere / Ambiance: Arty, independent, fun.
Standout Dish: Rooms with views over Melbourne St.
Service: Friendly, efficient, welcoming.
Online Booking: Yes.
Restaurant Details and Location:
Minima Majestic Art Hotel
146 Melbourne St,
North Adelaide SA 5006
Tel No: (08) 8334 7766
Opening Hours: 24/7, 365.
Access: Onsite off-street carpark.