Exquisite design is the keystone of any leading luxury hotel, and as Adelaide’s first new international five-star hotel in 30 years, the Sofitel does not disappoint.
Sofitel’s intoxicating interiors were imagined by Adelaide-raised interior designer, Carl Almeida, a partner of P49 DEESIGN – the same award-winning global design practice behind other iconic hotels and resorts around the world including the famous Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (Vietnam), Raffles Udaipur (India), Fairmont Mumbai (India) and upcoming SO/ Melbourne in Australia.
The design vision brings to life three quintessential Adelaide themes within the hotel experience – city of churches, arts and culture, and of course, wine. These three weave narratives are on display at every turn, carefully woven into our contemporary interiors to create a sense of light and flow, of old and new, of secular and sacred.
Field of Dreams, an original art piece by Australian fine-art photographer, Alexia Sinclair, forms the centrepiece of the hotel lobby, with segments of this historic French-inspired artwork appearing in custom-made lightboxes to dramatically illuminate the entire porte cochere ceiling – a bewitching teaser of what lies inside the hotel.
A striking flowing red wine-inspired chandelier is also unmissable, designed to draw guests from the lobby into the hotel’s lobby bar area for a relaxed luxury encounter.
Special acknowledgment for Sofitel Adelaide’s cultural link to the city of Bordeaux in France which shares the hotel’s ethos for high culture, heritage and great food and wine is also evident in many of the hotel’s finer design details.
Modern manifestations of churches are also prominent, inspired by cathedrals in both Adelaide and France by merging their floor patterns for a bespoke signature floor design that you can find throughout the hotel. All showers at the Sofitel Adelaide also feature an iconic mosaic design inspired by the stained glass windows of prominent Adelaide cathedrals.
Wide windows frame the hotel’s amazing views across the city, coast and Adelaide Hills, while stunning fully open concept bathrooms with luxurious vanities and free standing bathtubs maximise a sense of space in many of the guestrooms.
Architecturally, the hotel has been designed to command attention, delivering uncomplicated luxury grounded in faultless functionality.