There’s a new dawn for hospitality in Adelaide and it’s called Eos by SkyCity. It’s all in the hotel’s name in fact, as in Greek mythology, EOS was the goddess of the dawn, perhaps coming as no surprise with the Australian capital’s big, Greek populace.
Eos by SkyCity is a beautiful, boldly curvaceous, Vegas-ish confection in gold-mirrored glass, part of a $330 million redevelopment in the once down-at-heel casino district that includes a new festival hall, meaning the location is unbeatable. The hotel opened at the end of 2020, so its inauguration got little fanfare thanks to the pandemic, but it’s now having its moment as one of the city’s most luxurious places to stay.
Everything we saw, touched and experienced at Eos by SkyCity was contemporary, even futuristic, from the subterranean arrival lobby to the Zen leisure deck overlooking Adelaide’s sprawling parklands and River Torrens. This immense terrace space has a pool, jacuzzi and spa (make reservations for the sublime treatments before arrival, they’re immensely popular).
Our design-driven Radiance Suite had its own huge, wraparound sundeck, with an outdoor table for eight, should you wish to throw a party. Its layout featured three large, almost semicircular main spaces and lounge, bathroom and bedroom, each separated by a dark wood-panelled walk-in-wardrobe corridor and with its own round, velvet sofa. On tactile luxury the hotel really delivers. Thick, velvety carpets make being barefoot a delight. A plush sofa begged us to collapse into it and the immense marble-clad bathroom’s sculptural, Apaiser bathware soaking tub quickly seduced us into its embrace.
The quality of all the suite’s furnishings was as robust (and without question, expensive) as the solid, stone-block granite coffee table in the middle of the room. Ultra-contemporary lighting controlled by tablet spotlights a beautiful collection of framed photography. There’s a sense of curated, yet liberated minimalism to the space, and we’re all for it.
While casino hotels are a turn-off for some, their need to appeal to high rollers rubs off on the service – which at Eos by SkyCity was highly personalised and impressive. And we loved the different amenities that each day were waiting in our suite, from delicious bottles of South Australian wine to handcrafted, designer treats from a local boutique chocolatier.
The hotel believes that it’s the subtle gestures that underpin the most indulgent of experiences, but combined with an extravagant atmosphere, EOS by Skycity has proven hard to beat and is right up there in itself as a destination for discerning travellers, as much as the South Australian capital is.
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While you’re Out There
There’s plenty to do within easy reach of Eos by SkyCity, and we particularly enjoyed a visit to the nearby Art Gallery of South Australia, with its ever-changing roster of exhibitions and events. You’d be well advised to check out their website prior to your arrival in town, as the museum hosts regular talks that gather a lot of attention locally – and you wouldn’t want to miss out.