A Complete Review Of The Oval Hotel, Adelaide

So… last week I celebrated a birthday – the big thirty-three! And I’m not complaining… Being 33 seems to be amazing so far.

One benefit of being this little bit older and wiser is having kids who are a bit older and can so confidently spend nights with the grandies. This equals DATE NIGHTS.

So last Friday we headed off for a night at The Oval hotel. The Oval is part of the Adelaide Oval complex and only recently opened. Having heard amazing things, we were super excited to check it out.

Here’s our full review.

We were recently lucky enough to get our hands on a Great State Voucher which gave us a $100 discount off our room. We paid for the remainder of the bill and have no prior relationship with The Oval Hotel.

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The Oval Hotel is located on Kuarna country. We acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded and pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging.

Check In

A free drink in the lobby was included upon check in, and we could choose when to have it served. We went up to our room to rest for a while and opted to have our drink before heading to dinner.

The offering was a run of the mill ‘big name’ South Australian wine – I felt this was a missed opportunity to showcase some of our State’s incredible up-and-comers, but at least it was a local offering.

The staff were really helpful and friendly, and check-in itself was seamless.


The rooms are not huge, but we had everything we needed. The floor-to-ceiling windows and minimalist décor make the room feel larger.

The king-size bed was so comfortable, though Mr. Winter found it a little on the soft side. For me, it was like sleeping on a marshmallow and so good for snuggling up together to watch shows and chill out.

Room Service, hotel and room information, and concierge services are all contactable via the iPad next to the bed. The room service options were reasonably priced and there were several options.

The TV is equipped with cable channels (sport for those inclined, entertainment, and Discovery Channel and National Geographic for me and Mr. Winter, hooray!)

The bathroom was spacious, and the shower had a huge rain head that felt very luxurious. All the shower controls are electronic which is cool. Towels were a decent size (not teeny-tiny like some hotels, but not huge either). A range of lovely Evo products are provided.

You’ll notice motion sensors throughout the room – we were laying in bed late afternoon and obviously hadn’t moved for a while, as the curtains started to close automatically! The bathroom light is also on a sensor, which is handy for midnight bathroom trips.

A big question though… where are the bathrobes?! The Crowne Plaza didn’t have them either. I guess this is a COVID thing, but it makes me so sad.

Gym and pool

The Oval Hotel doesn’t have its own gym or pool. However, the Next Generation fitness complex is right next door.

Oval Hotel guests receive access to Next Gen facilities (and there are many) – just ask the friendly concierge staff for instructions.

Oval Hotel breakfast and dining

We are massive early risers (thanks kids for destroying our body clock!) so we booked breakfast as early as possible at the Bespoke Kitchen and Bar. Bonus: we were the first people there and had the whole place to ourselves!

The breakfast menu is a la carte. I ordered the three cheese and chive omelette and Mr. Winter ordered the shakshouka. Both items were simple but perfectly prepared, and the coffee was just right.

The restaurant looks out over the oval itself – as we ate, we watched officials prepare the pitch for the day’s Big Bash cricket game.

As one of my friends joked to me: usually its the girls asking the guys to take photos of them, but having breakfast here makes the guys want to get pics themselves!

Bespoke Kitchen and Bar is open all day for meals and snacks, and has a very extensive wine list (see the picture below!) They offer separate Lunch, Lounge, and Dinner options. For lovers of a good steak, check the incredible Dry Aged Beef menu for dinner.

Click through for the Bespoke Kitchen and Bar menus.

The Five Regions restaurant offers a dinner degustation with paired wine that showcases the best of South Australia’s five food and wine regions. Each season the showcased region changes – currently, the focus is the Clare Valley.

Click through to read more about Five Regions.


The rate we booked was $319 AUD for a Friday night, and we used a $100 Great State Voucher which took it down to $219 AUD.

Our booking included a $50 food and beverage voucher. The breakfast menu was reasonably priced for a high-end hotel, so the bill after our credit only came to about $15.

Pair your Oval Hotel stay with a RoofClimb experience

Looking for something a little more adrenaline-inducing for your stay in Adelaide? Why not book an Adelaide Ovan RoofClimb Experience?

RoofClimb is an award-winning and exhilirating tour offering amazing 360-degree views of the city and beyond.

Specially trained RoofClimb Leaders will guide you across the rooftop of the iconic Oval’s Western Stand before navigating to the Riverbank platform, perched 50 metres over the grounds themselves.

Then, take time to sit in the world’s first rooftop stadium seats to learn all about shaped Adelaide’s rich history.

Click through to book your Adelaide Oval RoofClimb.

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