We have been staying at the Minima for many years using it as a close and reliable hotel to crash after full days and nights at Botanic Park for Womadelaide.
The hotel is called Minima so I am surprised it is used by overseas visitors or people on an interstate holiday. The rooms are very small and there is very limited cupboard space. There is virtually nowhere to store luggage. We would recommend the hotel more for locals staying close to the city after a big night out/event or for the budget minded business traveller with the minimum amount of luggage.
The room itself, though small, has a generous comfortable king sized bed with a large TV mounted on the wall. The TV had a few foxtel channels and the major commerical free to air channels. Do be aware that you can use the TV menu to change to the digital TV setting and then get all the free to air digital channels.
The bathroom is compact but I find the shower quite a good size, especially with the clever use of space and the sliding quarter circle shower doors.Plenty of towels and supplies (although only enough shampoo for 2 nights when we had booked for 3)
The cupboard space is a problem with the small desk and chair right next to the cupboard so that you have to take everything off the desk to open the cupboard door. There is a small hanging space with 4 coat hangers and a small ironing board. Above this are two small shelves but quite high. One really has to stand on the chair to use the top shelf.
The room has a mini fridge, plenty of tea and coffee, and some glasses, crockery and cutlery. There is a vending machine in the lobby where one can get soft drinks, water, cereal, choc bars, even detergent to use in their basement laundry. This is handy rather than having to go out to a convenience store on Melbourne Street, and often at comparable prices. Also it is available at any time of night. The range was a little limited on this visit (only coke, diet coke and water for drinks) but the prices were not too bad at $1.80 to $2.20 (although oddly some items were $1.80 in one row bit $2.80 in another for the same thing).
We had an economy room this time which is of the same dimensions as the standard room but without the balcony. Usually the balcony is not really required but it is good to have the outlook (especially if you are on the top floor. On the top floor you can also easily access the outdoor balcony seating area at the front). Our economy room (10) was on the ground floor and facing the carpark entrance so that we had no outlook and did not feel comfortable opening the windows for air. Also one could hear cars entering and the loud automatic car park door (I was woken at 3:45AM and 5:45AM one morning by the car park door). Also on the Saturday night I suspect some moronic guests were using the basement area as a hang out zone and were shouting, singing and swearing loudly there until 1 AM. I would recommend a standard room and an upper floor (I did request an upper floor but perhaps this was unavailable during the busy Festival period)
My biggest bug bear was the unreasonable price hike during this festival period. Normally it is $99 for an economy room and $109 for a standard room. We have paid these rates in the past during Womad and Festival times. This year prices were bumped up to $149 and $159 for March. It smacks a little of price gouging as I doubt they would attract more guests or have more rooms available because of this price rise. I appreciate hotels have high seasons but at $159 it makes one re-consider putting up with the restrictions of a minimum style compact room. Especially as we paid only $175 (with breakfast) for one of the Majestic's sister hotels in January 2012.
The hotel is still a good prospect for a inner city stay if all you need is a bed and have a small amount of luggage. Being on Melbourne Street there are plenty of restaurants and pubs nearby - The Lion, The Store, Zapatas, Cibo etc. It is also a pleasant and easy 30 minute walk to North Terrace - so not too far from the CBD. It is still clean and modern looking (but perhaps starting to show its age. On our last morning we noticed the carpet was quite damp against one wall which suggested a leaking pipe in the wall or an overflowing sink in the neighbouring store room. The carpet along that wall showed signs of previous water damage so it is obviously not the first event). I would consider using the hotel again for events like Womad but not at $149 to $159. That is getting too expensive and one might as well pay a bit extra for a decent sized room in a hotel with restaurants and reception assistance etc.
I suspect the self check in machine is a bit of a gimmick. Usually it has worked well but I have also on occasions had to use the intercom to speak to reception at the Lion because the machines were not working. You do need to make parking payments from the machine at the door but, as the Minima is on busy Melbourne St, it is almost impossible to get on street parking to do so. Usually we have pulled into the driveway and then raced to the machines to check in and pay for parking, hoping that no one needs to get in or out of the car park while we do so. On one such "race" I could check in but the parking machine did not work so I had to drive over to The Lion (and good luck finding free on street parking near there) to get the parking payment sorted. The machines are a nice gimmick, good if they work well, but a major headache if they are out of order.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened in 2008 the Majestic Minima Hotel has set new trends in stylish yet inexpensive city fringe accommodation, offering mini-rooms at a mini-price. Located in North Adelaide the three-story boutique property contains 46 compact studio rooms measuring approximately 14 square metres and is proving that size doesn't matter. You might have been looking for a cheap hotel or motel but for the same price you can stay at the very affordable accommodation offered by the Majestic Minima Hotel with king size beds in all rooms, 32" LCD televisions with 7 Foxtel channels, Free Wifi and ultra-modern bathrooms. Parking(Charges apply)and laundry facilities are also available to all guests and for your safety and peace of mind there is security card access to the hotel and all guest floors, electronic in-room safes, and monitored CCTV security cameras. The exclusive guest terrace overlooks Melbourne Street and North Adelaide, where you are welcome bring your own provisions and enjoy the view. Check in is via our Concierge available 7 Days of the week from 7.30am to 10pm. Outside of these hours check in is via telephone located at the front of the property(Credit Card required). If you do need assistance our staff at the Old Lion Apartments are only 100 metres away if required. ... more less
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