18 Aug 2020

Topping out at Adelaide's 5-star Sofitel Hotel

A topping out ceremony for Adelaide's first internationally-recognised 5-star hotel in 30 years will today celebrate the luxury tourism drawcard reaching its full height.

The $140 million 32-storey Sofitel Hotel takes its pride of place in Adelaide's CBD skyline as one of the city's tallest buildings and is set to entice interstate and overseas visitors when it opens mid next year.

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall will join Palumbo managing director Daniel Palumbo and South Australian Tourism Commission chief executive Rodney Harrex at the milestone event.

SATC chief executive Rodney Harrex said it is an exciting day for South Australia and for tourism, in what's been an extraordinarily tough year.

“It's fantastic to see a hotel of this calibre get one step closer to opening its doors for business, after an incredibly difficult start to 2020 for cities and hotels all over the world,” said Mr Harrex.

“Prior to the pandemic, South Australian tourism was booming, we welcomed an increase in interstate and overseas visitors and we were breaking records for hotel bookings in Adelaide, having hit their highest in 2019 in the past decade.

“It is this solid foundation that brought us here today, to see the Sofitel Hotel reach its full height and South Australian company Palumbo get the internationally-recognised hotel brand closer to becoming the asset to our city and to our state that it is set to be.” 

Simon McGrath, chief operating officer for Accor Pacific, said “It is an enormous privilege to partner with Palumbo on this project. The Palumbo family are visionary partners who want to deliver the best for South Australian tourism.”

“Sofitel Adelaide will be a truly world-class asset - exuding a refined and understated sense of modern luxury with a touch of Sofitel’s renowned French decadence. I couldn’t be more thrilled that we’ve reached this pinnacle construction milestone,” said Mr McGrath.

The Sofitel Adelaide at 108 Currie Street is expected to open for business in mid 2021.