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Wine hotels in McLaren Vale

Around 40-minutes’ drive south of Adelaide, South Australia’s state capital, McLaren Vale sits between the Mount Lofty Ranges to the north and the Sellicks Ranges to the south. The Mediterranean-style climate allows McLaren Vale to grow a wide variety of grapes, from Shiraz, Merlot and Grenache to Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier. The beauty of the region’s closeness to Adelaide means that our choice of wine hotels in McLaren Vale includes both city and country locations.

McLaren ValeFlickr user Les Haines

Best wine hotels in McLaren Vale

For a city location

Two well-priced hotels within Adelaide’s central business district are The Franklin and The Clarion Soho.

The Clarion Soho

  • The Clarion is slick, stylish and modern with large beds, bold colours and floor-to-ceiling windows, and some rooms have private balconies. Plus the roof-top pool offers stunning views over the city’s skyline.
  • By contrast, The Franklin is in a colonial-style building and is an altogether smaller affair with just seven quirky and contemporary rooms. Expect dark colours, funky lighting and original artworks plus a relaxed brick-walled bar. There are free bicycles for exploring, too.

For the countryside

Thorngrove Manor

  • For a push-the-boat-out stay, escape to Thorngrove Manor Hotel in the Adelaide Hills. With just five luxury rooms, this faux-Gothic mansion - all fairytale turrets, towers and half-timbering - is the ultimate romantic getaway. Expect four-poster beds, lavish drapes, plasterwork ceilings and private-terrace dining. The real world seems a very long way away.

Nothing in our pick of the best wine hotels in McLaren Vale that fits the bill? Widen the net by checking out all our South Australia recommendations or for a full list of our choice of the best wine hotels in Australia, click here.

  • The Franklin 7 rooms from £81

    Adelaide (CBD)

    Quirky and charming boutique hotel in Adelaide's CBD offering seven tastefully decorated rooms with unique original artwork. Free bicycles on offer are a great way to see the city.

    Sights nearby  -  Central location in the CBD, within walking distance of main shopping district and Adelaide Zoo
    Full of character
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  • Clarion Hotel Soho 30 rooms from £80

    Adelaide (CBD)

    This uber-chic hotel oozes style with top amenities. Regular changing art collections on display. Relax by the roof top pool whilst looking over the city skyline. Central location ensures the perfect base for sightseeing.

    Sights nearby  -  Ten minute walk to the Botanic Gardens, fifteen minute walk to Art Gallery of South Australia
    Spa  -  In-room treatments available
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Thorngrove Manor Hotel 5 rooms from £487

    Adelaide (Stirling)

    Set away from the city in the Adelaide Hills, this luxury small hotel has only five dreamy rooms. Privacy is of paramount importance, with the promise that you may not even see another guest. Perfect for a romantic getaway.

    Sights nearby  -  Adelaide CBD only 20 mins by car
    Outstanding location  -  In the Adelaide Hills
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels, Fodors
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Written by Helen Pickles

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