TFE Hotels has officially launched their premium A by Adina hotel brand, and with it the concept of ‘hotel living’, both of which are set to elevate TFE Hotels’ beloved Adina Hotels brand into a class of its own.
As TFE Hotels CEO Antony Ritch explains, the flagship brand’s groundbreaking new story – unveiled on the cusp of Adina Hotel’s 40th birthday with the launch of its first premium address, A by Adina Canberra – purposely side-steps any hotel category currently on the market. Instead, promising stunning form and function across the private, upscale apartment-style rooms in tandem with everything expected of a premium, full-service hotel and hotel featured design.
According to Antony, A by Adina’s brand promise and ‘sophisticated coming of age’ evolved as TFE Senior Executives saw an opportunity in the market and moved to fill it.
“Traditionally apartment hotels have been built with a residential feel, but that’s changing,” Antony said. “What was missing was the “underlying experience” for those chasing a premium stay – that feeling you get when you stay in a place where people know you and, most importantly, know how you like to stay.”
And thus, the concept of ‘hotel living’ was born.
“A by Adina hotels will appeal to those confident travellers who appreciate incredible design and quality of finishes as well as impeccable, personalised hospitality when they receive it,” he said.
“And, when you step inside an A by Adina, you’ll find that perfectly suited balance between a hotel and a private apartment,” he said. “We want the entire experience to be understated, but impactful.”
A by Adina’s bold brand promises are underpinned by three brand pillars – Contemporary Australian, Detailed Simplicity and Quiet Confidence – so it comes as no surprise that emotional intelligence is at the cornerstone of the brand’s intuitive service.
According to Antony, the notion of “EQ” is applied during the A by Adina recruitment and onboarding process, so that hotel teams understand their guests, what motivates them and what they need to have to ensure the best stay possible.
“We do things well, in a subtle but sophisticated way,” says Antony. “You’ll see touches of finer detail at every turn and touch point. And, for guests, everything will feel intuitively right.”
Excitingly, the A by Adina brand is set to embrace the contemporary Australian feel – from naturally feelgood skin and hair care products by Melbourne’s sought-after Hunter Lab to the Australian sophistication behind the architecture and interior design.
Guests at A by Adina Sydney, the brand’s second hotel scheduled to open near Australia Square in Sydney’s CBD in April, will sample contemporary Australian cuisine, with Executive Chef Jane Strode at the helm of the hotel’s food and beverage experience. In an exciting move, A by Adina Sydney has also partnered with some of the city’s most exciting food talents – including legendary restaurateur Maurice Terzini, of Bondi Icebergs, and global award winning Maybe Sammy’s team: Vince Lombardo, Stefano Cantino and Andrea Gualdi.
Each A by Adina hotel will embrace its location and its own identity, but all will have the same service traits and the same warm welcome on arrival.
The evolution of a brand
For TFE Hotels, the evolution of the A by Adina dream – anchored to contemporary Australian quality and quiet confidence – started in 1982, when Australia’s first ‘Medina’ serviced apartment opened its doors in Randwick. Over the next four decades, the Adina brand launched and expanded to more than 36 locations in five countries and counting, with a further 12 properties in development and two new countries.
“TFE Hotels is historically a global leader in the apartment hotel space and we understand the needs of guests who want to stay a little or stay a while,” says TFE Chairman, Allan Vidor. “So, it’s incredibly meaningful and exciting to evolve and elevate the Adina brand to a timeless offering that’s just the right fit and feel for guests who want to ‘arrive expected’ and enjoy the best of both worlds.”
“Quality is something Australia is respected for on the world stage. Natural, products; sophisticated and local cuisine; wide open spaces; and innovative design,” Allan said.
Like the feel of a high-end private apartment, where you are greeted on arrival. Only better.
“Not forgetting the fact that, as a nation, we’re generally laidback and don’t take ourselves too seriously. And that’s the feeling we want to flow through A by Adina.”
What’s more, hotel guests have the option to seek ‘a little bit more’ at A by Adina through the brand’s curated experiences.
All rooms (studios, one or two-bedroom apartments) can be elevated to ‘Destination A’ encounters, providing the highest level of ‘curated guest experience’ and surprise perks. Everything from complimentary ‘pillow menus’ to movies and classic cocktails served each evening from a vintage drinks trolley in the lobby, delightfully dubbed ‘The Daily Pause’.
Importantly, ‘Destination A’ experiences deliberately formed part of A by Adina’s focus on placemaking and belonging, allowing individual guests to choose the level of interaction, while ensuring all generations, personalities, group size and travel style (business or leisure) are catered to.
“Our dream is for A by Adina to be a space that feels right to each guest, where you can stay as little or as long as you like. Your way,” Allan said. “If you want to grab the key and treat it like a private apartment, that’s absolutely fine, because you’ll have the space and every facility and amenity in your room. But what we’re also offering is seamless hotel living. Anytime, day or night.”
More about Hotel Living
With the launch of the new A by Adina brand in 2021, TFE Hotels has also carved out an entirely new category within the premium hotel category, known simply as; Hotel Living. Different to the existing concepts of Apartment Hotels, Hotel Residences or All Suites, the premium A by Adina guest experience offers high design, and a curated approach that allows corporate and lifestyle travellers to enjoy the best of the city – on their terms.
Think the luxe factor of included designer amenities and hotel services, combined with a laidback approach that gives guests all the freedom and flexibility to enjoy (what feels like) their own stylish city pad for as little, or as long as they like.
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