A stay at the Medina Grand is not just a step back in time, but a history lesson all on its own!
Originally known as the State Building, the Treasury is a group of historic buildings built in 1839.
During the 1850s gold rush, Australia's first gold coin, the Adelaide pound, was minted on the premises. The gold rush caused such a population explosion the government outgrew the building and most of it was demolished.
Between 1876 and 1968 the state premier's cabinet met in the Cabinet Room which remains largely unchanged.
The building became centre stage during the beef riots when the meat was excluded from Depression rations and another claim to fame is that the Beatles dashed through the courtyard in 1964 in an attempt to evade waiting fans.
Most government buildings in Adelaide have tunnels underneath and the old treasury building is no exception. The tunnels were used to safely transport gold and wages to other locations.
Those under the Medina Grand Adelaide Treasury are being developed but it is expected it will be some time before they are complete. The area has high-vaulted ceilings and beautiful bluestone foundations, plus a smelter that was used for melting gold bars. It will eventually become a function area, but any changes will be minimal.
The tunnels and Cabinet Room are available for guests to see and each Sunday there are free National Trust tours. Unless the Cabinet Room is being used for small gatherings, it is kept securely locked.
The Records Room is completely fireproof and has lead shutters. There is a display cabinet in the lounge area of the hotel which has lots of interesting bits and pieces which have been uncovered during the continuing excavation work.
The hotel has almost 80 rooms, consisting of 19 suites, 55 one-bedroom rooms and five two-bedroom apartments. Most are self-contained with kitchen and laundry facilities.
Adelaide, capital of South Australia.
Medina Grand Adelaide Treasure rooms start at $165 per double per night.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.
Medina Grand Adelaide Treasure
King William and Flinders Streets
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