The news that I’ve lost my Adelaide accommodation is more a disappointment than a disaster. But it is clear that Adelaide hotels are horrendously overpriced and some, like the Hilton, have already sold out.
My “spare room at Josephine’s Airbnb” option was costing me £23 a night. With the slightly bizarre “cleaning fee” my six night bill was £163.
I’m now looking at my options. It’s not pretty reading.
A typical chain hotel with breakfast reasonably close to the cricket ground is £1,400.
Serviced apartments 35 minutes walk away £850. An Uber coming in at around $10 twice a day for the five day test.
A caravan by the beach is $720 with cooking options. But double that taxi fare and I don’t want to spend too long on the road every day.
Airbnb might still win this despite my only attempt to use them already being a failure. There are two options in apparently good areas just a few minutes walk away from the Adelaide Oval. Both less than £300. I might book both and cancel one at the last minute. Cruel on the owner. But it gives me a sense of security should one property let me down.
I’ll decide on Tuesday afternoon.