Retro hotel planned for Port Adelaide

A developer has unveiled plans to turn the former Department of Marine and Harbours building in Port Adelaide into a $30 million boutique hotel.

Starfish Developments are planning to open the new retro styled hotel in 2020. Situated in Port Adelaide’s tallest building, the new hotel will offer up to 100 rooms and feature a rooftop bar.

It will also include the Port’s Arbour Collective, offering a market-style set-up with permanent food vendors, while a terrace restaurant and outdoor cinema would built at the front of the building.

The project is part of Starfish Developments’ $168 million housing development at Dock One.

Starfish managing director Damon Nagel said the project would “embrace” the history and structure of the brutalist building and honour the 1970s design in its decor. The large murals on each side of the building would also be retained.

“We’re keeping everything that has an element of value or aesthetic appeal to it,” Nagel told The Advertiser.

“This is going to be a full-blown retro ‘70s hotel. It is going to be brutal. It’s all concrete.

“Our mantra with the Port was embracing the Port, not trying to create something that the Port’s not.”

The building, constructed in 1971, has been vacant for more than two decades.