Adelaide’s “design-driven” seven-storey airport hotel Atura Adelaide has opened after 16 months of construction.

The $50 million development is the newest hotel in the Event Hospitality and Entertainment portfolio, which includes QT Hotels and Resorts, Rydges Hotels and Resorts, and Event Cinemas. It's also the first hotel in Australia to directly link with the main domestic and international terminal of a capital city airport.

The interior is the work of acclaimed hotel designer Nic Graham, who’s behind QT Bondi and QT Melbourne. It features 165 guestrooms, a restaurant helmed by Adelaide-born executive chef Thomas Bator (most recently at Dubai’s The Surf Café), a business centre, eight function and meeting spaces and an on-site gym. There is also a port-cochere for guest drop off and collection, and a direct walkway linking the hotel with the airport’s domestic and international check-in areas.

The on-site Hangar Bar & Grill restaurant will be accessible to all travellers, not just hotel guests. The menu features fried chicken with sticky teriyaki glaze, poke, burgers and Neapolitan pizzas. Hotel guests can order the latter three (plus Coopers-beer-battered-fish and chips and braised beef pie) to their room. Red-eye travellers can wake up to locally roasted BLK MRKT coffee, French pastries and house-made sourdough crumpets at The Meeting Point Café.

Event director of hotels Norman Arundel said Adelaide is the first Australian airport to welcome the Atura Hotel brand. Other Atura hotels are trading in Albury and Blacktown in New South Wales, and Dandenong in Victoria, with more on the way. “The airport has grown substantially in recent years and passengers demand the convenience of a close hotel,” Arundel said in a statement.

“Atura Adelaide Airport will give travellers the opportunity to experience the Atura philosophy of value-driven urban design and great local hospitality. We’re also looking forward to welcoming the airport community of staff into the Hangar Bar and Grill to enjoy our quality food and beverage.”

The hotel is part of a $2 billion Adelaide Airport master plan, the Advertiser reports. The development is expected to triple the terminal’s size by 2044 and add several multistorey office blocks.