NORTH ADELAIDE, South Australia — When your bed faces a vintage fire engine and a red fire pole beckons nearby, it’s not easy to say good night.
The Fire Station Inn is an 1866 Victorian bluestone building that was South Australia’s first fire station. It was a working firehouse until 1996, but owner Rodney Twiss said they fought few fires after Adelaide’s modern station opened in the ’70s. “The firemen used to keep the door open and had fun drinking beer out the back and meeting girls,” said Twiss.
The inn opened in August 1998 after a $250,000 restoration. Its three suites have shower-whirlpool tubs, luxury linens, flat-screen TVs, refrigerators, and microwaves.
The Fire Engine Suite includes a vintage fireman’s uniform, ladders, and a parked fire engine. “The tires are left flat to stop the movement of the 1942 International Lend Lease Fire Engine by overexuberant guests,” said Twiss.
The Loggia Suite includes the courtyard where firemen dined and drank beer. The Residency Penthouse spans the top story where they slept.
The inn is a stroll away from O’Connell Street’s many popular cafes and pubs. Brougham Gardens and the Adelaide Oval are nearby.
FIRE STATION INN 80 Tynte St., North Adelaide, South Australia. 011-61-8-8267-2020, www.adelaideheritage.com/FireStation.html. Seasonal rates from $215.