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Looking for Adelaide apartments on the beach? Discover historic Glenelg, endless white beaches, find top hotels and apartments in Adelaide's lively beach resort. Enjoy colourful pictures of Glenelg's attractions.

Adelaide's beaches are amazing. From Adelaide Harbour in the north to Port Noarlunga and further south, enjoy the endless string of white, sandy beaches.

glenelg town hall and hindmarsh memorial
The old town hall and the pioneer memorial in Glenelg

Glenelg is by far Adelaide's most popular seaside resort. It offers all kind of activities to keep everyone happy. Shopping opportunities abound, as well as numerous hotels, apartment buildings, motels and restaurants.

Located about 10 km south-west from the city centre, you can take the tram from Glenelg's Moseley Square for a 20 minutes ride to the heart of the city. You'll love it.

Glenelg is also a historical place. It was here at Holdfast Bay where surveyors and the first settlers to South Australia arrived. Govenor John Hindmarsh proclaimed the colony of South Australia at the old gum tree in MacFarland Street in 1836.

To commemorate the 100th birthday of South Australia, the Pioneer Memorial was errected at Moseley Square, right across the jetty.


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Attractions and Activities in Glenelg

The beautiful coastal scenery is an attraction itself, but there are many activities to enjoy in Glenelg.

moseley square glenelg jetty road pioneer memorial old building with clock tower beach house jetty on the beach

  • Family fun is offered at The Beachouse with the historic carousel, a ferris wheel, water slides and more.
  • Sail along wild dolphins on a cruise.
  • Dine on the HMS Buffalo, a replica of the ship that brought Govenor Hindmarsh to Australia in 1836. The HMS Buffalo is moored in the Patawolonga.
  • Discover the history of Glenelg and Holdfast Bay at the Bay Discovery Centre.
  • Visit the Glenelg Tourist Information Centre, Shop 22, Marina Pier, for more ideas.

Best Western Ensenada Motor Inn

13 Colley Terrace

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This 4 Star Hotel offers quality accommodations in a central location. Each of the 32 well-equipped guest rooms and suites have cable television with Foxtel and wireless broadband Internet.

Free under cover car parking is certainly a huge advantage in this busy area. You really don't need your car to get around here.

The Ensenada is very close to Jetty Road and Moseley Square. It is a well-established place, has already been there on my first visit 20 years ago.

BEST WESTERN Ensenada Motor Inn


Oaks Plaza Pier Hotel

16 Holdfast Promenade

Adelaide Apartments Oaks Plaza

Right on the beachfront, the 5 star Oaks Plaza Pier Hotel offers magnificent ocean views. Spoil yourself in luxurious one and two bedroom apartments, all with balconies.

Most apartments have a separate bedroom, lounge, fully equipped kitchen, laundry areas. The private balconies provide spectacular views either over the park, the Marina or the Ocean.

Relax in the pool if you feel the ocean is too cold for you.
Local and regional food is served at the Rocks Restaurant. The Oaks Plaza is just a few minutes walk from Glenelg's shopping area.

Book the Oaks Plaza Pier Apartment Hotel

Glenelg Pacific Apartments

10 Durham Street

modern apartment building

This modern apartment house is just one block away from Moseley Square and the beach.

The Glenelg Pacific offers 1 and 2 bedroom apartments for short and longer stays.
All apartments have full kitchen and laundry facilities.

Minimum stay is 3 nights (5 nights during high season).

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Stamford Grand Adelaide

stamford grand hotel at the beach
Moseley Square

Built in the historic location where the first Pier Hotel stood, the Stamford Grand offers luxury accommodation for a perfect holiday.

Deluxe rooms and various suites are available, all with stunning views of either the ocean or the city and the Adelaide Hills.

The Promenade Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Grand Bar is open daily from 11am for a drink, or a light meal during the day. Join the party with live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.
The Horizon Cocktail Bar invites you for a pre or post dinner drink, and to enjoy the ocean panorama.

Check out the Stamford Grand Hotel Adelaide

How to find and book your Glenelg hotel?

Of course, Glenelg offers a lot more hotels, motels and budget accommodation, including the beautiful Glenelg Beach Hostel.

Below I have listed a few general and specialised booking services where you can start to explore Adelaide's and Glenelg's hotel facilities. Just click on an image to check them out.

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Are you still stuck and can't decide where to stay? Read reviews of other travellers at TripAdvisor. Although sometimes comments reach from "very nice" to "awful", these reviews help to form an opinion. I always check TripAdvisor before I make an online booking.

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