The Best Hotels and Places to Stay in Glenelg, South Australia

Stamford Grand Adelaide enjoys amazing views of Glenelg beach
Stamford Grand Adelaide enjoys amazing views of Glenelg beach | © Stamford Grand / Expedia
Adejoke Emmanuel

Glenelg is a beachside suburb of Adelaide, located on the shore of Holdfast Bay in the Gulf of Vincent. It’s known for coastal activities such as swimming, surfing, snorkelling, fishing and sailing. Glenelg is also a place to go shopping, enjoy the nightlife, take walks and do tours. Some of the popular attractions in Glenelg include the Bay Discovery Centre, Moseley Square, the Beachhouse, Colley Reserve and Glenelg Art Gallery. Here are some of the best places to stay in Glenelg, Australia – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Stamford Grand Adelaide, for stunning sea vistas


Double room at Stamford Grand Adelaide, with contemporary grey furnishings that have pops of red and blue, and a large balcony area with panoramic ocean views.
© Stamford Grand / Expedia

Discover this luxurious resort on the beach of the seaside suburb of Glenelg. Stay in any of the generously proportioned accommodation types with contemporary decor, and get splendid views of the ocean or the city. Dine at the Promenade Restaurant and select from its great a la carte menus while admiring spectacular views of Glenelg beach. Step into the Horizons Cocktail Lounge Bar and enjoy one of the signature dishes, or sip your favorite drink in the casual atmosphere of the Grand Bar. Don’t miss the gym, either – where there’s a selection of cardio machines, including treadmills and rowing machines – or relax in the pool area, where there’s a heated pool and a hot tub.

2. Oaks Glenelg Liberty Suites, for endless views

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Lounge area at Oaks Glenelg Liberty Suites, with panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides, one with a small balcony, a grey sofa, a white coffee table and a flatscreen TV.
© Oaks Glenelg Liberty Suites / Expedia

Here’s a group of holiday apartments located in Colley Terrace, close to Glenelg beach. Select from one-, two- or three-bedroom apartments – all of which have spacious rooms finished in white, with large floor-to-ceiling windows that provide captivating views. Each apartment has a kitchen with modern appliances, a large living area and a balcony that offers city or coastal views. Here, you can relax in the pool or jacuzzi after exploring nearby Glenelg beach, Glenelg Pier or the Bay Discovery Centre. There are also various restaurants where you can treat your taste buds to local delicacies.

3. Nightcap at Watermark Glenelg, for central convenience


Large double room at Nightcap at Watermark Glenelg, with dark grey carpet and curtains, a teal accent wall, an adjacent balcony and wall-mounted flatscreen TV.
© Nightcap at Watermark Glenelg / Expedia

Located in Glenelg North, this modern motel provides good quality, comfortable accommodation in a friendly, laid-back atmosphere. The motel offers 14 lovely rooms and a three-bedroom family apartment, where rooms are fitted with luxurious King Koli beds and modern furnishings. There’s a restaurant where you can have a menu of buffet meals prepared from fresh produce, and there are also great restaurants nearby to choose from. The Jetty Road shopping area and Glenelg beach are minutes away.

4. Ensenada Motor Inn and Suites, for memorable design


Twin room at Ensenada Motor Inn and Suites, with two grey divan beds that face the back of a light-grey sofa, and a large floor-to-ceiling window with cream curtains.
© Ensenada Motor Inn & Suites / Expedia

Located just opposite the picturesque Colley Reserve, the recently refurbished Ensenada offers single rooms, suites with kitchens, and apartments. There are both compact and spacious rooms here, with oak timber furnishings, modern decor, soft vibrant coastal tones and luxurious carpets. Immerse yourself in the food and wine culture of Glenelg, and choose from a wide range of restaurants, bars and cafes around here – there are more than 50 places to eat just a five-minute walk from the Ensenada. Don’t miss all of the fun beach activities in Glenelg – such as scuba diving and swimming with dolphins – as well as events in Adelaide.

5. Comfort Inn Anzac Highway, for cosy comforts


Family room at Comfort Inn Anzac Highway, with one grey divan bed and two similar single beds, one in each corner, and light-coloured wood panelling around the lower half of the walls.
© Comfort Inn Anzac Highway / Expedia

Tucked away in a quiet seaside suburb of Glenelg, the Comfort Inn provides easy access to the many highlights of Adelaide and scenic beaches. A variety of rooms are on offer here – from standard rooms to executive spa suites. All rooms are spacious with neutral colour palettes, and suites come with equipped kitchenettes. There’s also an outdoor pool, barbecue space and large dining/meeting rooms. Eating and drinking are communal affairs at the Diggers Bistro, which is open for breakfast and dinner, as well as the hotel’s bar and lounge. Discover Glenelg’s multicultural dining options, go shopping or see the local sporting attractions, such as Glenelg Football Oval, Morphettville Racecourse and the South Australia Aquatic and Leisure Centre.

6. Seawall Apartments, for easy airport access


Seawall Apartments are just within walking distance of Glenelg beach – close to some of the best local restaurants and bars, and with convenient access to Adelaide Airport. The apartments have stunning sea views, come fully equipped for self-catering, and each one is decorated in a unique style. Take a walk around and you’ll find a sparkling swimming pool and a barbecue/picnic area to chill out by; or take a short tram ride into the heart of Adelaide where you can explore museums, galleries, historic buildings and central markets.

7. Taft Motor Inn 3, for comfy soft furnishings


Compact double room at Taft Motor Inn 3, with a small double bed in one corner that has red-and-white bed linens, and a small grey sofa.
© Taft Motor Inn 3 / Expedia

Find this three-star jewel in the heart of Glenelg District, close to Sandy Beach. The Inn offers 34 air-conditioned, compact rooms, with a soft hue of neutral colours, modest decor, and grey curtains and carpets. You can revel in the serenity of the surroundings by the free-form outdoor pool or take a walk on the beach. The Inn is close to Glenelg Jetty – just a five-minute walk from the Beachhouse amusement park and a 10-minute walk from Gilderol Stadium.

8. West Beach Parks, for family-friendly fun

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Semi-permanent camping module at West Beach Parks, with a cream canvas awning, decked dining area outside and a small modular living area inside, with one rolled up wall.
© West Beach Parks / Expedia

A resort surrounded by a lush, natural environment is certainly a place to be – and West Beach Parks is just that. This retreat is great for families and groups, and you can choose from several types of accommodations, such as deluxe and self-contained “shacks”, which come with two or three bedrooms in various designs. There are no dull moments here as facilities are available for every age group – including a tennis court, barbecues, playground, go-kart hire and jumping pillow. There’s also a gorgeous pool, water slides and poolside cabanas to relax in. If you don’t want to self-cater, the retreat is surrounded by great restaurants, and places to grab a drink with family and friends.

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