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“Good location, everything else average”
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Buffalo Motor Inn
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Buffalo Motor Inn
Ranked #3 of 8 Glenelg B&B and Inns
Reviewed 17 September 2013

Within easy walking distance to Glenelg strip, Trams and Beach. Clean room with very tired furnishings and facilities. Always smelled of cleaning chemicals when entering the room. The bed must be the oldest still in use anywhere - brown stained, and the bedspread has very obvious spot-cleaning marks on it. We were happy to reuse towels but they were changed every day, regardless. No laundry facilities - not good for extended stay. Room has toaster etc but no plates or cutlery. Foxtel did not work properly - very limited choice and low res picture. Was offered $50 per night upgrade special to a room on the first floor with a view of the park... nah. Noisy with children playing on stairs and in car park. Smelly ashtrays in front of every room a feature!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 July 2013 via mobile

We purely booked a room here online as it was in a good location and was reasonably priced for the area. As a bonus it advertised a complimentary continental breakfast. The rooms are spacious and acceptable with everything you need. Basic place, nothing flash. When we checked out there was no mention of any free breakfast and when I asked the lady at the desk said it was a computer error and the free breakfast deal should have been taken off the website. As a result we got no free breakfast as advertised. This thoroughly disappointed me. She offered to get it for us eventually but it meant going back to our room to have it however our taxi was waiting to take us to the airport. Don't believe everything advertised!!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed 2 June 2013

Excellent motel great service from the time you get picked up at the airport excellent service at book in and clean quiet rooms . We stay there regularly and always get friendly service.l would be more than happy to recommend the motel to anyone. The people who drive the bus are always very pleasant and nothing is a problem to them. At check in you get excellent service. The people there are always happy and always very pleasant. Great motel to stay at.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Reviewed 30 January 2013

Very nice bloke on check in, couldn't have been friendlier and always let on when seeing us about the place.

This motel is comfortable and does the job. Perfect location at the end of Anzac and close to the centre of Glenelg.

Glenelg is very busy and expensive during the summer but this place was very reasonable at $110 a night. I would stay here again if I was to visit Glenelg and would have no problems recommending it.

It is a motel so don't expect the world but if you want good value, clean rooms, aircon and a central location then you can't go wrong here

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 January 2013

I stayed at the Buffalo for a second time in January 2013 and again had a marina view room. All my work colleagues stay at the Buffalo for its great location. While it is on Anzac Highway it is in fact on the last few inches of the quiet, so-called highway before it turns the corner towards Jetty Road and the beach. The Buffalo is still in the heart of Glenelg, situated within a mix of heritage residences, retro-classic buildings, and high-rise concrete monsters. All the same, the monsters are all rather posh and fairly desirable residential apartment blocks. The Buffalo Motor Inn comes in the "retro-classic" category, and I say that because I think it must have been cleaned up since the 2011 reviews, because it was very clean and tidy. In this area nothing is very far away from the beach, the marina, or the parks. The whole area is buzzing with families, people, joggers, walkers and cyclists, and people going to and from the beach. Right around the corner from the Buffalo are a hundred different kinds of restaurants for breakfasts (I favour the Ambient restaurant for a yummy breakfast) and dinners (the seafood places near the marina are excellent). Just a short walk takes you to Jetty Road and the tram into the city. The beach has a jetty, lawns and clean white sand and clean water. The Buffalo is right on the coastal walks, south and north along the coast. It is close to everything. Despite having a front room with marina view I found it to be a very quiet room. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the rooms are inexpensive. Basic yes, but still with a certain amount of retro-classic panache with two comfortable armchairs, a solid round wooden table and two chairs, and a large, clean and comfortable bed. The television has umpteen channels, all which worked. The bathroom was clean and well appointed. Despite the establishment being fully booked due to the Tour Down Under, with the curtains pulled I had a quiet sleep for the four nights of my stay. For the cost it is definitely worth it: you could pay four times the cost to stay at the big hotel on the beach. The Buffalo will remain our place of choice when in Adelaide on work trips.

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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 January 2013

We have stayed at the Buffalo for several boys/footy/cricket trips.
It is close walking distence to the beach and some great pubs.
Easy to walk to the tram which drops you off at the door of the Adelaide Casino, Adelaide Oval.
Realy affordable accomidation, if you aren't after the ritz!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 October 2012

Your typical affordable 3 star hotel, just basic amenities.
Walking distance to many cafes & shops.
Single bed for my teenage son was awful, no springs left, seemed just foam.
Free car parking was very handy.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Buffalo Motor Inn

Address: 766 Anzac Hwy, Glenelg, South Australia 5045, Australia
Region: Australia > South Australia > Greater Adelaide > Glenelg
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Glenelg
Price Range: £70 - £87 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Buffalo Motor Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in seaside Glenelg overlooking picturesque Holdfast Shores Marina and Wigley Reserve. The closest motel to the beach, just a short walk to the many cafes, restaurants and hotels and cosmopolitan Jetty Road Shopping. ... more   less 
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