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“Comfortable, but basic accommodation in Touristy Glenelg”

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Atlantic Tower Motor Inn
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Glenelg
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
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“Comfortable, but basic accommodation in Touristy Glenelg”
Reviewed 3 December 2012

The Atlantic Tower Motor Inn has been a Glenelg icon for at least as many years as I've been alive. Known largely for the revolving restaurant located at the top of the hotel, the shape of the hotel is also a bit of a novelty. On first impressions the hotel is tired and in need of some TLC to inject some life into it. Attention to the small gardens along the driveway/reception as well as the signage would be a good start. There is one lift servicing the hotel which contains photographs of the hotel rooms, restaurant etc...sadly these are also old and do little instil confidence in the heart of the first time visitor.

I was pleasantly surprised though when entering my room to find that the decor did not match the photographs. Efforts have been made here to bring the furnishings up to date. Complete with Mini bar (at affordable prices), the room had a balcony and amazing almost 180 degree views of the city. The bathroom is roomy enough and clean. My only comment here is that there are no blinds on the window allowing morning sun to stream in..not a problem if you're an early riser, so if you are, remember to close the bathroom door before going to bed.

Breakfast was included in the price of the hotel. While I am happy with a simple breakfast - cereal and toast are fine for me, the cereal was very basic and the bread also lacked imagination. A hot breakfast could be bought for an additional $10.

Overall, a comfortable hotel with no airs and graces. Great for the budget minded traveler looking for a 'base'.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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Craig L, Manager at Atlantic Tower Motor Inn, responded to this review, 7 December 2012
Thank you for taking the time to provide some feedback on your stay. The uniqueness of the hotel and restaurant is definitely a drawcard.

The front gardens were upgraded a year or two ago. We chose natural plants and shrubbery that would stand up to the harsh Adelaide summers with little maintenance. Not long prior to that we also installed some new external signage with our new branding.
The lift signage is something that is on the list of things to be upgraded. This will take place once we have finished refurbishing the last few rooms which are currently in progress, and can get photography done of the new room types. We are pleased with the positive feedback on the rooms which have been updated.

We provide a basic continental breakfast to all our guests for free as an alternative to having to buy breakfast. We are the only motel in Glenelg to offer this service... saving our guests money. The continental breakfast includes a selection of cereals, white, wholemeal and multigrain bread for toast (not really sure how we can get more imaginative with our bread selection), fruit salad, fresh juices and tea/coffee. For those guests who prefer that little bit extra, we also offer a cooked breakfast selection from as little as $10 per person. Choose from bacon, eggs, sausages, tomatoes, baked beans and spaghetti, all served on toast and delivered hot to your table.

At the Atlantic Tower Motor Inn, we separate ourselves from the other brand name hotels in the area by being different. We offer modern rooms with additional features not found elsewhere, personalised service and value for money (free continental breakfast, free parking, reasonably priced mini-bar and WiFi).
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Reviewed 22 October 2012

I obviously picked a busy weekend to stay in Glenelg with my friend, there was not much accommodation available but thanks to wot if I found this comfortable little treasure. I normally stay at the Grand for a treat but was quite surprised by this motel. We got there and the receptionist was lovely. I think his name was Russell??? He was very inviting and booked a room in the restaurant for us. The rooms are neat and tidy and ours had a nice little balcony. The breakfast room did feel like we were going in to the wrong place as it was very small and not sure where the kitchen was. We upgraded our breakfast for $10 which turned out to be quite nice. All in all a lovely stay

  • Stayed October 2012
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Craig L, Manager at Atlantic Tower Motor Inn, responded to this review, 25 October 2012
Thank you for taking the time to submit your feedback. We’re glad that you enjoyed your stay and would love to have you back the next time you're in town.
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Property: Atlantic Tower Motor Inn
Address: 760 Anzac Hwy, Glenelg, South Australia 5045, Australia
Region: Australia > South Australia > Greater Adelaide > Glenelg
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Glenelg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Atlantic Tower Motor Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the Atlantic Tower Motor Inn we offer a broad range of accommodation catering from corporate guests to romantic getaways. With 36 rooms including private balconies up on the 9th, 10th and 11th floor, the views are spectacular in any direction. ... more   less 
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