Hotel Review: Stamford Grand Adelaide, Glenelg, South Australia

Hotel Review / South Australia

Adelaide is a diverse city with its relatively small CDB surrounded by extensive parklands and home to the redeveloped and world renowned Adelaide Oval. Home to the Adelaide Hills and an array of Wineries, Adelaide is the ideal getaway city to experience when you want to take it easy, watch the world go by and winery hop around the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hill wine regions.


When looking for accommodation options you shouldn’t restrict yourself to the Adelaide CBD, for that ultimate chill-out experience why not consider staying in the trendy suburb of Glenelg right on the beach. Whilst here you can’t look past staying at the Stamford Grand Adelaide located right on the beach and next to Glenelg’s well known jetty. It’s the ultimate place to stay when coming to Adelaide for a short stay.

Glenelg is connected to Adelaide by the city’s tram system and by staying here you’ll be able to stay outside of the city whilst being close by and be able to have the beach setting with stunning sunsets overnight falling over the St Vincent Gulf. The great location of the Stamford Grand Adelaide means it’s just a short stroll outside your hotel room to experience the Glenelg coastline, even if you don’t secure yourself an ocean view room.


Price: AUD $183.00 per night
Check In: 14:00
Check Out: 11:00
Room: 1003
Floor: 10 of 12 (Grand City View King)


Adelaide Airport is located just north of Glenelg and you’ll even see the planes flying overhead. If this worries you then don’t let it as you cannot hear the planes at all as the airport has a 11:00pm curfew. The most direct route from the airport if you’re driving will only take you 12 to 15 minutes to arrive. If you’re not driving, a bus will take you there taking approximately 30 minutes. However you may wish to organise an airport transfer getting to the hotel as this would be an easier option.

From here you’ll have direct access to the city via the tram if you don’t plan on driving, so once you have arrived at the hotel you are all set for exploring Adelaide making the Stamford Grand Adelaide your base.


The main entrance to the hotel is hidden, facing the Adelaide Hills direction although the hotel does also have a beachside entrance too. If driving you can temporarily park your car out the front of the hotel whilst you check-in. During my time staying at the Stamford Grand Adelaide the staff were really friendly and helpful. Check-in was really fast and when asked about car parking they gave me instructions on how the parking facilities work and what the charge would be which I’ll go into below.

The car park was a parking garage attached the outside of the hotel and as I had hired a SUV I had to squeeze my way around the small corners to get to the top of the building where parking was plentiful. From the hotel lobby with luggage in toe, the hotel has three lifts that are rather slow but whisk you away up to your room.


Arriving at the room on the tenth floor I was greeted with a very spacious room complete with a king size bed, TV with an array of local and cable channels as well as nice views overlooking the city in the distance and even further behind the Adelaide Hills. The view from the room also overlooks the car park below so if you’re the overprotective type that wants to keep an eye on their car then this is the side of the hotel for you.

The bathroom facilities are standard for any hotel in this class and you are provided with amenities to get you through your stay, topped up daily by the housekeepers. The size of the room is great in that it isn’t cramped and doesn’t feel like a small studio hotel room. You have room to sit to the side by the window, enough so that you can comfortably have dinner in the privacy of your own room.

The only negative of this room was the noise. At the time it was school holidays being the Easter long weekend and there were a lot of kids running around, some of which found it convenient to do so at 9:00pm down the hallway and it echoed throughout the room. Along with doors closing and lifts opening you may want to consider asking for a room away from the lifts.

Having said that it is a small price to pay, the noise wasn’t continuous and died down within minutes of it happening.


Car parking at the hotel is via the parking garage that accompanies the hotel. This garage can also be used by the public visiting Glenelg for the day as it’s simply a ticketed car park. For hotel guest there is a daily charge of $20.00 and you can request a ticket from the front desk so you can come and go as many times as you like during your stay. The car park has plenty of parking spaces so there isn’t any risk of them all being taken up by guests.

The hotel also boasts its own pool and gym facilities. The impressive pool overlooks the city centre of Glenelg and the main tram stop to the north and to the west. You can go outside to a balcony overlooking the ocean, an ideal spot away from the crowd for watching the sunset in the evening.

Of course with most hotels you can indulge in a bit of room service and that’s exactly what I did. The Stamford Burger was my choice and being the Easter long weekend it was actually cheaper to have room service than to go out for dinner. Adelaide seems to have implemented that pesky Sydney-style public holiday surcharge so costs around a public holiday surge by an average of 10%.


Checking out of the hotel was simple, after settling my room service and parking bill it was straight back into the car and off to explore the Hallet Cove Boardwalk, south of Glenelg before flying back home after a relaxing weekend in Adelaide.

The Stamford Grand Adelaide is the ideal place to stay when in Adelaide as it offers the convenience of being close to the airport, being close to the Adelaide CBD without having to stay in Adelaide and offers a superb beachside location. Being here is all the more enjoyable when you hire a car as it’s on the south western side of Adelaide city it is a simple drive through the city to head out to the Adelaide Hills via the South Eastern Arterial and also a great place to base yourself for tours of the wineries and further south to Victor Harbor.

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  1. Your article rocks! And comprehensive providing lots of tips to enjoy Adelaide. As someone who is thinking about traveling the world with my friend, I plan on taking a lot of this into consideration. Many thanks for your time.

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