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.
- 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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