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A good option when you holiday in Adelaide is to spend some time in Glenelg, an upmarket seaside village. There is an endless row of strip shopping prolifically punctuated with good restaurants, an area criss-crossed with long beachside walks and Glenelg itself is accessed by the famous Glenelg tram that trundles between Adelaide and Glenelg every fifteen minutes.
Searching for accommodation a few people on the Internet recommend Oak Plaza Pier hotel apartment accommodation so decided to give it a go.
Room rates were expensive but after checking a few online sources managed to snare a two bedroom apartment for $249. This was less than half the price it would have been if I had booked it through the hotel.
We arrived early and left our bags and came back at the requisite two o'clock. Room still not ready.
After waiting another ten minutes for the housekeeper to come down and check in with the concierge (hadn't the staff heard of mobile phones) I was feeling a bit disgruntled and expecting the worst when it came to the room.
Luckily I was wrong as the suite was lovely. The two bedrooms both had king-sized beds. It could have easily accommodated two couple or four singles making it really good value. No fighting over who got which bedroom. Both were fabulous. While one had direct access to the bathroom the other had a better view and a television.
King sized beds or can be used as two king singles
There was a kitchenette including stainless steel appliances and a dishwasher. There was also a lounge area with flat screen TV (plus Foxtel) and an ipod dock. All were stylishly decorated in that pleasant if nondescript modern hotel style. Which means brown and beige with no sharp colours or features to offend and art work which makes you tilt your head and ponder.
I had asked for a room with a view and was a bit miffed when I found myself on a lift to only level 2. Also knew that at the price the view would not be an ocean one. But looking out at the pleasant balcony I found that we did have a slight view from one window of the boats on the marina. While the other side looked over what the property calls a park but is more a large dip of green lawn with some palm trees on one edge. Certainly pleasant and green but not my definition of a park which to me means looking down over treetops.
Situationally this hotel is great. It is next door to the marina so there are plenty of eateries literally within a stone's throw. The beach is right in front so the bars and coffee shop have excellent ocean views. It is also a five minute walk from the main drag , Jetty Road with all those shops and eateries. This area is good for families. There is a multi-story games palace for kids, and eateries like Tex Mex, Nandos and Hog's Breath Café. There are also plenty of good coffee houses and restaurants for couples.
There was also a lap pool, gym and spa on our floor and at times you might step out of your door and there was no one else in them so it was like having all this luxury to yourself.
Even though this place was 4.5 star and the apartment was spacious and nicely outfitted there were a few 4.5 star touches missing. There was just one variety each of tea and instant coffee and containers of UHT milk which I detest. No dressing gowns, no luxury toiletries and no shower cap. The bath was quite high so in order to clamber in a rail would have been useful.
Couldn't fault the young lady at reception the following morning who rang a sister hotel in Adelaide so we could store our bags for the day and also gave us fantastic directions and maps galore for planning our day.
Despite some such minor disgruntlement this is a lovely hotel and in a great position. Great area to stay if you are visiting Adelaide. Arguably there is much more happening at any one time in Glenelg than in the city centre.