Haydn Radford -A freelance writer born in Adelaide, who loves living here. I write about movies, theatre, entertainment, literary and art events. I am happy to promote & review your events. www.weekendnotes.com/profile/121822
Published January 5th 2014
Memorable fun holiday for those with limited mobility
Recently I was faced with the dilemma of having a weekend holiday. How can that possibly be a problem, you might ask? How could a weekend holiday not be fun? My problem was, I was recuperating from back surgery and travelling by plane or car long distances was not an option. So we decided on keeping our destination close to Adelaide to minimise travelling.
Atlantic Tower Motor Inn overlooking Wigley reserve.
But where do you go for comfortable accommodation, good dining, relaxing short walks and pleasant places and interesting sites to see and enjoy?
For our holiday we decided on a special weekender package at the Atlantic Tower Motor Inn at Glenelg. It was only a 25-minute drive to this popular beach location, which provided us more time to relax and enjoy our selves. There was also something about their advertising that struck a chord with me - "It isn't about what you do while you're here, what you see or eat, it's the memories you take with you when you leave."
We settled in on our first night after a light evening meal, and as comfortable as the bed would be for most people, I experienced severe back pain by the next morning. It was when I mentioned my discomfort to Christine, the Receptionist; we experienced their exceptional service. At no time did I mention I write reviews and was seeking special consideration. This weekend was my weekend off from writing. Christine explained how they were refurbishing their accommodation facilities for guests with limited mobility and I was invited to change rooms. The upgrading, she said, will make the Atlantic Tower Motor Inn one of the few Hotels/Motels in Adelaide to offer such facilities for guests with limited mobility. Our new room also came with a private balcony and a stunning view from the tenth floor.
All I required was a firmer mattress, but we were provided with a split king bed, which could be converted to two singles, if needed. We settled for the double and the join was unnoticeable. The bathroom had a wheel-in wet area and all the safety features necessary for guests with limited mobility. Their goal to make our stay more comfortable and enjoyable was certainly achieved.
We decided on the free continental breakfasts in the breakfast room overlooking the Holdfast Shores Marina from the ninth floor. The Atlantic Tower Motel is ideally located so we left our car in the free off-street parking and set off for a leisurely walk around Glenelg, which has so much history and diverse places as beaches, marina, shops, restaurants, pubs, jetty and entertainment facilities.
Glenelg is well known for its lovelly beaches and coastline.
Our walks took in the Marina Pier development, the Buffalo Restaurant and the marina. We relished our morning coffees overlooking the Holdfast Shores development and casually wandered along the foreshore to a massive entertainment complex with waterslides, rides and games called The Beachouse. Not recommended relaxation for my back, so we settled for watching the action.
At Moseley Square we viewed an art exhibition, which was uniquely set up in shipping containers. Glenelg is the home of the Bay Discovery Centre. Visitors are invited to check out the free museum located in the Glenelg Town Hall, which displays Glenelg's history via interactive multimedia exhibitions.
Moseley Square I feel is like the central hub of Glenelg with its wide variety of shops, cafes and entertainment. In one direction you have the Glenelg Jetty, while opposite there is the tramline, which will take you directly to the city of Adelaide, on through to the Entertainment Centre at Hindmarsh.
The Top of the World Revolving Restaurant is popular for its dining and views.
As we admired the scenery and atmosphere of the beach and the various restaurants on the Marina Pier we decided to enjoy the seafood special at The Fish Glenelg Restaurant. The meal was superb and reasonably priced. Along with its friendly service, it is certainly worth checking out. Again, they were unaware I might write a review.
For anyone with limited mobility or experiencing discomfort due to severe back pain, I recommend the special accommodation facilities at the Atlantic Tower Motor Inn for your next holiday accommodation. Due to their understanding and excellent customer service I was able to take pleasure in our weekend holiday of leisurely walks along the beautiful beach area and main shopping and activities on Jetty Road; all walking distance from the Atlantic Tower Motor Inn.