Glenelg Beach Hostel




The Review

Glenelg Beach Hostel has a great atmosphere and is a really fun place to stay. It has the right mix of chilled out and party depending on the day or the crew that you meet during your stay.

The Location

Right off the main strip of Jetty Road in Glenelg, and about two hundred meters from the beach, you will find Glenelg Beach Hostel. The bus station to and from the airport is directly over the road, the tram to the city is a hundred meters from the door of the hostel and you are only a five-minute walk from a supermarket if you want to cook here. Other than that, there is an abundance of local shops, bars, ice cream places, and any other kind of amenity that you might need within a close distance to the hostel.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The hostel is set up across four different units in the upstairs region where people sleep and shower. Each of these units and rooms have different keys so you can only get into your room. The bedrooms are comfortable and spacious and great to sleep in. They don't have any lockers to store your things, but ample space under the beds. The bathrooms are communal bathrooms and they are kept clean and tidy.

Common Spaces

In the downstairs basement area of the hostel is a bar, which opens every day and has a happy hour between 5 and 7 p.m. Through from the bar is a common area with couches and bean bags for lounging and talking to people or watching television. They have an abundance of information on things to do in Adelaide and the surrounding areas on the walls in this space, as well as a book exchange.

The kitchen is through from here and they have large fridges to keep your food in and plenty of space to cook. It is clean, and there are huge amounts of utensils. The kitchen is broken up into different areas, though, so some things are kept in different rooms and you might have to go looking for things or ask if you can't find them.


You couldn't ask for a better location, and the staff are friendly and helpful. Glenelg Beach hostel is an amazing place! You should definitely stay here!
by Globetrotter Staff Reviewer
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1-7 Moseley Street, Glenelg, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
-34.980780, 138.513030 (accuracy not guaranteed)
+61 (8) 8376-0007, 1-800-066-422
+61 (8) 8376-0677
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84% Guest Reviews

Nice place.
This hostel is great for its location. It was very clean but the showers dont have any doors just a shower curtain, which is different. The kitchen was a bit awkward too as there was 4 different parts to it and people always got in each others way walking to and from different parts. It has a good garden area out the back and the bar underneath is pretty cool as you get free wifi in there. However you cant take your own alcohol in there as they have a bar and like you to buy from it instead. Good place to stay though for a short while.
A shadow of its former self
This formerly lovely space has gone through many changes in recent years. If you want to party until you puke in the downstairs bar, and have your room a short stagger away, then this is the place for you. Thin walls, so you can hear the party go on all night and follow the next door conversation. And if you are really lucky, you will find bar patrons f**king in the tiny common shower room. Beware.
Glenelg Beach Hostel is a virtual maze to navigate, with multiple floors and levels opening up into numerous empty spaces, patios, and porches winding throughout the large property. A large "beer garden" is located outside the rear of the building offering a nice place to relax outside, and the staff could not be more helpful. The Location The location is two blocks from the beach and is in a great area of Glenelg next to tons of places to eat and drink. There is a supermarket a few blocks away and anything else you'll need during your stay can be found on the main street just steps away from the hostel. Shoes, books, power adapters, sunglasses -- you name it, it's all within a two-minute walk. Rooms and Bathrooms You could call the rooms cozy, and some of the four-bed dorm rooms are just downright cramped. Some rooms have no AC or fans, so rooms can become quite hot in the summer. Each dorm has individual beds -- no bunks. The private rooms offer much more in the way of space and privacy as do the larger dorm rooms. The rooms can be very noisy due to heavy bus traffic right outside the window, so bring some earplugs. Bathrooms are clean and water pressure and temperature are great, but for a hostel of this size it is sometimes hard to find an available shower. Common Spaces The hostel has a newly renovated, fully functional bar offering everything from local wines to beer on tap. On the first floor there is a large room to socialize with bar style tables and chairs. There is another large area equipped with couches to the side that opens up into the computer area. Outside the rear of the building there is a large beer garden where most backpackers hang out at day's end, and it provides a great place to socialize. Summary Overall this hostel is good value with many places on the property to relax and/or socialize. The location of this hostel could not be better, being two blocks from the beach, and the staff are excellent.
William Simpson
(United States America)
  Great potential but so badly organised! Arrived with my boyfriend and had to stay in separate dorms the first night (Valentine's night!) but was told we'd be in the same dorm for our second night. However, not only were we in separate dorms the second night, but also separate buildings! The hostel didn't seem to know which rooms had spare beds and which rooms were full. The kitchen is so tiny! And only has one cooker for the whole hostel (which we were told sleeps one hundred people). There are no bunkbeds but the hostel really does utilise every space and crams the single beds in. Apart from the above, the location is fantastic and the bar downstairs was quite chilled out.
  Absoloutely fabulous, made many good mates, and a great clean friendly atmosphere. The kitchen was bit small and sometimes had get to showers quick to be out early and final small prob no air con so was very warm trying sleep, but apart from that i loved every minute i didnt wanna leave and i would be back as perfect central location and 1 min walk to beach it was a fantastic experience and id be back.
  Good atmosphere, nice building, no bunks and a funky little bar. The only problem, as the person below said, is the tiny kitchen; recommended.
Jacky B
  This hostel has the potential to be great. No bunk beds, generally clean, and a bar downstairs. What lets it down is the ridiculously small kitchen which has the smallest hob oven you've ever seen to accommodate about seventy-five guests trying to cook. The kitchen was also filthy. Could also do with more showers. With a little effort, it could be better, but at the moment, I wouldn't go back.
  This hostel was done up recently and is the best hostel we have stayed in throughout Australia. The owners are really friendly and go out of their way to help you. The rooms are spacious and the beds are super comfy. The kitchen is small but there is loads of cooking stuff and it is more than suitable. The signs say the kitchen closes at 8 but it never does. This hostel is worth recommending to everyone.

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