Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort
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TravelPod Member ReviewsDesert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort Yulara
Only staying for one night at Ayers Rock, meant we did not spend a great deal of time here, but the room was very clean and had a large powerful shower. Beds were comfortable and the staff very friendly. We would have liked to have eaten dinner in the restaurant but it was very expensive, so ended up at the Pioneer Outback for a 'DIY BBQ', which was great fun. Did splash out and had breakfast, but it was still over priced, even though 12 and unders ate for free!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort Yulara
The feelings about our recent 3 day stay seem to be in line with earlier reviews submitted by others. The room was quite a trek from reception up and down steps; more like a motel room. The room was fairly basic with poor quality furniture, although the bathroom was very good. Our TV was very old and faulty. It was replaced by a new one but they couldn't find the right remote control to use and gave up...
Stayed for 2 nights in February with my son. Arrived with an open mind after reading previous reviews. Yes, the accommodation is expensive but considering the location it all adds to the experience. Hotel staff were not very helpful at check in (which was extremely busy) - which was my only complaint. No help was offered to carry our luggage and it was quite a walk from the car park. Our room was clean with no insects! Bathroom very clean and excellent shower. Fridge was a great asset as stocked up on juice etc from the well stocked supermarket - prices were not too expensive. Lots of crickets and insects outside your door especially at night! Pool Area - very clean and a refreshing way to cool off after the very hot February days. Concrete area around pool gets very hot!!! I decided to hire a car from the airport and glad I did. It was far more enjoyable arranging my own itinerary . Yes there were flies - hats with a net attached can be bought from the supermarket. We did experience the Sounds of Silence Dinner. Good value for money - with a variety of food and quality wine. You couldn't really see what you were eating and bugs did jump into your wine! It was a very warm clear evening. Our stay was a wonderful experience and will never forget.
After reading a few reviews of this hotel I was slightly dubious about staying there, but after arriving at the resort my doubts were calmed, this hotel is lovely, very clean, great location and very helpful friendly staff. One word of advise all standard rooms are equiped with 2 double beds only they do not have rooms with one king bed unless you upgrade to the deluxe rooms, my advise is upgrade the room we had a deluxe room which had a view of Ayres Rock absolutly stunning. If you can, upgrade the room when you get to the resort as it will cost you less, it was AUD50.00 a night for us whereas if we had done it before it was more in the region of AUD100.00 a night. Remeber when going there that Ayres rock resort is the only place around for hundreds of miles so choices may be slightly limited but as long as you are aware of that before you go you'll have no issues. Loved the place and the hotel and would highly reccommend it.
We were recommended to stay at the Desert Gardens resort as some of the rooms had a "Rock View". We were lucky enough to have a (partial) Rock View Room, but this did not justify staying at this hotel.
You really don't have much choice when you come to Ayres Rock as all the hotels (bar 1) are run by the same company and there is not much else to do than eat and drink in the hotel.
Overpriced, poor value, camp instead!
What a rip off. Cynical exploitation in terms of charging whatever they like for average service & facilities. Sadly this is typical of the hotels at the Ayers Rock resort who will overcharge you at every turn because they can. Do yourself a favour & camp instead.
There are several lodging facilities run by the same company at Ayers Rock. This review only describes our experience at the Desert Garden.
Our stay here in November was less then 24 hours. We came especially for the "Sounds of Silence Dinner" which depsite the less then memorable food was worth the trip. The Dessert Garden reminds me of a large sprawling motel. The room we stayed in was a good 7 minute walk from the main lobby. However, the plus was that it did have a view somewhat of Ayres Rock. The downside was it was near the road and you could hear the buses leaving at 4:30AM for the Breafast at the Rocks. It also, took almost an hour to get our room ready, even though we were there at the correct check in time and lastly in took another 45 minutes to get our luggage. It seems as if tour groups are given preferenceover individual travelers.