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Desert Cave Hotel

4.0 of 5
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Hutchison Street, Coober Pedy, South Australia 5723, Australia
Desert Cave Hotel
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Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Coober Pedy
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 5 days ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Longreach, Australia, South Pacific
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We decided to go for the underground experience at $200 we had been told this was the best place being an International standard 4 star hotel The rooms were lovely and it was nice having the history tunnel and opal world on site Also was nice to get fuel discount vouchers and discount vouchers for the store on site

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Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this place. I always get an underground room and I'm never disappointed. I have stayed here 8 times now, and I always look forward to returning. The rooms are spotless and there is something very comforting about being underground. The wifi is terrible underground, but I don't even mind since I love the hotel so much. I love... More 

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Jacques B, Manager at Desert Cave Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Amandamelb, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay here at Desert Cave Hotel. Always happy to welcome travelers back and very pleased to read you enjoy each experience. Will pass on your comments to our housekeeping team who work hard to ensure rooms are clean. Free wi-fi is as you say unreliable underground however the... More 

London
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A big modern eyesore, with tacky shops and a gambling (pokies) section. Terrible WiFi , drunk gamblers coming and going at all hours. Reception acts stoned most of the time. Cafe breakfasts worst I've had in hundreds of spots. Cleaners fumigate your room with room freshener that seeps into everything. Since a lot of you care about WiFi internet I'll... More 

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Jacques B, Manager at Desert Cave Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Joefish, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us here at Desert Cave Hotel. I'm sorry we did not meet your expectations on this occasion. I am very concerned at your comments regarding our reception team who consistently receive praise for their friendly, helpful service and willingness to assist in anyway possible. Our cafe... More 

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in March for 1 night in a cave room which was an interesting experience. It was eerie and relaxing not being able to hear any outside noise or having any unnatural light interrupting your sleep. The guy who made our reservation and reception staff were great, restaurant staff also very kind. Room was clean and dinner was very... More 

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Jacques B, Manager at Desert Cave Hotel, responded to this review

Dear KRitchter90, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us here at Desert Cave Hotel. I'm pleased you enjoyed our 'cave' experience in our underground rooms. A good nights sleep is a must when traveling. Happy to read your meals in Umberto's restaurant were yummy. Our chef and wait staff work hard to ensure each... More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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54 reviews 54 reviews
20 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Coming in to town from NT, we really weren't looking for much, and expecting even less, but were very happily surprised. There is the obvious novelty of staying in a hotel built underground, but the room itself was very nice. Sure the décor is a bit old, but it was in good condition, the room was clean and comfortable, we... More 

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Jacques B, Manager at Desert Cave Hotel, responded to this review

Dear KiwiSaffa, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us here at Desert Cave Hotel. As you mention, decor may be a bit old, however we pride ourselves on clean, comfortable rooms which often provide guests with a great nights sleep. Happy to read you enjoyed your breakfast in our cafe and visited our underground... More 

Blackburn, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very basic rooms with an 80s decor! Definitely in need of an update! But.....this is the real outback....!! I would still recommend it....just to say that you stayed under ground in Coober Pedy.......

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Jacques B, Manager at Desert Cave Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Blee2010, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us here at Desert Cave Hotel. We are looking at improvements throughout 2015 and 2016 to lift the appearance of our rooms, however will retain the charm and character that represents the history of this town. The underground experience is certainly worth talking about! Kind regards,... More 

Sunshine Coast, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed at Desert Cave for 3 nights. Was picked up from the train at 1am and was taken to the train for departure at 11pm. Allowed to stay in room until departure even though hours after checkout time. Loved the tours to Painted Desert and Down and Dirty tour. Lovely management and staff and tour operators. Thank you.

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Jacques B, Manager at Desert Cave Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Sue B, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us here at Desert Cave Hotel. I am pleased you enjoyed your experience with us here as a side trip from the Ghan. Our Down and Dirty tours are a must do whilst in Coober Pedy to really understand the history of this unique town.... More 

Castlemaine, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed over night at this motel. Very spacious room and bathroom but basic and a bit tired so over priced compared to others we have stayed in on this trip. The restaurant was fantastic and the underground bar was worth visiting.

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Jacques B, Manager at Desert Cave Hotel, responded to this review

Dear sl3jill, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us here at Desert Cave Hotel. We are working through a number of improvements to lift the appearance of our rooms throughout 2015 and 2016. I am pleased you enjoyed your experience in Umberto's restaurant. We hope to welcome you back sometime. Kind regards, Matt Coxon... More 

Toronto On Canada
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141 reviews 141 reviews
41 hotel reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Having stayed the last couple of nights in Yulara or Ayer's Rock this was a pleasant surprise. Staff who actually care and a restaurant that serves great food. Wi-fi that works great and I don't have to pay for it!! Good coffee! We spent the first night in the underground but my husband found it very claustrophobic and I must... More 

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Jacques B, Manager at Desert Cave Hotel, responded to this review

Dear geektrvlr, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us here at Desert Cave Hotel. I'm pleased to read you enjoyed your stay and the food we offer in Umberto's restaurant. Free Wi-Fi, good coffee, great food, along with friendly staff are comments we regularly hear which we believe makes the difference to each guests... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

A lot of money would need to be spent to bring this anywhere near 4 stars. The fittings and furnishings are cheap and nasty, the underground bar is totally lacking on atmosphere, there is nowhere nice to sit in air-conditioned comfort, no loungers at the swimming pool. We slept in an underground room for the 'experience'- each morning I was... More 

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Jacques B, Manager at Desert Cave Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Marbe M, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us here at Desert Cave Hotel. I am sorry we did not meet your expectations on this occasion. Your comments have been discussed with our management team to see where we can improve on our facilities. I trust the rest of your onward journey was... More 

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