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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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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Sydney
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75 reviews 75 reviews
26 hotel reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were a walk in customer without a booking and were treated to a great rate. The (underground) rooms were immaculately cleaned, spacious and so comfortable. The on site restaurant was excellent with perfect waitress staff and a relaxed friendly atmosphere. I'd totally recommend the Desert Cave Hotel

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Matt C, Manager at Desert Cave Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Kelliejane1, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us here at Desert Cave Hotel. Happy you were able to take advantage of our special rates, and enjoyed the room. Will pass on your feedback to our housekeeping team who work hard to ensure every room is clean. Will also pass your positive comments onto... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a lovely tasting coffee at Crystal Cafe attached to the Desert Cave Hotel. Interesting walk through the Hotel before entering the cafe. Free wifi. Plenty of seating and some couches to sit on. We also took time to look at the gift shop.

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Matt C, Manager at Desert Cave Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Ingrid A, Thanks for taking the time to review your recent visit to our Crystal Cafe. I'm glad you were able to wander through our hotel, Opal World shop and display tunnel before enjoying a nice cup of coffee in the cafe. Kind regards, Matt Coxon Hotel Manager More 

Longreach, Australia, South Pacific
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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Matt C, Manager at Desert Cave Hotel, responded to this review

Dear jasmond85, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us here at Desert Cave Hotel. Happy to read you had a good experience and described our rooms as lovely. Pleased you also enjoyed the underground tunnel display we have here that leads to our Opal World shop. Glad you were able to take advantage of... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

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
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

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 

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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 

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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 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

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 April 6, 2015

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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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

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 

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