We stayed here for two nights in early May 2013 and really found this to be a very good option considering the cost of other accommodation available within Ayers Rock Resort.
On entering the Resort, the way to the Pioneer Hotel was clearly signposted as was the large reception area which was very well presented. The reception staff were very pleasant and check-in took no time at all. We had booked a standard room and were allocated one which was just behind the reception and facilities area. That area contained not only reception, but also Bough House restaurant, unfortunately only opening a week after we left, a large BBQ area where you buy your own meat and cook it, The Kitchen for light meals, the bar and bottle shop, the common room which has wifi and also the swimming pool.
Our room was furnished with a comfortable queen bed and a single bed, and all of the furnishings and fittings were quite good. The front door opened onto the courtyard area between the blocks of units, and the rear glass door opened onto a paved area under a veranda flanked by native arid plants. Quite an attractive layout. Bathroom was about standard size for a room of this type.
One gripe I had is in regard to power points. There was only a single at bench level in the bathroom and a double above the luggage bench near the room entry. A battery charger had to be used in one of the doubles, but a charger is so wide it blocks off the second point and bulky below the points so it could not be used in the bathroom, so that left a the bathroom to be used to charge phones, Kindle, and also to boil the jug which only had about a 20cm cord and the points above the luggage bench were about 45cms above the bench. To work on my notebook I had to do so on batteries, but I did find another unused power point hidden behind one of the bedside tables that I could use to recharge it. Little things, but SO easily rectified if the architect had knowledge of the needs of a modern traveller.
There was a modern wall mounted air conditioner over the bed area, but although the daily temperatures were just over 30c, we not once needed to turn it on as the room remained cool all day which surprised me. This is due to the design I imagine and, if so, huge kudos to the architects for that, but no excuse for lack of power points.
There is no wifi or internet to the rooms, only to the common room close to the bar area. The charge is $10 for 1 hour or $25 for 24 hours usage, not 24 hours in time. I found the speed to be adequate, but if only running on the $10 entry code you cannot sign out and come back later to pick up the rest of the unused time – you lose it. The 24 hour access does permit signing off and on as desired.
I have read that in the past the Pioneer Hotel was regarded as the backpacker zone, and while I saw from the literature that there are backpacker facilities, the lodge region is far from that demographic type and very suitable for all ages who are looking for a cheaper alternative to stay within the Ayers Rock Resort. My small gripe earlier about power points would not stop me from staying here again or recommending it to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Looking for traditional Aussie hospitality? You'll find it at the Voyages Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge - with your choice of 3 1/2 star hotel or 2 star lodge accommodation, from comfortable, affordable hotel rooms and budget rooms to dormitories. This hotel is perfect for the demands of travellers looking for quality service in relaxed surrounds. This is a place where friendships are made and good times are had by all. Taste Australia's pioneering past, as you enjoy a beer and some outback delights at the do-it-yourself Outback BBQ, and swap stories of your day's adventures. Alternatively, opt for the peace and quiet of the Bough House Restaurant. The Voyages Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge is ideal for those who want to enjoy all that Ayers Rock (Uluru) has to offer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Outback Pioneer Hotel, Ayers Rock Hotel Yulara
- Hotel Outback Pioneer
- Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge - Ayers Rock Resort Australia/Yulara