Stayed at Desert Gardens for 1 night. We flew into the airport at Ayers Rock where shuttle buses are waiting to take you onto the resort (approx 10 minutes drive). Arriving at 1pm we gained immediate access to our room which was on the ground floor. The porters bring along your cases on the back of a golf buggy. Didn't have long to settle as we were due out on a Tour. Due a mix up by the tour company we didn't get to see the sunset over the Olgas and were dropped back at the hotel by 5pm - funnily enough the hotel was desserted as everybody else was out seeing the sunset!! We had a couple of drinks in the bar. The staff seemed a little inexperienced (didn't know how to make a Pimms & Lemonade). We ate in the hotel's White Gums restaurant where there was a large buffet with a good selection to choose from. Contrary to some reviews we found the food of a good standard. The hotel rooms are a little basic but adequate, especially when most people only stay for a night or two and spend little time actually in the room. Tea/Coffe facilities, safe, tv, hairdryer all in room. Early morning calls can be arranged with reception. There is a fairly nice pool area with sunloungers and some much welcomed shady areas. There is a visitor information office in the resort where you will find details on various tours, the area etc. There is also a small gift shop - you can purchase your head fly nets from here ($AU9 for 2) - well worth it as the flies in the desert are a nuisance - we went when there weren't many but they were sitll annoying - must be horrendous in summer when its really hot!! The whole resort runs very smoothly with shuttle buses, tours etc coming and going through reception. The whole resort is owned by Voyages and therefore a bit of a monopoly - prices are a little higher than normal, and accommodation a little basic but if you are doing Ayers Rock (Uluru) this hotel makes a reasonable base.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel is a superior hotel at Voyages Ayers Rock Resort. Magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs are the setting for this hotel. Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel is centrally located to all resort and touring facilities and offers a range of accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms overlooking the desert.You can relax in the comfort of your own private balcony or courtyard, or unwind in the hotel's pool, sipping cocktails from the Bunya bar. It's only a short stroll to the Resort's numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia's best sunset, with the spectacular play of colours across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert. Once the sun has set, dine at Arnguli Grill and savour an a la carte flame grilled menu. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Hotel Yulara
- Hotel Desert Gardens
- Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort Australia/Yulara