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“In the middle of nowehre” 4 of 5 stars
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Prairie Hotel
Cnr High Street & West Terrace, Parachilna, South Australia 5730, Australia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Parachilna
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“In the middle of nowehre”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Quite an original place in the middle of nowhere.
Just in front of the station, where a long long train passes twice a day.
We just had a stop to eat. The food was correct and well cooked. The restaurant is classified as among the 100 Best in Australia. In fact the cooking is simple but good and totally acceptable as really in the middle of nowhere near Wllipena Pound.
The dish of local meat, Kangaroo, Emu and Camel Sausage was nice and well presented with little yellow flag on each piece of meat to identify it. The Hot Smoked salmon absolutely delicious!
The home made beer is quite expensive $8.- a standard little bottle.
Many souvenirs and local crafted items available.
Will stop here again but.. who knows when this will happen!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Adelaide, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

We've visited The Prairie several times in the last six years or so but its service has now declined to such an extent that we would not recommend it to anyone. The one staff member sent SMS while we awaited service then disappeared for periods. Sure, the food was good with their own quirky menu but the rooms are far too expensive. We spent about $800 for the four of us (adults) in our one night and the staff wants to give us "lip". Gave online feedback and got an auto reply in Aug 2012 promising a follow up but still waiting!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

I recently stayed at the Prairie Hotel to attend a wedding. What a wonderful experience it was. Our accomodation was a small cottage containing two beds, a single and a double, basic cooking equipment and a bathroom. There was a verandah on both sides to keep the building cool and an air conditioner . It was enjoyable to sit and relax outdoors and watch the bird life. Other accomodation provided is the very comfortable rooms inside the hotel , basic bed only with shared bathroom ablution style blocks in air conditioned restyled containers. You can camp or pull up a caravan for the night.
As there was a large quest list arriving on the Friday night the hotel set out a BBQ dinner of delicious sausages, beef steaks cooked perfectly and spicy chicken all served with a green salad and potato salad. It was well received by the very travel weary guests.
Breakfast was cooked to order with parfait muesli, orange juice , full cooked English breakfast plate , toast, tea or coffee. The poached eggs and spinach I chose was delicious.
The wedding feast the following day was something out of this world , I was not expecting such fine bush tucker goumet food in the outback.
The wedding ceremony was held on a dry creek bed some 15 minutes away under tall river gums.
To keep the quests well nourished and watered coffin bay oysters with preserved lemon was served cold followed by pumpkin and feta tarts then shot glasses of gaspaccio all washed down with champagne or beer. All served under the gum trees.
When we returned to the hotel, the wedding tables were set up outside festooned with white lanterns and flowers. It was a wedding under the stars. To while away the time before dinner drinks were served with emu pate and olives.
The entree was Tapas style. Chargrilled kangaroo chorizo with roasted vegetables, hot smoked salmon,aranchini with lemon aspin aioli.
Mains were slow roasted saltbush lamb shoulder, baked barramundi, marinated Argentinian style chicken breast, ciabatta bread rolls, garden salads and steamed chat potatoes.
Petit four dessert was Quandong pan forte, lemon myrtle meringue tarts and dark chocolate wattle seed finger cake.
The hotel decor had an eclectic mix of retro, modern and a rustic design, just right I thought.
I would recommend this experience to anyone especially if it was incorporated with a tour run by Air Adventures if you wanted an outback experience in the Flinders Ranges.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, South Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

The Prairie Hotel looks like a mirage - a fantastic looking building in an evocotive landscape. The beer is cold and the front bar and verandah are nice places to be. Food is interesting but pricey. The bedrooms are OK but not exactly luxurious - roomey but very basic is a good description. Not a place to spend time in - although the residents lounge is much nicer. The bedrooms are poor value for money. The hotel has done well in becoming a tour staple, but service and smiles have suffered as a result. Stop by for a cold one, but leave it at that if you want to keep some $ in your wallet.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012 via mobile

We booked our stay at the Prairie Hotel in advance, having loved staying there years earlier. But it seems the hotel's international celebrity has made the owners complacent.
We arrived in the early evening to a packed bar where we tried to book in and relax. The noise and crush of bodies were alarming, not what we remembered about this tranquil outback hotel. When we finally were able to register the staff were most unfriendly. Here we were in the middle of nowhere, having booked in advance, being told we could not eat in the dining room that night. (We were eventually squeezed in early). Our room (in the new extension at the back of the pub) was expensive but no better than a cheap motel room - concrete block construction scraped with a red ochre bagwash in attempt at outback 'authenticity', saggy mattress, dark, windows and blinds would'nt open, and we could hear the person next door snoring through the interconnecting door!
Not a pleasant experience, we will not go back.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Perth
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Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

Loved the food at the Prairie hotel. Service was pleasant. We sat outside for the authentic outback experience. We arrived early for lunch at 11.50 which was lucky as we were the only people there, however within 15 mins the place was half full. We had the Feral Mixed Grill at $35. It was delicious and well presented. We thought the quality of the food justified the price. Pretty amazing for the middle of nowhere.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Alice Springs, Australia
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

Stopped at this pub on the way down from Alice on the recommendation of a friend. Booked ahead for lunch (she said it was popular). Service was unfriendly and poor (e.g. not given any water for the table, and when I went to the bar to ask for some, was given a half-used, warm one that had been cleared from a previous table...).
The food was extremely overpriced and far from gourmet. The $10 schnitzel at the pub in Hawker was FAR better than anything we were served at the Prairie. The worst of it was the salad (I misread the price when ordering, and only later discovered it cost $30!!!) - and that was for a plate of beetroot leaves with literally five green beans, five tiny olives and some rancid smoked salmon. When I politely enquired if the salmon was supposed to taste like old stilton, the waitress haughtily informed me that 'it tasted like that when I tried it, so yes'.
This pub is trading on its 'outback' and 'gourmet' reputation, greedily herding in the day-trippers to milk them of as much money as possible. It is not remote enough to explain the food - far better fare was served in Oodnadatta and Marree. If you want an 'outback type' experience closer to Adelaide, you could go to Hawker, Angorichina, or Orroroo and do heaps better than this place.
Do yourself a favour and avoid the Prairie.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Prairie Hotel

Address: Cnr High Street & West Terrace, Parachilna, South Australia 5730, Australia
Location: Australia > South Australia > Parachilna
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Parachilna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
‘The Prairie’ is where the Flinders Ranges meet the Outback, in Parachilna, SA - population 7! A family owned and run hotel, and licensed since 1876, it is a jewel of the region, a perfect base for exploring the Flinders and Outback, and acknowledged as one of the ‘Hip Hotels of the World’. Accommodation is in 4 freshly refurbished ‘Heritage’ rooms, and 8 architecturally designed, in ground executive and deluxe hotel rooms. The 5 self contained Fettlers Cabins exude Prairie style, and the Prairie ‘Overflow’ provides air-conditioned accommodation with shared bathroom facilities. Locals and visitors, famous and infamous, congregate in the hotel to savour the feral and not-so-feral food for which the Hotel is renowned, enjoy local hospitality, the Art Gallery and just ‘hang out’. Whether it is tours of the area or flights with Fargher Air Safaris to Lake Eyre and beyond, it all starts from the front door of the Hotel. Relax with a Fargher Lager, an FMG (Feral Mixed Grill), and a Parachilna sunset from the front verandah - you never know who you will meet at the Prairie! ... more   less 
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