We stayed here in July-2009 at the cost of $160. Whilst not expensive for a room necessary it is expensive for Australia - it is expensive for what you get. Unfortunately if you have a day up from Alice to the West Macdonnell ranges - this is your only choice & as they know that they rip you off even more than usual.
The room was very basic & in need of renovating. It is supposed to have been renovated recently but it doesn't look like it. The room was tiny, the bed uncomfortable, the water pressure for the shower was appalling - we stayed at more "desert like" places which succeeded to do better. There were no room to put your bag/hang your clothes. They kindly tell you that you can drink the tap water but that it taste awful - they provide you with two very small glasses worth of water then refer you to their shop where they sell overpriced water.
Then I get to the food. Omg - it was the worst I've eat in the 2 years I've lived & travelled around Australia. They charged almost $40 for what was stated to be fillet steak, potato rounds and sauce...translation overcooked rump steak with boiled potatoes & powder gravy. As there is nowhere else to eat - you are stuck with this.
Now to the only good thing - the location. Just by the cliffs which changes colour amazingly - well it's just stunning. Shame about everything else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Glen Helen Homestead Lodge, previously known as Glen Helen Resort is a Lodge style property with simple, compact and comfortable rooms, great scenic location with old fashioned welcome and outback atmosphere.We are renowned for great personal service, great dining in our Award Winning Restaurant and great live entertainment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Glen Helen Homestead Lodge Australia/West MacDonnell National Park