The Aurora was a very fine choice for us. The renovations that previous posters complained about are definitely finished--the lobby and hotel entrance are brand new and make the Aurora look extremely hip and boutique-y. (Sadly, the "boutique" decor does not spread as far as the rooms, but they were just fine anyway.)
The location of this hotel was great--the entrance is one block off Todd Mall, the pedestrian street that is the center of downtown Alice, and hotel guests can access Todd Mall directly via an internal staircase that leads to the attached Red Ochre restaurant.
Rooms are comfortable, with the usual amenities that we found in 2/3-star properties around Australia--hair dryer, tea/coffee facilities, TV (the usual 5 channels), and so on. The decor is pretty standard but clean and comfortable, and the furniture is reasonably new. A warning about some room layouts--some rooms in the back section of the hotel are entered through a sliding glass door that opens onto the motel-style walkway, with no other windows. This is somewhat annoying in that you have to completely open the drapes, and expose yourself to the gaze of everyone walking past your room, if you want any light at all.
We also stayed in a ground-floor room in the front section of the hotel, which did have a window, looking directly onto the entrance to the parking garage. Not great, but considering we were there for only about 12 night-time hours, not a big deal.
One big bonus of this hotel was that it has an in-house laundromat for guests (6 washers and dryers in two laundry rooms, AUD 2 for a wash, AUD 2 for 25 minutes of dryer time). This is a major plus since most people head into Alice after finishing up camping trips, and your clothes will be filthy, as ours were!
Another plus is the Red Ochre restaurant, which is quite good (although not cheap). We ate dinner there one night and also had the breakfast buffet one morning (continental cost AUD 11, cooked breakfast cost AUD 16). The restaurant has a 20% discount if you make a reservation by 5 and sit down by 7 PM (warning, this is not available on Sunday nights!).
Staff were very friendly and helpful and had no issues with us leaving bags in the luggage room for the few days that we left for a camping safari.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "The Award Winning Aurora Alice Springs" - Voted as THE BEST BASE TO TOUR THE REAL AUSTRALIA IN AUSTRALIA for both business and holiday travellers. Accommodation in the heart of the Todd Mall Alice Springs. This vibrant property is the only accommodation on the Todd Mall - the most centrally located accommodation in Alice Springs, Australia. The Todd Mall is the main shopping, dining and tourist precinct and offers a unique walking experience. Enjoy the Red Ochre Grill Cafe & Restaurant and savour the contemporary and native cuisine that it has to offer. The Red Ochre has one of the finest collections of Central Australian panoramic photography by Ken Duncan for you to admire. Aurora Alice Springs' location places you in a perfect position to explore both the town and surrounding Outback areas such as the spectacular MacDonnell Ranges, Standley Chasm and Simpson's Gap. You will always be welcome at our Alice Springs hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aurora Alice Springs Hotel Alice Springs
- Aurora Hotel Alice Springs
- Alice Springs Aurora Hotel