Having booked the Rock Tour, I opted for hostel accommodation with their own hostel - Toddy's. It's fair to say that because people will stay there anyway, due to booking the Rock Tour, and because of a lack of much other hostel accommodation in Alice Springs, the standards are pretty low.
Rooms were not particularly clean. Floors grubby, bathrooms with mildew, ceiling fans caked in grime and dust. My second room had a handbasin which was grimy and had toothpaste splattered over the mirror. It just demonstrates a complete lack of care and any attention to detail.
Thankfully most of the staff were great,. Very friendly, helpful and smiley. One guy especially was always smiling, even at 5am!
Free breakfast was a great idea (albeit limited - bread for toast and spreads. The Reception hours were very limited and one evening a guy walked in looking for accommodation at about 8pm after Reception was closed. Therefore he couldn't stay here. It seems unrealistically early to close.
I probably wouldn't stay here again. It is on the outskirts of town and being advised that we had to take a 10 minute walk into town to confirm our tour was not great considering it was 42 degrees and it was over 20 minutes walk NOT the 10 that they said!!
I usually give very positive reviews, it is just unfortunate that the staff are probably the only positive thing to comment on.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A cool swimming pool and sun-tan area, FREE Wi Fi, fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, bar and FREE train and bus pick up, and DISCOUNT airport pick-up - what else would you need? Enjoy our FREE brekky of toast, spreads, tea and coffee - just enough to get you going before start your tour :) Offering a range of share dorms and budget double rooms, reasonably priced accommodation for the budget-conscious traveller. Our "bar" has a variety of drinks available and a large beer garden to relax in whilst catching up with new and old friends.Toddy's offers a free ARRIVALS pick-up from trains and buses, so let us know your arrival details when you book. Winner of the 2011 & 2012 Golden Backpack Award for "Best Backpacker Hostel N.T." Toddy's is the place to stay when visiting the rock. ... more less
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