We had booked a deluxe spa room for one night as a stopover on our journey between Ayers Rock and Alice Springs. When we first went into the room we were quite impressed by the size of it - until we discovered a number of large webs (and spiders) above both the spa bath and the beds.
My wife has an absolute fear of these creatures, and whilst she was ok with travelling through the outback she really didn't want to share her room with them! I called housekeeping who were very apologetic and said it was most unusual for this to happen, and showed me a room just a little further along. Unfortunately that also had quite a few eight legged inhabitants too.
We were offered a free drink at the bar whilst Trish (who was delightful) went to find us a room that was web-free, which took about half an hour. She was very apologetic and offered us dinner and a bottle of wine 'on the house' to compensate us, which was very much appreciated.
As I've said, the deluxe room was large, and the spa bath was a nice treat.
Dinner in the evening was OK - the main courses are all around $30 which was OK but I think that $15 to have a dessert (which was a choice of cake, some strange blancmange pudding or melon) was a bit steep. Breakfast was included in the room cost, and was not bad.
You have to remember that this is the heart of the outback, so there isn't going to be a huge selection of fresh fruit and vegetables.
I think that given her phobia of spiders, staying a night out here might not have been the best holiday-planning decision my wife made. Outside the rooms there were still huge webs (and occupants!) across the railings and around light fittings etc. Clearly this is "their" world and the hotel guests are staying in it, and if they don't bother you then it's a good place to stop overnight because visiting the nearby Canyon is amazing.
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