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Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge, Ayers Rock Resort
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Yulara
Reviewed March 17, 2013

Stayed for two nights, Comfortable room with Queen & Single bed. Check in was quick & easy.
Free shuttle bus to get into town center but just as easy to walk. Good meals from the take away bar. Clean room, only down side is TV's are old, But You aren't here to watch TV I suppose.
Will stay here again.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

Great place to stay, very friendly people, lovely pool, a great feeling resort to come back to after a long day out and about. Live music in bar/eating area and a few pool tables attract some fun :)
Rooms were basic but very comfy, not the cleanest but well presented. Girls at reception could be a bit more friendly. Got the impression we became annoying as we wanted to know more about tours!!
Food extremely expensive, way overpriced...
Would happily return to an amazing part of Australia.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights. I thought at first it would be very basic but he room was perfectly comfortable for the area and price. Breakfast was very expensive - try to get it included in the deal or get the free shuttle bus down to the tiny town centre shopping area and have breakfast there. Alternatively. visit the supermarket.
We had a barbecue at the hotel in the evening because there was little else available. It was OK. I think we had kangaroo steak which you had to cook yourself. It all added to the experience and it was fun meeting different people.
WIFI was available for a small charge from a lounge area outside. Staying here was a a bit different. It was a pity the sun didn't shine at all during our stay but that's life!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Daniel L, General Manager at Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge, Ayers Rock Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2013

Dear Ibesol

Thank you for your feedback and it is wonderful to read of the fun you had meeting different people and even cooking your own kangaroo whilst staying at the Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge.

I appreciate your kind comments regarding our hotel and highlighting some of the other facilities on offer to all guests around Ayers Rock Resort .

Once again thank you for your feedback and all the best in your future travels.

Kind Regards

Daniel Lukritz
General Manager
Outback Pioneer Hotel

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Reviewed March 12, 2013

The hostel offers the cheapest stay next to the Ayers Rock. It's really basic and offers a free shuttle bus that meets every flight out of Ayers Rock airport. That's all for that you get for free - all other perks are payable. I didn't like that I had to wait for a bed two hours at the lobby. I understand that the check in time is at 3 PM, but it's not hard to adjust the times to the inbound flights if there are only 2 or 3 every day and two from Sydney arrive at the airport almost at the same time. I can recommend an Aussie DIY Barbacue at the restaurant. There are several types of meat to choose from. It's a nice feeling to eat a kangaroo that you cooked by yourself.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Daniel L, General Manager at Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge, Ayers Rock Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2013

Dear tygrysm

Thank you for your review.

It is wonderful to hear of the enjoyment you felt whilst participating in the cook your own barbeque experience at the Outback Pioneer BBQ Bar.

I hope that you were also able to enjoy some of the free guest activities that the resort offers as well as the free shuttle service. Our hotel check in and out times are based on both the arriving and departing flights to Ayers Rock Resort. The specified times have been allocated in order for our housekeeping and front office teams to be able to prepare the rooms for all our guests. I do apologies for your wait and please know that we do endeavour to provide an early check in service when possible however this is subject to availability.

Once again thank you for your feedback and all the best in your future travels.

Kind Regards

Daniel Lukritz
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

We knew that going to Ayers Rock and staying in the area meant being a captive as well as being subject to severe price gouging. But the options are limited unless you want to pay huge amounts. Overall the room was fine (once we figured out how to operate the a/c). There is a small refrigerator. We strongly urge folks to immediately visit the local IGA (supermarket) in the Ayers Rock Resort. About the only deal in the resort is the free shuttle bus you can take from hotel to hotel and to the 'town center'. Stock up on snacks, water (you need a 1 L bottle per person minimum and keep refilling it), breakfast items and whatever else you might want. Food in the hotel restaurants is pricy. We made the mistake of having breakfast at the Bough Restaurant in the Outback. The continental breakfast was $24 PER PERSON and there was only instant Nescafe (NO BREWED COFFEE). Major price gouging. Other meals were equally pricy and usually not very good. Also depending on the time of year, as soon as you arrive buy some of the nets that you can wear over a hat and your head (2 for $15 and hands down the best deal). The flies were beyond annoying and made any walking excursion an exercise in hand flapping.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Daniel L, General Manager at Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge, Ayers Rock Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2013

Dear Robin A

Thank you for your review.

It is pleasing to read of your satisfaction with your room and the complimentary shuttle bus service which provides ease when exploring Ayers Rock Resort.

I would like to apologies for the absence of brewed coffee whilst dining at the Bough House for breakfast. Unfortunately our coffee machine was experiencing mechanical problems and as a result during your breakfast this option was not available.

Our remote location in Australia’s red centre does unfortunately incur price rates that may be higher than resorts in more affluent areas this is mainly due to freight and other associated costs.

Once again thank you for your feedback and all the best in your future travels.

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Reviewed March 10, 2013

Stayed here for 2 nights, basic hotel but had everything that we needed. Only four hotels to choose from in this area and I think that the Outback Pioneer probably had the best atmosphere. Reception staff were very helpful, rooms yes basic, but you should expect that. We didn't find it expensive to stay here but given it's in the middle of nowhere you have to expect to pay a bit more than the norm for everything as you are hundreds of miles from anywhere else so I guess the area as a whole can charge more, but it's a once in a lifetime experience so personally didn't mind paying the extra. Loved the 'do it yourself barbie' idea, would recommend that you try this, it was absolutely lovely. Reception staff can book all tours and we did this, would recommend the AAT Kings trip to Kings Canyon and the Harley Ds bike ride at Sunset and Sunrise to and around Uluru (Ayers Rock), staff on both were lovely. Would recommed walking around Uluru preferably finishing before 11am, gets very very hot and takes around 3 hours to complete. Please note that I would recommend you wear a hat with a netting attached, the flies around Uluru are beyond a nuisance and could spoil your walk they are constant, you'll know what I mean when you get there!! Overall a great stay at the hotel and surrounding area.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

I would say this hotel was mid-range in the types of accommodation available in this remote resort. It almost had the feel of a motel, where the rooms are in rows at ground level. The staff were helpful and friendly on arrival and the room was comfortable, if a little on the small side. There were various eating options nearby, including a shop selling food for you to cook on the bbqs provided. Pizzas etc. were also available. There were trestle tables where you could eat in the shade. Further afield there were restaurants and even a supermarket in the resort. The swimming pool was a delight in the high temperatures of the desert. The prices seemed quite high but this was largely due to the poor exchange rate between sterling and the AUD. We enjoyed our stay here and I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants a reasonable level of overnight comfort while exploring this fascinating area, but not to someone looking for luxury.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Daniel L, General Manager at Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge, Ayers Rock Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2013

Dear paperondepaperoni

Thank you for both the kind review regarding your enjoyment with your hotel including the facilities we provide and your recommendation to future guests is very welcome.
I shall pass your praises on to our front office team whom will be as delighted as I am to hear they have been able to provide such wonderful customer service upon your arrival.
Once again thank you for your feedback.

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Additional Information about Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge, Ayers Rock Resort

Address: Yulara Drive, Yulara, Northern Territory 0872, Australia (Formerly Voyages)
Location: Australia > Northern Territory > Red Centre > Yulara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Yulara
Price Range: $154 - $293 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge, Ayers Rock Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 168
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Looking for traditional Aussie hospitality? You'll find it at the Voyages Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge - with your choice of 3 1/2 star hotel or 2 star lodge accommodation, from comfortable, affordable hotel rooms and budget rooms to dormitories. This hotel is perfect for the demands of travellers looking for quality service in relaxed surrounds. This is a place where friendships are made and good times are had by all. Taste Australia's pioneering past, as you enjoy a beer and some outback delights at the do-it-yourself Outback BBQ, and swap stories of your day's adventures. Alternatively, opt for the peace and quiet of the Bough House Restaurant. The Voyages Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge is ideal for those who want to enjoy all that Ayers Rock (Uluru) has to offer. ... more   less 
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