What a shame so many people's experience of Uluru and Kata Tjuta is marred by their experience of Yulara.
To those considering making their way into Central Australia, do it. Uluru and Kata Tjuta are awesome, inspiring and breath-taking. It's an amazing place, and well worth travelling the miles to get there. You'll never see anything like it anywhere else.
Yulara in general is a first rate rip-off - and Desert Gardens hotel is no more and no less a rip off than the rest of it. You pay more for an average room in Yulara than you would for a room in Sydney with views over the harbour.
(i) Put the "Do not disturb" sign on the door - or housekeeping will visit at 8:30am.
(ii) Do not go for the $28 continental breakfast (can you believe that???). Wander up to the Red Rock deli and have the bacon & egg roll on Turkish bread, an OJ and a very reasonable coffee. Two of us ate there for less than the cost of one of us having a continental breakfast at Desert Gardens.
(iii) They won't replace any towel unless it's on the floor in a heap. We thought the hand towels and face washers that were coated in red dust would've been replaced. But no! Staff do the absolute minimum in servicing the rooms.
(iv) Check your bill carefully. We had meals added that weren't ours.
(v) The Sounds of Silence type dinners are worth doing.
Fore warned is fore armed. If you go to Yulara expecting to be ripped off, it won't detract as much from your experience of the surroundings when you are.
And please don't climb the rock. Show some respect to the owners of the land when they ask you nicely not to climb it. They kept the land pristine for 60,000 years. We've almost buggered it up in a little over 100.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel is a superior hotel at Voyages Ayers Rock Resort. Magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs are the setting for this hotel. Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel is centrally located to all resort and touring facilities and offers a range of accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms overlooking the desert.You can relax in the comfort of your own private balcony or courtyard, or unwind in the hotel's pool, sipping cocktails from the Bunya bar. It's only a short stroll to the Resort's numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia's best sunset, with the spectacular play of colours across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert. Once the sun has set, dine at Arnguli Grill and savour an a la carte flame grilled menu. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Hotel Yulara
- Hotel Desert Gardens
- Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort Australia/Yulara