We stayed at the Desert Garden Hotel at the Ayers Rock Resort. There are several hotels within Ayers Rock Resort, but they are all owned by Voyager. As a matter of fact, the whole town is a monopoly. Voyager even owns the Ayers Rock Airport.
With the monopoly, everything was expensive at Uluru- the hotels, the gifts and souvenirs, the food, the excursions...One good thing about the monopoly is that there are frequent free airport shuttles. Voyager knows exactly when the flights arrive and leave since it owns the airport, so once you arrive at the airport, just step out the door and there is the coach taking you to your hotel.
There are also frequent shuttles taking you to different areas of the resort, like the Town Centre where the gift shops and activities are, and also to different hotels on the resort ground in case you want to have dinner at the restaurants there.
I picked the Desert Garden Hotel because it has the Rock View Room from which you can see the rock from your own balcony. If you stay at this hotel, I would say upgrade and take the Rock View Room.
We decided to make it a relaxing day and not book the sunset excursion. Instead, we went to the lookouts at the resort to see Ayers Rock during sunset. I am uploading the map showing the two lookouts I went to (green spots). Why not take advantage of the lookouts? They're free.
The only complaint is that the sheets were not well bleached, and had blood stains on them. I knew they were old stains because the sheets were clean and crisp, but all night I subconsciously tried to avoid those spots, thus not getting a good sleep. It was too late to call room service because my husband was so tired and just wanted to hop into bed and sleep. He didn't want to sit around and wait for the hotel to send someone to change the sheets. I did complain to the concierge desk when I checked out, and they were nice enough to offer us a big discount, and promised they would make sure they would better inspect / bleach the sheets in the future. Kudos to their customer service.
- 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