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Comfort Inn CooberPedy Experience
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Coober Pedy
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Reviewed December 3, 2011

The Comfort Inn in Coober Pedy is the most unique hotel I have ever seen or stayed in!

All rooms are underground in an old transformed opal mine. The hallways are wide and furnished with lovely antique furniture and the rooms are very clean and comfortable, with
a small kitchenette area with microwave and private bath with amenities to rival any big city hotel bathroom.

The hotel management welcomes you like family and treats you as such. Once you enter the spacious lobby, you cannot imagine you are in what was once a working opal mine.
There is also a lower level with rooms and their breakfast area as well as numerous tunnels and hidden areas which have yet to be transformed and are an interesting "work in progress". The management will take you on an informative tour of the entire hotel.

And, yes, each room has an open inverted umbrella suspended from the ceiling to catch
any bits of dust that might fall from the air vent. Very amusing, but so practical, to
say the least, and I couldn't help thinking of Mary Poppins! Also, yes, to the enjoyable
food at John's Pizza, a 10 minute walk to town.

I only regret that my stay was just one night as I would have loved to have spent more time there and seen even more of Coober Pedy. I will surely return.

I would have to say that both Coober Pedy and The Comfort Inn are each "one of a kind" in their own special ways. All of the above are highly recommended.

Room Tip: Any room is comfortable and QUIET!!!
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 8, 2011

this was such a fun place to stay.
Our room had an airshaft over the bed, and under the shaft was an umbrella, opened up so it would catch any bits of dust (or opals!) that fell through.Next door to the motel is a church that the owners support and so they should. While digging space for new rooms, they came across a rich vein of opal.Thanks Lord, it paid for the extension (I suppose. )

The room was comfortable and not claustrophobic.

This is a really nice and comfortable place to stay in a really weird town. I loved Coober Pedy, the food at several cafes was outstanding, and we took several short guided trips, all fascinating and all eccentric. yes, we bought opals.

Room Tip: all the rooms are unique, being dug out by hand.
  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 15, 2011

I have to say this was one of the most unusual places I've ever stayed in. Overall my experience was positive and I would have no hesitation in recommending this property. The owners are a bit eccentric - you'll find that is pretty normal out here - but they are totally hospitable with an understanding of service - not as common as you might think in the Aussie outback. With a total silence and blackout however-many metres underground, sleep quality is total and the rooms are delightful, especially when you consider they are hewn from solid rock. There's no air-conditioning as the temperature is constant and very pleasant. Ventilation is by vertical shafts so it's not stuffy at all. The hosts conduct a little "site inspection" (tour) of the property and this is really interesting, so go along and you'll see that the place is always undergoing expansion as new tunnels are dug.
There is Wi-Fi in the foyer and parking outside in a closed yard.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 18, 2011

Was a great experience to stay underground and it is definitely something you need to do in Coober Pedy. Checking in, the lady at the desk who I believe also runs the whole place (family owned) was an absolute champion. She gave a quick tour of the place before showing us to our room and you get the feeling she loves her job which is just the type of person you need.

The room itself isn't a 5 star standard so don't go in there expecting that, especially being Coober Pedy, there isn't much choice. The furniture decor is a little dated, especially the bedspreads. There was a little dust, but again, for something underground, it wasn't a surprise and in general the room was an acceptable standard of cleanliness.

Sleeping in the room underground was great. Had an excellent sleep with next to no noise or light to disturb you during the night. Pity I only had time to stay for one night. There isn't much choice either in terms of entertainment in the room. It is a nice flat screen LCD television of a decent size, but it can only pick up 3-4 channels and does not have pay TV. Also on offer in the morning is breakfast for $12 where you just help yourself though I didn't take advantage of it because I was only stopping over the night whilst passing through moving between states.

One other handy thing is that they provide you plenty of information on the area and also a 10% discount voucher for one of the local restaurants which does great pizzas, pastas, and burgers. They also serve other things but those were the menu options I have tried.

Overall, given the limited choice of accommodation options in Coober Pedy, and also taking into account the excellent customer service that is provided, I would definitely recommend Comfort Inn as the choice place to stay in town.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 16, 2009

This was the first time that I have stayed in an underground Hotel. It turned out to be an excellent experience. The staff are extremely nice. On arrival we were given a quick tour of the hotel and shown to our room. The room is basically an underground cave with a lovely comfy king size bed, TV, microwave and tea and cofee making facilities as well as a sink. By the way the brollies in the picture of the room are to catch any dust which might fall down the ventilation shafts. I have to say with the hotel being underground their is a lovely calm quiet atmosphere. If you are staying in Coober Peddy I would certainly recommend this unique experience of staying underground. You also get 10% off John's pizza palace if you show your room key. That is one of the best eating places in Coober.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 17, 2009

First let me say that Coober Pedy is one of the strangest places I have ever visited! It's definitely an experience.

We chose to stay at this hotel as we were able to get a good rate. We also found the Desert Cave Hotel's prices to be extremely expensive (it's on the main road and has extra amenities which could or could not be worth it). While this hotel is not on the main road, it is only a five-ten minute walk away (the town isn't that big).

There isn't a huge parking lot. A few large SUV's and campers could easily take up the entire space. However from what I read in their guest services directory they are in the process of changing it.

The hotel is made out of an old mine. The decor is very old-fashioned - but in a good way, it felt very warm and home-like. The one staff member we encountered while we were there for our two night stay was very nice, informative and welcoming. She gave us a map of the area at check-in and showed us places to eat, places to see, and gave us brochures for tours available in the area (we took the Radeka's breakaway tour which I'd recommend).

Our underground room was comfy. It came with a queen bed plus a couple chairs, table, TV, fridge with a small selection of minibar foods and (nonalcoholic) drinks, sink, cups, plates, and a fan to keep the air flowing if we thought the room got too stuffy (which it didn't but was nice to have that option due to no windows). We didn't mind that there weren't any windows - neither my partner nor I are claustrophobic (and had a great night sleep due to no light or noise). There was an umbrella on the ceiling under the vent to prevent any dust from falling into the room (very strange but that's how their ventilation system works!). Bathroom was of normal size and came with many soaps, shampoo, conditioner...anything you could ask for (and more).

While there aren't many channels on the television, they do offer DVD's and a DVD player to rent. Had we stayed longer we may have rented a few DVD's (they had quite a selection for such a small hotel!). I could see this useful if someone had children and needed to keep them occupied for a night.

The hotel only offers housekeeping should you ask for it (I think this is a great idea and more hotels should do this!). If not, they respect your privacy and do not enter your room to clean it.

The hotel does offer internet services and there is internet available in the lobby as well. It seemed rather slow (dial-up) but this is to be expected since we're in the middle of no where. If you're the type of person who can't live without internet or checking your email every other minute then this is definitely not the place to stay (or even the town to be visiting!).

The hotel offers a continental or hot breakfast but on the days we were there they only offered the continental. It's $12.50 per person which we thought was a bit steep due to the lack of options (toast, cereal, muesli bars, coffee, tea, juice). The guest services directly also listed a dinner menu however we didn't dine in the hotel. There is a Greek restaurant and a pizza bar (not just pizza but plenty of other foods as well) on the main street which offered a selection of foods for a decent price. We got a 10% discount at the pizza bar for staying at our hotel. We looked at the menu from Umberto's (the restaurant at the Desert Cave Hotel) however the prices were a bit high and there wasn't a huge selection of food available (which for me as a picky eater can be a problem - maybe not so much for others).

Overall we had a great stay. Should we ever travel back to Coober Pedy or use it as a stopover we will stay here again!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank lilyofthemyst
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Reviewed August 5, 2008

We stopped off in Coober Pedy on the way to and from Ularu. We hadn't booked a hotel in advance but had been recommended this hotel.

What a very strange experience. As you are in the mines underground you do not know if it day time or night or whether it is sunny or raining. The rooms are comfortable, fairly basic but all you need for a stopover en route. I did however struggle to sleep with the complete silence and no natural light but this is probably just my overactive immagination.

It is nice to have a wander round the hotel and see all the little nooks and crannies.

A trip to the opal shops is also a must. I am now the proud owner of a gorgeous boulder opal necklace and opal ring.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled with family
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Address: Crowders Gully Rd, Coober Pedy, South Australia 5723, Australia
Location: Australia > South Australia > Coober Pedy
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Coober Pedy
#4 Romantic Hotel in Coober Pedy
Price Range: $146 - $189 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Comfort Inn CooberPedy Experience 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
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