My partner and I spent two nights at Radeka's in a budget private room, which was 6 or so meters underground. The room was basic - a double bed, a small table and a chair with wood-paneled walls sporting Australia tourism posters - but cool, quiet and very dark at night. Needless to say, we slept really well! The bathrooms were clean but are located at ground level, so I wouldn't recommend an underground room here to anyone for whom stairs are a problem. The kitchen and common areas were tidy and generally well-maintained (although one of the refrigerators did freeze our food solid) and we found it easy to socialize with other guests at meal times. Laundry facilities and parking were adequate. The only negative I experienced was the myriad of signs telling guests what sorts of behaviors are prohibited, but I guess those must relate to negative experiences the management has had in the past. I would stay at Radeka's again if I ever return to this funky little town.
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- Radeka Downunder Underground Motel and Backpacker Inn is located in the centre of Coober Pedy, on the town's main street.The Underground accommodation is located between the BP and Mobil service stations and has a red digital time/temperature display above the motel/hostel entrance."Live Like a Local" by experiencing living 3.5m or 6.5m underground at Radeka Downunder. "Warm in Winter, Cool in Summer".3 choices of accommodation are available; 3.5 metres underground motel rooms with private en suite, 6.5 metres underground budget rooms and open dorms with shared bathroom and toilet facilities or air-conditioned above ground motel rooms with private en suite.Radeka Downunder Underground Motel and Backpacker Inn offers a courtesy bus pick up and drop off at the local bus station for Greyhound passengers and local airport for Regional Express passengers and travelling pilots.Free secure on-site parking is available, and motor bikes and push bikes can be placed under cover. Communal Facilities Include: a fully equipped Kitchen, TV/Dining Room, coin operated Washing Machine & Dryer, Residential Bar & Souvenir/Gift Shop. Several restaurants are two to five minutes' walk away.Radeka Downunder Underground Motel and Backpacker Inn is suitable for any age group, nationality, families, couples, singles, friends travelling together, contractors and student groups.Run as a family business, Radeka Downunder Underground Motel and Backpacker Inn offers half day tours of Coober Pedy, the opal fields and the scenic Breakaways.ALL tours are available morning and afternoon depending on public demand. ... more less
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