Historical Traveller Reviews of Desert Gardens Hotel
okay hotel, amazing location
the Desert gardens hotel was fine, nothing special. The room was okay, with a nice bathroom and a little terrace. It's not luxury, however they seem quite keen on eco-friendly things which is very appealing. the fridge was really useful (as other people have said, we bought from the excellent supermarket). the location is the best part, with views of the stunning landscape at all times of day. We did a sunrise/sundown trip (cant remember what it was called) however it was fantastic to see uluru. Also an early morning camel ride was great to see the desert and the sunrise. The other trip that we did was an Aboriginal trip. This was amazing, you get to walk in the desert with aborigines, learn and talk to them about their lifestyle, see a house that they made, watch and help them make things (e.g. spears and then try them out). This was fANTASTIC. Truely- if anything do this at Uluru.
I would also say for travellers, don't spend more than 3 days or so at Uluru, there is a limited amount to do here! However it is very special-something not to be missed.
There is not much to choose from in Ayers Rock. The DG is one of the better hotels. Not exactly new and extremely spread out, it's a long way to many of the rooms. Ask detailed questions about how to turn on the electricity if you enter your room first time at night, there is no nightlight of any kind to help. it was convenient, just a short walk, to what limited shopping there is in Ayers Rock. As for Uluru, etc, we were unimpressed. You can see the Valley of Fire in Clark County NV and be just as pleased. The activity around Ayers Rock can include strenuous walks, climbs. There is NOTHING to do here except stare at Uluru! A good 5 minutes should do it. It is also very hot most months of the year and starting in early spring, about September, the flies come out, a real nuisance but they come with the territory.
Our stay at Desert Gardens was booked by Quantas in a sale package. We stayed there 2 nights in June 2006. It was great, very, very clean, service was excellent. No complaints. Staff was very helpful. Everything within the complex was within walking distance or there was a regular shuttle to take you to the other venus. Tour bus pick up and drop off at the front door and tour bookings just about anywhere. Restaurant food pricey by Canadian standards, but was good.
Good, clean accomodations
from A TripAdvisor Member
There are limited accomodations at Uluru (Ayers Rock), but if you are planning a trip to the site, the Desert Gardens Hotel is a good choice. The room wasn't fancy, but it was very clean. Hotel guests are free to use facilities at other Voyager properties. All of the Uluru hotels are expensive, compared to others we stayed at in Australia, but it is due to the remote location. The resort provides a free airport shuttle. There is a small shopping center in the resort that includes restaurants, a grocery store, gift shops, and a post office. Travelers can book tours from any Voyagers property. We highly recommend the Night Sky Observatory tour and the Camel Ride (although, the camels do not enter the Uluru park boundary.)
s what you have to do to see Uluru
from A TripAdvisor Member
We had 1 night at the Desert Gardens in February 2006 and really it was just somewhere to put our heads down between the Sounds of Silence dinner and the Sunrise breakfast. The room was large and clean but there was sometimes a drains smell in the bathroom. We did not use any of the hotel facilities. The Sounds of Silence dinner was OK but it was cloudy which made the lecture about the stars a bit superfluous and there was quite a wind blowing so the food was stone cold. We made up for this by drinking copious quantities of wine and champagne and having a good laugh with the rest of the people at our table!! The sunrise breakfast was more interesting especially on the aborigine walking tour but the breakfast was very poor. All together this was the worst value for money on the whole of our round the world trip. It was very expensive but what you have to do to see Uluru. Yes the flies were a problem but we had such laughs with the hat nets that the flies didn't seem to matter!!
Stayed at this hotel for 2 nights. Room was very nice and cleaned daily. Complex is very expensive and we did not eat in the restrauant as it was very expensive. There is a kitchen area where you can prepare your own food and a supermarket in the town bit.
The pool was very nice and a great place to cool off as temp was in the 40s.
We used this place as a base and it served its purpose well.
Would stay again.
ve got no choice
Had a very memorable trip there this month. Maybe I didn't read enough but I didn't realise that this group of lodgings has a total monopoly in the area for hundreds of miles around. The hotel was more like a motel with lots of blocks scattered throughout the grounds. Ours was OK but , as others have said, you pay well over the odds to stay here. I'd say that if it had any healthy competition the prices would be less than half of what you pay. The room itself was OK with decent a/c and the usual TV , fridge etc. What you've got to remember though is that you're out in the bush and the insect count is very high, especially around lights etc. at night-time. Not for the easily spooked. Flies were a nuisance during the day (it was 42C) and as others have said, buy a net. A better buy, from the complex supermarket, was a wide brim hat with net attached ($9 I think). You might not look to good in your holiday snaps but you'll suffer greatly if you don't cover your face up.
We ate in the hotel buffet and it was of good quality, though a bit expensive (as everything on the complex is). The "Sound of Silence" trip was excellent and , apart from the Olgas and Uluru themselves, was the highlight of our stay. The food was OK (flies again) but the astronomer guy was great, talking about the stars and planets. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it.
We hired a car to travel to Uluru and the Olgas and you have to pay $25 each to get into the park. 2 days was just about right. Very memorable trip if a bit expensive.
We stayed here for 2 nights. The hotel was exactly what we needed (a bed for the nights!). I think like most people we had signed up to various trips whilst in the resort so the hotel is a base - we did not use any of the facilities it had to offer! Check-in was smooth, the room was clean and a good size (the bathroom being particularly nice). The flys were not a major problem to us in the resort but we were glad that we had the fly nets when we went on the trips. I would definatly recommend Sounds of Silence - a highlight of our holiday.
We have just returned from a stay at the Desert Gardens Hotel. Our room was comfortable and clean, although we did meet some other guests who were unhappy about their room. We had lunch and dinner at the hotel, the menu choice was limited, but when the food arrived it tasted fine. I recommend eating the seafood buffet at the Sails in the Desert Hotel, it was presented beautifully and offered something for everybody.
The main criticism I have of the hotel is the cost, as previous reviewers have noted, it is very expensive. However, if you want to see the Rock it's the price you have to pay.
The room was comfortable and OK for the two nights we stayed. We only had one breakfast and one evening meal in the restaurant which were average and noticed that the waiting staff on duty were not quite up to standard of normal hotels! There had been complaints from some German Tourists who were certainly not satisfied with the service they had received throughtout their evening meal. However, the hotel was adequate for our requirements for our short stay in Uluru.
Top Local Tips for Yulara
Make sure you have a day to explore this site - also known as the Olgas as it is just as impressive as Uluru and you can walk amongst the huge formations almost on your own. (go for sunrise or early morning before the crowds and heat - most tourists go to Uluru in the mornings).
a few thoughts
You must do the Sounds of Silence diner. Book a deluxe room -it is worth the extra money for the view. Go with an open mind, you will not get any enjoyment if you are negative.Many great experiences are not cheap!
rent a car
don't worry that you won't be able to find your way around. rent a car if there are more than 2 of you you and you'll save money and have much more control and enjoyment. the trips are over priced and really really touristy..don't bother... do it yourself.