The Lost Camel at Ayers Rock Resort Hotel

, Yulara, Australia
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The Lost Camel at Ayers Rock Resort Hotel

, Yulara
3 star
Ayers Rock Resort Yulara Drive - Yulara - Northern Territory - 872 - Australia Hotel Website | | 61 2 82968010
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Review - The Lost Camel at Ayers Rock Resort Hotel

1/10
Brrrr
Submitted by: Des in 11/01/06
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Stayed in July when outside temperatures around zero, however no heating in hotel. Staff friendly enough, facilities in complex fine but not so good in this hotel.
 

Historical Traveller Reviews of The Lost Camel at Ayers Rock Resort Hotel

Luxury in the middle of the desert

from Barbarella
We absolutely loved this hotel. We were expecting something like Furnace Creek in Death Valley, Calif, ie a bit homely, but the Lost Camel is smart, kooky and quite luxurious given the location. We especially loved the pool area, where the earthy tones of the walls and the stark white of the ghost gums were set off perfectly by the impossibly blue desert skies. It was far too hot to move between 11am and 5pm which was a good excuse to laze by the pool and three days of enforced relaxation was just what we needed halfway through a five week tour of Australia. At times though, it was even too hot to sit in the shade so we retreated to our room, where the a/c was perfect - cool and quiet - so that we could have a nap, having been up to watch the dawn each day.

The staff all seemed to be under 25, but were smart and professional and very helpful. We ran out of videotape one evening but the receptionist managed to get us a new cassette, even though the photo shop was closed for stock taking, and it was waiting for us in reception at 6am the next morning. I can vouch for the Aussie firefighters too - I managed to set off the fire alarm using the iron, which was very embarrassing, but when the firemen turned up (in full uniform with yellow oilskins despite the heat) we all had a laugh about it. I guess they don't have lot to do between bush fires!

A couple of tips - whatever you do, don't miss the Sounds of Silence Dinner. It is a good idea to book in advance, which you can do on the internet. It is run by the resort and they take you out into the desert and serve a fantastic meal with full silver service, to the sounds of a didgeridoo and a guide to the amazing night sky by an astronomer, who will obligingly point out your star sign for you. For those of us from the northern hemisphere, it was really weird to see Orion with his belt sticking up, not hanging down and even the crescent moon seems to hang the other way.

The other tip is to hire a car from airport, you can then take your time exploring Uluru and Kata Tjuta, away from the hordes. There is also hardly another car on the roads. However, we hired from Hertz and when we got home we found we had been charged for damage to the spare tyre, which we hadn't done. After making a dispute claim to Visa and several phone calls to Australia, Hertz eventually backed down, credited our Visa card and also apologised, though without any explanation. So I suggest you check the spare before you set out - we have never thought to do this before but will in future.

MAGIC Camel!

from spt3
One of 5 hotels at the resort and the cheapest! We have stayed there twice and having seen the other hotels (nice as they look) you wouldn't (in my opinion) get any more for your money - especially when you are free to go and use the other hotels facilities e.g. shops, restaurants, pools etc... An excellent, friendly hotel with clean, well designed rooms. Would love to return!

Different

from A TripAdvisor Member
Well appointed hotel with unusual room layouts. Nice welcome pool to get away from the flies, but watch out for the showers. We thought the bus driver was joking when he said you can see right into them from outside - but he wasn't, ladies be sure to draw the drapes!!

Cosy, but comfortable

from Raff
Nice, modern, cosy...we stayed two nights in January. Although we did originaly have a room next to the pool, we changed to a room on the second floor as we didn't like the thought of someone sitting outside our window while we were on the loo!! (the windows in the bathroom are not tinted and they faced the pool).
We went on 2 trips with APT, the guide Paul was excellent, he really new his stuff. We arrived at 10am, went on the afternoon tour of the olgas, then Uluru sunset, did some stargazing that night. The went on the Uluru sunrise and base tour. All in all a good stop-over.

Pleasant Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
Yes, the rooms are small, but you probably won't be spending much time there anyway. If you are insect-phobic, please be advised that there will probably be ants in the bathroom and in your hand towels. The pool area is great. If you're on a budget, stick to the take-away joint (the restaurant across from it is mediocre), and remember that there's a full supermarket in the complex. I second the suggestion to rent a car--you'll have much more flexibility and freedom, and it's cheaper than taking a tour.

Great Hotel

from MandC
We stayed at Uluru only 2 nights but we can highly recommend the Lost Camel Hotel. Best location of all the resort hotels this hotel offers extremely friendly staff, small compact rooms that offer exactly all you require for a visit and a very comfortable, relaxed friendly atmosphere.
Highly recommend the timetable we followed:- Arrived late morning/light lunch/look around area/afternoon helicopter flight over rock & resort/evening "Sounds of Silence Dinner"/next morning 5am start walk around rock then visit culture centre/afternoon visit and walk Olgas/evening dinner & drinks/next day early flight out...............
busy but a must do in Oz.

Excellent Location

from AMorgan
This is definately a hotel with a difference.
The rooms are all very mod and different with the bathroom and shower room seperate, but it works really well.

Some of the front desk staff were a bit slow to understand what we were saying, but they were always ready to help once they got the message!
V nice pool and surrounding area also.

Rooms were Quiet, but maybe they could've washed the blanket/sofa material a little bit better. This should not turn you off though. This is a really good hotel, and right next to everything that you need in the Resort.

A Lovely hotel

from InternationalTrvl
This place is a lovely oasis in the Red Centre. We loved the modern room decor. The front desk staff was excellent. The hotel's location couldn't have been better as it was situated next to the shopping/restaurant area. This is a perfect hotel for couples on an outback getaway. We were very happy with our stay.

Boutique Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed for 2 nights in June 2004 as part of a city/rock/reef adventure holiday.

The hotel is situated in the centre of the Ayers Rock Resort with the small main square next door which contains the Gecko cafe, a takeaway, newsagents, post office, supermarket, tour offices and gift shop.

The hotel is "boutique", fresh and modern and the colour scheme is purples, oranges, ochres and greens. The furniture is fun and funky and reminded me of Ikea.

The room that I had was on the ground floor and contained double bed, two arm chairs, coffee table, kettle (tea and coffee provided), fridge, cd micro hi-fi, iron & ironing board, safe and ceiling fan. The bed is in the middle of the room facing the door and behind it is a butler style sink and wardrobe space. To the left of this area is a shower room - you literally walk into the room and shut the door and the whole area is the shower. The wc is separate next door.

The hotel staff are extremely helpful and friendly and they can arrange dinners, excursions and change travellers cheques with no fee.

There is no restaurant, only a tiny bar in the lounge but as you are next to the main square you can eat there or at the Desert Sands Hotel or Sails in the Desert Hotels that are on either side.

A courtesy shuttle bus runs around the resort to all hotels so you can easily get around.

A desert gem

from A TripAdvisor Member
Spent 2 nights here in December 2003 and 2 nights was about right.

What a location. The rock itself is awesome, a really once in a lifetime sight.

The hotel was clean, well furnished and although the rooms were compact, the design made excellent use of space that was available.

Staff were really friendly, nothing too much trouble.

The hotel was well placed for shops and restaurants and the food was excellent and surprisingly reasonably priced.

BOOK THE SOUND OF SILENCE DINNER its a must!!! Its expensive but well worth the money as we actually saw Saturn through a telescope and the sunset over the Olgas will live with us forever.

We would highly recommend this hotel and a visit to Uluru is one of things you must do in a lifetime.
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  • Address: Ayers Rock Resort Yulara Drive - Yulara - Northern Territory - 872 - Australia
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