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Desert Cave Hotel
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Reviewed 26 November 2012

We stayed in the underground motel for three nights en route to Uluru. First impressions were not good as we bumped in over a potholed driveway. from the outward appearance I don't think maintenance is a big issue here. Reception were very friendly and pretty quickly we were escorted to a very spacious underground room. The beds were huge and very comfortable. Once the door is closed you realize you are underground because without windows the darkness is very concerning. They have little torches on the walls but none worked. The motels restaurant and bar were okay but a little expensive. I suppose when you consider the location it isn't too bad. All in all a good place to visit even if it is expensive. Coober Pedy itself is worth a visit,..once!

Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
Thank Mark T
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Reviewed 18 November 2012

We booked 2 nights at this hotel in December 2011, via an Australian specialist UK company, after having stayed here in 2001. This time we were travelling with friends who had not visited Coober Pedy before and particularly wanted to experience sleeping in a cave room.

We arrived after a long car journey from Port Augusta, hot and tired. On check-in we were advised that we had above ground rooms. After our initial outburst of amazement we were told that if cave rooms had been requested there would not have been a problem. The Receptionist showed us their original paperwork which indeed had no mention of a cave room request. He was extremely apologetic and advised us that no rooms were available for the first night but he would do his utmost to change us to cave rooms the next day, which he subsequently did. He then presented us with complimentary full breakfast vouchers for our stay, which was extremely generous considering the Hotel was in no way at fault.

Our rooms, both above and below ground were large, clean and comfortable. The breakfast was huge and very tasty.

We made use of the swimming pool that, although it was a bit on the chilly side, was very refreshing, towels provided at reception. Unfortunately the area was spattered with bird poo from the many swift-type birds drinking from the pool. This hadn't been cleaned up on the 2nd day of our stay so is obviously not a priority, not very hygienic.

All in all a very pleasant stay and highly recommended.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Grandmafrog
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Reviewed 29 October 2012

Sleeping underground really just the side of hill is quite a unique experience. There are limited "cave" rooms so book ahead. They also seem to be the best appointed rooms in the hotel. Regular hotel rooms are nothing special.
Outdoor pool. Small breakfast area...but decent continental breakfast. Diningroom good.
Hotel's gift/tuck shop closes early.

Room Tip: Reserve an underground room ahead to avoid disappointment.
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank explorer1950
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Reviewed 11 October 2012

The underground rooms were far better than those above ground, clean, quiet and very dark, but are showing there age. The hot water is slow arriving but we had been advised to be patient. The evening meals in the Umberto Diningroom were great, while breakfast and lunch in Crystal Cafe were good. The staff were most pleasant and helpful. The opal shop had a good range but I suggest that you also visit the shops across the road.
Considering that the township of Coobey Pedy is hundreds of miles from anywhere and in desert conditions, I thought the facilities. Our different tour drivers all had a passion for the town with considerable knowledge, each having lived there for decades.
The golf course ??, mines and churches were well worth seeing.

Room Tip: Underground bedroom were good.
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank SkiGrowingOld
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Reviewed 26 September 2012

I rcently stayed at the desert cave hotel in an 'above ground' room on a business trip. The room was clean, with a good shower, complimentary tea/coffee making and comfortable mattress for sleeep. Think of any country hotel and it was slightly above that basic standard, so given the remote location, quite good really!
The hotel did get noisy through the evening until midnight with cars and other guests coming and going throughout the night. I also had trouble with the airconditioning settings, only realising at about 1am, that while I was turning the temperature down to cool the room, it was on a 'heater' setting, so wasn't working perhaps this was my fault, but I couldn't find any instructions anywhere in the room (booklet told me that in a cave you don't need aircon, but my room wasn't a cave room).
The breakfast offerings were not great, if you're into eggs, then you'd be happy, but muesli, yoghurt etc was not featured.
If I went back to CP I would stay there again, but take some airplugs.

Room Tip: If you can afford it, stay underground, it will be quieter for a good sleep
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled on business
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2  Thank AdeleAustralia
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