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“Waaaay Overpriced”
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Desert Cave Hotel
Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Coober Pedy
Sydney, Australia
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“Waaaay Overpriced”
Reviewed 18 January 2014 via mobile

Booked in at the last minute and were lucky enough to get an above ground room with air conditioning and a rollaway bed that a very disgruntled older lady pushed into our room half an hour after I'd been told to give them 10mins to prepare our room with the extra bed. Perhaps a new model fan would have blown better...it barely worked. The 'queen' sized bed turned out to be two single beds pushed together. Very uncomfortable to sleep on. The shower needed a good scrub and there were ants in the top drawer in our room that contained the tea, coffee and sugar.
We went for breakfast in the morning at the cafe. The staff were extremely unfriendly and the meal was extremely overpriced for what was served. We saw one man come in and the lady told him to take. Seat and she'd be with him shortly only for him to walk out 10mins later because she totally ignored him.
All in all very unfriendly staff who don't value their employment or their customers. Would not pay the money to stay there again.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 11 January 2014 via mobile

This place definitely has more of a hotel feel rather than motel. Rooms are large and comfortable. We called ahead and negotiated a cash price for the room and we thought it was good value. Although the car park isn't locked, we felt that coober pedy had cleaned up a bit since our last visit in 2010 so weren't too worried about it. Stayed again on the return journey.

Skip the restaurant and bar, go for something with more character and better value in town. Do visit the opal shop, the sales assistant there is a delight.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Port Augusta, Australia
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Reviewed 7 January 2014

The car thermometer read 43C and camping overnight in the camper trailer was dismissed. We arrived and were greeted by friendly staff that invited us to check the room was to our liking prior to staying. We chose an underground room and were impressed with its coolness and comfort. We enjoyed a delicious meal in the restaurant with excellent service and were refreshed to continue our journey the next day. The room was clean and sleeping was easy in the dark and quiet room.

Room Tip: Check out the underground room options. Perhaps not to everyones liking but a good experience.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 January 2014 via mobile

We did not arrive in CP until approx 10.30 pm and had organised for the key to be left in the door. It was an extremely hot night and we were disappointed that the staff didn't think to turn on the air conditioning for us before our arrival. The room was stuffy and the small air conditioner took hours to cool the room. The furnishings were dated, and the linen, especially the towels need replacing. We attempted to have breakfast at the crystal cafe, but staff had covered up the buffet with tablecloths about an hour before it was meant to close. Whilst we were happy just to have a room for the night, we couldn't help but feel we had over payed for the privilege.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 8 December 2013

I agree there is not a lot to choose from in coober, but next time i'll try somewhere else. For us it was a 2 star experience for the price of 4. For general comfort/ cleanliness etc. i'd give 2 stars, but because we left feeling like we'd paid way too much, i'm dropping down to one. Next time, we'll go a bit more low-brow, expecting similar for a fairer price.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

There is not a lot of choice of accommodation in Coober Pedy, and this looked to be one of the better hotels if not the best. The underground rooms were quite an experience, clean and equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, fridge and mini bar if required. We did have a problem with the pre-paid breakfasts but this was not the fault of the hotel being more the company we booked through ie Hotels.com. The staff at the hotel were all very friendly. If I visit Coober Pedy again I will certainly stay here.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

Youre in Cooober Pedy... there aint too much to pick from. This is probably the best. There isn't no Sheraton nor a Westin or similar this place is about as good as it gets. Don't have high expectations, just take it for what it is. It was reasonably clean, has a tv and coffee making facilities. The room is very big and the bathroom was huge (I assume a bath may have been removed). All in all, remember where you are. It isn't going to be amazing. It's a bed.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Desert Cave Hotel
Address: Hutchison Street, Coober Pedy, South Australia 5723, Australia
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Region: Australia > South Australia > Coober Pedy
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Coober Pedy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Desert Cave Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Desert Cave Hotel is the world's only underground international hotel. We're located at Coober Pedy, which since 1915 has lured those who seek the elusive opal, found in this vast outback semi-desert area. ... more   less 
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