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Underground Motel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in White Cliffs
Certificate of Excellence
Newcastle, Australia
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4 reviews
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“Something different!”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

There are not many places to stay in White Cliffs, so we thought we would try the underground experience. The rooms were very basic. Only one reading lamp on the queen size bed so only one of us could read. The power point was behind the bed and was difficult to access to charge batteries. Showers and toilets were a bit like in a caravan park but they were adequate. There was no food at the motel as the chef was sick.They had an expresso machine in their "cafe" but only the absent chef could operate it. Had to have dinner at the town shop, and they started to run out of food as the motel visitors had been eating there, and the food truck was a day late. Ah… the outback! Breakfast was very basic, cereal and toast.The girl at the front desk told us she would be locking the doors and leaving at 7pm- so I guess it would be bad luck you if you needed something! A bonus was that it was extremely quiet at night and we all slept really well. It was a bit expensive for what you got, but it was an experience, though not one that I would be rushing to repeat.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Sydney
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Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

It was a long drive for novelty value, however we can tick if off the list... It was the most expensive night of a four week road trip and I'm not sure it was worth it. We opted for a room with an ensuite and it was freezing- the bathroom had a vent which let in all the cold air- even closing the door didn't work. If you don't eat dinner at the restaurant (7pm set menu) the only option for food is the general store.
The opal sellers had the same things as each other and little of the jewellery looked locally made.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

As the name suggests, this motel is actually underground! The rooms are comfortable and there is a communal bathroom. There are some stairs leading up to an above-ground/roof area which has amazing views of the sunset (just make sure the door doesn't lock behind you). This motel is a great experience.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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portmacquarie
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Although this is not cheap accommodation it is well worth the cost for the experience of spending a few nights in an underground room. The first impression is that of a rabbit warren however as you become familiar with the layout you soon find your way around to the share bathrooms and dining room and bar.
White Cliffs is an interesting Opal Mining town. Very hot in summer months.
Would recommend a visit. Robem

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Regensburg, Deutschland
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

We stayed one night at the White Cliffs Underground Motel. It is definitely different and an experience. The service is friendly and very good. But the best things are the quite, dark and cool rooms. Of course - you are underground!!! This was a nice change on our trip West. A room without air condition but nice and cool. The rooms are large with a double a bed and one or two single beds. Showers and toilets are not in the room. But there are a few of each in the bathroom section. So no waiting time there. Breakfast is included. Standard but very good and plenty.
Situated in the middle of almost nowhere it is most likely the only true accommodation. Due to that it´s not cheap. There is also not too much to see around. Spending a few nights there are relaxing but also expensive. Nevertheless I would recommend going there. It´s a welcome change to your Outback tour.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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melbourne
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31 reviews
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

What a great place to stay while in White Cliffs. Very comfortable rooms, clean bathrooms and the pool was very welcome after a long drive. Host was very pleasant and helpfull. Would recommend anyone to stay at the dug-out motel !! Marilyn

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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St. Albert, Canada
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

As with others who have reviewed this underground motel, we had never stayed underground and were excited to do so. We booked two nights on-line and had excellent service from the staff throughout the booking. We arrived in White Cliffs and hoped that it would meet our expectations. We had a lovely cool room with a comfortable bed and attractive rustic furniture. It was so dark and quiet at night that we slept in until 8am easily. We were a little surprised to have to walk down the hall to the toilets and showers, but after exploring the complex, could see why it would be too difficult to have bathrooms in every room. The hallways were painted rock with several areas showing the natural buff and red colors -- very attractive. There is a great viewpoint up 44 stairs, and we watched the sunset one night, and a wonderful dust and lightning storm the next -- amazing photos from there. The historical center was very interesting and there is something to see. One of the best parts of our stay was meeting interesting people at meals -- and of course the meals themselves were very good too. (We would have liked more choice perhaps in the meals however as the same three choices were offered each day.) All in all, we enjoyed our stay there and would recommend it to anyone who would enjoy a unique experience in the outback. And of course, we enjoyed touring the local sights like the opal shops and diggings, although it didn't take too long to do that. The local roads are rough but it is the Outback!! We enjoyed the above gorund pool each afternoon -- a great way to cool off.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Underground Motel
Address: White Cliffs, New South Wales, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > White Cliffs
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in White Cliffs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 30
Also Known As:
Underground Hotel White Cliffs

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