11 Best Hotels in Red Centre, The Outback

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

$$$ | 93 Barrett Dr., Alice Springs, NT, 0870, Australia Fodor's Choice

A popular place thanks to great views of the MacDonnell Ranges from guest rooms and the nightlife provided by the casino, the Crowne Plaza is the most luxurious resort in Alice Springs. Rooms in the newest wing of the hotel are decorated with original artwork from local Aboriginal artists. The adjoining casino is an ideal place to mingle with the locals, as is the gym and stunning lap pool, which some neighboring residents might be members of.

Pros

  • On-site gym facilities
  • Complimentary in-room Wi-Fi
  • Casino and nightlife on the property

Cons

  • Adjacent convention center attracts big groups
  • 30-minute walk to town center
  • Restaurants are on the pricey side
93 Barrett Dr., Alice Springs, NT, 0870, Australia
08-8950–7777
hotel Details
205 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Desert Gardens Hotel

$$$$ | 1 Yulara Dr., Yulara, NT, 0872, Australia

Blond-wood furniture complements desert hues in this hotel's small, neat rooms, which are named after different Australian flora, have a balcony or courtyard, and are surrounded by lovely native gardens. Desert Gardens is the only hotel in the area that offers views of Uluru from some of the rooms. There's also a good-size swimming pool and the Mangata Bistro & Bar.

Pros

  • Views of Uluru
  • Free in-room Wi-Fi
  • Shady gardens among gum trees

Cons

  • Busy resort entrance road passes hotel
  • The property looks a little dated
  • A 10- to 15-minute walk or shuttle ride (free) to Yulara town center
1 Yulara Dr., Yulara, NT, 0872, Australia
02-8296–8010
hotel Details
218 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Desert Palms Alice Springs

$ | 74 Barrett Dr., Alice Springs, NT, 0871, Australia

Accommodations at Desert Palms are in self-contained, freestanding A-frame units set up as double, triple, quad, and family villas, each with a private balcony and access to a lovely island pool with a waterfall to help you take your mind off the dry desert heat. While there’s no on-site restaurant or bar, you can purchase snacks at reception, cook up something special on the barbecue or in your kitchenette, or easily walk to several notable eateries nearby.

Pros

  • Private, comfortable villas with fully stocked kitchenettes
  • Golf course adjacent
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • No-frills bathrooms
  • Villas have thin walls
  • Taxi or car needed to reach town center
74 Barrett Dr., Alice Springs, NT, 0871, Australia
08-8952–5977
hotel Details
80 apartments
Rate Includes: No Meals

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs

$$$ | 82 Barrett Dr., Alice Springs, NT, 0870, Australia

Landscaped lawns with elegant eucalyptus and palm trees greet you at this upscale international chain about a mile outside town. Inside, the rooms are decorated in light, tropical colors, and have balcony views of the garden and pool or of the Alice Springs Golf Club and the low, barren mountains in the background. Hanuman Thai is a local favorite, while Saltbush serves contemporary Australian fare and The Deck Bar offers tapas; some room rates include breakfast.

Pros

  • Many rooms have views of the MacDonnell Ranges
  • Excellent on-site restaurants
  • Wi-Fi is free in the lobby and in rooms if you join Hilton Honors

Cons

  • Taxi or car is needed to reach the town center
  • No shopping nearby
  • Wi-Fi is pricey if you're not a Hilton Honors member
82 Barrett Dr., Alice Springs, NT, 0870, Australia
08-8950–8000
hotel Details
236 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Emu Walk Apartments

$$$$ | 3 Yulara Dr., Yulara, NT, 0872, Australia

Perfect for families, large groups, or folks who otherwise just like to cook while they’re on the road, Emu Walk Apartments is the only accommodation at Ayers Rock Resort that offers an in-room self-catering option, complete with full kitchens. You can also expect daily maid service in these one- and two-bedroom apartments, each of which comes with a separate living room space. One-bedrooms can sleep four, and the balconied two-bedrooms can accommodate six.

Pros

  • Extra beds ideal for families or traveling companions
  • Within walking distance to shops and supermarket
  • Adjacent to resort dining options

Cons

  • Room rates are pricey
  • Limited amenities in rooms
  • Can be noisy with those walking to and from Yulara town center
3 Yulara Dr., Yulara, NT, 0872, Australia
02-8296–8010
hotel Details
60 apartments
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Glen Helen Lodge

$$ | 1 Namatjira Dr., Alice Springs, NT, 0872, Australia

Choose from motel, dorm, or campsite accommodations and enjoy views of Glen Helen Gorge and its wildlife, including many bird species, rock wallabies, dingoes, and lizards. This outpost is the only place to refuel for 130 km (62 miles) east or 270 km (168 miles) west, and makes a good base for exploring Western MacDonnell National Park, with Glen Helen Gorge in its backyard and Ormiston Gorge just a 15-minute drive away.

Pros

  • Traditional Outback Australia atmosphere
  • Easy access to the Larapinta Walking Trail and Glen Helen Gorge
  • Plenty of opportunities to see local fauna

Cons

  • No swimming pool
  • Limited Wi-Fi in the restaurant and at reception
  • Rooms 10–17 are next to the generator and can be noisy
1 Namatjira Dr., Alice Springs, NT, 0872, Australia
08-8956–7208
hotel Details
25 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Longitude 131°

$$$$ | Yulara Dr., Yulara, NT, 0872, Australia Fodor's Choice

With 15 elevated, hard-floored "tents" offering king-size beds and uninterrupted, panoramic views of Uluru thanks to the floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors, this desert oasis about 3 km (2 miles) from the Ayers Rock Resort provides the ultimate Outback luxury experience. The steep rate includes several guided tours and all meals and drinks, served in the Dune House, home to a formal lounge with an extensive library, a self-serve bar full of top-shelf liquors, and a swimming pool.

Pros

  • Luxury tented accommodation, some convertible to twin share
  • Dinner under the stars
  • Touring included

Cons

  • Children younger than 13 not allowed
  • No bathtubs
  • Minimum two-night stay requirement
Yulara Dr., Yulara, NT, 0872, Australia
02-9918–4355
hotel Details
15 suites
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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Mercure Alice Springs Resort

$$ | 34 Stott Terr., Alice Springs, NT, 0870, Australia

Many of the rooms at this new addition to Accor Hotels’ portfolio open directly onto lawns or gardens where dozens of native birds chatter, making you forget you’re in the middle of the desert and instead, perhaps inside a tropical garden. When the heat gets to be too much, set up poolside. The hotel is also home to Barra on Todd, a restaurant popular with both locals and visitors, meaning reservations are necessary.

Pros

  • 10-minute walk to Todd Mall shops
  • Soft pillows and comfortable beds
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Convention facilities attract tour groups
  • No views
  • Small parking lot for hotel and restaurant
34 Stott Terr., Alice Springs, NT, 0870, Australia
08-8951–4545
hotel Details
139 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge

$$$ | Yulara Dr., Yulara, NT, 0872, Australia

The theme at this affordable and popular hotel is the 1860s Outback, complete with corrugated iron, timber beams, and camel saddles. But you won't necessarily be roughing it here. You'll stay in no-frills rooms, but there are several on-site restaurant options, ranging from DIY–BBQ and fast-food takeaway to an outdoor bar with live music and the grand buffet at Bough House Restaurant, plus a nice swimming pool and game room for kids of all ages. Guests at the adjoining dorm-style budget accommodation option with a communal kitchen share the hotel's facilities, so it does have a slight backpacker feel in the public areas.

Pros

  • Lodge rooms are cheapest in the resort
  • Free shuttle bus
  • Tennis courts

Cons

  • Some budget-style rooms have communal bathrooms
  • Hotel rooms are basic for the price
  • Rooms closer to Pioneer BBQ will hear music until about 11 pm
Yulara Dr., Yulara, NT, 0872, Australia
02-8296–8010
hotel Details
167 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Sails in the Desert

$$$$ | 163 Yulara Dr., Yulara, NT, 0872, Australia Fodor's Choice

Architectural shade sails, ghost-gum-fringed lawns, Aboriginal art, and numerous facilities distinguish this upscale hotel with rooms in three-tiered blocks that frame a gorgeous white-tiled pool. Each room has a private balcony overlooking either the huge, lawn-surrounded pool area or a lush garden. The busy reception area is home to a tour desk, luxury spa and wellness center, and an Aboriginal art gallery.

Pros

  • Aboriginal artworks featured throughout
  • Kids under 12 stay free
  • Complimentary in-room Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Rooms and dining options are the priciest at Ayers Rock Resort
  • This hotel is popular with families and well-to-do tour groups
  • To get to Yulara town center requires a walk or shuttle
163 Yulara Dr., Yulara, NT, 0872, Australia
02-8296–8010
hotel Details
228 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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The Lost Camel

$$$$ | Yulara Dr., Yulara, NT, 0872, Australia

This boutique-hotel-style property is built around a blue-tile, rivet-and-glass-paneled, reverse infinity pool, arguably the fanciest in Ayers Rock Resort. Central to each room is the bed, which backs onto an open hand-basin area. The only windows are in the divided bathroom—which is an enclosed balcony with separate rooms for the toilet and shower—so remember to draw the curtains.

Pros

  • Brightly colored decor
  • The prettiest, most stylish swimming pool in the resort
  • Aboriginal-theme photographs on walls

Cons

  • Unusual bathroom layout
  • Rooms can be pricey
  • It's next to Yulara town center, so can be busy
Yulara Dr., Yulara, NT, 0872, Australia
02-8296–8010
hotel Details
99 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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