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Desert Cave Hotel
Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Coober Pedy
Reviewed 3 May 2008

Stayed 2 nights and it was thourghly enjoyed. The booking was done through the hotel website and they wre very good in recommending things to do and see .Our rate included breakfasts which were 1st class ,can say to all who read this to go and enjoy .
Peter Cumming N Z

  • Stayed: June 2006, travelled with friends
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2  Thank petercNewZealand
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Reviewed 1 April 2008

we just had a two night stay at the desert cave in coober pedy

we had booked months ahead of time, and paid full price- hence we were disappointed when we arrived to find a sign advertising 20% discount- and we were not entitled to this because we had already paid.

the reception staff were rude, condescending and unhelpful
staff allowed their children to use the pool, and they were noisy and running around everywhere

our "underground" room was small and right in the courtyard, offering little or no privacy a soon as we opened the front door.

housekeeping did not clean the room until mid afternoon and did not replace milk, tea, coffee or sugar for the next morning.

we went to the shop to get some milk, and were charged $4.00 for a 350ml cup of milk!!!

on the up side- the restaurant was lovely and we enjoyed our meal. Also, the spa was a delight (once the kids left)

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled with friends
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4  Thank susie10375
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Reviewed 26 October 2006

My wife and I stayed here for two nights from 24th Oct and found the hotel above average for coober pedy but you should not try to compare this against major town hotels. Considering you are in the middle of nowhere the food and service was great. I would warn you that unless you are interested in opals there is not a lot to do about the hotel and the town has a run down feeling

  • Stayed: October 2006, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank alanber
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Reviewed 3 November 2005

Booked an 'underground room' and arrived after a 9 hour drive to be told that none were available and had been given to a bus group. With so many other options in Coober Pedy, I would have booked somewhere else, underground and cheaper - but there was no offer of refund or decent explaination. Highly overrated hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2005, travelled on business
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10  Thank FreqFlyerAU
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Reviewed 1 October 2005

We stayed at the Desert Cave for two nights with some overseas visitors. The room facilities were exceptional for a hotel so remote and all we desired, but the reception staff were not polite nor welcoming and a little pedantic.
We had breakfast at the hotel, expensive, and for a similar price, had an excellent evening meal at the Underground Cafe, just up the road. Well worth the walk.
The Desert Cave tour, around the town, to the Breakaways, Moon Plain etc., is well worth doing, as it covered ground we could not access even in a four wheel drive and showed us sights we did not know about. The scenery was outstanding, stunning , and unlike anywhere else I have seen. The driver was well informed and genial company, but we may have felt safer with seat belts on the off-road section of the trip. All together it was a long trip from Adelaide, but well worth the monotony of the drive for a few days in a completely different environment.

  • Stayed: September 2005
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9  Thank scliffy
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Additional Information about 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: $131 - $283 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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