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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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Reviewed 24 August 2004

You have to arrive on the Ghan from Alice to be met by Derek the local tour guide,pitch black apart from a small bonfire to halt the train.You are immediatly met with a drink and a smile and taken to Coober Pedy.The hotel was the Dessert Caves where the rooms were underground(another first)great food and company.The town it self was like something from a Mad Max movie fascinating,Tours into the painted dessert and the mail run a must.You should also leave Coober the same way that you arrived.

9  Thank Culture10346
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