Desert Gardens Hotel

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Yulara Dr, Yulara, 0872, Australia
Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort
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Value Score Great Value!

Costs 23% less than similarly rated 4 star hotels

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Desert Gardens Hotel

by TripAdvisor Member frontline

The Rock was amazing however the flies and the heat were not! We stayed at the Desert Gardens Hotel which I think was expensive as the room was not very clean and the staff were not helpful. Ensure you wear a fly net.

Ayers Rock Desert Gardens...

by geekgrrl

Ayers Rock Desert Gardens hotel - There isn't a lot of choice at Ayers Rock, but this was a nice place to relax and cool off! Ayers Rock Resort is the only lodging at Ayers Rock. Desert Gardens Hotel was the mid-range facility there. There are also campgrounds and a hostel.

Haven in the desert

by RogerLB about The Desert Gardens Hotel

Very pleasant few days stay in excellent accomodation. All the expected amenienties and facilities for me as a tourist. Good sized airy room with the pleasant outlook. Part of the Ayers Rock holiday complex. Sandy paths to the other hotels and all being owned by the same company means that you can use the facilities of any of the hotels and add any costs like a bar bill to your room irrespective of which hotel you are in. I would use this hotel again on any return visit. Friendly accomodating staff and the whole area was very clean and tidy. Nice distant views of Ayers Rock and the Olgas from the hill at the centre of the complex (a few minutes walk). Good sized pool and bar.

There are very few restaurants...

by geekgrrl

There are very few restaurants to choose from at the Ayers Rock Resort. We did enjoy our breakfast at the Sails of the Desert hotel. And room service dinner at Desert Gardens Hotel was excellent.

Ayers Rock Resort Visitors Centre

by Gillybob

Within the Ayers Rock Resort there is a very informative visitors centre. Its is located near the Desert Gardens Hotel and provides information on local history, geology, flora, fauna and Aboriginal culture. There are a number of displays and showcases.

The daily weather forecast is posted on a board within the visitors centre.

The visitors centre also sells souvenirs and educational gifts.

Opening hours :
Daily - 09:00 to 17:00

Good but expensive

by TripAdvisor Member YorkshireBelly

Stayed here on a three day trip to Uluru in December with my husband. In a 6 week trip this was the most expensive 3 days we had! The Desert Gardens is ok if you like 'resort' hotels but really you are in the middle of Australia miles from anywhere so you will end up paying far more than elsewhere. Also in the complex of 'Yulara' are other options depending on your budget. We spent a couple of evenings over at the Outback Pioneer Lodge DIY barbeque and bar which had far more atmosphere. We had a first floor room which was large and had a balcony with an unobscured (distant) view of the Rock, it was very quiet, clean and not too basic. The hotel has a small pool which was a welcome relief from the out for the huge wasps though!

Ok for 1 night stay - glad it wasn't longer!

by TripAdvisor Member jclewis80

We stayed here for 1 night as a base for seeing Ayers Rock. Wasn't really that pleased with the accomodation, it felt like a motel style complex although for the high cost to stay I expected a lot more.
Our room was right next to the pool so not far to walk. The room was comfortable but nothing special - very basic and not worthy of the 4 stars I think it has been awarded. The bathroom was big and quite modern, although the bedding had a rip in and the glass windows out to the patio needed a bit of attention as difficult to shut.
The hotel had a nice bar and restaurant, although I felt that most of the attention had been focused on keeping the reception and eating areas clean and modern and that the accomodation had suffered as a result.
Would not stay here again, would look at Sails in the Desert, although all accomodation is expensive here.
Watch out for the flies, they are everywhere especially when you get to Ayers Rock - you can buy fly nets when you are there if they really bother you.
Highlight of the trip was the Harley Davidson trip we took out to the rock, also the sounds of silence dinner is a must do!

An excellent stay on a trip that has to be done!

by TripAdvisor Member appletreeKent

Like others I have read many reviews of this hotel before staying there. We really couldn't find anything to complain about so perhaps we are easily pleased. We stayed one night here, traveling in on Monday pm and out Tuesday pm.

We booked a deluxe room so that we had the chance of a view of the rock and need not do a sunrise trip. Our room was perhaps the furthest from reception but what is all this fuss about walking! It's a low rise hotel complex which means some rooms are further away than others. If it was a 10 storey hotel we could all save our legs but it would be a blot on the landscape!

Checking in was quick and efficient and we easily found our room. There was not one bug or insect either dead or alive in our room and bathroom.. There were 2 double beds, a TV (who needs it anyway) a good fridge,a kettle,complimentary tea and coffee, robes , ironing board and iron and a can of insect killer in the wardrobe. Also a safe.The bathroom was very modern and clean with a good supply of toiletries.. Plenty of towels and a hairdryer. The lights and air conditioning ran off the door key which had to be inserted into a slot. We sat around the pool on the afternoon which was pleasant although there was some building work going on which was noticeable but not a nuisance. Yes there were flies which were annoying but no more than those we encountered on the great Ocean road trip (now they are a problem).

We picked up juice and fruit at the supermarket for breakfast which was fine. We didnt eat in the reataurant as we had booked Sounds of Silence (see other review). We did the Mala walk the last morning and the hotel stored our bags for us. We did buy a fly net for this trip which made it a much more enjoyable experience.

All in all we found this hotel a great experience. It is in the middle of OZ and as such, prices are at a premium. However we paid no more for this than a motel overlooking a busy UK motorway! its all relative and the Rock experience I think is worth it all.

The only negative comment is that our flight to Perth was delayed 3 hours and was known about before we left the hotel.Why they couldn't have let us stay there I do not know. AR airport is not geared up for a 3 hour wait!.

Covered in flies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by TripAdvisor Member kellmbSussex

Well ok the flies are nobody's fault, not even the romans. But that does not excuse the Dessert Gardens Hotel in Ayers Rock for the high prices and general tendancy to fleece its guests left right and center. The trouble with the place is that it's part of a resort, and really if you are going to go to Ayres Rock and stay over night then you are going to end up in one of the resort hotels.

My family and I (we are all adults’ age range 35 - 65) stayed in the most up market one I think (Dessert Gardens Hotel) and found the service generally quite good, the rooms big enough and clean, the bathrooms and showers good, but the price of everything else in the resort absolutley staggering. For example, as soon as you are picked up at the airport by the resort run coaches you are told to drink at least 2 litres of water per day, and much more if you are doing any excersise, which in that climate can be as little as standing outside your hotel. All of which is sound advice. However once you get yourself down to the resort supermarket, which is your only option, you find that they are charging nearly $4 for a 1.5ltr bottle of water.

So you think… ok… we can cope with that...i'm here to see the rock, so i'll put up with it. Then you go to the tourist centre and they basically fleece you once again. The trips we took (obviously the cheapest ones) were around $40 dollars a person for what constituted no more than a ride out in a minibus that should have been no more than $5 a piece. Apparently the more expensive excursions (aproximatly $150 per person) were not much more.

All in all I would say don't go to Ayres Rock (or Ularu) unless you really like the feeling of being taken for a mug or you really, really want to watch a rock change very similar shades of orange whilst batting away the most intrusive flies i've ever experienced along with hundreds of other poor tourists wondering if they are missing something or does is still look orange?

However if you still want to go, visit the Aboriginal Culture Park first, (which is something none of our non indigenous guides, drivers or hotel staff suggested, but which would have made much more sence of our visit, even it it can't explain it all) hire a car instead of going on the trips and learn to live off cheese sandwiches (as we did) because the prices of food will surely make anything you buy taste a bit sour.

If I haven't put you off going yet, and I sincerely hope that I have, and you do end up at the Dessert Gardens hotel or any of the other accomodation that the resort offers, take the time to look up at the stars at night and even go on the night sky talk with an astronimer who’s enthusiasm is wonderful (a bargain at about $30), because they are the most beautiful site I’ve ever seen.

You have to go there!

by TripAdvisor Member TravellerinhopeGB

We stayed here for two nights as part of a Northern Territories/East Coast tour arranged specifically for us and, as we did not see the individual Hotel costs, were not aware that this one was particularly
expensive. We did use the restaurant for Breakfast and Dinner each day and, contrary to many observations, found the meals to be reasonably varied for the situation and not overpriced and, unusual in our Australian experience, were delighted with the opportunity to chat with the Chef. We did note that wine was not cheap in the Restaurant but, again, we felt that the prices were quite understandable in the situation. Our room, on the second floor was clean and comfortable with very efficient aircon - essential in the day time temperature at 42c.

Unlike most contributors, we were very troubled by the flies who made sure that we would never consider a repeat visit. We were also dissapointed by the size of the pool and the number of beds/chairs available. It became very apparent to us on the first day that if you wanted a spot by the pool it was necessary to claim one early in the day and then make sure you left a personal attendant to guard all the beds you had collected from any other claimant, irrespective of how long you actually stayed there. Rather reminiscent of the old "Spanish" towel habits.

You have to visit Ayers Rock and this is the only way you can stop there so make the best of it. It's all experience.


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Forum Posts

sharing information

by kimberlymhay

what are some ways in which you can share information with tourist in a way that respects the local aboriginal community?and how do you think that can manage this?

Re: sharing information

by lynnehamman

Your post is a bit confusing- but if you want information on the Aboriginal culture & community I suggest that you read this website, and maybe contact them for more info:

Re: sharing information

by craic

my husband and daughter did a bush tucker tour around Uluru with a local indigenous guide - they found it quite fascinating and even eat a honey ant but couldn't quite cope with the witchetty grub - they were asked not to film and photograph, so they didn't

this was a few years back but i would imagine there would be similar tours available

they did also meet with the underbelly, as it were - local indigenous men sidling up to them and thrusting money at them asking them to buy six pack (of beer) it is a dry area for indigenous people

Re: sharing information

by Odinnthor

Considering that the Uluru is a sacred spot, I would refrain from climbing the rock. It is frowned upon by the culture, and if you saw some of the things people leave on top of the rock, (bodily fluids and solids....), you would understand.

Much respect to you for your consideration for the local culture.


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Address: Yulara Dr, Yulara, 0872, Australia