Alice in the Territory
Alice in the Territory offers motel-style accommodation in Alice Springs for backpackers and for traditional travellers.
It’s an unusual combination, and you might think that the hotel’s décor, atmosphere and cleanliness might be a little lower standard than you’d find elsewhere given that there’s backpacker accommodation..
Thankfully, that’s not the case!
We’ve stayed here, eaten at the restaurant and had drinks at the bar when we lived out of town and came in for work or to visit friends. (It was called ‘the Comfort Inn Alice Springs’ when we stayed there a few years back).
Rather than the backpackers’ accommodation dragging the standard of the accommodation down, the motel-style accommodation beefs up the quality of the backpacker’s rooms.
Alice in the Territory is located in a very quiet, picturesque part of Alice Springs, right up against the MacDonnell Ranges.
You get incredible views of the sunrise on the ranges from your room.
The hotel is ideal for those looking for convenient accommodations that are clean, affordable, and safe.
Here’s our review and tips if you’re planning on staying here.
Things to Know Before You Book
The number one thing you’ll need to be aware of with Alice in the Territory is its location.
It’s located two kilometres from the town centre, near the casino, the convention centre, and the golf course.
This is approximately a 30 minute walk.
This means that you WILL need a car to get around unless you like to walk. Although the motel provides a free shuttle bus (see below for more details), it runs infrequently and this might limit your sightseeing or other travel plans.
Something else to understand is that whilst it’s rated as a “three-and-a-half-star” accommodation, it’s really only a three star if you’re comparing it with international standards.
Yes, the décor is very 90s (just check the bedspreads in the pictures below).
However, if you’re going to outback Australia and all you’ve got to worry about are the bedspreads or the colour of the carpet, I really think you need to get out more.
Read our page on Outback Accommodation to avoid disappointment and know how to cope with what you might find.
Now for two fabulous things about Alice in the Territory.
The bathrooms in the motels rooms have to be seen to be believed. They are moulded from a single piece of fibreglass or plastic. Or something. They are worth a look in themselves!
Another great thing about this hotel’s is its proximity to a range of very good restaurant and entertainment options.
Right across the road is the Alice Springs Convention Centre, Lasseter’s Casino and the Crowne Plaza.
If you’re looking for cheap eats, try the Juicy Rump which is at the front of the Casino. If you’re after Alice Springs very best dining experience, try the Hanuman Restaurant in the Crowne Plaza.
Standard Rooms at Alice in the Territory
Alice in the Territory has 138 rooms with all the basic amenities you’d expect to find in a motel of 3 1/2 Stars.
Specific amenities include televisions with movie channels, linens, wireless Internet, air conditioning, refrigerators, and ironing equipment.
You can choose from family rooms, disabled rooms, and rooms that offer group or interconnected accommodations.
Rooms are available in standard, deluxe, interconnected, and twin sizes:
- Standard rooms at Alice in the Territory feature queen size beds and basic amenities
- Deluxe family suites feature a queen bed and three single beds, as well as the basic amenities
- Interconnected rooms are made up of two standard rooms
- Twin rooms feature two queen beds with all the basic amenities of a standard room
Rooms are clean, private, quite, dark (great for light sleepers like me!) and the beds are firm and great to sleep in.
And there’s those amazing bathrooms! You just have to see them to believe them.
Rooms start from $99 per person, and discounts are available over the summer months (November-March).
Alice in the Territory is one of a handful of motels in Alice Springs which off backpackers’ accommodation alongside standard motel rooms.
Whilst we haven’t stayed in the backpackers’ rooms here, they look a little cleaner and are a lot roomier and more modern than some of the other backpacker hostels in Alice Springs.
The rooms have ensuite bathrooms, and sleep either four people, double, or twin. You can also get interconnected rooms. All rooms come with fresh bed linens and towels.
Guests can choose from male, female, and unisex accommodations. Backpacker accommodations offer private lockers for travellers to store their belongings. There is a common room with a small kitchen where you can cook, a laundry,
Accommodation in the backpackers’ rooms starts at $25 per person, per night.
In addition to the in-room amenities, guests at the Alice in the Territory also enjoy access to a swimming pool and spa, a common room where they can enjoy complimentary tea and coffee, and an outdoor barbecue area.
This is a great location for hosting group gatherings and barbeques, and as we’ve said above, it offers breathtakingly close views of the MacDonnell Ranges.
The common room also features community cooking facilities, which is ideal for those travelling on a budget.
This accommodation in Alice Springs also offers complimentary shuttle bus service to and from the airport and the town centre, as well as a guest laundry facility, a tour desk, Eftpos, meeting and conference facilities, and off-street parking.
Be warned: the shuttle bus operates TWICE a day only (in the morning and in the mid-afternoon).
Guests of Alice in the Territory can dine onsite at the Sunaraas Gourmet Bistro and Bar.
The restaurant offers traditional Asian and Indonesian dishes, as well as contemporary Australian cuisine. We’ve eaten at the restaurant, but this was some years ago and it was under different management.
Guests can also enjoy a tap beer or cocktail at Ranges Poolside Bar. The bar features inexpensive drinks and fantastic views of the range, and is located next to the pool and spa.
Obviously, it is also a very affordable choice for backpackers who are looking for affordable hostel-style accommodations, but would like something with a private bathroom and very clean facilities.
We think that travellers looking for affordable accommodations within a short drive of local shops, restaurants, and attractions will enjoy staying at Alice in the Territory.
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