A guide to self contained Alice Springs apartments
Use this guide to apartments in Alice Springs to find best self-contained accommodation suitable for families, business and solo travellers.
There’s a surprising number of self contained apartments in Alice Springs.
These are great for people who are staying for work, longer periods of time, or who just want to cook for themselves. Being a regular traveller to Darwin, I always opt for a self contained apartment, so I can save money on food and make sure I eat the kinds of healthy home-cooked foods I’m used to.
This page reviews all of the self contained Alice Springs apartments we know of, with a unique and honest point of view. Many of our family members, friends and work colleagues have stayed in these apartments and have told us firsthand what’s good and bad about them.
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Alice on Todd Apartments
Corner of South Terrace and Strehlow Street
Although they’re billed as ‘4 Star’ apartments, the Alice on Todd self contained apartments are what most people would rate as 3 Star.
We’ve heard a few mixed reports about the accommodation here mainly that the rooms are a little dated and the stairwells were unclean.
The complex has 57 self contained rooms, ranging from executive studio apartments to one bedroom, two bedroom and two bedroom deluxe apartments.
Facilities include a shady pool, a spa and outdoor relaxing area, BBQ area, a games room, a small library and a children’s playground. There’s also secure underground parking available.
The only downside to these Alice Springs apartments is the location. If you’re walking, you’ll need about 15 minutes to get back to the centre of town. However, you can hire bikes at Alice on Todd, so this could be just the solution you’re looking for.
Desert Palms Resort
74 Barrett Drive
Family members who’ve stayed at the Desert Palms Resort love this place and will only stay here when they come to visit us.
Let’s get one thing straight, however. This is a self-contained holiday villa complex. It is by no means ‘a resort’.
Also remember, it’s 3 1/2 Stars, so adjust your expectations accordingly.
The Desert Palms Resort is located across the Todd River in the Casino/Convention Centre area, and with 700 palm trees, is shady and private.
The accommodation here is self-contained villas, many of which face out onto the pool area and have great views of the MacDonnell Ranges. All villas have kitchenettes and ensuites.
Some of the cheaper villas are quite cramped -especially for families- so you might be advised to spend a few dollars more and get a larger villa.
As it’s located near the convention centre and casino, there’s no shortage of dining options. Otherwise, you’ve got a 20 minute walk back into the town centre.
Quest Serviced Apartments
9-10 South Terrace
Quest Serviced Apartments (4 Stars) have a reputation for being very good, no matter where you are in Australia. Those in Alice Springs are no exception.
The Quest Alice Springs apartments are relatively new (built in 2008), clean and modern. Each has full kitchen and ensuite facilities, with huge showers.
The complex has two storeys, however there are no lifts (elevators) so if you’re lugging big suitcases, be prepared for some muscle work. There’s also the ubiquitous pool and BBQ area. As with all accommodation in Alice Springs, the apartments are air conditioned.
You can buy breakfast packs here, but please note that Quest Apartments are designed for self-catering. There are few shops in this part of Alice Springs, so a trip to the supermarket is advised.
The only problem with the Quest Apartments is the location: they are 20 minutes walk from the centre of town. Given the location, we would not recommend walking home from town late at night. If you’ve got a car, however, this won’t be a problem.
67-69 Gap Road
3 1/2 Star fully self contained apartments.
The recently (2011) refurbished Swagman’s Rest has a well-deserved reputation for being clean and having very friendly, helpful staff.
The Swagman’s Rest is a complex of self contained apartments located along Gap Road, a short walk back to the centre of Alice Springs. It’s a great option if you’re looking for a budget self-contained apartment.
Ranging from Standard rooms through to Deluxe, the Swagman’s Rest is surprisingly cheap (prices start at $115 AUD). All rooms have a full kitchen, bathroom and room for at least 2 people.
The facilities include a pool, BBQ and outdoor dining area, and a full guest laundry. There’s off-street secure parking and room for camper trailers and large vehicles.
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