Looking for budget accommodation?
Not sure where to start or what’s on offer?
Alice Springs has a lot to offer in budget accommodation.
In fact, you’ll be surprised just how much budget accommodation there is in a town of only 28,000 people.
These places are a lot less luxurious than other hotel rooms nearby. Some have smaller rooms, or the décor is dated.
Some are further away from the town centre than other accommodation options.
So if you can survive for a few days without designer linens, don’t need a huge room or don’t mind a walk, these places will give you some of the best bargains in town.
Click on the link below each review to get the best deals on accommodation in Alice Springs budget accommodation.
Alice Motor Inn
The Alice Motor Inn has been recently refurbished, and has established itself as the most highly rated and cheapest of all the Alice Springs budget accommodation motels we’ve written about here.
What you get: Very large, clean rooms, suitable for families. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms, free wi-fi and internet. There is free use of shared guest kitchen (stove/oven/fridge & microwave) and a complimentary breakfast of cereal, toast, tea & coffee.
What’s the catch? Rooms are a bit dated and the motel is about 15 minutes walk from the town’s centre.
Solution: Convince yourself that you don’t need the latest décor and enjoy Alice’s perfect weather and walk into town.
Desert Rose Inn
Another Alice Springs budget accommodation favourite, the Desert Rose Inn is located 5 minutes walk from Todd Mall, and 2 minutes from Coles Supermarket.
What you get: A basic, clean, quiet motel-style room (there are backpacker’s rooms as well), in a 2 storey complex with a pool, guest kitchen and laundry. Great location, right in the town centre.
What’s the catch? The rooms are smallish and dated.
Solution: Spend less time looking at the 1980s décor, get outside and explore Alice Springs.
Heavitree Gap Outback Lodge
Want to feed Rock Wallabies (small kangaroos?).
Like to stay at the very foot of the MacDonnell Ranges and have the chance to climb them for a spectacular view of Alice Springs? Then the Heavitree Gap Outback Lodge is for you.
What you get: Basic rooms that are larger than average. Simple décor, tavern (pub) nearby. Pool, BBQ and live entertainment such as country music, reptile shows and didgeridoo playing.
What’s the catch? You are south of Heavitree Gap, a good 30min walk from the centre of town. Rooms are basic. Many local people visit the tavern to drink. Some racist folks seem to object to this!
Solution: Only stay here if you have a vehicle. Get out of your room more feed the wallabies or swim. Expect to see Aboriginal people if you visit Alice Springs. One quarter of our population is Aboriginal.
MacDonnell Range Holiday Park
The MacDonnell Range Holiday Park is a complete 4 Star caravan park extravaganza. Given that it’s got a jumping castle, a huge playground and 2 swimming pools, if you’ve got children, it’s probably the best choice in Alice Springs budget accommodation.
What you get: You’ve got a choice of clean rooms with double bunks or a budget cabin. There’s also all the added free entertainment free pancake breakfast on Sundays, a reptile show, karaoke and a 4WD talk by the legendary Jol Fleming.
What’s the catch: The budget accommodation does not have bathrooms or toilets. Karaoke. It’s 5km south of town.
Solution: Pay a little more and get a cabin with an ensuite or just put up with having to share amenities. Sign a petition to ban karaoke. Stay here only if you’ve got your own transport.
Stuart Caravan Park
If you’re looking for something that’s north of Heavitree Gap, but not right in town, then the Stuart Caravan Park might be of interest.
What you get: A choice of ensuite or budget cabins from $75 per night, a mini-market, swimming pool and playground. Another bonus is bicycle hire and the near proximity of the Araluen Cultural Centre.
What’s the catch: Like many other budget cabins in Alice Springs, these cabins might not fit in everyone’s definition of ‘budget accommodation’.
Solution: Enjoy the pool and save money by walking to nearby tourist attractions.
The legendary Todd Tavern is on the corner of Wills Terrace and Leichhardt Street, right at the top of Todd Mall and right next to the Todd River.
As you’d expect, the Todd Tavern is a popular Alice Springs budget accommodation choice if you’re looking for a quintessentially ‘Australian’ accommodation experience (this may not suit everyone! Be warned!)
It’s a place where locals for flock for the Thursday night $6 schnitzels and after work drinks. You an also stay here very cheaply.
What you get: A clean, basic standard room with either shared bathroom facilities, or an ensuite room. Both styles of rooms have TVs, bar fridges and either two single or a queen sized bed. You’re right in the centre of Alice Springs, and the hotel has good ‘pub grub’ (pub food).
What’s the catch: Pubs can be noisy and bright to stay in.
Solution: Invest in ear plugs and a sleeping mask. If you’re an extra light sleeper, have your doctor prescribe sleeping tablets before you go travelling (like I do!).
Visit the website and book: http://www.toddtavern.com.au/
White Gum Inn
The White Gum Inn has a reputation for amazing hospitality and friendly, helpful staff who will go the extra mile for you. It’s probably the most highly recommended of all the Alice Springs budget accommodation options we’ve written about.
What you get: A recently refurbished, clean basic motel room. An outdoor swimming pool, a barbecue area, laundry facilities and free on-site parking. Breakfast is available upon request.
What’s the catch? It’s located on Gap Road, about 15 minutes walk back to the town centre. Do not walk on Gap Road after about 8pm at night. It’s not safe.
Solution: Hire a car or grab a taxi back to your room.
Other Alice Springs Budget Accommodation
There are quite a few backpacker’s hostels in Alice Springs which have private rooms (some with ensuites) available.
If you don’t mind a little bit of extra noise and sharing bathroom/cooking facilities, or saving money and sightseeing are more important than a plush hotel room, you’ll love these places.
There are several fabulous backpackers’ hostels in Alice Springs cater for travellers who don’t want to party.
These places are quiet and restful. If you check the Trip Advisor ratings, you’ll see they’re very highly rated for this reason.
If you want to party, avoid them – or you’ll end up writing a review on Trip Advisor complaining about ‘hostel management Nazis’!
Backpackers’ hostels with private rooms:
- Annie’s Place
- Alice Lodge
- Alice’s Secret Traveller’s Inn (quiet)
- Alice Springs YHA
- The Desert Rose Inn (quiet)
- Haven Backpacker’s
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