The Ibis Styles Alice Springs
For locals, the ‘Oasis’ (that’s what residents call it), is a great place for parties, after-work drinks or meals, or even just chilling out by one of the two pools located in the complex.
If you’re travelling to Alice Springs and a child-friendly hotel where the kids can take a swim whilst you watch over them from a grassed area or shady poolside bar, then you’ll like the All Seasons Alice Springs Oasis.
On this page, you’ll find our review of the Oasis, and the reasons why we recommend it for families looking for accommodation in Alice Springs.
Keep in mind that this review, like all of our reviews, is an honest appraisal. So you’ll find we’ve written good and bad things about the All Seasons here.
Before You Book
The Ibis Styles Alice Springs is located just 5 minutes walk south of the main part of Alice Springs, on Gap Road. This is great if you don’t have your own car and intend to walk or cycle whilst you’re visiting.
The only drawback: Gap Road is one of those places which, whilst convenient and popular for accommodation in Alice Springs, is somewhere that you want to be very careful walking along after about 7.30 pm at night.
This is because Gap Road is a part of town where there are a few pubs and clubs. And just like anywhere else in the world where you mix alcohol with groups of people, from time to time you will encounter drunken louts.
For this reason, we recommend that you don’t walk on Gap Road after dark. Catch a taxi.
Something else you might want to consider if you’re booking to the All Seasons Alice Springs Oasis is the noise factor from children swimming in the pools.
We have three children and know that when you mix children and water, the noise level increases exponentially.
If you’re looking for some peace and quiet, you may not appreciate little Jimmy and Sally squealing with delight at 8.30pm in the pool.
The solution: make sure you request a room as far away from the pool as possible.
The pools, gardens and restaurant ARE some of the best things about the Oasis, though. We’ve been there for work Christmas parties, farewells, social drinks and even children’s birthday parties.
The whole complex is arranged in a such a way to encourage families to relax and enjoy their stay. Children are made very welcome by the staff, and a game of chase around the lawns won’t raise any eyebrows.
The Ibis Styles is a two-storey complex with 102 rooms, two of which provide accommodations for guests with reduced mobility (wheelchair access).
There’s off street parking, which can be accessed from Gap Road and the lane behind it. Most rooms include a continental breakfast in the tariff, which is a bonus if you’re on a budget.
All rooms have the basic facilities that you get standard in all Australian motel-style accommodation: coffee and tea making facilities, a refrigerator, TVs, air conditioners, ensuites, WIFI (at the usual Australian hotel rip-off prices!), telephone, and a full room service menu.
Ironing equipment is available and hair dryers are available in the reception area. There’s also a guest laundry.
Some rooms have spa baths which offer added relaxation, especially after you’ve spending the day walking through town.
On the whole, however, the rooms are pretty much Three Star accommodation by world-class standard. This is NOT a resort (despite some of the advertising), so don’t expect Laura Ashley bedspreads or up-to-the-minute décor.
If your goal is to choose a high-end resort and spend a lot of time in your room, this might not be the right place for you.
However, if you’re looking for something close to the attractions of Alice Springs that’s affordable, no-frills and very child-friendly, then the Ibis is worth a look.
Generally, we’ve found the staff here to be very friendly and courteous, although we were aware of some friends who stayed here having an issue with the timing of the housekeeping staff.
It’s a good idea to remember that, if you plan to stay more than one night and intend to spend time in the room, you might want to arrange for housekeeping services on a single day or at a specific time.
Room rates begin around $86 and Superior rooms are available starting $116. Weekend and mid-week rates are approximately the same.
Generous discounts on accommodation are available through the summer months (November-March in Australia.)
There are two pools here surrounded by tropical gardens. The pools, sauna and spa rooms are a huge attraction in themselves. The shady palms and cool grass make this a fabulous area to relax and socialise in, and to meet a few Alice Springs locals.
There’s also a barbecue area, a restaurant, a bar and lounge.
The hotel is home to the Seasons Restaurant, which means that you can dine onsite if you’re tired after a big day of travelling.
The Seasons Restaurant specializes in contemporary regional food. The brasserie style menu features Kangaroo stew, Aussie burgers and camel.
Make sure you try the camel burgers or steaks here. They are delicious, and I dare you to pick the difference between camel and beef!
If you’re uneasy eating kangaroo or camel (wuss!) the restaurant also offers a great blend of local favourites and traditional Western comfort foods like wedges with sour cream and sweet chilli sauce.
The restaurant offers terrace dining, as well as an air conditioned dining room.
Children’s meals are available and food can be served to the swimming pool area for those who want to snack and relax in the tropical surroundings.
In all, travellers looking for affordable accommodation within a short drive or daytime walk to local shops, restaurants, and attractions will enjoy staying at the Ibis Styles Alice Springs.
With its great outdoor area and family-friendly staff, it’s a great place for to bring the kids. We can vouch for this, as we’ve let the kids swim in the pool, whilst sitting back in the outside terrace area, sipping drinks whilst making sure the kids were safe.
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