Chifley Alice Springs Resort
The Chifley Alice Springs Resort has changed hands quite a few times over the past few years (we still call it ‘the Alice Springs Resort’).
If you’re reading this page, you’re looking to either fly into Alice Springs on your way to elsewhere, or you might be looking for a break from camping or backpacking.
Or, you might just be looking for a really awesome bar right next to a pool!
If so, the Chifley could be your answer.
First up though, we need to let you know that the Chifley isn’t quite a resort, so don’t expect Club Med if you book in here.
Expect an upmarket motel with fabulous, sprawling grounds and an in-pool bar (yes, a bar IN the pool!), and you’ll be be very happy!
It’s in a fabulous location: right on the Todd River, with a view of Annie Meyer Hill and the MacDonnell Ranges off to the south.
If you’re wondering what the rooms are like, what facilities are on offer, and whether it’s for you, this page will help you make up your mind.
The Hotel Rooms
The Chifley is very clean, and most of the rooms are large. There are three types of rooms: Standard, Superior and Deluxe.
The rates vary from $295 down to $99 per night, depending on the kind of room you stay in and the time of year you’re visiting. (HINT: visit from November-March for amazing deals).
Wireless internet is available in all rooms… at a price.
We’ve stayed twice in the Chifley whilst we were living out bush. Both times, we’ve stayed in Deluxe rooms. We’ve had a look at the Standard Rooms, and can tell you that these are a fair bit smaller!
The rooms we’ve stayed in have an airy feel and are a fair size in comparison with some of the other hotels in the area. We’ve stayed on the ‘road’ side of the hotel and on the ‘river ‘ side’.
The rooms on the river side of the complex are quieter, and we’d recommend that you try and book in one of those if you can.
The only disadvantage is that some of them are on the first or second floors, so if you don’t like stairs, ask for a room on the ground floor or on the ‘road’ side of the complex.
The ‘road’ side room we had was quite large, and on the ground floor along a cool, dark corridor. If I recall correctly, it was a ‘Deluxe’ room, and was the right size for a family of 4.
The décor was nothing to get excited about, the room had a large TV, a lounge and small dining table, coffee and tea making facilities and very clean bathroom. Pretty much the standard facilities you get in Aussie hotel rooms!
The window looked out onto a landscaped native garden. The traffic noise wasn’t bad. This is Alice Springs after all!
In all, we found the rooms reasonably good value for money, quiet and dark. We had a good night’s sleep on both occasions.
The Hotel Grounds
The Chifley has a pool with plenty of outdoor sitting areas which are suited for lounging around and soaking up the sun.
The resort style pool is also equipped with a swim-up bar to catch a drink without leaving the pool area.
The grounds are spacious, shady and landscaped with native gardens and large gum trees. There’s a lot of cool grassed areas for kids to run about on, too.
The grounds are so nice that they play host to many local weddings, business functions and conferences. And work Christmas parties. We’ve had quite a few merry Alice Springs Christmas parties at the Chifley!
Check out this great clip for a tour of the Chifley.
Although it’s only a short walk into town, you don’t have to leave the hotel to eat and drink.
There’s a restaurant called the Barra on Todd, which does a full buffet breakfast, as well as meals for dinner and lunchtime. The food is reasonable -nothing to gush about, and the service is very good. I do recommend the Barramundi.
The Barra Bar is right next to the restaurant, and doesn’t have much to offer in terms of meals, but the bar has a good of reasonably priced selection of wines, beers, and cocktails.
And it’s great to be in the pool and be able to swim up to the bar for a drink!
There’s a full room service menu on offer as well. The meals all come from the Barra on Todd restaurant. I can’t complain about their scrambled eggs for breakfast! The serving was huge.
Service and Facilities
The one thing the Chifley can fall down on is its customer service.
Whilst we’ve found the restaurant and bar staff always excellent, the check in staff and room service can be very average, and at times, downright surly.
This is a pity, because a little extra customer service would make this one of the best hotels in Alice Springs.
That said, the hotel staff can book tours to attractions, including Ayers Rock.
For us, the best things about the times we’ve stayed at the Chifley were the atmosphere around the pool, the lovely grounds, and the quiet, dark rooms.
So, if you’re looking for a break from the campervan or somewhere that’s set in peaceful outback surrounds, try the Chifley Alice Springs Resort.
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