Lasseters Hotel Casino – Alice Springs
One weird tip: go for the food and locals.
No doubt, most people who stay at Lasseters Hotel Casino are staying there for the casino.
But Lasseters is much more than just a casino.
Personally, I find casinos and poker machines boring. I’ll admit I’ve only been to the casino to gamble once in over ten years (the horse racing game was fun!), and the other times I’ve been in there, it’s been for business.
At any rate, Lasseters offers excellent accommodation, a free shuttle service and GREAT food.
Our review gives you an insider’s view of the hotel’s rooms, its location, facilities and of course, its restaurants!
Here’s a few handy things you should be aware of before you book here.
Location: Lasseters is about a 20-25 minute walk from the main part of Alice Springs. It’s probably best that you have your own transport or use the hotel’s free shuttle service if you want to go into Todd Mall.
A word of local advice: If you do walk into town for dinner (we’d have to ask: why you would do this with the Juicy Rump on your doorstep), do not walk back to the hotel after dark.
Ask yourself: would you walk after dark at home?
If the answer is no, then it’s probably best not do it in Alice Springs, either. Catch the hotel’s shuttle instead.
Another piece of local advice: Like many other hotels, Lasseters Hotel Casino does AMAZING specials over the Australian summer (November-March). You can find suite rooms from a half to a third or the price they are during the peak winter season.
Lastly: Keep in mind that the accommodation here is 4 stars, outback style. If you’re comparing is with 4 star accommodation on an international rating, you’re going to be very disappointed.
Learn more about accommodation ratings, expectations and experiences in outback Australia. Check out our Outback Accommodation page.
Rooms at Lasseters Hotel Casino
There are quite a few options for rooms at
Lasseters, and if you’re clever with your booking and keep an eye out for specials (see the link below), it won’t be as pricey as you think.
The rooms are a choice of:
- standard rooms (all rooms sleep a maximum of 3 people)
- deluxe rooms
- junior suites
- deluxe suites, and
- superior suites
(Do you ever wish that hoteliers could be a little more inventive when naming their rooms?)
All of the rooms at Lasseters Hotel Casino have air conditioning, free Wi-fi, tea and coffee making facilities, and of course, ensuite bathrooms.
Whilst the standard rooms are fairly basic (but spotlessly clean), the deluxe rooms offer a few more facilities:
- a mini-bar
- cable movies (paid)
- iPod dock
- a bath
- a work desk
When we went to have a look at the rooms, there didn’t seem to be a great deal of difference the deluxe room and the junior suite.
Really, there’s just a DVD player that’s added in the junior suite, and the rooms are larger, offering a separate living area.
The superior suites offer:
- separate bedrooms
- king sized beds
- spa bath
- a dining room
- an additional toilet
The top of the range deluxe suite offers everything you’ll find in the superior suite, and a little more. Essentially the deluxe suite is a more sumptuous version of the deluxe suite with the following extras:
- a complete bar
- built-in wardrobes
- real Aboriginal art on the walls
Whilst we’ve been in one of the superior suites with friends who were staying there, we haven’t stayed at Lasseters ourselves. Our friends were lucky enough to book a package which included a full breakfast in the price.
Room rates at Lasseters Hotel Casino vary, so you really need to click on the link below to get the most up-to-date rates.
Most of the time, you’re looking at $145 for a standard room. Make sure you look for specials as over summer, you can get suites for the price of a standard room.
Like many of the hotels in this part of Alice Springs, one of the best things about Lasseters Hotel Casino is its location.
You get spectacular views of the MacDonnell Ranges at sunrise and sunset from the hotel’s rooms and grounds. The Ranges are only a few hundred metres away from you.
Lasseters has a pretty good gym, the standard palm-lined pool and BBQ area, and bicycle hire for guests. You’ll be able to use Alice Springs’ excellent network of cycle paths (all flat), get out and explore the town.
The hotel has a business centre which overlooks the pool area. It has plenty of desk space, computers, a fax and printer. I’m sure the pool view could be distracting, though.
Of course, what many people come here for is the casino.
Whilst Lasseters is a small casino by world standards, it seems to be always busy and very popular with lots of locals. The gaming rooms offer:
- Texas Hold’em Poker
- American Roulette Blackjack
- Three Card Poker
- Big Six
- Caribbean Stud
The gaming rooms are open from 2pm-3am Sunday to Thursday, and 2pm-4am on Friday and Saturday.
The poker machine rooms are open from 10am-3am Sunday to Thursday, and 10am-4am on Friday and Saturday.
The restaurants in Lasseters are a favourite with Alice Springs locals and the main reason we go to the hotel regularly.
Our favourite is the Juicy Rump. Partly, we love it because of the menu AND because you can sit outside without being overwhelmed by smokers.
The burgers, the barramundi and the salt and pepper squid are our favourites.
Our son LOVES the chicken parmigarna:
Lots of our friends RAVE about the garlic prawns.
The other reason we love the Juicy Rump is that you can eat outside and delight in Alice Springs’ fabulous weather and watch the sun set on the ranges.
You can also sit inside if it’s too hot or cold outside for your liking. However, sitting outside is a good choice if you’ve got children, as the grassy areas in front are a good place for kids to play and you can keep your eye on them.
The menu is very reasonable. Mains are around $18-$30 dollars.
The other restaurant at Lasseters is called Sukra.
This is an Asian restaurant inside the casino complex. Sukra specialises in Indian food, but you can also get Thai and Chinese-style meals. Mains vary between $24-$35, so it’s a bit dearer than Juicy Rump.
Indian friends recommend the food here as being very good.
If you’re thinking of trying Sukra, be aware that you NEED to book and you can’t dine there unless you’re 18 years old or more.
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