For what’s technically a ‘small’ town by world standards you’ll find a dozen hotels either right in the heart of Alice Springs or within easy walking distance from the centre of town.
There’s three main areas where you’ll find hotels in Alice Springs:
- the town’s Central Business District
- the Casino/Convention Centre area
- hotels located along or near the Todd River
This page reviews all Alice Springs hotels with our unique and totally honest point of view. After all, we’ve lived here for many years and many of our family members, friends and work colleagues have stayed in these hotels for all kinds of reasons.
Our aim is for you to leave this page with a much better idea of what you’re likely to find if you stay in one of these hotels.
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Central Business District Hotels
Alice Springs has a small, easy to get around Central Business District (CBD).
Although there’s not many too hotels in Alice’s CBD, those that are there offer the convenience of being right in the heart of town.
You’re close to both shopping malls, restaurants, cafes, Todd Mall, art galleries, car hire offices, and the tourist information centre.
The top priced hotels in the CBD is the Aurora Alice Springs. The Desert Rose is the most affordable, whilst the other two hotels are in between.
Aurora Alice Springs
11 Leichhardt Terrace
The 4-star Aurora Alice Springs is in a central location in heart of Alice Springs. Despite being right off Todd Mall, it has the reputation of being one of the quietest Alice Springs hotels.
The deluxe rooms here offer spacious accommodation, whilst the standard rooms are quite bland. The hotel is modern, has good ‘feng shui’, a relaxed atmosphere and off street parking.
The well-known Red Ochre Grill restaurant (great for Barramundi and camel steaks) is part of this complex. Yes, we can vouch for the Barramundi here. There’s also a great outside lounge-cum-bar area, where you’ll find locals relaxing on warm summer nights.
The Diplomat Alice Springs
Corner of Gregory Terrace and Hartley Street
The 3-4 Star Diplomat Motel has rooms that range from budget, through executive to deluxe spa rooms. We can vouch for the cleanliness or the rooms here – although the budget ones are very small!
It’s got a pool area, an internet cafe, conference facilities. The complex has a restaurant and tavern which face onto Gregory Terrace.
It’s also less than a minute’s walk from La Casa Linga, a great place for pizza.
The Diplomat has a lot rooms. It’s a good idea to avoid the budget rooms here, as they back onto a lane way that lots of people use as a thoroughfare late at night. You will hear people talking, arguing and the occasional drunk! The rooms facing Gregory Terrace or Hartley Street are fine.
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65 Bath Street
Located on the southern edge of the CBD, the Elkira Court Motel is a recently renovated 3 star motel with a great poolside bar area and restaurant. Friends who’ve stayed here have raved about it despite its modest, unpretentious 3 star rating.
What we really like about the Elkira is that the owner-managers, Julie and Kel, go out of their way to greet and chat with guests.
Alice Springs isn’t known for its customer service, so this is a treat.
We have seen the management here put on amazing hospitality for group functions and create some very special memories for some Vietnam vets we know, so yes, we’ll definitely recommend the Elkira.
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The Desert Rose Inn
15 Railway Terrace
The Desert Rose Inn is one place that people seem to love or hate. There’s no in-between.
The Desert Rose is a centrally located budget motel. It also has cheaper backpackers’ rooms (with a shared bathroom) that we’ve written about here.This is one place that I have stayed in.
The room I had was clean, dark and quiet. It was a fairly ordinary motel room with a bathroom, a TV and an air-con that doubled as a heater. Nothing to get excited about, and I remember sleeping well there (and yes, I am a FUSSY sleeper in hotel rooms).
It was on the second floor and overlooked the roof of a small retail centre. As I was going for a job interview, I used the laundry and found that the iron worked fine.
There is a pool, off-street parking, and a shared kitchen and lounge area set up like a hostel. You’ll even find free wi-fi here. The Desert Rose is located a couple of minutes walk from supermarkets like Coles and Woolworths, and about 5 minute walk to Todd Mall.
Ok. It’s not really an Alice Springs hotel, but a motel with budget accommodation. But we won’t quibble over words, will we?
And in case you’re wondering, yes, I got the job. I moved to Alice Springs three weeks later and have been there ever since.
Casino/Convention Centre Area
If you want spectacular views of the MacDonnell Ranges, or you’d like to be near the golf course, then the Alice Springs hotels in the casino/convention area will be exactly what you’re after.
The hotels here are considered to be the high end of town, and are more expensive and luxurious (by Alice Springs standards), in comparison with those elsewhere.
Before you book any of the Alice Springs hotels here, you should know that some people complain about this area:
- it’s a 15-20 minute walk back into the CBD
- there is a lack of dining options
Our advice is to be forewarned.
The 20 minute walk to the main part of town will solve your lack of dining options and will do you good (if you can’t walk for 20 minutes, be VERY worried and start doing something about it now!).
However, if it’s night time or summer time, we recommend that you catch a taxi. Walking along the Todd River at night is not recommended, and in summer time, it’s damned hot!
DoubleTree by Hilton
Barrett Drive, Alice Springs
The DoubleTree by Hilton is the top, luxury Alice Springs hotel.
The rooms are spacious, well-equipped and clean. Many of the rooms have kingsize beds, desks set up for business travel, and big flat screen TVs. Some rooms have great views of the MacDonnell Ranges and overlook a very pleasant pool area.
Although this is a 4.5 Star resort, you can get some absolute bargains here if you book at the last minute or stay during summer. We’ve had family members stay here regularly on business travel, and they love it.
If nothing else, the it is home to the restaurant that locals rave about Hanuman’s. We’ve been there a few times and the food is good, but quite expensive.
Our tip is to go early for dinner (6.30pm) at Hanuman’s or you might be in for along wait.
By world standards, this probably isn’t a luxury hotel. However, remember you’re in the Outback: and this is the top Alice Springs hotel.
Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters Hotel Casino
Barrett Drive, Alice Springs
Even though it’s located within the casino/convention centre, the 4 Star Crowne Plaza Lasseters Hotel Casino offers some pretty good deals on accommodation if you look around and book at the right time.
This is considered a ‘luxury’ Alice Springs hotel.
There are 140 rooms here, which are all clean, well-maintained and come a close second to the Crowne Plaza’s rooms in terms of luxury. If you’re after a suite with a spa, you’ll find one here.
Many of the rooms have great views of the ranges, and there’s the added bonus of the Juicy Rump an inexpensive bar and restaurant here as well. The Juicy Rump is a favourite place for locals to have a meal, so it’s got to be good.
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Alice in the Territory
46 Stephens Road
Alice in the Territory is a three and a half star, family-oriented hotel/motel, nestled right at the foot of the MacDonnell Ranges.
Rooms are quite generous and have a really unusual one-piece moulded bathroom that has to be seen to be believed.
All rooms have reverse cycle A/C, flat screen TV, tea and coffee, desk area and mini fridge. Some rooms have floor to ceiling windows with views onto the pool and BBQ area, and majestic ranges behind.
There’s a reasonably good restaurant and bar located within the motel complex (which has Two-for-one meals on Tuesdays).
The only drawback to this Alice Springs hotel is that it’s about a 30 minute walk into town. To compensate, this Alice Springs hotel runs a free shuttle bus, but you’ll need to check times as it seems to run infrequently.
The Desert Palms, to the north, which has self-catering/cooking rooms is also located the Casino/Convention Centre area. Read our review here.
Todd River Area
The entire Todd River and its huge River Red Gum trees are sacred sites to local Arrernte people.
The Todd River and its trees represent several different dreamtime ancestors: caterpillar ancestors travelling towards Spencer Hill (located at the north eastern end of town), and the Kwekatye (kooka-JUH) Boys travelling north, in pursuit of two sisters they found rather attractive.
Nestled along the streets surrounding the Todd River are a number of Alice Springs hotels, self-contained apartments and budget/backpackers’ accommodation options.
The Alice Springs hotels located on the Todd River are both a good and bad choice for accommodation.
The good? These hotels are cheaper than those in the CBD or Casino areas. Some are also a lot quieter and offer parking for large vehicles.
The bad? The location. Walking back to your room at night along South Terrace or Gap Road is not advisable. You’ll need to catch a taxi or have your own car.
The Mercure Alice Springs
34 Stott Terrace
The Mercure is advertised as a ‘resort’ but it isn’t a resort.
Instead, it’s a hotel/motel with the best poolside bar in Alice Springs, right on the banks of the Todd River. You can tell it’s good, because it’s a place where we locals love to hang out.
The grounds of the Mercure are also worth writing about: they’re spacious, shady, natural bush with lots of child-friendly lawn.
Most of the rooms are average motel-style suites, with ensuites, TV, reverse cycle A/C, and coffee making facilities. There are some suites which are larger. The Redgum rooms are in the best location, located near the river.
We’ve eaten at the restaurant, Barra-on-Todd, during the past 12 months. It’s ok, but nothing to rave about.
The front desk staff here have a reputation for being surly at times. Unfortunately, poor customer service is common in Alice Springs hotels. Don’t put up with poor customer service. Ask to see the manager immediately, and complain.
Ibis Styles Oasis (Formerly the All Seasons)
10 Gap Road
The Ibis Styles Oasis Alice Springs (3 1/2 Stars) is a place where locals often go for after-work drinks, to have office or children’s parties, and to generally chill out next to one of the two pools on offer.
The Oasis is well known for its shady pool area (with a spa and sauna), choice of over 100 rooms, and the relaxing poolside bar.
There’s also the Seasons Restaurant, which has nice food, but nothing to get too excited about.
The rooms have en suite bathrooms, air conditioning, refrigerator, TVs with free in-house movies, tea and coffee making facilities. Internet is available, but like all in-house internet in Australia, it’s a rip off.
We’ve heard mixed things about the accommodation at the Ibis Styles Oasis hotel. Some people have said that the rooms are in need of maintenance; others say they’re fine.
Others have complained about beer bottles and cigarette butts in the gardens here. We’ve never noticed this ourselves and we’re locals who visit this place a lot more than tourists do
Personally, if you’re looking for cigarette butts in hotel gardens, you’ve got way too much time on your hands (please note: we are both non-smokers). Buy a book or go for a swim.
Alice Springs Airport Motel
115 Gap Road
Given that so many people rave about their hospitality and service, the 3 1/2 Star Alice Springs Airport Motel is at least worth a look to see what all the fuss is about.
This is another place that’s seen a complete turn-around in reputation recently, since the managers, Karen and Steve, have taken over.
Again, this is a 3 1/2 Star Motel, so please adjust your expectations accordingly.
That said and done, if you’re looking for somewhere to stay a little out of town, but close to a hotel (pub) and right against the spectacular MacDonnell Ranges, then this might be the place for you.
The Alice Springs Airport Motel has both standard and premium rooms, with facilities that include microwaves, refrigerators, en suite bathrooms, air-conditioning and coffee/tea making facilities.
There’s a pool and large barbecue area, and security-coded off-street parking. One of the great things about this motel is that it caters for travellers with large vehicles, such as camper trailers or even prime movers!
The only disadvantage of this place is that if you’re walking, it’s about 15 minutes back into the centre of Alice Springs. Not a problem if you’ve got a car, but in the summer time or at night, you’d probably want to catch a taxi.
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