DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs
We’ve been to the DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs on many occasions for business functions, dinner at the Hanuman, drinks, and awards nights.
Many of out friends, colleagues and family have stayed at the DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs (in fact, some of them ONLY stay here), and on the whole, enjoy the hotel and its cool, shady poolside area.
The DoubleTree by Hilton is billed as the best accommodation in Alice Springs.
This is a matter of taste, and you should remember that 4 Stars in the outback is NOT the same as 4 Stars in New York, Sydney or Singapore.
Even so, most people who stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs find the accommodation more than adequate, love the food in the Hanuman Restaurant, and really like the poolside area.
Our review will give you an insider’s view of the hotel’s rooms, its location, facilities and of course, its restaurants!
Things to Know BEFORE You Book:
Yes, the DoubleTree by Hilton is rated as the town’s top accommodation offering. It’s flash by outback standards, and is also home to Alice Springs most awarded restaurant, the Hanuman.
Some people think the DoubleTree by Hilton is a bit out of the way from the main part of Alice Springs. They’d be right about that. If you stay here and DON’T fancy a 20-minute walk into town, you’ll need a car or taxi if you want to go into town.
A word of local advice: If you do walk into town for dinner, please don’t walk back after dark. It’s best for safety’s sake to take a taxi.
The DoubleTree by Hilton is also close to Lasseters Casino (for those that like the pokies or a few hands of blackjack).
One dinner option is to walk the 2 minutes down to the Juicy Rump for inexpensive meals. The Juicy Rump is located on the outside of Lasseters Casino.
If you’re wanting to get a spot of birdwatching in, the Olive Pink botanical gardens are just down the road and worth the walk. The rare Grey Honeyeater is sighted here from time to time, usually in the spring of very dry years.
Another piece of local advice: the DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs does AMAZING specials over the Australian summer (November-March). You can find suite rooms for a third or the price they are during the peak winter season.
You’ll also find that many locals spoil themselves and book a night at the DoubleTree by Hilton in the summer for this reason!
Rooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs
From the outside, the DoubleTree by Hilton is impressive.
The hotel has won several awards for its solar panels (check out the roof of the hotel when you’re there) and the green design of the hotel.
They take sustainability and caring for the environment seriously: the solar panels on the hotel’s roof generate most of the hotel’s power.
The rooms themselves are nice, clean, large rooms. The rooms I’ve been in all look fine to me (remember though, I would rather camp than stay in a hotel!). However, some friends have complained that the rooms are average, ‘and a bit dated’.
Personally, I don’t think the rooms look dated at all. There’s not a touch of 1980s apricot or avocado to be seen anywhere!
There are three different kinds of rooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs: Guest Rooms, Executive Rooms and Suites.
Some of the best rooms have incredible views of the MacDonnell Ranges. All of them have air conditioning, TV, tea and coffee making facilities, an ensuite and large windows.
The Suites are enormous, and have a lot of extra touches like bathrobes and in-room safes.
Throughout the rooms, the hotel uses energy saving light bulbs, You need to give these a little while to start up until they get to their maximum brightness.
The only drawback: Don’t expect free Wi-Fi in your room or you’ll be disappointed. Wifi comes at a price here, as it does in most Australian hotels.
Our tips: the DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs can get booked out through the week by the many government workers and conference attendees who converge on the town. A weekend booking might be a better option.
Also, don’t forget the incredible specials you can get on accommodation here during the Aussie summer.
One thing you won’t complain about at the DoubleTree by Hilton is the facilities or the service.
The hotel has a business centre which has two computers for a charge of $10 for two hours or $27 for the entire day. When you consider many hotels offer free Wi-Fi, it seems a bit expensive.
There is a fabulous pool area, a small gym with cardio machines (ugh! Go for a run outside. It’s Alice Springs, the weather is fabulous and the bike paths are to die for) and a tennis court. You’ll have a lot of fun at the pool if you’re an animal lover.
They have a resident peacock that puffs out its feathers for you impressing you with its plumage. You can also walk through the gardens, a beautiful spot, for a peaceful get away.
I need to say something about the DoubleTree by Hilton’s Thai/Indian style restaurant, the Hanuman.
This is Alice Springs’ top restaurant, and is internationally recognised as one of the best restaurants in the Northern Territory.
It’s pricey but worth it. You’ll pay about $30-$35 for a main meal. The Red Duck curry is one of their signature dishes, and yes, I thoroughly recommend it. The Beef Vindaloo is also very good.
Get a reservation ahead or you’ll be disappointed. If you’re after a quick meal at the Hanuman, I recommend that you book around 6pm. If you wait until 7.30pm, you may face a long wait for food if the restaurant is busy.
If you don’t fancy the Hanuman’s prices, then there’s the DoubleTree by Hilton Lobby Bar, located right inside the front door.
The Lobby Bar serves light meals and drinks. If you’re after a plate of wedges or looking for a steak sandwich, then this is where you’ll find it. Meals here are around $15-$18.
The bar has an open, inviting atmosphere, where the seats are comfy enough (and far enough away from their neighbours) to spend the evening gossiping.
For breakfast, there’s room service or the Balloons Bistro buffet.
You might be disappointed in the breakfast buffet. It all depends on what you want. It’s cereal, eggs, bacon, toast etc. Fairly run of the mill for a breakfast.
I’m not a fan of breakfasts in public, so I rarely choose buffets unless I have to.
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