Desert Gardens - A member of Novotel Hotels

Desert Gardens - A member of Novotel Hotels 4 stars

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5 3,858 reviews

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Hotel extras

  • Delicious hot and cold breakfast buffet

  • Poolside drinks and snacks at the Bunya Bar

  • Free Airport & Resort shuttle bus

  • Complimentary WiFi, lounge area, TV with on-demand movies

  • Balcony or courtyard in all rooms (Garden, Desert or Rock view)

Hotel location

Desert Gardens - A member of Novotel Hotels

Yulara Drive, Ayers Rock


  • By plane

    CONELLAN AIRPORT At 6km / 3 miles - Shuttle free

GPS:-25.243842, 130.984819

Hotel services

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In summary
On site
  • Swimming pool
  • Shuttle
  • Restaurant
  • Wheelchair accessible hotel
  • Air conditioning
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bar
  • Meeting rooms

Our accommodation(s)

Standard Rooms are set throughout the gardens of the hotel. Deluxe Rooms face toward the vast desert landscape. Rooms feature either a balcony or courtyard area. All rooms have air-conditioning, movies on demand, minibar and bathrobes are provided. Deluxe Rock View Rooms offer private panoramic views of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and feature a verandah from which to soak in the sights and sounds of the Red Centre. Rooms feature two double beds or one king bed.

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TripAdvisor Rating  4.0/5  3,858 reviews

Certificate of excellence 2022

Uluru Rocks

TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5

CasKimDan_2018 TripAdvisor review

This hotel is the first one you see when you arrive into Yulara. Everything is within walking distance to the Desert Gardens. The staff are fantastic nothing was too much trouble. And boy, did we have trouble! We had a huge problem because we booked this place through Accor Live Limitless. They took our booking in January 2022 and sent a conformation email then and again 4 days before we travelled. After flying in from the east coast the Desert Gardens had NO record of our booking. It took a while to sort out, but eventually the duty manager did some wonderful tetris moves and was able to find two rooms. We were told this has happened before, so my advice to any Accor members to ring the hotel directly to confirm. I tried to get this matter resolved while we were away via email and phone calls and I was on the phone for nearly 2 hours, but Accor has not been as proactive as we would like. We paid for something that we simply did not receive. And I would like someone from Accor to make contact with me to discuss a resolution. So, to be clear, the Desert Gardens is a great spot to stay at. The pool is refreshingly cold, the resaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. They don't take bookings so if you turn up and it's busy, grab a drink from the bar and they"ll tell you once the table is ready. Breakfast is a buffet and a very big one as well. Lunch and dinner is al acarte. If you want a cocktail by the pool, they”ll do it but it is in a plastic cup for safety. The pool does get busy, especially when it's a hot day, so get in early if you want a sun bed. Next to the pool is a beautiful patch of green grass where you can sit or lie on your towel and relax. Pool towels are in your room. If you're on an organised tour they will pick you up right out the front of reception. The rooms are spread out and on two levels. So be aware of this when packing your luggage. We were lucky enough to have our bags moved into our rooms as they weren't ready when we checked in.

HI CasKimDan Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and we are delighted that in spite of the booking problems you experienced you were able to so enjoy your stay with us. We are working with the team at Accor to ensure this issue is rectified and we thank you for the patience and understanding shown. It was our pleasure to have you as guests and we further thank your for choosing to visit Ayers Rock Resort. Kind Regards Desert Gardens Hotel Team

didn't get to stay here as Accor plus failed to send the booking through to the hotel

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

Janettestraney TripAdvisor review

we booked into sails for 3 nights couldn't get any other accommodation so booked a tour which had 3 nights accommodation then booked the desert gardens for our last night on Saturday. on Monday 4/4/22 (happy anniversary to us) went to desert gardens to check the booking only to find that the Accor booking had not been sent through to the hotel 2 hours later an out of service room was found to allow us to stay until our flight out on sunday morning. it was a terrible experience as we thought we would be sleeping in the lobby as all the resort was booked out. definately not a good experience.

Hi Janettestraney We completely understand and greatly regret the anxiety caused given the resort was so busy. The problem between the Accor booking engine and our own system was unfortunately unknown at the time but has been identified to ensure this does not occur again however we certainly apologise for the inconvenience caused to you. Kind Regards Desert Gardens Hotel Team

Family Holiday

TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5

David C TripAdvisor review

We were lucky enough to have an experience at the Desert Garderns Resort. The rooms were excellent and the staff were friendly and happy to assist and provide any information to enable my family and I to experience all the natural wonders the area provides in abundance.

Hi David C We are delighted that you and your family so enjoyed your holiday and stay at Desert Gardens Hotel. It will be my pleasure to share your lovely feedback directly with our team. Kind Regards Todd Hunter General Manager Desert Gardens Hotel

Wedding in the Desert

TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5

858suer Families - TripAdvisor review

My family recently stay here for my daughters wedding. The team at the resort were excellent and the stay was very relaxed and enjoyable. Thanks again the the AccorHotels team. Would highly recommend this place

HI 858suer It was our pleasure to have you and your family stay with us for such a special occasion and we are delighted that you so enjoyed your time with us. We thank you for choosing Desert Gardens and Ayers Rock Resort. Kind Regards Peter White General Manager Desert Gardens Hotel

Desert Gardens Hotel Ayers Rock

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

tinajeanm Couples - TripAdvisor review

Great location and easy access to everything. Great if your are Accor member as you get 50% discount on the restaurants, but not for breakfast. You can get a discount voucher at reception for breakfast. We had one hiccup and with the assistance of Jay at Reception it was all sorted, Thankyou Jay we really appreciated that you went out of your way to help.

Bucket list Holiday

TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5

Destination297645 Families - TripAdvisor review

Enjoyable and the resort and staff were wonderful and the drivers for kings we great. The amenities were first class and food especially for breakfast were what you expect from accor resorts. It was a great experience to see how beautiful ayres rock and the olgars are and to be looked after as a world class heritage.

Hi Destination297645 Thank you for sharing your review from your recent stay at Desert Gardens Hotel. We are delighted that you so enjoyed your time with us along with your tours and activities. I will be delighted to share your feedback directly with our team and it was certainly our pleasure to have you as a guest at Ayers Rock Resort. Kind Regards Peter White General Manager Desert Gardens Hotel


TripAdvisor rating 3.0/5

leelawadee Couples - TripAdvisor review

In general there is not a lot to choose from in this location and I chose the mid point (also not much availability) and it reflected mediocrity. Firstly this Hotel does not really acknowledge Accor Plus (Gold) member and benefits fully. No upgrade and does not accept dining benefits for Breakfast. The room is average, the breakfast menu is not up to an Accor Standard, the bistro is just Ok however the Arnguli Grill & Restaurant makes up for this the menu choice, service and food is well above average and the best place to dine Yulura. We had a few issues during our stay with the standard of the room service however on bringing it to the Managers attention it was rectified immediately and we were compensated

Hi leelawadee Thank you for sharing your feedback regarding your recent stay at Desert Gardens Hotel, it is greatly appreciated as we continually work towards improving the experience for all guests. I do assure you that Accor Membership benefits are certainly acknowledged however it is an Accor policy that breakfast discounts are not accepted at resort properties for which Desert Gardens is considered. Room upgrades are subject to availability and during your stay the hotel was at capacity and the reason why it was not able to be offered however we certainly regret any disappointment this caused. I hope that you enjoyed touring the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and we thank you for choosing to visit this beautiful part of Australia. Kind Regards Peter White General Manager Desert Gardens Hotel

Not a choice

TripAdvisor rating 2.0/5

Winnie P Couples - TripAdvisor review

It was our last day of the holiday before leaving Australia for England. So, we decided to visit the famous Ayers Rock. We found there was not many choices of the hotel in this area. Hotels in Alice Springs are too far from Uluru since we are going to stay only for a night. So we decided to go for Desert Garden in The National Park. We arrived the Hotel far too early from the normal check time -in at 3pm. We would like to take a chance if they allowed us to have early check-in or would let us dropped our luggages in the hotel if the room was not ready. We arrived at around 10am, I went in the Hotel Reception and speak with one of the front line staff at the counter if we could have an early check-in and understood we were far too early from their normal check-in schedule. I thought it makes sense that might be charged for it. So I asked for the charges for an early check-in soon then after, so I would prepared to pay for it.The staff started getting annoyed and said that let her checked room availability first impatiently. If she cannot check the room availability, how will she know the charges. It didn't make sense to me that the charges should pre-quoted by the Hotel, did it? Sooner she said the room was available but she was still not answering the question of the charge. At the meanwhile, she asked for my credit card and get me filled up the form. There was Car Registration number showed need to be provided, so I asked her if I get my husband come in so we can provide the Rego number. She said don't worry about it with both arms crossed on the chest. She only asked me to put the signature on the form. At the end, she gave me the keys and showed me the location of the room where was on the ground floor (Not even stay on the 2nd floor). I was a bit disappointed but it was not a big deal. So I asked her one more question right after her

Best location to stay in order to enjoy the Yulara National Park

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

Vincent Y Couples - TripAdvisor review

In order to enjoy the best of the National Park you have to stay within the resort as most of the tours will either very early in the morning or finish later in the evening. There are only a couple of good quality hotels available in the resort and Desert Garden is one of them. One of the activity shall not be missed is the sound of silence dinner. It shall definitely be a memorable evening.

As expected

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

veghs Families - TripAdvisor review

It was a unique experience. My only beef was that we had to wait over three hours for the room which I feel could have been logistically managed more efficiently given that there must be guests departing on the morning flight we came in on so not every room becomes available only at 3 pm.


TripAdvisor rating 3.0/5

Izral Friends getaway - TripAdvisor review

Aircond in the room was not working properly made the stayed a bit uncomfortable especially during hot summer weather. The technician couldn't fix it. Being offered either to change to a different room or being provided with a standing fan. We chose a standing fan instead since we just going to stay there for one night only.

One night away

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

Neville3159 Couples - TripAdvisor review

Stayed at Desert Gardens for one night had a room with a view of Uluru was very expensive but worth it sat on balcony in the afternoon amazing view again had breakfast on the balcony only complaint bed should have been on other side of the room so you could sit up in bed and enjoy the view. main reason for visit was to go to Field of Lights absolutely amazing!!!!!

Expensive for what it is

TripAdvisor rating 3.0/5

brypop Couples - TripAdvisor review

We had a three night break at this hotel I was aprehenssive after reading reviews on this site. We arrived to find our room not ready we were told to go for a walk and come back in an hour this we did our room was ready at 3.45pm we were told that out luggage would be delivered in 10 mins as we had a long walk to our room, 2 hours later after two phone calls we got our luggage. The following two days we had our room cleaned a 30 second flick we had to ask reception for clean towels and tea/coffee we made our own bed, at $288 per night without breakfast I do not expect to have to ask for clean towels and make my own bed. The room was good and clean we ate in the restaurant and the food was good, the staff were friendly and eager to please,housekeeping is an area of concern they appear to be under pressure I cannot understand why management has not picked up on this. During our stay we went on three trips Sounds of silence dinner,Walk round the rock at sunrise,and a trip to the Olgas all memorable in different ways I hope this review helps.

A lot of money for what?

TripAdvisor rating 2.0/5

Ian M Couples - TripAdvisor review

The excuse of being remote just doesn't cut it for me... This was very expensive and some basics were missing such as our room being almost filled by TWO queen beds and yet no desk or writing area and just one chair... I didn't book a room for swinging couples and I expected to be able to sit down with my wife during the non-sleeping times - I also expected to be able to book a table at the restaurant for dinner but this 400 something hotel had about 30 tables available for dinner at any one time... It was about a 400 metre walk from the car park to our room - luckily we had no rain and our luggage has quad wheels - when we could not get a meal at Desert Gardens, we went to Sails at the other end of the Yulara resort complex and paid $70 each for the buffet and about $45 extra each for special dishes. A French couple sitting next to us remarked how expensive Ayers Rock was - and we all know what prices are like in France... Value for money??? - No. For a resort that is about 15kms away from the attraction and probably not many rooms with a view of it, we would not return

Hi Ian Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent stay at Desert Gardens. We are sorry to read that your stay was not at the standard you were expecting and I regret that we were unable to assist you with your concerns during your stay. The demand for twin beds is very high at Desert Gardens and as a result most rooms are configured in this way however I am sorry for the inconvenience caused to you and that the balcony furniture was not adequate for your requirements. We are very pleased to offer porters to assist with luggage and again I do apologise if you were not aware of this service. We do regret that Arnguli Grill was fully booked upon your request due to our high occupancy however we would like to re-assure you that we also offer an additional all day dining option at the Bunya Bar along with a range of restaurants and cafes throughout the resort. Providing a good value experience is of the highest priority to us and while unfortunately freight costs are indeed high to our remote locations we are truly disappointed that we were unable to meet your expectation. We hope that you were still able to enjoy exploring the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Kind Regards Peter White General Manager Desert Gardens Hotel

Novotel Ayers Rock

TripAdvisor rating 3.0/5

Kilmore3764 Friends getaway - TripAdvisor review

Nicely renovated room. Could do with a little space/desk to be able to do some work. Front desk staff are very friendly and helpful, and good to see staffs are from different background to cater for all the tourists that stay there. A lot of the exterior lights not working and bulbs need replacing. Pretty dark in some part when getting to room at night. Booked a table for 6 for dinner at the restaurant, and when we turned up, staff informed me there were no booking and to wait at the bar till they have a table. Went back after 25 minutes to see what's happening and informed another staff at the desk the situation. She found the booking and we were seated within 5 minutes. Maybe staff need to be a bit more attentive/thorough when checking bookings/availability. Had issues with TV reception. Rang reception and was informed it was the weather. It was still the same the next day. Got the maintenance guy and they found the cause. It wasn't the weather!!! One of the glass had a chip and crack and was placed back in the room after the room has been cleaned. Found dried insects in the room, which I expect being in the desert, and left it on the carpet where it can be vacuumed. It was still there when we got back that night. Maybe a bit more attention to details doesn't go astray. Perhaps staff training needs updating? The shuttle bus between hotels is very handy and convenient. Overall, a good place to stay.

Super location

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

649rose67 Friends getaway - TripAdvisor review

Desert Gardens Hotel is located at the heart of the desert. Therefore, it is very convenient to reach Uluru and sacred places. It was a nice experience for all of us. We enjoyed the sun set and the rise of the sun.

Good Stay overall.

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

John Anthony S Couples - TripAdvisor review

Check in was fast and efficient with unswerving smiles to every strange question that was fired at the staff. Once I got to the head of the cue I was booked in and directed to my room very quickly. I got hopelessly lost but through no fault of anyone except myself. Its a large, sprawled out motel. My room overlooked the rock. The building itself looked a bit tired but it is exposed to some extreme weather. Everything worked in the room and aircon coped well. The bed was great. Breakfast was typical accor fare and was good for the price. The gardens were nice to walk around and the pool looked inviting. There was plenty of parking. Check out was fast and friendly. Recommended.

Hi John Anthony S Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback regarding your stay at Desert Gardens. I was so pleased to read that you enjoyed your time at Ayers Rock Resort. It was our pleasure to have you as a guest and we thank you for choosing to visit this beautiful part of Australia. Kind Regards Peter White General Manager Desert Gardens Hotel

average stay. pricey

TripAdvisor rating 3.0/5

Barrysassine Couples - TripAdvisor review

Accor seems to run all the properties around the ayers rock resort. So they charge whatever they want. Room was average but and pricey but you really don't have a chose. Breakfast and dinner was Also very pricey and the transport that was offered to get to ayres rock.

welcome to hotel extortion

TripAdvisor rating 3.0/5

Snuggelpuff Couples - TripAdvisor review

Well, much like Disneyland a rock in the outback is reason enough to extort money from its guests. I will say that the final given room was nice,although thank god as a Gold member I got the mountain view upgrade free rather then paying for what was view of one third of Ayers. Staff are surely nice and accommodating but light years away from handling Accor premium guests, not knowing at all the privileges bestoved. Anyways, regular 4 star standard to Tokyo prices, breakfast is 38 lovely Dollys a head, which makes even Sofitel in Sydney fall behind on its 32$. As the whole resort evolves around a highly elaborate monopoly of Voyages resort there is zilch you can do about it....even the employees are too scared to mention it. Then there is the wondrous question why oh why do we have a pool that is not heated? There are two pools at the whole site, why make one heated and the other ice cold? It should come as no surprise that temperature every night drops to zero so water gets chilling. So let ALL the guests walk from one hotel, a mile to another to jump in that pool and then walk back again. I will say though, how expensive the Sounds of silence dinner now was, it was a lovely treat and well worth the visit. Just kill the monopoly of Voyages and let the free market have its go like in the rest of the world and I am sure it would benefit tourism.

Hi Snuggelpuff. Thank you for taking the time to review Desert Gardens. We were sorry to read that your were not completely satisfied with your experience and we would like to take this opportunity to assure you that the satisfaction of our guests is our highest priority, and providing a good value experience is at the core. Ayers Rock Resort is owned by the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) and the purpose of the ILC is to deliver social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits to Indigenous people in Australia. As a result at Ayers Rock Resort we have developed the National Indigenous Training Academy in order to build and sustain an Indigenous workforce through training and employment. Unfortunately the operational costs of supply chain transport to a remote resort like ours are significantly higher than those of hotels based in or near major cities. However, operating as one resort, we are able to achieve economies of scale that would be unlikely to be achieved if the hotels operated independently. Please accept our apologies for the lack of knowledge regarding your Accor benefits. I agree that this is not the service you should expect as a Gold Member and it has certainly been raised as an area of improvement for the future. Kind Regards Peter White General Manager Desert Gardens Hotel

A very good hotel, but very expensive

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

Silvana R Families - TripAdvisor review

There's not too many hotel options in the area, just the ones of Accor complex, and the prices are almost the same. The hotel is cozy and the place very beautiful, but nothing the justify this expensive rate.

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