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Review - Crowne Plaza
  • Light and bright
  • Plenty of space to relax
  • Spacious rooms
  • View from the balcony

Barrett Drive
Alice Springs NT

Perfectly placed to make the most of the view of the McDonnell Ranges and the facilities of Alice Springs.

Overall rating?    Excellent

What makes the Crowne Plaza different?
When you are staying in a hotel that is part of a chain, it tends to be the location that sets it apart, as is the case with the Crowne Plaza Alice Springs.  The foyer is very large and bright and open, with lots of natural light.

Accommodation overview
We stayed in a Mountain View room with a queen-sized bed and ensuite, with an outlook onto the McDonnell Ranges and the golf course from the balcony.  It was well-maintained, light and showed signs of recent renovation.

Facilities overview
There is a lovely pool area that is well-maintained and has sail shades.  The poolside shop/bar is closed in the off-season, which is when we stayed.  Other facilities include a tennis court, gym/fitness centre, spa and sauna, jacuzzi and conference/business centre facilities.

Five minutes drive from the heart of Alice Springs, or a 20-minute walk to the shops and restaurants in the city centre, and just a 2-minute walk to the Casino. Fly into Alice Springs International Airport and take a taxi, or hire a 4WD so you can explore the region.

Suitable for children?    Yes   

Suitable for pets?           No

Wheelchair access?       Yes
,  there are wheelchair–friendly rooms available, lift access and general disabled facilities.

Perfect for?
The hotel has all the facilities to handle families, tour groups and business people.

Why stay longer?
We enjoyed relaxing around the pool, and also loved hot air ballooning.  The Desert Wildlife Park is excellent and the Old Telegraph Station is well worth a visit.  There is plenty to see and do, such as driving out to the McDonnell Ranges and various waterholes and a nearby German township.  A two-hour drive gives you plenty to see and a chance to absorb the landscape.  There are plenty of galleries selling wonderful examples of Aboriginal art.

Why you wouldn’t stay longer?

Our visit was in the off season and pretty much everything was closed until February or March.

Prices vary depending on the style of room and season, so check the listing for details.

About the author
Stuart and Michelle Roberts wrote this article

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