Outback Pioneer a member of ibis Styles
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Located in Yulara, Outback Pioneer a member of ibis Styles is in a rural location and within the region of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and Uluru.
Make yourself at home in one of the 167 air-conditioned guestrooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms with showers are provided. Cribs/infant beds (complimentary) and rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) are available on request.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities including an outdoor pool and bicycles to rent. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and gift shops/newsstands.
Food & Drink
Grab a bite at one of the hotel’s 3 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include express check-out, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary (available 24 hours).
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This is lower budget accommodation but the staff and facilities are good. It give you the feeling of being in the outback literally.
Accommodation good, meals good value and entertainment good of an evening.
We booked a 3 nights stay directly.
The overall experience is irretable. The check in was efficient without any warmth, not much explanation was given, instead I was handed a booklet - "it's got all the info you need". Fair enough but even a simple friendly touch like "your room is ready and through this way" would have made it much nicer. (P.S> there was no queue, no big tour groups, we where the only ones checking in at the time).
On the last night we dined at the restaurant, again it was irretable, the concerige tried to claim my credit card used for check in wasn't on file. I somehow got the impression he thinks we are there to free load on the food and a hint of animousity. I insisted that the card is on file and after a 5 second phone call apparently it was all okay.
Upon checking out, I enquired about claiming the velocity points as promised by the boking T&C. The clerk plainly claimed, no you are not entitled to it. After explaining that it's onthe booking page, he added my VC number.
There is nothing seriously wrong with all the above of course, and this being a 3.5 star I don't expect being pampered but the lack of basic customer service skills was apparent. The above situations could all be smoothe out easily by some polite explanation and or friendier words. The bluntness made the whole experience hard to recommend.
This is the cheapest of the four hotels at Yulara. It offers a broad rang of accommodation and dining offers. As such it attracts a broad range of clientele which I found one of its best attributes . Everyone from backpackers to well heeled independent travellers. There is a good quality restaurant offering a la carte dinner and a great buffet breakfast. There is a fast food counter at the outdoor bar where there is also pool tables and live music. This attracts a younger crowd but is also a great place to find people from around the world to chat to. Then there is a very popular self BBQ set up where you can buy your fresh meat and cook your own just as you like it. This hotel is a ten minute walk from the rest of the accommodation and food outlets and shops in the Ayers Rock resort. There is a very good souvenir shop on site and reception can arrange a variety of excursions and trips if you want them. It’s around a 10 minute drive to the entrance of the Uluru park entrance. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend. However like everything in this neck of the woods it isn’t,cheap hence the 4 stars instead of five. They will tell you that it’s expensive because of its remoteness but that’s rubbish really. Alice Springs is remote but is positively cheap in comparison.
I stayed here 3 nights in late November of 2018. This is a large resort with various buildings that make up the hotel and YHA portions. There is no contigous building for either. Hence, the buildings are spreadout.
the lodge has a bar and a simple restaurant near reception. The bar serves primarily beer of various brands from what I can tell. The simple restaurant serves simple meals of such things as various kinds of pizzas, hamburgers, etc.. None of this is cheap.
There was also some live entertainment provides in the area of the bar and restaurant but was fairly good. This entire area is out in the open.
The YHA portion is very nice with clean rooms. The rooms are often clumped into a building based on their numbers. For example all the 800s are within one building. The bathrooms/showers are not necessiarily available within the same building complex. You camy have to go to a nearby building complex for them. In case, to the 700s but it was adjacent to the to other by about 30-40 yards.
I was upgraded to a hotel room due to my disabilitity(can not see at night). The hotel room was very nice. I was in Rm 301. This had two queen beds. The bathroom was big enough for two to move around in it(with bath/shower on the right, sink\counter on the left, and toilent at the back).
There was a good size mini-refrig in the room under the counter opposite the bed. This was very nice to have to keep cool drinks and food. Next t othe refrig in the shelves were stuff for making coffee/tea. There were some glasses and wine glasses there as well from what I recall.
Opposite the bed was a flat screen TV on the counter. I suspect around a 32-36 inch. There were a number of channels on it which I found some movies to watch.
There were electrical outlets in between the beds and to the right of the last bed. I had to move the night tables slightly to get to them.
I purchased my hopon/off bus ticket from the lodge that I had read about. It takes to Ulluri sunrise and drops you off/pickup from various places around Ulluru. It is not quite a true hopon/off in that you can just get on from any stops like you want. You have to coordinate the time you want to be pciked up. This is reasonable in that it ensures there will be a seat available for you for the return, etc.. Anyway, the hotel was kind enough to help me get to the lobby in the moring for this.
There is a free shuttle that goes around the various resorts. It also stops in town where you will find the shops and hte grocery store(IGA). The grocery sotre is small but better than nothing. They sell pre-made sandwiches in a refrig which are good and far cheaper than the resorts. You could also buy bread and meat and make your own sandwiches which appears a lot of people were doing. The store also sold some fruits and veggies which were important to me.
There are a number of stores in the town near the grocery store. One sold Aussie hats. You will find many different stores selling tourists things. They appear to sell things specific to that store. Hence, they do not compete against each other directly. You can buy post cards in one store but you would have to go to another sotre for tee-shirts,.
There is a free shuttle that come from the airport to this resort as well as the others. Same is true for going to the airport.
Overall, I was satisfied with the Pioneer Lodge. They went out of their way to accomdate my disabiliity.
The Pioneer Lodge is a well serviced hotel accommodation with bars, live music, restaurants and a swimming pool. The place is very clean and nestled in a natural environment in the desert that is well landscaped with native plants. There is even an elevated view point at the edge of the dunes with amazing views. It is well priced for the accommodation provided. The staff are very attentive and thanks to Grant Hannah at the reception who provided impeccable service. He made the stay enjoyable and went above and beyond to make the stay comfortable. The buffet dinner at Bough House Restaurant was top notch. Thanks Pioneer Lodge!