None of the hostels in Alice Springs are anything to write home about, and that goes for Alice Lodge Backpackers as well. The majority of people who stay here use it as a base for trips to the Red Centre, but even still, Alice Lodge offers a comfortable stay. But don't be surprised if you are "upgraded" to a motel close by (this actually is an upgrade, as the motel is very nice, and offers you private rooms).
The location is not too bad, around a fifteen-minute walk from the centre of Alice Springs. We stayed here as it is the associated hostel with Emu Run Tours for the trips to the Red Centre (the trip is very good, by the way!). The first night upon check-in, we were moved to a different motel, which is very nice!
Rooms and Bathrooms
The bedrooms are basic, but to a clean standard, and all come with lockers (provide your own lock). In the winter, the room is very warm, which is an added bonus. The bathrooms are a bit on the dark side, but there is always one available. The rooms come with free Wi-Fi, but it is done on a ticket basis, so make sure you don't lose yours, as they are not overly keen to provide you a replacement, and it also makes it difficult if you have more than one device with which you would like to get online.
The kitchen is on the small size, and quite messy, but a free breakfast is available to all, starting from 5 a.m. (this is handy for those going on the tours). Breakfast consists of cereal and toast, although there are signs everywhere threatening not to take more than two slices, and a photo wall of shame of people who have been greedy. Some may find this funny, while some may find it a little annoying.
There is a comfortable living room area with a DVD collection and books that are free to use, and a swimming pool out the back. The swimming pool is dirty and could do with a clean; however, in the winter time we would not recommend a swim unless you fancy hypothermia! The garden area is quite large, and has designated smoking areas away from the table areas. The hostel is quiet in the winter time, but those that are there are generally friendly and welcoming.
A standard hostel for Australia, the hostel often does deals when booking a tour, so check ahead, and they allow you to leave your big bags in a lock up whilst you go on your trips. The gate to the hostel has a code, so make sure you remember it, as the reception closes usually around 9 p.m. The hostel also offers a bus to the Ghan Train, which although not too far away, comes in quite useful.