Alice’s Secret Travellers Inn, Alice Springs
One of my favourite places I stayed on my backpacking trip Down Under was a quirky hostel in Australia called Alice’s Secret Travellers Inn. Run by a friendly man named Seb, Alice’s Secret is a small, quiet and relaxed hostel – just a 10 minute stroll to the town centre.
The hostel has a mixture of dorm rooms, basic rooms for those travelling in pairs or groups and then two unique rooms – The Alpine Hut and The Betty Boop Bus. Of course we stayed in the quirky rooms!
We stayed at the hostel for 4 nights in total – one night in the Alpine Hut and 3 nights in the Betty Boop Bus. The Betty Bus was my favourite – a renovated American style bus with Betty Boop bedding, air conditioning, a small fridge, funky LED lights and the scrawls of previous guests all over the ceiling and walls. The seats and steering wheel were still in there too!
The Alpine Hut was more of a shed themed like a Swiss ski chalet. It was fun and had a cute little terrace area but I was glad we spent most of our nights in the bus.
This quirky hostel in Australia has shared bathrooms, a kitchen, laundry facilities, a reading den, a tv lounge, bike hire, bbq area, wi-fi and best of all, a swimming pool – perfect for cooling off in the hot Alice Springs sunshine. We didn’t use all of the facilities but I sure enjoyed a dip in the pool and lazing in the garden hammocks!
The charming things about this hostel are its relaxed atmosphere and that the other travellers were so friendly, the two cats that live here, the short walk into town and the funny little decorative touches dotted about the place. I was also a little surprised and unnerved about the spider they had in a tank in the reception!
If you’re looking for a place to party, then go elsewhere. The only drunk here is the octopus that wants to fight!
If you liked this, then you’ll probably like the time I stayed in a jail in New Zealand. What’s the quirkiest place you’ve stayed at? Leave me a comment below 🙂