I decided to stay here overnight as its close to the airport, has free airport transfers and advertised free wifi. I'll go thru the positives first: Good for convenience to the airport, and the free transfers. Rooms are small but clean & comfortable with a nice bathroom. Pool area has a bar & food from the onsite Chinese Restaurant, the pool is clean. You have reciprocal use of the Rydges Resort next door which has a great vibe, nice pool area and an adjacent bar and restaurant. Reception staff were lovely.
Its pricey for what you get, I would only stay here if I had a quick change over of flights. Loads of long term contractors stay here, don't know if thats good or bad. Eating options are VERY limited and theres no room service, which is a pain when theres nowhere else to go unless you have transport.
There's no A/C control in the room so you've got to have it either on or off. The TV reception was dreadful and not actually watchable. The advertised "free wifi" is actually an ADSL line which might be ok if you bring your own ether cable but useless if you're using an iPad, the Business Centre was closed which was inconvenient for me as a business traveller.
Whilst the reception staff were great, there was a particular staff member who was rude, arrogant and way out of line in dealing with a situation which prompted a complaint from me, and made the remainder of my stay tense. I'm hoping that this has since been addressed.
- Also Known As:
- Rydges Darwin Airport Hotel Australia/Marrara
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rydges Darwin Airport Hotel is contemporary and conveniently located just 250 meters from Darwin International Airport Terminal. It is situated midway between Darwin CBD and Darwin's major shopping centre at Casuarina, the ideal location for your stay. ... more less
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