I took advantage of a sale Mantra were having and was able to get an ocean view (with balcony) studio apartment, including breakfast (and parking which l didn't use) for $169. From the description on the website, however, it appears l was upgraded to a 1 bedroom apartment, as the bedroom was separate from the living area. The open plan living and dining area was huge, with a sofa, chair, small dining table and desk, and a feature l always look for in a hotel room, a stand on which to place your suitcase. There was a tv in both the living area and bedroom. One thing to note is that the living room tv (which included the pay per view movies) only showed the basic free-to-air channels and the Austar channels (mainly sport!). The tv in the bedroom has the full suite of free-to-air channels.
The kitchen area contained more than enough crockery/cutlery (although a couple of things were missing, for example there was only 1 knife and fork - although l later found another knife in the bottom of the dishwasher!). Dishwashing detergent/dishwasher powder/tea towels were included. I just noted this because l've been in apartments where they don't give you a tea towel, instead expect you to use the dishwasher for the small amount of washing up you need to do!
The bathroom was HUGE, the most impressive hotel bathroom l had ever been in, with a washing machine and dryer, (including sachets of laundry detergent) a bath and massive separate walk in shower. Quality toiletries were included. There was also an extraction fan (which is not always present in hotel bathrooms, resulting in a bathroom full of steam after you've had a shower), and 2 large mirrors. What more could you ask for?
The room also contained a dehumidifier, 3 ceiling fans and 2 air conditioners!
If you want Internet access in your room, you have to pay, however you can access the internet for free (you are asked to limit it to 30 mins a day) via the 2 terminals located in the cafe area. I only found this out by accident, it would be great if this could be mentioned in the room handbook.
The buffet breakfast was fine, and on the days l used it, there was plenty of seating available.
All of the staff l dealt with were efficient, friendly and professional.
The pool area was lovely, and there was only ever 1 other person in the pool whilst l was there.
The view from my 16th floor apartment was just breathtaking, you could see the ships in the harbour, and watch the afternoon storms roll in.
Darwin is a fairly small city, so everything was in walking distance, supermarkets, shopping centres, the Post Office and Information Centre. It was about a 15 minute walk to the redeveloped wharf area.
I highly recommend the Mantra Pandanas.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Darwin, Mantra Pandanas combines sophisticated city chic with Darwin's famous laid back, tropical culture, making this property an ideal base for your Darwin business trip or accommodation choice for the perfect holiday escape. Offering 336 studio, hotel, one and two bedroom apartment style rooms, Mantra Pandanas is supremely appointed with modern contemporary decor and luxury amenities. Selected rooms include a private balcony offering panoramic views across Darwin Harbour and Darwin city skyline, and serves as the perfect vantage point to enjoy the setting sun. Apartments include kitchenette and laundry facilities and can also act as an office with selected apartments providing guests with modem and facsimile lines plus ISD/STD direct dial phones and voice mail message service. Mantra Pandanas is the perfect accommodation option for travellers who are relocating to the Northern Territory or who are on a long stay work assignment. It is also a perfect base for travellers looking to explore NT's stunning natural beauty and abundant local tourist attractions Mantra Pandanas also features two Darwin conference venues which have been designed to equally cater for small meetings right through to theatre style professional presentation. Special occasions, events, functions, weddings and conferences can also be catered for with banquet facilities for up to 140 delegates. The resort offers premium onsite facilities guests can enjoy including, Table Forty Three restaurant and bar, lagoon style swimming pool, spa and fully equipped gym. Guest services include 24 hour reception, internet lounge and business area, tour desk and tour booking service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mantra Pandanas Darwin
- Mantra Pandanas Hotel Darwin