I was very grateful to find accommodation at the Vibe in Darwin's high season. The rates are very high, measured against other cities, but seemed to be in line with general Darwin prices.
We had a really nice room facing the waterfront. One thing to make sure you know in advance is that the daily rate seems to be determined somewhat randomly! In a seven day stay, I was charged about 4 different daily rates. Cleaning also seemed a bit random and on one day the cleaners missed our room completely, while on the following day I phoned reception at lunch just to make sure that the omission was not repeated (it wasn't - the cleaners arrived and duly did their thing).
The room deserved a big tick. Nice bathroom, good shower and plenty of storage space for clothes; also good layout and good range of TV stations. Four computers downstairs in reception for internet access at a very reasonable rate of $6 per hour.
I was attending an event at the Convention Centre, and the Vibe was perfectly situated - 2 minutes away so that the heat of the day was not a problem. There is no better place to stay if you want to be close to the Darwin Waterfront precinct or if you are going on a cruise. Furthermore, it is only about 10 mins walk to the Smith Street mall, so it could hardly be better placed.
General note - visitors should beware of Darwin taxis. There are long queues at the airport (take the hotel shuttle). Worst of all was that the taxi we booked at 5:45am to take us to the airport just failed to arrive! The hotel staff did everything they could to solve the problem - we eventually joined someone else's taxi and the hotel actually paid for us, which I thought was outstanding service.
The reception staff were also specially helpful at all times.
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