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Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
Ranked #9 of 37 Hotels in Darwin
UK
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“nice hotel but massively overpriced”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

We just stayed for one night - our first night in Australia having been on a plane for 29 hours from the UK!
Lovely big comfortable bed, all very clean and modern. Basically a pretty standard 4* hotel and what you would expect. Good location on Darwin waterfront with nice terrace overlooking the wave pool.
However - the price of $369 AUD didn't include breakfast and I just think it is far too much for what was a nice but nothing more hotel. I admit the UK exchange rate is poor, but we stayed a few days later in another 4* hotel in Darwin (one of the double trees) and it was almost half the price, and the difference was pretty marginal.
So if you can get a good price at the Vibe it makes a comfortable choice, but I wouldn't stay again at the price we paid.

Room Tip: It has already been said but avoid 4th floor. You would be under a walkway that links the waterfront...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Nastechautobin
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Ralph D, Manager at Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
Dear Nastechautobin,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your recent stay with us. We really appreciate your positive feedback about our hotel and its location.

With regards to your comment about the price, I assure you that our rates are on par with other Darwin hotels of similar standard. We also offer discounted rates if the reservation is made directly through our reservations team, or on our website.

Thank you for choosing to stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back to our hotels in the near future.

Kind regards,

Ralph D'souza
Assistant Hotel Manager
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

Simple, Nice & clean, comfortable beds, quiet, pool is a bit small but there is a wave pool right in front. Lots of restaurant in the area. Only complain is the rate is a bit high at $340/nite, but I guess this may be due to the high season this weekend.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Ralph D, Manager at Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
Dear Miaw G,

The team at Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront are delighted that you enjoyed your recent stay with us and thank you for taking the time to provide us with your positive feedback.

We look forward to welcoming you back to our hotels in the near future.

Kind regards

Ralph D'souza
Assistant Hotel Manager
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

Good location for the waterfront area near the wave pool and conference centre. A little walk to the main streets but if you can get past that then the location is great. I stayed there for work so was a great location for the conference centre.
Clean rooms, nice staff and comfortable beds. Would like a more firm pillow in the room mix but survived.
Gym and pool, were great, breakfast selection was pretty standard fare so all in all a good place to stay. Would stay here again if ever up this way.

Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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Ralph D, Manager at Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront, responded to this review, August 5, 2013
Dear Simon G,

The team at Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront are delighted that you enjoyed your recent stay with us and thank you for taking the time to provide us with your positive feedback.

We look forward to welcoming you back to our hotels in the near future.

Kind regards

Ralph D'souza
Assistant Hotel Manager
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

I first arrived and ended up changing rooms from car park view to park/marina view as I had 7-8 day stay due to a conference.
Rooms were ok, nothing special however the snakes in the minibar were a success.
Apart from a couple of long black hairs in the small bathroom, general cleanliness was ok.
The most frustrating part of my stay was waiting too long for a latte in the breakfast room, one morning it never appeared.
Over priced but thats the high demand in Darwin pushing the prices too high for the quality of room.
Reception staff were very helpful.

Room Tip: Try and stay clear of the front entrance view.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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Ralph D, Manager at Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront, responded to this review, August 5, 2013
Dear NeverBloodyHome,

Thank you for taking the time to post a review about your recent stay with us. We are glad to read that you enjoyed the confectionary in the minibar and found our reception staff helpful.

I will share your comments about the attention to detail with our Housekeeping Manager. We will also look increasing at our staffing during breakfast to reduce the waiting time during peak service periods.

Once again, thank you for sharing your thoughts and we look forward to welcoming you back to our hotels in the near future.

Kind regards,

Ralph D'souza
Assistant Hotel Manager
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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Don't stay in rooms 420 or 421. Not sound proofed and very loud when people come and go to through heavy carpark door (slams every 10 minutes or so). Also, very loud above us, sounded like people were moving furniture around all night and morning. Small amount of noise coming from the street (being on the waterfront). Need to keep windows closed due to that noise.
Other than that is was ok. Good service at reception but cafe downstairs had average service staff - not helpful at all.
I won't be staying there again.

Room Tip: Stay away from rooms 420 and 421 (too noisy)
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Ralph D, Manager at Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Dear sweetj2013,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your recent stay with us. We're glad to read that you enjoyed the location of the hotel and found our reception team helpful.

In regard to your feedback about the noise, I do acknowledge that rooms 420 and 421 are located close to the car park access door of the building. We do however have a number of quiet rooms where we could have moved you to promptly if we were made aware of your dissatisfaction during your stay. I will put this information in your profile so we allocate a quiet room for you the next time you stay with our hotels. I have also shared your feedback about our restaurant with the Food & Beverage so we can improve in this area.

Thank you again for sharing your experience and it is unfortunate you did not allow us the opportunity to rectify some of the issues you faced, however we respect your right to blog on Trip Advisor anonymously.

Please feel free to contact me directly should you wish to discuss your stay in further detail on 08 8982 9999.

Kind regards,
Ralph D’souza
Assistant Hotel Manager
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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

We stayed for 8 nights and it was a perfect location. The car parking worked well. We parked our hire car in the next door parking station for $10 a day and there was access to our hotel floor from this parking station. The staff of the Vibe were friendly and helpful. Our room was below an overhead walk way which was a bit noisy on our first night but wasn't a problem for the rest of our stay. We would stay at the Vibe again if we went back to Darwin.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ralph D, Manager at Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront, responded to this review, July 29, 2013
Dear Paulene B,

The team at Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront are delighted that you enjoyed your recent stay with us and thank you for taking the time to provide us with your positive feedback.
We look forward to welcoming you back to our hotels in the near future.

Kind regards

Ralph D'souza
Assistant Hotel Manager
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Sydney
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

Our family stayed at the vibe for 2 nights prior to driving to Kakadu. We had previously booked online via the website, had a smooth check in and were able to park our hire car in the neighbouring parking station at a discounted rate. This proved to be advantageous as The Dalai Lama was in town so there were few spaces near the convention centre.!! We had a simple but stylish, comfortable and clean room on the 4th floor which had direct access to level 6 car park which made life very easy. The beds were comfortable and the spotless bathroom had a bath/shower. My only gripe would be that the water pressure in the shower was only adequate. As other reviewers have mentioned the Vibe is only a short walk to either cafes/restaurants around the waterfront precinct and/or downtown Darwin and its location is quiet and peaceful yet close to all the action. The pool area is somewhat underwhelming however you are only a stones throw away from the lagoon and wave pool which the children loved. At this time of year Darwin hotels are expensive for what you get but you should not be disappointed if you stay here!

Room Tip: Level 4 has direct access to parking station next door.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Ozibu
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Ralph D, Manager at Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront, responded to this review, July 15, 2013
Dear Ozibu

The team at Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront are delighted that you enjoyed your recent stay with us and thank you for taking the time to provide us with your positive feedback.
We look forward to welcoming you back to our hotels in the near future.

Kind regards

Ralph D'souza
Assistant Hotel Manager
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Property: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
Address: 7 Kitchener Dr, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia
Location: Australia > Northern Territory > Top End > Darwin
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Darwin
#7 Romantic Hotel in Darwin
#8 Luxury Hotel in Darwin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront 4*
Number of rooms: 120
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