I stayed in this lodge for a one night over the Darwin Cup weekend. This is the busiest weekend of the year and accommodation is very hard to come by. So I ended up at the Barramundi Lodge because everything was fully booked. My experiences are as follows:
Check-in is only possible between 2pm and 6pm. I arrived around 4pm, tired after a long day. No one was present at reception. I had to ring a number. Not a problem at all I thought. I rang the number. No answer. I rang back after 10 minutes or so. Someone answered and promised to be there in 10 minutes. About 45 minutes later someone finally showed up, cigarette hanging out the corner of one mouth and mumbling vague excuses. Not a good start, but I was happy to be shown to my room at that stage. I was given the 'grand tour' of the laundry, the truly appalling shower and toilet facilities and was handed a small carton of milk for the tea & coffee facilities in the room.
Then there's the room (I stayed in room 1).....
The first thing I found when entering was a pair of ladies underwear on the floor. What the?? Kicked it in under one of the five (yes...five!) beds and tried to forget about it. The furniture in the room is homemade. Not a problem, but it's a truly bad state. Cupboard door handles are missing etc. The little hotplates in the kitchenette looked like a fire hazard with blackened tin foil wrapped around the edges. Unfortunately there's no kettle, electric or otherwise. So I guess no coffee or tea after all. Opening the fridge I found an array of little milk cartons. I guess previous guests ran into the same issue, or simply came to the same conclusion about the hotplates.
One thing to note is that the windows do not have glass planes, but rather consist of a mesh and glass venetians/blinds. Normally I wouldn't mind, but this does make the rooms pretty noisy. You are subjected to quite a bit of traffic noise and noises from neighbouring rooms (TV, phone calls etc).
And last but not least, there are the shared toilet and shower facilities (male and female are separate). These are truly poor and VERY small. The one wash basin is right next to the entry door. So whilst brushing my teeth I was in a constant state of fear that I would get hit by the door in the face. The water pressure in the shower was non-existent.
So all in all not a pleasant stay and not very good value for money (I paid $175 for one night), certainly not as an individual, and not even as a couple. I have stayed in backpackers with MUCH better facilities and more comfort. If you are looking for budget accommodation and don't mind shared bathroom facilities, I suggest you save yourself some money and look at the various hostels in Darwin (they have private doubles). If you are looking for more comfort and a good location, spend another $60 to $80 per night and find yourself a proper hotel.
So who is this accommodation for? Probably families on a budget as long as they are willing to put up with the relatively poor state the lodge is in. Personally I'll give this one a miss next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Barramudi Lodge is a small family run lodge with 22 rooms. Our single rooms are shared bathrooms and shared kitchen. All other rooms are shared bathrooms with a kitchenette in the room. All our rooms are non-smoking. The single rooms open to a large reception area next to our pool and BBQ area. All other rooms open to a full length veranda. Barramundi Lodge is a 10-15 min walk into Darwin CBD area in this area you have your main Supermarkets - Post Office - Restaurants - Cafes -Nightclubs - Tourist attractions. Barramundi Lodge is a 5 min walk to the botanical gardens and a 10 min walk to the casino; straight across the road from the lodge is a golf course .We can arrange any sight seeing trips for you at the Barramundi lodge reception. Barramundi Lodge is pet friendly upon request only. Barramundi Lodge has free parking on-site. Barramundi Lodge has a coin operated laundry on-site. Barramundi Lodge has a lovely pool area with a BBQ area surrounded by palm trees. ... more less
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