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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Dingo Moon Lodge

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Dingo Moon Lodge
Ranked #30 of 48 Specialty Lodging in Darwin
misoula,MT
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“For Budget Travelers - Great Value!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

We travel alot and here not only do you get a first rate breakfast but also free laundry! The pool is an extra benefit as well. We appreciated the helpful staff who were very friendly, gave good advise, and were very accomodating. I think the negative reviews are people who probably have some particular gripe and want to strike back in the only way they know how. My wife and I have been traveling for the past 11 years all over the world and the kind of complaints I read here reflect little travel experience or at best expectations based upon more 'wealthy' appetites, perhaps a bit spoiled!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

The manager is a horrible horrible man! He has the worst attitude I've ever come across and he does not look after his staff at all. I saw him shouting at his receptionist once, and I found her to be very pleasant, so I have no idea what she could have done so wrong.
$33 a night is ridiculous, the rooms are very very basic and cramped, and the facilities leave a lot to be desired.
Awful!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2012

Not a good hostel, pretty dirty place, the room i stayed in was never cleaned and there was still rubbish from previous travellers, staff were generally unhelpful,and the rooms were very small. i stayed here for a week as they do not offer refunds so be careful once you book, as they need payment before they book you in.
Wouldn't stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Lorrach, Germany
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2012

As the Dingo Moon is recommended by Lonely Planet and many more and as the Rates are really high (35,5 AD in a mixed 4 Dorm) our expectations were also really high. The room was so small, Nr 7, and itmwas almost impossible to fit 4 People and luggage in there. It wasn't clean at all.the only positive Thing in the room was the Air conditioninf which worked well.
The kitchennhas been a mess, no one cleans his stuff and you don't have enough glasses there.
The Pool is Ok, but in front of the kitchen and sitting area so not a relaxed place at all.
Showers and toiletts are alright and not too dirty!
Breakfast is Good, they offer 4types of cerials, bread, different jams, nutella, fruits, muffins and more. Unfortunately they just bring along the things how they want and if you are not there that moment you can be lucky if you still got milk.
One of the most disappointing thingmwas the Manager who is more than unfriendly! They advertise with Free Wifi but it die not work. He just said that it is not his Problem, as he does Not have to offer it.
I definitely would not go back there anymore.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2012

We stayed here four nights in a private room for four (a good size, with two sets of bunks plus a fridge, which was a great boon). The room was clean and had aircon, but no individual reading lights, just a big old strip light in the ceiling, which was a bit of a pain. The rest of the hostel was not so clean, as other residents seemed to delight in leaving a mess in the bathrooms and kitchen. The bathrooms were private but there were probably not quite enough of them. The kitchen was basic, with insufficient work surface and a dangerous-looking gas range which was serviced while we were there, ie it was out of action for several hours. But the main issue with the kitchen was the washing up facilities - two sinks next to each other in a corner with very small drainage areas - which were constantly full of dirty pots and pans, and meant no-one could wash up easily... Staff pretty much kept to the reception booth at the front of the building, were not always available, and certainly did not wander round keeping an eye on things.

On the plus side, the pool was lovely and really is under a frangipani tree, and the hostel is within easy walking distance of the city centre, waterfront, and main backpacker drag, but far enough away that it is relatively quiet (apart from its own residents...). The lack of a bar was a selling point for us as a family. There was just about sufficient outdoor seating (nowhere inside apart from bedrooms) but lack of charging points for laptops etc (except in rooms).

Given its location and the price (about AUS$130 per night for the room, including a hearty continental breakfast), this was a good choice, just spoilt a bit by the mess and lack of staff presence. A bit more vigilance and intervention by the staff (and a better kitchen set up) would improve this hostel no end. We'd probably go back.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

We (a couple) stayed in a private room. It was like staying in a demountable! Long-ish, narrow room with 1 window and door at one end. Low ceiling. Just a double bed, a single bed, a lamp, a fridge, a noisy air-conditioner, an even noisier oscillating fan and 3 hooks on the wall.

The no cancellations policy (even with 72+ hours notice) is plain stingy.

The free washing machine was useful but you'll need your own pegs.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Nuremberg, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2012

I stayed in Dingo Moon for a week for a holiday and going on a overnight trip in between.

The hostel is located just a short walk off the main buzz on Mitchell Street where all the partying and noise happens. There is no bar in Dingo Moon which all the people I met found favourable as this meant everyone just got some drinks in the evening and was sitting around at the tables at the pool talking and having fun. I find this is a good hostel to make new friends easily as there is always someone around to talk to.

The staff was very helpful with organising tours and giving tips what to do in Darwin. They actually called me the night before my overnight trip when I was at the markets being worried I could not pick up my free sleeping bag for my trip in time. Knowledgable staff who were always really helpful!

The facitilies in the hostel were clean when I was there except when heaps of people used the kitchen at the same time. The bathrooms and showers were outside which is no problem at all though. The rooms were simple with bunk beds. Only downside here were maybe a lack of powerpoints (2 in a 8 room dorm) and maybe a shelf would be nice. First room I stayed in had no aircon but fans and bed was comfy. Second room had aircon but my mattress was quite worn out. No worries with sleeping as every day was packed and the people usually were really considerate when entering the rooms at night.

The free breakfast is a real winner with loads of different things for everyone, i.e. bread, croissants, pastries, fruit, juice, yoghurt, different spreads, muesli, cornflakes etc.. There is also free laundry use from 2 pm onwards (which I did not use though).

I met heaps of great people up there and think Dingo Moon is one of the best places to stay in Darwin. In other places you would probably get a higher standard accomodation for this price but it is an average expense for Darwin for good value. Am definitly going to stay there again when visiting Darwin again one day!

Room Tip: Rooms 5 to 10 are in the back building away from the street
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Dingo Moon Lodge
Address: 88 Mitchell St, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia
Location: Australia > Northern Territory > Top End > Darwin
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 48 Specialty Lodging in Darwin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Dingo Moon Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of the most centrally located and consistently maintained backpackers in Darwin. Dingo Moon is independently owned, offering more value for money including Australia’s best free backpacker’s breakfast. Dingo Moon's location allows easy access to all shops, attractions and popular venues within the Darwin area. The lodge offers a variety of rooms suitable to every traveller. All rooms are air conditioned which is available 24 hours day, all double rooms and some dorms include fridges. ... more   less 
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