Of the 6 hotels I stayed in Australia this was my favourite and more personal and friendly than a big chain hotel near Hyde Park in Sydney. The rooms are arranged on 5 floors around a large 5 storey atrium. The atrium contains the bar with the tables set in a "rain forest" with a water feature. Pleasant, attractive, and very cool compared with the humidity outside.
I found front desk staff very helpful, arranging a taxi and dealing twice with an air conditioning unit that was dripping water onto the cushions of the window seat. In the restaurant the a la carte has limited choice but it is cooked to order.. If you are hungry and want something quickly order the fish and chips; its crisp, delicious and I noticed that when ordered by guests it was one of the fastest dishes to leave the kitchen. Waitresses were very helpful especially in keeping chilled water coming.
Before travelling to Australia I wasadvised twice through Quantas and my agent that there would be building work on the land next door. In Sept 2010 a large pit has been prepared but no construction seemed to be proceeding and in the daytime I was not aware of any noise. The hotel is on a corner site giving direct access in under 5 mins to the main shopping and leisure entertainment streets. Across the road is a park but slightly disappointing is that there is no good view of the bay, as there is a fairly dense wooded strip along the seaward edge of the park.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Novotel Darwin CBD is conveniently located in the city centre, overlooking Darwin Harbour. This 4 star hotel is a short stroll from the dining and entertainment precinct of Mitchell Street and is equally suited to business trips and holidays. Boasting 140 spacious rooms and conference facilities, the Novotel CBD features a magnificent tropical indoor rainforest, complete with cascading vines and palm trees. Try our famous cocktails in the bar, or enjoy a delicious meal in our restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Darwin Atrium Hotel Darwin
- Accor Darwin Atrium
- Darwin Novotel