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Novotel Darwin CBD
Ranked #16 of 35 Hotels in Darwin
Reviewed October 7, 2010

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.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 6, 2010

We stayed at the Atrium at the end of the Long Ride 2010. having spent about 8 days riding motorcycles from NSW, we weren't probably the tidest guests the Hotel had had in their foyer, but the staff were great. The duty manager even offered us secure bike parking in the pool complex. But when the bikes wouldn't fit up the ramp, a special note was added to the night staff for extra patrols of the car park.
I had room service out of a "Tiffin" tin and this was excellant. We hah rooms on the 5th floor overllooking the Bay and a bay window with a bench seat helped to ease the muscles.
Could have done with a little more hot water in the shower and a bit extra pressure though.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 30, 2010

my wife and I stayed at the Novotel and believe that the staff are probably the best that we have had at any motel in Darwin(we stay in darwin approx once a month as we live in Katherine). the standard room was quite large and the bed very comfortable, the only downside to the room was that the bathroom was quite small. We would highly recommend the Novotel as any gripes we have about the place are petty. (eg, no balcony, unable to use own dvd player, place had a drab appearance but comfortable and functional and the lifts were extremely slow). Free internet is a bonus along with a free daily paper. there was construction going on next door so if your desire is to relax around a pool all day then this is defineately not the motel for you, but if you want a motel that is in an awesome location then the Novotel is the place to stay.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 18, 2010

We booked this hotel based on the photo of the pool as Darwin is hot and humid. We were disappointed to find out when we arrived that the pool pictured on the web page is no longer there and has been replaced by a tiny pool at the back of the hotel that was really crowded.

One night we planned on having a quiet night in and getting a hotel on-demand movie, however every movie we picked was not available. The front desk told us that because so many people were watching movies they didn't have the capability for every room to watch a movie at the same time.

Lastly, we were unfortunate enough to have a room above a function room that one night had a birthday party in it. The music was so loud it was like being above a night club. We called down to the front desk and were told that they were supposed to have the music turned down by 11pm. Being one block from the street of nightclubs, why does the Novotel think that they need to allow one of their function rooms to be turned into one at the expense of the guests night of sleep?

Posititives: The staff were friendly. Good location.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 11, 2010

Hotel is a little tired, but could not fault staff. Reception staff couldn't do enough for us - very helpful and knowledgeable. Room very clean and comfortable, found hotel very quiet but this was a weekend. Price was very good but look out for specials we managed to get package with breakfast. Must say best breakfast we have had for a long time. We did dine for dinner which we could not fault food or service, try their chocolate special for deserts great variety. Was so impressed we went back two days later for lunch which again was superb. Must say we did dine at a very well known restaurant down the road which food was good but very expensive could not say the same about their service. Thank you to restaurant staff we really enjoyed your food & service. Only one complaint could not find up to date menu any where on internet. Thank you for FREE internet at reception.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 20, 2010

Only complaints about this hotel. Even the water of the swimming pool was dirty! Please, Mr Accor, close the hotel, renew it completely and change the staff.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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NovotelDarwinManager, Manager at Novotel Darwin CBD, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2010

Dear Traveller and Prospective Travellers,

We are disappointed to learn of your experience in the hotel and that the hotel did not meet your expectations. The pool of the hotel is tested a minimum of twice per day and tested in accordance with local health regulations/guidelines.

Kind regards,

Luke Harris
Executive Assistant Manager

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Reviewed August 14, 2010

We stayed in a family room with a nice view overlooking the harbour. The room was clean and comfortable enough, but the decor was a little tired and in need of refurbishment. The staff very friendly and efficient, and very good food at breakfast. Unfortunately, major construction site next door to hotel, so noisy during the day. Pool tiny and next to building works. As we were out during the day, the noise issue was not a problem for us. The hotel has a good location close to lots of shops and restaurants, and we would stay there again as it has good rates for families.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Novotel Darwin CBD

Address: 100 Esplanade, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia
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Location: Australia > Northern Territory > Top End > Darwin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Luxury Hotel in Darwin
Price Range: $64 - $226 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Novotel Darwin CBD 4*
Number of rooms: 140
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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