Our first impression was not good, the staff member who checked us in made us feel we were intruding on his time and was quite rude.
The room was an average size with one rather small window, which overlooked a back street and gave the room a claustrophobic feel. The bathroom was nice as it had been refurbished but was small & had no bath. The airconditioning was on when we walked into the room, which was nice but became too cold after a while. We tried to adjust the temperature but found it was faulty & couldn't so we ended up wearing jumpers whilst in our room.
The pool is very small & very uninviting as was the whole pool area & unfortunately, as much as we wanted to swim, we didn't.
The hotel is located right in the CBD and there is a food hall through the hotel foyer area as well as other fast food outlets within the same building if that;s what you're after. Not really our thing and not what you would expect at a presumably 4 star hotel.
Parking is a problem at this hotel and I would advise anyone with a car to stay elsewhere. At check-in were told "You can park your car anywhere on the street, it's free from 5pm to 8am". We were not told we would not only have to pay every 2 hours but we would have to move our car every 2 hours. Neither were we told the Parking Inspectors were relentless & to make sure we were on time every time. Unfortunately we ended up a parking fine less than 24 hours after checking in because we were 10 minutes late. At no time were we advised of any long stay parking or any other parking whatsoever.
Overall we found this hotel overrated and overpriced and would not recommend it to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The contemporary executive boutique Darwin Central Hotel enjoys an unrivaled location in the heart of Darwin city. It is the ideal place for both the leisure and business traveler, within easy walking distance to all major banks, cinemas, theaters, nightclubs, restaurants and shopping. Amidst all the bustle, the Darwin Central Hotel is a city sanctuary that reveals a surprisingly sophisticated space where guest can relax in comfort and style. ... more less
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