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“Lagoon rooms a must visit”
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Skycity Darwin
Ranked #17 of 36 Hotels in Darwin
New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Lagoon rooms a must visit”
Reviewed June 2, 2013

The new lagoon rooms at sky city Darwin are brilliant. Spacious and well laid out with plenty of room, large bathroom and great comfortable beds. Definitely go for the slightly more expensive ground floor rooms where you have a large balcony with a separate deck area for sun loungers and best of all, from here you can simply slip into the warm water of the large lagoon. We really enjoyed our time at this hotel. The Italian and Chinese restaurants are great as is the very cool and discreet new bar called lotus. Can't think of a better place to be in Darwin than poolside with a good book in a lagoon room.

Room Tip: Choose a ground floor lagoon room. If you would prefer a bit of sun while lying by the pool see if y...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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JC8001, Manager at Skycity Darwin, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Dear KZ7,

Thank you for taking the time to review SKYCITY Darwin. I am glad to hear our rooms and amazing Lagoon Pool made such an impact on you, lounging around the pool with a book is certainly a great way to wind down on a lovely dry season day!

I will pass on your great comments about il Piatto, Dragon Court & the new Lotus Bar to our Executive Chef and Food & Beverage Manager.

We look forward to welcoming you back to SKYCITY Darwin in the future.

Kind regards,
Jeanette Collett
Hotel Operations Manager
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Perth, WA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed May 29, 2013 via mobile

Room was comfortable and bathroom had been updated. No view. No robes provided in room but these were provided with a call to housekeeping. The Italian restaurant was good along with the food from the pool bar menu. Staff were helpful. Overall if we were to stay again I would book a lagoon view room as these look lovely.

  • Stayed May 2013
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JC8001, Manager at Skycity Darwin, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Dear traveller65_10,

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about your recent stay at SKYCITY Darwin. I will pass on your compliments about the great food at il Piatto & the Pool Bar to both the Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Manager.

We hope to welcome you back to SKYCITY Darwin in the future.

Kind regards,
Jeanette Collett
Hotel Operations Manager
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surrey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2013

This hotel is 5 mins taxi from Mitchell st where all the bars restaurants and night clubs are. On a beautiful beach and just a couple of mins walk to mindil markets, spacious rooms and breakfast is ok, not the best but adequate. The villa rooms are much nicer and have their own man made beach.

This beach has warning about the box jellys so not really for swimming. Lunch was amazing, the irish chef is a genius.

Room Tip: ask for seaview great sunsets.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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JC8001, Manager at Skycity Darwin, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Dear earthexplorer,

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your recent stay at SKYCITY Darwin. I am pleased that you enjoyed our central location and were able to experience Darwin’s wonderful Mindil Beach Markets.

I will pass on your compliments about the great lunch you received.

We hope to welcome you back to SKYCITY Darwin soon.

Kind regards,
Jeanette Collett
Hotel Operations Manager
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Grindelwald, Australia
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

We were booked into a Sky City Lagoon Room as part of our 'bucket list' holiday. This section of the complex was completed in August 2012 and they are really spectacular. Each room on the upper floor overlooks the enormous lagoon pool and the lower suites have direct access to the pool via a ladder to their verandah. It's quiet and beautifully appointed, right on Mindil Beach where the markets are held on Thursday and Sunday nights.

The bathroom is huge with a luxurious, deep bath, walk in shower and double sinks. It has a separate toilet within the bathroom and you can open up the doors to look directly into the room. The lights under the vanity automatically turn on when you use the bathroom at night. My only criticism is the bathroom door cannot be left open and when it automatically closes it makes a loud bang.

The balcony is large with a day bed and chairs to laze away the afternoon after a hectic day swimming. The king size bed is as comfortable as any I have slept in and there is a ceiling fan as well as air conditioning to keep you cool.

The casino is not a draw card for us, but these rooms are separate and you never have to go near the casino unless you eat breakfast in the Sunset Restaurant. Breakfast was part of our package and it was bountiful, lots of variety but a little on the luke warm side like most buffet arrangements.

We would definitely recommend the Lagoon Rooms to anyone wishing to stay in Darwin.

Room Tip: If you love a swim, choose a lower room. If you like a view and don't mind walking 200 meters at...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank KateMc23
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JC8001, Manager at Skycity Darwin, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Dear KateMc23,

I am glad to hear you enjoyed your recent stay in one of the Superior Lagoon Rooms at SKYCITY Darwin. The swim out experience offered by these rooms has certainly proved very popular so far.

With regards to your small criticism of the automatic bathroom door making a loud bang upon closing, I will get one of our team members to look into this.

We look forward to welcoming you back to SKYCITY Darwin soon.

Kind regards,
Jeanette Collett
Hotel Operations Manager
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New York City, New York
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103 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed May 25, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for 1 night on the way through Darwin in old section. Definitely not 5 star as rooms are dated and worn. Surprised it holds this rating - needs an update. Service was friendly and buffet dinner was good value.

New section with villas seems nicer with nice pool area - get a room there if you can.

Casino is average in Casino terms with a few tables and thousands of pokies. Dont visit just for the casino as you may be disappointed. Its not Vegas!

  • Stayed May 2013
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JC8001, Manager at Skycity Darwin, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Dear j e,

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about your recent stay. I am glad you found our staff to be friendly and dinner at Sunset to be value for money.

I am sorry that our rooms did not live up to your expectations, our existing hotel certainly does look a little tired when compared to the brand new state of the art Resort we recently opened.
SKYCITY Darwin is committed to a continual programme of upgrading and refurbishing facilities; however this cannot be completed throughout the whole property at the same time.

We hope to be able to welcome you back to SKYCITY Darwin in the future.

Kind regards,
Jeanette Collett
Hotel Operations Manager
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adelaide hills
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed May 24, 2013

Treated ourselves to this slightly expensive hotel, but was worth every cent. Loved it!!!! Stayed in the King Lagoon rooms and thought the room was brilliant. Very clean, very very nice, fantastic views over the pool, really well set up inside , and out on the large balcony. Bathroom was huge and luxurious. Service very good. Bought breakfast daily and at only $17 all you can eat, it was really amazing value. Would have to say it was one of the nicest breakfast we have had in a hotel. Huge choice, abundance of everything and extremely clean, with excellent table service.
Really nice beach on ur doorstep, great sunsets, markets 2 mins away on thurs nights, Darwin city a walk away and everything else this hotel offers, makes it a no brainier, Excellent, would highly recommend to anyone.

Room Tip: Definitely chose new section of this huge complex. King lagoon rooms, and we much preferred the 1st...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank AdelaideHillsCockney
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JC8001, Manager at Skycity Darwin, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Dear AdelaideHillsCockney,

Thank you for your great comments about your recent stay at SKYCITY Darwin.

I am delighted to hear you had such a wonderful time and we would love to be able to welcome you back to SKYCITY Darwin in the future.

Kind regards,
Jeanette Collett
Hotel Operations Manager
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

We have stayed a number of times over the past 6 years. However there needs to be some serious upgarde to some of the rooms. Our room had a horrible musty smell and the bedding felt damp to the touch. We reported this to reception, who offered us an alternative room - which we took. On leaving the original room the airconditioner dripped water all over my husband! I rest my case. I think a great deal is to do with the carpeting in the rooms. Tiles would be so much better.I have travelled extensively in Asia, and understand that Darwin is tropical but at $300+ per night this is totally unacceptable. Beds and pillows are not terribly comfortable either. And the bathrooms are showing signs of mould.

Room Tip: Try the new villas!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank CAG63
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JC8001, Manager at Skycity Darwin, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Dear CAG63,

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at SKYCITY Darwin. I am sorry to hear that your stay in the Hotel was not up to our usual high standards. Maintenance has since addressed the issue with the air-conditioning in your initial room.

At SKYCITY Darwin we have an ongoing commitment to upgrading and refurbishing our facilities which obviously can’t occur throughout the entire property at the same time but I can assure you your comments will certainly be raised.

We hope to be able to welcome you to SKYCITY Darwin in the future.

Kind regards,
Jeanette Collett
Hotel Operations Manager
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Property: Skycity Darwin
Address: Gilruth Avenue | The Gardens, Darwin, Northern Territory 0801, Australia
Location: Australia > Northern Territory > Top End > Darwin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 Luxury Hotel in Darwin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Skycity Darwin 5*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
SKYCITY Darwin is the ultimate travel destination for discerning guests seeking a truly five star beachfront experience in Australia’s extraordinary Top End. Nestled on 30 acres of tropical gardens fringed by the crystal blue Arafura Sea, SKYCITY’s centrally located resort offers stunning accommodation and dining options, teamed with a world class entertainment complex and superior conference and event facilities.Relax in one of our 152 stylishly appointed hotel or resort rooms, swim in our spectacular infinity edged pool or lagoon pool, enjoy the cuisine of our five distinctive dining experiences, indulge in spa treatments, and relax on our beautiful private beach.We offer the perfect getaway for business and pleasure that invites guests to wind down and savour Darwin’s finest address. ... more   less 
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