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Skycity Darwin
Ranked #14 of 36 Hotels in Darwin
Reviewed January 20, 2006

Right from the time we stepped foot into the foyer at 1am in the morning the staff were extremely helpful unpacked our car, parked it and sent luggage to our room.

The room was spotless and large with balcony, door locked during wet season but will unlock if you sign a waiver, beds the best we have slept in while away. Beautiful views of Mindil beach, large pool with bar service and the casino on the premises. Putting green outside our room and acres and acres of gardens to roam (comlete with native wildlife) with short stroll to beach.

Great breakfast (buffet) 9.95 p/p. Security was excellent. Bus at door to town.

Will definitely stay here again. We were never bored.

5  Thank roamin2
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Reviewed September 23, 2005

Certainly was not a 5 star hotel more like a 3 star.
Rooms need updating as very basic.
Spacious rooms ..tiles on floor. Nice outlook but could'nt open doors to balcony.
Restaurants were terrible except the chinese.
Out of town....have to catch taxi to town.
Really the only good thing about this hotel was the pool area which very appealing.

  • Stayed: November 2004, traveled on business
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11  Thank Ellemay
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Reviewed September 4, 2005

Stayed at SkyCity 1 night after returning from Kakadu. The premium room had a balcony overlooking the beach and the view was magnificent - really relaxing. The complex is next door to the Golf Course and Mindle Beach Markets. The room was very modern and the food from room service was of a really good service. Overall I had a great time the one night we stayed there.

The only one drawback is that the complex is a good 5 minute drive from town, a long walk in 33 degree heat. What I am saying is that you tend to rely on the resort for everything rather than being able to duck down to the mall for some snacks. Saying that, if you love lying on the sand and aren't bothered about going anywhere and travelling around, it would be hard to go past SkyCity.

  • Stayed: August 2005
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9  Thank Perfect_Holidays
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Reviewed June 19, 2005

Not really deserving IMHO of 5* - more a good three/four star Holiday Inn type facility. Position is quite great - next to Mindil Beach but about 15 min walk from town. The hotel has a good swimming pool and , of course, the 24 hr Casino. Sunday evenings host open air jazz (extra charge).

Good size rooms, and an excellent buffet offering good value prices - which attracts the hoardes of "pile your plates high" types. Service is OK - nothing 5* about the helpfulness of staff - rather offhand and "un" helpful for a five star hotel with 5* prices.

  • Stayed: June 2005
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6  Thank whittimere
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Reviewed April 28, 2005

I recently had a 3 night stay in Darwin and stayed at the Skycity property on Mindil Beach. My travel agent had mixed up dates and I turned up to the hotel with out a 'reservation' for my stay. The reception staff at skycity were fantastic and soon had a room available for me after a very short wait. Upon check in I was informed by reception that there were obvious renovations happening and that the noise would be very minimal to guests as the hotel reno's are due to finish in the first week of May and that there is now mainly just final preparations to the new rooms. I also think that it is good to see that renovations are happening in this property as it shows that Skycity is committed to making their new investment a successful one!
Throughout my stay, I was not inconvenienced at all and believe that the staff there are very friendly and helpful!

6  Thank Mopar1
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Reviewed April 21, 2005

This is the worst hotel we have stayed especially as it's marketed as 5 *.
Our original room, a superior delux, on the ground floor was nice and had good facilities but was next to the renovations ( which we not aware of when booking) and very noisy. It had a balcony out into the gardens but we were told it was locked for our comfort and safety in the wet season and if we wanted it open we would have to pay! A poster in the room said the same thing. After complaining about the noise we were moved to a suite but unfortunately this was above the workmen and just as noisy. Our third move was to another suite which was tired but ok.
Having staying in other casino resorts such as Burswood in Perth and the Crown in Melboure we expected the same. The hotel and casino seperate.
Not so, we had breakfast included in our price but as the resturant was in the middle of the Keno area and surrounded by pokies this was not relaxing and the food was the same every day. This resturant also overlooked the pool, not a particularily nice area. The gym was closed as were the toilets close to the pool. We were not able to get pool side service for drinks and one day I had to ask for lounger covers to be put out.
The chinese resturant and Evoo resturant were good but not to the same standard as Pee-wee's for example. ( a must visit resturant in Darwin)
The upstairs corridors of the hotel, partially outside, were dirty and full of bugs.
STAY ANYWHERE BUT SKY CITY. Both Saville suites and the Novotel looked good.

  • Stayed: March 2005
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11  Thank pollydoodle
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Reviewed March 21, 2005

We have just returned from a 2 week stay at Skycity. Having spoken to the locals in the Casino, it was sold by MGM to the new management in +/-Nov 2004.

There was building work currently going on near the casino and in the rooms behind reception. It was a family trip so my brother (26) and I (30) had a twin room and my parents were in the King Suite with a Spa overlooking the ocean. From our first twin room we could hear the building work, but a quick visit to the ever so helpful reception staff had us moved to a quieter room by the time we returned from our day trip. The maids were very pleasant too.

There is a nice beach though we couldn't swim in the sea because of the box jellyfish in the wet season. There was always a good ocean breeze so walks on the beach were pleasant. A good sized swimming pool with a terrace and kiddy pool, were a refreshing change to the hot temperatures in Darwin, plus there is a golf course opposite the hotel with amazingly low green fees.

The staff at SkyCity could not have been friendlier. Emma, Imogen, Sindy and Wendy on reception were SO helpful. Robert who oversaw the restaurants was a star and all the concierge team went out of their way to be as helpful as possible. It was a 7A$ ride into Darwin town for restaurants and night life and also 7A$ to Cullen Bay where I'd thoroughly recommend the Buzz Cafe.

SkyCity had three main restaurants. An all you can eat buffet (Breakfast for A$9.95, Dinner for A$19.95 or Surf & Turf Special for A$11.95).

A Chinese restaurant open Weds to Sundays and an Australian Cuisine restaurant on the third floor which had great food.

We booked directly with the hotel originally but a helpful member of staff (who will remain nameless!) told me to log onto (---) for much better room rates and on the nights that wotif didn't have availability but the hotel had space, SkyCity matched the rate. Very impressive.

If you are looking for a hotel on the beach, with restaurants, and fancy a flutter in the Casino (nothing like Vegas but ample) then I'd recommend it.

Theo, UK.

  • Stayed: January 2005
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9  Thank Tulips2
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Address: Gilruth Avenue | The Gardens, Darwin, Northern Territory 0801, Australia
Location: Australia > Northern Territory > Top End > Darwin
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:
#11 Luxury Hotel in Darwin
Price Range: $141 - $306 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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