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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin
Ranked #12 of 37 Hotels in Darwin
Fairfax, Virginia
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115 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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“Not cheap but nice hotel”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

The difficulty we have is in comparing this to a typical Australian hotel experience, rather than one in the US with which we are more familiar. We are longtime Hilton fans and try to stay in their hotels whenever we travel. We had three nights here, and the room was comfortable and well-appointed. The staff was friendly and helpful, and the breakfast buffet was really pretty good. By US standards the room was rather pricey, but probably not too bad compared to similar standard hotels in a prime location such as the Esplanade.The foyer was rather odd, not much seating and rather stark. The location, however, can't be beat.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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CareyOsborne, General Manager at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
Dear Kost1947

Thank you for your comments in regards to your recent visit with us. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay at the hotel and found your room to be comfortable. Our Wake Up breakfast is a great way to start the day and I am pleased that you found our team to be friendly and helpful.

We wish you safe travels and hope to see you again at a Hilton WorldWide hotel one day soon.

Kind Regards
Carey Osborne
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Darwin, Australia
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

This hotel used to be the old Holiday Inn Esplanade and only recently changed over to DoubleTree by Hilton.

Pros
- Friendly and efficient staff
- Great location
- Free underground parking

Cons
- Room wasn't as updated as expected
- Upstairs aircon not working properly
- Water temp in shower not constant

Reservation and check-in:
Excellent experience booking over the phone. It sounded like a call center (not through the actual hotel) which I was dreading at first but the gentleman was fantastic. Asked about preferences for room location and even if we were visiting for a special occasion (even though we weren't). Check-in experience was also very good and efficient. Staff were friendly and helpful. The only negative was that we weren't told about needing tokens to exit the carpark, which caused inconvenience the next day when we tried to leave.

Room:
We stayed in a King Loft as it was only an extra $20p.n from the king room. Was away from the lift and on 5th floor. It was quite a walk to the room - away from the lift definitely means away from the lift. The room itself was ok. Not as updated as I expected from a 'new' hotel since it has only just been taken over by Hilton. The decor looked old, especially the couches downstairs, the valance on the bed and the crooked lampshades.
The novelty of the loft was quite nice though, with bed and bathroom upstairs and 'living area' and 2nd toilet/sink downstairs. The bed and pillows were extremely comfortable.
The wooden slat blinds look good but let way too much light in in the morning. I thought someone had come in and turned all the lamps on at 7am! There are no curtains, so there is nothing that can be done.
Aircon upstairs didn't work properly and the shower temperature fluctuated. We were only there 2 nights so did not bother reporting it, but it made for a warm night's sleep and not an enjoyable shower.

Location:
Excellent. On the Esplanade, right across the road from the park. Located within the convention centre so can walk straight through to Mitchell St. Several restaurants very close by, including Hanuman in the same centre which has amazing Thai/Indian food and an Asian restaurant across the road. It is only a 5-10 minute walk to everything else. Saying that, this is the same for any of the hotels along the Esplanade.

Overall, was happy enough with the hotel. The service was probably the standout, as the room was underwhelming even though it was $280 p.n. Maybe the other facilites that we didn't use would make up for it and make it worth the extra $$.

Room Tip: King Loft is fun but nothing special. Ask for higher floor, but ask to be near the elevator especia...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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CareyOsborne, General Manager at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin, responded to this review, September 22, 2013
Dear aussieNT

Thank you for your comments and I am glad that you found the team to be friendly and enjoyed our location. I will have our maintenance team attend your room and replace the valves to rectify the water issue - thank you for bringing it to my attention.

Thank you once again for your feedback, it is greatly appreciated. We hope to see you again when you next visit Darwin.

Kind Regards
Carey Osborne
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Perth, Australia
1 review
Reviewed September 18, 2013

Staff extremely friendly and very helpful. Accommodation was extremely clean and facilities kept clean and pool was very inviting after a full day sight seeing. Great location as access to the city and locations of interest was close.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Anna Y
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CareyOsborne, General Manager at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin, responded to this review, September 19, 2013
Dear Anna Y

Thank you for your comments about your recent stay with us. I am happy to see that you had a great visit, and that you found the team in particular to be friendly and helpful.

Thank you for choosing to stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin and we hope to see you once again when you next travel to Darwin.

Kind Regards
Carey Osborne
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Canberra, Australia
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57 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed September 17, 2013

Large sitting room makes up for the small bedroom. The room missed being cleaned once in the week we stayed but it wasn't a major issue. The doors to adjoining room could do with some insulation/sound proofing. Listening to someone arguing isn't my view of relaxing, overcame it by turning volume on both TVs (one in sitting other in bedroom), bed was large and comfortable, shame the bottom sheet was too small so it felt like the bed was short sheeted by mid way through the night. All in all it is value for money, but could improve on the small things to really make it an excellent motel!

Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Sal2904
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CareyOsborne, General Manager at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin, responded to this review, September 18, 2013
Dear Sal2904

Thank you for your feedback and I do apologise that housekeeping missed attending to your room on one day of your stay. I am pleased that you feel that you received value for money for your stay with us.

Thanks again and please come back and see us again soon.

Kind Regards
Carey Osborne
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Gold Coast
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the esplanade for eight nights, The rooms were comfortable, A/C really good , cleanliness was good, and the rooms were very quiet.
Had to get maintenance to turn the tv volume louder as it was a whisper .still the picture was worse than analogue signal , must be the age of the hotel.
Of the Eight days , five days when we went away and returned , the card reader on the room door failed , and we spent an average of 1 hour waiting for repair, then to be told it was fixed.
Then upon arriving home , I find I had been charged for some of the breakfasts that were included in the room fare..
Finally , while the hotel is outdated , it is cosy and friendly,,,,, just would love to be able to communicate, either on phone or email ,They always put you on hold , and there is no email address that I can find.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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CareyOsborne, General Manager at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin, responded to this review, September 18, 2013
Dear Peter M

Thank you for your comments and I do apologise for the issues you had with your door lock - it is very frustrating to have issues with keys and I sorry for any inconvenience that this may have caused you during your stay with us.

I am glad that you enjoyed your time with us and we hope that you choose to stay with us again when you next travel to Darwin.

Kind Regards
Carey Osborne
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brisbane, Australia
1 review
Reviewed September 16, 2013

had a very pleasant stay, would stay again, very affordable,would tell other friends about it staff were very helpful pool was great walking distance to all Darwin iner city attractions close to walking tracks and the waterfront areas

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Review collected in partnership with DoubleTree by Hilton

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Thank Randy G
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CareyOsborne, General Manager at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin, responded to this review, September 18, 2013
Dear Randy G

We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and thank you for your feedback. Our location is fantastic - close enough to all of the sites and attractions, but far enough removed to enable you to enjoy the tranquility of the park and harbour.

Thank you once again, and we hope to see you again in the future.

Kind Regards
Carey Osborne
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Melbourne
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

Stayed here 3 nights on business, absolutely fine, clean, good service, nice pool, great location on the esplanade. On the other hand the bed & pillows were very uncomfortable, the breakfast overpriced, and go elsewhere for dinner - Darwin has much better restaurants close by.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Review collected in partnership with Easytobook.com

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Thank Steve L
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CareyOsborne, General Manager at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin, responded to this review, September 18, 2013
Thank you Steve L for your comments in regards to your recent stay with us.

It is always good to read that someine enjoyed their stay with us and in particular the service that the team have offered to our guests.

We do recognise that there is a lot of choice when making the decision to stay at a hotel, and we do thank you for choosing to stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin.

Kind Regards
Carey Osborne
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Property: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin
Address: 116 Esplanade, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia
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Location: Australia > Northern Territory > Top End > Darwin
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 37 Hotels in Darwin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin 4*
Number of rooms: 197
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set next to Darwin Entertainment Centre and overlooking the Esplanade, the welcoming DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin is only a 15 minute drive from Darwin International Airport and offers easy access to Stuart Highway. The hotel is within walking distance of the city centre, many major businesses and government offices and historic attractions like the War Memorial and Parliament House. This Darwin hotel is perfect for both business and leisure guests, offering excellent business and recreation facilities, beautiful ocean views and a dedicated team of friendly staff. We will even greet you with our delicious fresh-baked cookie upon arrival. All of the comfortable guest rooms at this Darwin Esplanade hotel feature modern amenities, including spacious work areas and high-speed internet access. Upgrade to a suite for stunning harbor views and a separate living area. Studio lofts are also available. Host a successful event at this Darwin hotel with six flexible meeting spaces, including a grand ballroom, all with the latest A/V equipment. Cool down with a dip in the impressive outdoor swimming pool – the largest in Darwin. Dine al fresco on the sun-soaked terrace of our poolside restaurant and bar, Aqua, where you can enjoy dishes prepared with Mediterranean and Territory influences. ... more   less 
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