I have stayed in the studio rooms and ordinary rooms at Mantra Pandanas several times over the last 18 months on business. The studio is comfortable and it's handy having a washing machine, dryer, fridge and kitchenette as well as balcony. The hotel is clean and centrally located.
I don't like the ordinary rooms as the windows are locked shut, and Reception won't give you the keys (apparently it's an OHS issue, although short of you throwing yourself out the 14th floor windows it's hard to see why).
Other cons include the following. Firstly, internet access is ridiculously expensive (why can't Australian hotels provide free wifi, even in the lobby!) Secondly, sometimes there isn't hot water. I have complained about this and apparently it is because each room shares a hot water tank with a neighbouring room, so if your neighbour has a long hot shower you have no hot water. This can be problematic in the Darwin dry season when it gets cool and also in rooms where the window doesn't open so you have to aircondition (and thus it gets cold). Further, some of the rooms have a damp smell but I've not had a problem with changing rooms on request due to this problem. Finally, the food at the restaurant is terrible. Recently I ordered a Thai Beef Salad, it was essentially stir fried beef that they'd then mixed lettuce and tomato into. It was awful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Darwin, Mantra Pandanas combines sophisticated city chic with Darwin's famous laid back, tropical culture, making this property an ideal base for your Darwin business trip or accommodation choice for the perfect holiday escape. Offering 336 studio, hotel, one and two bedroom apartment style rooms, Mantra Pandanas is supremely appointed with modern contemporary decor and luxury amenities. Selected rooms include a private balcony offering panoramic views across Darwin Harbour and Darwin city skyline, and serves as the perfect vantage point to enjoy the setting sun. Apartments include kitchenette and laundry facilities and can also act as an office with selected apartments providing guests with modem and facsimile lines plus ISD/STD direct dial phones and voice mail message service. Mantra Pandanas is the perfect accommodation option for travellers who are relocating to the Northern Territory or who are on a long stay work assignment. It is also a perfect base for travellers looking to explore NT's stunning natural beauty and abundant local tourist attractions Mantra Pandanas also features two Darwin conference venues which have been designed to equally cater for small meetings right through to theatre style professional presentation. Special occasions, events, functions, weddings and conferences can also be catered for with banquet facilities for up to 140 delegates. The resort offers premium onsite facilities guests can enjoy including, Table Forty Three restaurant and bar, lagoon style swimming pool, spa and fully equipped gym. Guest services include 24 hour reception, internet lounge and business area, tour desk and tour booking service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mantra Pandanas Darwin
- Mantra Pandanas Hotel Darwin