I should begin by saying I was not a specific guest of the Mantra - I was a guest of The Short Stays Specialists who I highly recommend - great check in / out (we were checked in at 9am, checked out at 3pm) and much cheaper than booking direct.
It's quite clear that Darwin is both insanely expensive and fairly old - a 4 star in Darwin would be a 3 in QLD or Melbourne, but the Mantra Pandanas is a great choice. The location is EXCELLENT (despite being across the road from Centrelink / Luma Luma apartments which has shocking reviews) with the perfect distance between the Darwin Waterfront one direction and the CBD the other. I wouldn't stay closer to the CBD as the place to get a tan is down at the Waterfront, but it was great to be so close to restaurants at night time.
The building is fresh and new with a welcoming reception. Building is fairly residential. Rooms are spacious - we had to be downgraded to a hotel from a 1 br apartment which we got for $150 in peak school holiday season. Room is well equipped and we had a fantastic view on the 13th floor of the Territory Day fireworks. Beds are comfortable and the bathroom is large and modern. We were kindly free wifi from The Short Stays Specialists but I believe the Mantra charges. The room has both air conditioning and fans providing plenty of cooling for the size of the room. I was there to enjoy 33 degree temperatures so rarely used it but when I did it was very efficient.
The only negative is that the pool is completely in the shade. It's freezing. Now I don't swim but I came to get sunshine and had intended to spend the entire week by the pool. No chance of that. It was a real let down as I chose the Mantra over another place because I thought the pool looked better. Unfortunately photos crop out the huge building which casts a shadow over it. So do factor this in if you're looking for a summer holiday!
The restaurant is great although closed at times on the weekend. The Arancini is delicious, I highly recommend it! We had the hot breakfast buffet at 6am when we arrived, it was basic for $19 but did the job.
Overall it was a very pleasant stay. Staff are wonderful and in one of the oddest towns I've ever been to, it's an ideal retreat.
- 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