Over the past decade, Darwin has grown into a modern city with plenty of great accommodation dining and entertainment options. With a growing number of accommodation options and a weakening resource sector, hotels in Darwin have become more affordable and available, which is great for visitors and holidaymakers in Darwin. Travelers are now spoiled for choice, so how to decide where to stay? Our guests often ask us for hotel recommendations for their time in Darwin, therefore we have put together some of our top choices for the best hotels in Darwin in terms of location, price and quality.
PALMS CITY RESORT
The Palms City Resort is located at the Esplanade, in walking distance to the CBD and sights of Darwin. The hotel has recently refurbished and offers hotel room as well as bungalow accommodation. The reason we like to recommend Palms City Resort, apart from having received great feedback from guests who have stayed there, is that the hotel maintains a tropical style that many other hotels in Darwin don’t. With its bungalows, low buildings and greenery, the hotel offers a nice alternative to Darwin’s high rises, where you can kick back amongst palm trees on your veranda or in the pool. The hotel would be considered mid-range accommodation and offers good value in a great location.
VIBE DARWIN WATERFRONT
If you would like to stay at the Darwin Waterfront, the Vibe is a good choice. The Darwin Waterfront is a relatively new development offering dining, shopping and relaxation options for the whole family. It is the perfect place to stay if you or the kids fancy and early morning/ late night/ any time really… swim in the wave pool or the lagoon overlooking the ocean. Even though not right in the city, it is only about a 5 minute walk to Smith Street Mall, and you can also walk to the Wharf Precinct for a more casual dining options or to visit Darwin’s latest attraction, the Bombing of Darwin/ Royal Flying Doctors experience. Try to book a room on one of the higher floors for great ocean views.
If you are looking for modern quality accommodation right in Darwin’s CBD, the H Hotel is one of the better choices in Darwin. Located on Smith Street, it is close to everything in the city, but far enough away from the bars and nightclubs to get a decent night’s sleep. The hotel has a bar and restaurant and offers all the mod cons that you would expect from any modern hotel in Australia.
DARWIN CENTRAL HOTEL
If you are on a bit of a budget, the Darwin Central Hotel convinces mainly trough its location in the heart of Darwin’s CBD. It is one of the most affordable accommodation options in the city center and has everything you need as a base to explore Darwin. However, if you are looking for a romantic or aesthetically appealing experience, and you are planning on spending some relaxation time at your accommodation, you might want to consider spending a little extra to stay somewhere with a bit more charm.
One of Darwin’s largest hotel complexes, Skycity is a Darwin landmark right next to Mindil Beach. Darwin’s only casino offers a range of accommodation, four great restaurants, several bars and plenty of entertainment. Perhaps the best thing about Skycity is the hotel’s location right at the beach, stunning sunset views inclusive. You can go for a walk on the beach, relax at the infinity pool overlooking the ocean or threat yourself to a wellness package at the day spa. For even more luxury, Skycity has recently opened a new resort area with a spectacular Lagoon, exclusively accessible to resort guests. Skycity is in walking distance to the iconic Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. Darwin CBD is about a 15- 20 minute walk away. Taxis are available at any time, or you can jump on a public bus right outside the complex.
And once you have found your perfect place to stay, you might be looking for things to do in Darwin. Get some inspiration here.