Mantra on the Esplanade

88 The Esplanade, Darwin, Top End, Northern Territory, 0800, Australia | 4 star hotel
Prices starting from $177.00

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First day in Darwin

A travel blog entry by marilyna


... with heaps of people - all set up with their tables, chairs and rugs. A great atmosphere with friends catching up and kids running everywhere while the family dogs waited patiently. The pizzas and pastas kept coming - your order number was yelled out and off you went to collect it. Paul and I had pizzas and Mum had spaghetti with oven baked barramundi and a tomato sauce which looked delicious and must have been as she polished it all off. We had bottles of limonata and our wine as ...

Time To Stop and Think

A travel blog entry by twoelusive


... and dinner remains at a fancy restaurant.. (phew, glad i got out of that one)!

So, with a busy and not always wifi free lifestyle, it has been difficult to maintain a working-holiday related blog. Having said that, according to my lack of blogging, it has been difficult to maintain a blog at all. I'm hoping that just shows how busy my time here has been.. hoping... (fully aware that I have spent many a night watching the TV with a cider in ...


A travel blog entry by thefritzes


... but they have to take the picture and then you pay them for it! What? I already paid to get in!!!

So, about a 100 ckicks down the road is the lovely, muddy Adelaide River and it is absolutely teeming with crocs. In principle, I was not keen to go on one of those cruises where meat is dangled and crocs jump for the tourists. However, those who had been were raving. So we went. We went to the Spectacular Jumping ...

Adelaide River -Darwin

A travel blog entry by greynomad1946


A short trip today - 101 Km's to Darwin. On the way we diverted 30 Km's to Humpty Doo to see the jumping crocodiles. We went on the Adelaide Queen - a two story boat. They feed the crocodiles meat attached by string to a long rod. The crocodiles jump and almost all of their body comes out of the water. It is incredible the speed with which these large animals move. The largest one in this part of the river ...

Repairs, claims and beach fun

A travel blog entry by cmreid


... Bay before heading to Mindil Beach to enjoy another sunset picnic. This time we sat on the shaded grassed area while being entertained by Balinese dancers and a spectacular fire performance. An amazing sunset along with fabulous entertainment made for a memorable last night in Darwin.

So with a new awning (with additional support brackets installed!!), new phone and repaired computer we are ready to continue our amazing ...

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This 4 star hotel, located on 88 The Esplanade, Darwin, is near Mindil Beach, Darwin Wharf Precinct, Aquascene, and Darwin Botanic Gardens.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsMantra on the Esplanade Darwin

    Reviewed by nosbon

    Can't Fault It

    Reviewed Nov 13, 2012
    by (7 reviews) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    First experience of Oz, first hotel. Perfect start to a 6 week holiday

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    Reviewed by rodandeleanor

    Great hotel, perfect location!

    Reviewed Feb 5, 2011
    by (1 review) London , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    Great hotel, perfect location!

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    Historical Traveler Reviews Mantra on the Esplanade Darwin



    I booked a one bedroom unit (smoking) for two adults and one child for a weeks holiday on the internet and prepaid. Apon arrival, they had no knowledge of the child and placed us in a non smoking unit. They quickly made up a bed for the child, and everything seemed okay. So I was surprized when I was charged on my final account $200.00 for resanitisation fee. I feel we should have been adviced of this charge at the time of arrival to give us the opporunity to seek other accomodation. It has opened our eyes to demand a smoking room as per booking.

    Perfect Hotel


    My partner and I are at the conclusion now that the Hotel you stay at can make or break your holiday - it really does make a big difference, there is nothing worse than turning up to your hotel and not getting what you expected. Knowing that Darwin was going to be really hot - 33 degrees during the day and 23 degrees at night in the Dry season we wanted a room with a balcony. It seems there are only a few Hotels in Darwin with balconies - Saville, Cullen Bay Serviced Apartments, Holiday Inn, SkyCity and Botanical Gardens Apartments, Novotel has some on certain rooms. So we decided to go for one of these and we chose Saville and we definately made the right choice.

    Regional NSW


    My Husband and I spent our Honeymoon at Saville Park Suites Darwin and were delighted with our stay. We would like to express our thanks to the staff for going out of there way to help us and make us feel welcome.

    Our friends recommended the Saville to us as they also had a great stay last year.

    Our recommendation is that if you are looking for excellent accommodation with friendly staff, stay at the Saville in Darwin we rate it tops!!!!

    Also the view from our balcony was beautiful.


    Bumping happens only too often


    We pre-booked and prepaid for our two suites at the Saville Park Suites three months ahead of arriving in July 2004. On arrival we were told that owing to a computer error there was no accommodation for us. We subsequently discovered that this is common practice. We were very reluctant to be relocated and stayed in the foyer for three hours. They did finally find us two rooms (not suites) which were fine, clean and well equipped. The service from most of the staff members was excellent. In short I'd recommend the hotel, it's in a good location,but be careful - from our observation, bumping to other hotels happened daily.

    A total disaster


    Having arrived in Darwin from Adelaide on the Ghan train (2 nights)

    we were looking forward to 2 nights of supposed luxury in the Saville Suites, however, we never got further than the reception.

    We were told that they had no record of our reservation and although i had a copy of our confirmation which was supported by a Credit Card we were told they had no rooms available and they promptly found us accomodation in an hotel nearby. Just to add insult to injury two days later i received an email thanking us for staying at the Saville Suites Darwin. On our experience i think it is not worth risking booking at the Saville Suites.

    Extremely convenient!!!


    We stayed at the Saville for 3 short periods, before and after our excursions to Kakadu, Arnhemland and the Bungle Bungles.

    And we loved it.

    It was a great, clean and cool place to come back to after adventurous trips, and - considering the amount of dust and dirt that we managed to gather in the outback, the in-room washing machine and dryer (yes!!!) felt like the ultimate upscale luxury and convenience.

    The guy at the little gift shop at the hotel was very helpful in arranging activities, and helped us quite a bit with our day-trip to Bathurst island with Tiwi Tours (yet another unique experience).

    What a view!


    Spacious, clean and well equipped. Excellently placed on the Esplanade. Within walking distance of Stokes Hill Wharf where the amazing food court is! Walk is 20 - 30 mins if you don't mind a good stroll but taxis are ridiculously cheap too.

    Free safety deposit boxes and a choice of types of pillow...just to make sure you're comfortable. Right out of the door through a mall onto Mitchell Streeet..a superb location, with great balconies and breathtaking views of the harbour. Good pool too..strangely accessed through the basement garage!

    Stop over at the Saville


    We had one night at the Saville. They upgraded us to a Harbour view.

    We'd definately return


    Loved it. Had a fantastic suite with lovely balcony and views of the sea. Well equipped with laundry room and kitchenette. Bliss to sit on the balcony at night with a good drop of wine. Breakfast sef service, good selection. Or even eat behind hotel at numerous cafe's breakfast We'd definately return.

    Not what we expected


    We stayed at the Saville Park Suites for three nights in October 2003.

    We got into our room and the air conditioner was making an incredible noise. After awhile it finally stopped squealing. We called for a bucket of ice, and thinking they got lost somewhere we called again and when they finally came they said they were short staffed. (Was that our problem, we were the ones paying.) The staff at the bar was very friendly and informative.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Mantra on the Esplanade Darwin

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

    Traveler Photos Mantra on the Esplanade Darwin

    A late entry for the Tour de France
    Darwin, Australia