Mantra on the Esplanade
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We were able to feed numerous fish but in particular we were facinated with the Tiara fish that virutally sit upright within the water to obtain their feed, beautiful fish. In the background were the milkfish that have come from Indonesia. Within the mangrove area we sighted along side each other, a massive groper, barramundi, mud crabs and diamond backed mullets. As they have come in when they are quite small through the grates, they will be ...
... land alone valued at $1.5 million.
Packed sandwiches for tea and headed off on our reptilian adventure - not exactly happy but need to experience something like this.
Fogg Dam is about 3/4 hour drive from Darwin and upon arriving at the area realise how remote this area really is, even more isolated than thought and especially when Michael informs us that Che's brother Ben and his wife lived here for quite a number of years, believed to be ...
... brought out bat fish and a small black shark! A nice way to spend a couple of hours. We went down the wharf eateries and had barramundi chips and salad . $17.90. It is casual eating...buy your food and find a table overlooking the water. And, don't fall in! No railings, just a concrete kerb. The weather is consistently 31-33C, but goes down to about 20C overnight....eventually. It is a bit more humid here than in WA, where it was very ...
... way we stopped at various places, sometimes free camping or staying at farm/cattle stations. The highlight was when we stayed at Daly Waters. It is a tiny place with a very old pub. Not an attractive old stone building, but more like a tin shed! At the pub we had a 'beef & barra' meal and were entertained by local celebrities with verse and song. The ...
Jump start to start the day, and yes we are off to toyota Darwin. To cut a long story short a new starter motor, $1100 just like that!
While we waited we wandered around Darwin. The wave pool was a huge hit. The wharf, bicentenary gardens, backpackers everywhere. Lunch was had at the Waterfront Darwin. Great area, as Will said it wouldn't be like this at the beach in Victoria, but as I reminded him, to swim here ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMantra on the Esplanade Darwin
First experience of Oz, first hotel. Perfect start to a 6 week holiday
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Great hotel, perfect location!
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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.
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.
Saville really does have the best location in Darwin! You really want to get a room that faces the Sea because the Sunsets are just amazing and I am a big fan of a good sunset. The hotel has a great underground carpark that always had free spaces, the pool area was really nice, the staff were exceptional. Most importantly though the Hotel was right next to Mitchell Street which contained all the restaurants, supermarket etc. The hotel is expensive but it is definately worth paying the extra to stay there.
After seeing all the other hotels - if you are on a budget I would definately stay at Melaluca on Mitchell, it's a new Backpackers and actually looked like really good value - its in a great location. If you don't need a balcony, the Novotel would be good value (I stuck my head in and it was really nice). Other than that the Casino accomodation - SkyCity is brilliant, we stayed there 1 night after coming back from Kakadu, only problem is it's a bit out of the way but right on the beach. Hope this helps someone planning on going to Darwin.
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.
THANKS SAVILLE x
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.
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.
When we got to the room there were 2 single beds - not ideal for a honeymoon. We called and asked if we could get a room with a double bed. They said every room was booked (a theme throughout Darwin) so they would come up and "zip" the beds together. OK?!
It took the guy at least 25 minutes!! I could not believe it. He worked and worked and worked to get that bed made, moving furniture, pulling on new sheets, zipping matresses...WEIRD! I felt sorry for him.
I fell right to sleep but my husband claimed it was noisy and the walls were thin and he could hear everything that went on. (talking, TV, etc)
We had breakfast in the restuarant down in the hotel in the morning. It was quite good- just a buffet but it had nice choices. There was a nice large pool as well.
It was nicely located but certainly nothing special. It was clean and safe feeling though.
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.