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Travelodge Hotel & Resort Darwin (Australia)

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Address: 64 Cavenagh St / Darwin / 0800 Australia

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      21.04.2009 19:00
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      Good convenient City hotel with comfortable clean rooms

      Travelodge Mirambeena Resort Darwin - Cavanaugh Street.

      The location is right in the centre of the city/town of Darwin and very easy walking distance to supermarkets and restaurants as well as the sea front of Darwin. It was perfect for a short stay as you could very quickly get to most places of interest in the town. There are 224 Air-conditioned rooms and also 32 Self-contained Townhouses in the resort complex.

      THE HOTEL:
      This hotel is set back from the road and the entrance has palm trees either side, the drive leads into a reasonable sized car park. An undercover car park was also available and while that may not sound too thrilling to us Brits it is VERY useful when outside temperatures are over 35°C almost every day and well over that in the summer .The reception doors are all you can see from the front - glass and automatic. You then walk into the reception with the desk on your left. Just before the desk is an area with a few tables and chairs for waiting and as you look through beyond the desk you can see the swimming pool area with palm trees and tables with umbrellas for relaxing .When we arrived check in was extremely smooth and they had all our rooms ready which was great as we were early. The reception desk was open 24 hours which would be handy if you were arriving very late at night.

      We were all given our room keys and set off to find them. The lift (the hotel is only two floors high so why they just didn't have stairs) used the room key to operate it for security which was good. Anyway up we went in the lift to the 2nd floor to room 260.

      THE ROOM:
      The room was large and airy with two double beds in it. The big window let in lots of light and the air con was extremely efficient - so much so that we switched it off for quite a while. It was decorated in muted tones of gold and orange with orange suedette pillows. It sound a bit 1970's but in fact was quite tasteful.

      There was a small round table with two chairs, A TV, kettle with tea, coffee, sugar and milk in the fridge. This time there were 3 bedside tables each had a bedside light and there was an alarm clock and phone on the table between the two beds. I got quite used to having my own double bed so I could move to a cool patch when I got too hot. The beds and pillows were very comfortable and the sheets white and crisp fresh looking.The wardrobe had a few hangers; there was also an iron and ironing board in the wardrobe as well as a safe for which you could get a key from reception. Two big drawers and a suitcase stand were all part of the unit with the TV on it. All in all a good standard of furnishings and certainly everything you would need for a few nights stay. It was all very clean and fresh smelling too which I find is a good sign.

      The bathroom was tiles in stone and green tiles on the floor and the basins, toilet and walls were white. Once again I was disappointed as there was no bath but the shower had a large head and the water flow was good and strong. A supply of shampoo, conditioner, soap and a shower cap were placed in the bathroom too. All in all I was quite happy with the bathroom and enjoyed my shower testing the freebie toiletries once again and they were quite satisfactory. Our towels were white and a decent size and still quite fluffy which also adds to my bathroom comfort experience.

      THE STAFF:
      When we went down to ask how to get to the museum which was a fair way out of the town they could not have been more helpful. One person looked up the bus timetable while another went and found a brochure that gave opening times and other information. The staff all seemed really friendly and wanted to help you enjoy your stay. They pointed us in the direction of the bus stop and when we came back they asked if we had found it okay and if we'd enjoyed it which I thought was a nice personal touch.

      Just near the lifts was an area with a few chairs and a couple of computers with internet access. It was $2 to get on and £2 every 15 minutes after that. Internet in the room on your own laptop was £11 for an hour so in the internet suite was better value but you often had to wait as they were quite busy.

      There were two lovely swimming pools that were a freeform shape and had palm trees and sun loungers around the pool area. A children's paddling pool was also a nice touch for families staying with small children.

      Somewhere on site were two spas but we did not have time to explore this little luxury so I can't tell you much about that. A fitness room and mini golf were also available but we were too busy exploring the museum, the town and then out into the National Park to get into either of these but again for families it would be handy to entertain the children and teenagers.

      Less exciting but equally useful was the coin operated laundry for guest use which works out a lot cheaper than the usual hotel laundry service where you send your clothes off in a bag.

      Of no interest to me was the act that there are three conference rooms but I guess if you had to organize a meeting in Darwin that could be of interest to you.

      The treetops restaurant was licensed and was apparently very good. Some people in our group did eat there and said the food was excellent. It was quite tempting but we do like to get out of the hotel and look around the town when choosing our meals out but if you are interested in seeing a copy of the menu for the restaurant then this is the link: http://www.travelodge.com.au/images/uploaded/documents/TMRD-MainAug08.pdf

      We did not eat anything in the hotel at all so I cannot give a verdict on the quality or what was available. You could also order food round the pool or use the BBQ area and cook your own food.

      I thought this was a perfect hotel to explore Darwin from. It was not a five star hotel by any means but it was a good quality, clean and very friendly place to stay. I would not hesitate to recommend this as somewhere to stay if going to Darwin.

      Thank you for reading this review and I hope it has been useful or at lest interesting.
      This may be published on other sites under my name.



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