The Best Hotels in Darwin, Australia for Every Traveller

The Oaks Darwin Elan Hotel has some of the best views in the city
The Oaks Darwin Elan Hotel has some of the best views in the city | Courtesy of Oaks Darwin Elan Hotel / Expedia
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9 December 2020

Darwin’s position at the very top of Australia means few tourists make the trip north, but for the lucky few who do, they are quick to discover its many splendours. As it’s the gateway to the beautiful Northern Territory, we recommend booking in for at least a week in Darwin to explore the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, the Mary River wetlands and winding rivers of Litchfield National Park – just be sure to watch out for the crocs. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in the area.

Argus Hotel

Hotel
4.3/5 (701 Reviews)
Argus Hotel Darwin
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A modern offering near Darwin’s waterfront, Argus Hotel is just a short walk from all of the city’s best attractions, including the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens. Rooms are smart, with air conditioning, which is essential in the summer heat; some even have Juliet balconies overlooking Darwin’s CBD. The standout feature is the Aboriginal artwork adorning the walls; each piece comes from the nearby Merrepens Arts in Nauiyu Nambiyu.

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Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront

Hotel
4.2/5 (961 Reviews)
Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
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In a prime position overlooking Darwin’s waterfront, Vibe Hotel’s Northern Territory outpost makes a case for the coolest accommodation in the area. It’s just a short walk to the city’s celebrated Deckchair Cinema, where you can watch films under the stars during the dry season, and its interiors are eclectic. Water-facing rooms are favoured, and you can escape the heat in the covered outdoor pool.

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Darwin City Hotel

Boutique Hotel
4.3/5 (224 Reviews)
Darwin City Hotel
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Behind its glass-fronted geometric façade, Darwin City Hotel hides a laid-back interior. It has hotel rooms and apartments, with the latter boasting an in-room kitchen and laundry as well as a balcony overlooking the city. Within walking distance to the Crocosaurus Cove and the Darwin Entertainment Centre, this family-run boutique hotel also houses a snug outdoor pool and an in-house spa.

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H on Smith Hotel

Hotel
4.3/5 (981 Reviews)
H on Smith Hotel
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Designed and built by Territorians (Northern Territory residents), H on Smith Hotel sits in the very heart of Darwin’s CBD. Oenophiles will love the selection of Australian and New Zealand wines that pepper the menu of the in-house D Bar & Restaurant, perfectly paired with the pan-seared local barramundi. Next door, the expansive outdoor pool is fringed by lush gardens, and you’ll be enticed to work out in the rooftop gym, if only for the views.

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Oaks Darwin Elan Hotel

Hotel
4.2/5 (781 Reviews)
Oaks Élan Darwin
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A contender for the best views of Darwin, the Oaks Darwin Elan Hotel stretches 27 floors into the city’s skyline. Choose from a hotel or apartment-style room, depending on your preference, and you’ll be greeted with a modern abode fit with a plush king-size bed. Cool off at night in the outdoor swimming pool, illuminated by neon lights, or order a wagyu rump steak straight to your room courtesy of the in-house restaurant, the OAK.

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  • Quality Hotel Darwin Airport

    Airport Hotel
    4.4/5 (445 Reviews)
    Quality Hotel Darwin Airport
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    Just a five-minute drive from the Darwin International Airport, Quality Hotel is a great choice for those with limited time to spend in the city – there’s a free shuttle to and from the airport as well. Rooms are modern and spacious, each with a balcony overlooking the outdoor pool. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy the park next door – it’s home to a football stadium, a rugby park and the Darwin Golf Club.

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    Hilton Darwin

    Hotel
    4.3/5 (973 Reviews)
    Hilton Darwin
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    Wedged between some of the best bars and cafes in the city, the Hilton Darwin brings a touch of international flair to the Northern Territory. Rooms here are monochromatic, most with views of the gloriously azure sea. The real star here is the in-house PepperBerry Restaurant, where modern Australian cuisine is combined with bush spices to create tantalising dishes you won’t soon forget.

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    Rydges Darwin Central

    Hotel
    4.3/5 (986 Reviews)
    Rydges Darwin Central
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    Plonked just across from Smith Street Mall, with Bicentennial Park minutes away, Rydges Darwin Central is perfectly positioned to experience the best of the Top End. Minimalist rooms are made contemporary with splashes of teal, and most enjoy views across the city. Breakfast in-house is a must, primarily to visit the ’50s-themed In the Mood Restaurant, where your eggs benedict comes with a side of Glenn Miller melodies.

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