Darwin YHA - Melaleuca on Mitchell2.0 out of 5.0
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We are 85 and 81 and booked into Melaleuca on Mitchell. After some discussion the young lady and young man on reception said they felt sure we would have ore quiet in their motel next door. The Value Inn. We had booked and paid for Melaleuca and they transferred the booking to the Value Inn. This was excellent. Close to everything. We didn't have to walk far at all. We did everything we could in Darwin. Enjoyed a great meal at the RanchHouse on the same side towards the sea. Also The Precinct hotel. We have seen and done it all now.
This is a party hostel but I had no problems sleeping in a private room. I couldn't imagine staying in a dorm. Young people partying by the pool until 4am every night Kitchen is always rammed full of people. Bathrooms need updating and in a lot of cases repairing. However showers are reasonably hot and powerful. Coles supermarket across the road. Woolworths a 3min walk. Good location next to the park and not far from the harbour front but a long way from Melil beach and botanical gardens etc.
The only good thing about that hostel was the staff which was friendly and helpful at any time. Kitchen is way too small for the amount of guests staying and is already in the early evening a real mess. The stoves were a disaster, as there is no marking which knob is operating which plate or which position is full or low power. Often there was no dish washing liquid and in the evenings there was never a tea towel. The room doors don't close properly (I stayed in 2 different rooms and saw also other doors like that along the hallway) so if one of your roommates forgets to pull the door properly, anyone can get access to the room. There was no power point in the lockers, so you have to leave your valuables behind to charge them if you don't want to stay and way/watch them. Furthermore I had blood stains on my linen! There should be an air condition in bathrooms to, as it feels like a sauna in the evening, when everybody is taking a shower. You'll be sweating heavily before you finished brushing your teeth. Fortunately my room wasn't too close too the bar as it gets pretty loud there every night with all the drunk people.
I generally stay in low season - I can imagine how noisy and busy high season could be. First stayed in 2006 when the hostel was very new, then it was awesome in my opinion! each time can see a decline as the hostel gets old and not a lot of money is spent to keep the hostel where it once was. Now its very mediocre, but pool is still good and location is very central. Sleep quality is pot luck depending on room, room guests and time of week and year!! its a very hit' n 'miss affair now...
There are bedbugs in the hostel. The Beds are very bad and broken. generally the hostel is not clean at all and very noisy. One of the worst hostels in Australia. Better look for a other hostel or hotel
Party hostel very close to bars and clubs in Darwin. The kitchen is a massive down side to this hostel as it is disgustingly hot in there and they don't provide plates, bowls, cups, cutlery etc- you have to pay a deposit for them and keep a close eye on them to make sure someone doesn't nab them while you are cooking! There also aren't really enough pots, pans and chopping boards in the kitchen considering the size of the hostel. We did ask to be put in an all female dorm which were were told was booked, but when we checked in we were put in a mixed dorm. The toilets and showers are pretty clean. Rooms are a decent size with big locker. Wouldn't want to be in a room near the bar though as the music is very loud and is on till late- not great if you actually want to sleep.
Excellent place to have some cheap beers, a swim and enjoy the party atmosphere created by the locals. Get involved with the music, drink specials, pool volley ball and enjoy the true sense of Darwin. Tourists and locals make this place, they enjoy the music, drink and party hard. Accomadation is reasobable but dont think you will get much sleep here. Staff are magnificent and get involved, get up and be part of the fun.
I stayed here when I was backpacking across Australia as part of a Round The World trip with my younger brother. It's a party hostel, so if that's not your scene I'd say this is not the place for you, though having said that my brother and I weren't big on the party scene but we just didn't join in and it was fine (the rooms have sound-muffling doors) so we didn't ever find it a problem. The rooms were nice and spacious with lockers and a decent bathroom. There are laundry facilities, and its pretty reasonable and as Darwin is so hot you can just leave your stuff to dry on the balcony (everybody seems to do this, we did and nothing got nicked). The staff are pretty helpful and they have computers if you need to use the internet for a one off (or pay for a wifi card and have wifi for your stay). It's in a great location, and a short walk to shops, bars and restaurants. Darwin is a very vibrant place, and theres a lot of partying so I'm not sure how different it would be if you stayed anywhere else, but personally as someone who didn't go out partying, I didn't mind it here - I don't think it was just the hostel that was loud/partyish i think that's just Darwin in general! Theres a rooftop pool with a bar, which not many people seemed to go in....
I stayed here for five nights on a mostly solo trip. There was not as much of a social atmosphere as there have been at other hostels. There is a pool, a bar and a great sundeck, but most people seemed to already be with a group by the time they checked in. Darwin itself is a bit more spread out than other places that I have visited in Australia. Not a whole lot is within a 15 minute walk; and the public transportation is not as easy to utilize. There is NO public wifi, you have to pay for it, and even at local coffee shops you only get an hour allotment, it makes it annoying to have to rely on data for keeping in touch with friends and family whilst traveling. The property itself is run down. The entire place smells moldy or musty (do NOT place luggage in the storage room unless you want it to reek for a week afterwards). The fan in the bathroom did not work at all and as a consequence I had to keep the window open almost the entire time in order to not be overwhelmed by a dank smell. There were also insect problems throughout the stay, I spied a cockroach the first night, and bugs on my lower bunk the second. It was 3AM so I moved up to the top bunk and kept the light on for the remainder of the night. Not exactly pleasant. When I informed the manager of this she promptly had staff come in to spray with a can or raid. (I had to ask for staff to vacuum the room each day, but they did so very quickly on request). Bugs happen in Australia, it is the wet season after all, however considering there were at least three different varieties in the room and with the cleaning practices, I have to question the ownership's commitment to cleanliness. The staff however was great. They met each request or concern very promptly. The manager checked in on the bug situation three days of the five that I was there, excepting only the arrival date and the one day she was off duty. This is a good party hostel, but for solo travelers, they may want to seek something else. Tip: ask for a room not on the first floor, there ma be less of a bug issue.
We stayed just one night in a private room. The hostel is pretty big, with long bare corridors and countless rooms making it seem more like a prison with no character. Even though we were at the far end away from the bar, we could still hear the music for most of the night, so maybe look elsewhere if you actually want a decent night's sleep. The room was fairly basic and bed definitely not the most comfortable, but bathrooms were relatively clean and location is good right next to crocosaurus cove and shops. Probably wouldn't stay again though.
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