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Darwin YHA - Melaleuca on Mitchell

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I was coming here after a long trip from Sydney and had directly my place in the room what they had for me. There is a swimming pool and a bar what is open till late. It's good in the city center and all is on a walkable distance. Beds are very clean and nice.

I stayed at the YHA as I know from experience they are great hostels. This is no different. The staff were friendly and facilities clean. Downfalls I found being a solo female traveller is that it is quite daunting rocking up at night, I had no choice as the majority of flights arrived in Darwin at midnight. It is on a main street so walking past pubs and clubs alone was scary. The noise at the hostel is always insane so I reccomend sraying here if you do not plan to sleep. Other than that it was great. I would stay again but would opt to arrive midweek to avoid being harassed on the street late at night.

This place is ok nothing special but ok for a short stay. There is alot of ppl living in hostel. The kitchen facilities are very good but can get busy. The place is very loud at the weekends there is lots of partying and drink deals.

This is a great hostel to stay in if you're looking for a a central location on the main town strip, close to all amenities including shops, supermarkets and fun night life in the evening! Also pretty much next door to Crocosaurus Cove which is an attraction with live crocs! Upon check in I was greeted by super friendly staff who I had a laugh with immediately. They also have a couple of reptiles in tanks which was pretty cool too! Bedding is provided from the reception. I was staying in a 4 bed female only room. The room was quite small for having potentially up to 4 people and lots of bags, but luckily it was just me and one other girl in the room. Lockers are provided but you need your own padlock. There is aircon in the room which is definitely needed in Darwin! However it didn't do a great job, I'm just glad I was on a top bunk right underneath it! There are female toilets located on the same floor as what I was on, which was on the 1st floor (above the ground floor) however the showers were located on the floor above and so it can be an awkward journey like from my room, into the only lift to head upstairs to the showers wrapped in just a towel! The lift does also move quite slowly because it is the only lift and there are lots of heavy bags and cases from other people staying there. The kitchen is very big competed to a lot of other kitchens I've seen in hostels. A bit messy and not very clean when I used it, but it was ok. Has all the equipment and cutlery that you'd need. What I liked best about this hostel is the outdoor social area. Plenty of benches around the bar and where the pools are, this is also where the dining area is with sheltered areas and open areas. There are also separate sections for smoking and non-smoking areas. The bar was already open when I arrived at check in time, and it does get quite busy, especially in the evening! They do allow people not staying in the hostel to come up and buy drinks, which is popular because the drinks are very cheap and they do a good deal on pitchers of beer! They also play fun games to win drinks tabs, and hand out wristbands for free entry and free drinks to the other clubs on the strip. In terms of being worried about noise from this bar, I'd suggest asking for a room away from the Main Street and the bar area. There are lot of people that I met staying here that are either looking for work or already working, so they are more long-term stayers. So a good place to stay to make connections to find work around Darwin.

We stayed here as an overnight stop on a tour, so I had no choice on where we stayed. The staff in reception were very helpful and told care with our hand luggage whilst we went to retrieve our hold luggage from another hostel that we'd left it at. WiFi is free, but a 24 hour code needs to obtained from reception. We were on the ground floor and we had good signal. The bed was comfy and we had an ensuite, which was clean and worked fine. Not state of the art, but you wouldn't expect that. The shower was consistently warm and stayed at temperature. The downside is that we were there on a Friday night, so everyone was having a party (upstairs I assume - I think there is a bar there). Sleep was elusive that night. Not the hostels fault, but something to consider if you are wanting a good night's sleep. Overall, I would say this is a good value place to stay if all you want is a place to sleep. But don't stay on a Friday night!

The bed was extremely uncomfortable. The bathrooms were filthy. The staff would come in to clean when we were still in the room. Once the door was opened and I was clearly unclothed in bed and the staff member stopped to ask me a question. The only good thing was the cheap drinks at the bar and the pool.

I've stayed here many times as I travel to Darwin often for work. After many sleepless nights due to almost freezing to death, I now come prepared with thermals, blankets and a sleeping bag. Some rooms are warmer than others, but most I've stayed in are freezing cold. If this hostel insists on keeping arctic temperatures: at least provide the guests with blankets!!! Some private rooms have them, but not all. Or at least have some for hire. Also the fire alarm often goes off in the middle of the night evacuating everyone onto the street. No doubt caused by freezing guests turning off the aircon (which isn't allowed). My review would have been 4 stars if blankets were provided.

This is a back packer party hostel. Not ideal if you are getting up early to do day trips. Rooms are not as clean as the other YHAs I have stayed in. On arrival we found several hairs on the bed sheets and under our bed was filthy. The shared toilets were dated and a bit worn. The location is the best thing about this place. If you are happy to party and not sleep much you will be fine.The air con in the rooms must stay on at all times. This gave us a sore throat.

I stayed in this hostel for one week just because I have their membership. The 1st day, I had to inform the reception that my room wasn't clean as underneath the bed was full of dirt and rubbish. The next day, I had to go back to tell them that it hasn't been done, even after the cleaner got in the room in the morning, and I was told that I should have mentionned it in the morning ! No apologise or whatever... It was my fault cause I told them too late, what a joke. They have backpackers working in housekeeping who just don't care about the cleanliness of the room. When I asked the girl who emptied the bin and left the room pretending that it was clean why she didn't vacuum, wipe the floor and clean the cabin, she said that they didn't have a vaccum for the 3rd floor but for the ground floor only as people were paying more money. Well, Melaleuca is not free to stay so I was expecting a bit of respect. Really disappointed by the staff attitude and aptitude to resolve those kind of problem. Also, it's a busy place with only one "receptionist" at the time... They were definitely a lack of staff. Lucky you if you find a stove working in the kitchen even if they is many of them... Only good point is the location. Having stayed in many YHA before, I wouldn't stay there again.

Currently staying here for a week. Definitely not up to the normal YHA standard. It's clean, the staff are friendly, the beds are comfy and it's good for partying if you are into that. The hostel is in a great location with coles just across the street. It's surprisingly quiet at night, but I am on the top floor. I think if you're room is close to the pool / bar area then it could get very noisy ! In two days the problems I've had: - the key cards are terrible. I've had mine replaced twice as it didn't work and i was locked out of my room - the dorm room has air con on constantly, which is good I guess, but the dorm gets too cold at night and we can't adjust the temperature. We aren't given a blanket so the thin sheet we're provided with isn't enough. I'm starting to get a cold from it :( I don't know whether there are rooms without air con - the kitchen is ok but it's far too small. If you're not there before 8am then it gets too crowded. The kettle wasn't working but there was a tank of hot water. It is clean however and there is plenty of fridge space - there are only 2 plug sockets in a dorm room of's a case of first come first serve, if someone hogs the sockets at night then you're a bit stuck Not sure whether I'd stay here again, which is a shame because I like YHA's

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42% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 361 reviews