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Skycity Darwin

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

My wife and I had nine enjoyable nights in the Sky City Casino and resort in Darwin in June/July without spending a single cent in the casino, even though we were given free plays on keno quite often. The hotel itself needs a bit of sprucing up - it was built in the 1980s – but our room, 106, was clean and extremely well serviced. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom functional with a shower but no bath and the toiletries were excellent. There was a balcony that overlooked the gardens with a brilliant view of the Arafura Sea. The balcony though is small with just enough room for two chairs and a small, square basket wave table. The bar fridge was well-stocked with drinks at bar prices and amenities included a toaster and a kettle and plenty of tea or coffee. A good thing was that the milk came in a container that held around 300 mils rather than the tiny single serve plastic cups. There was a problem filling the kettle though, it would not fit under the bathroom tap and had to be filled by the glassful. The toaster was useful too, for cooking up a light breakfast occasionally. It was not far from our room to the fabulous infinity pool, which was set with a great view of the beach and right next to the Sand Bar, where patrons gathered to watch the sun go down over the water every night. There were phones dotted around the pool too that linked directly to the Vue bar and drinks were ordered and promptly delivered. With the hotel being fully booked most days we thought it would be a problem getting a pool lounge chair, but with most guest popping the handles on the pokies not many people used the pool we never had a problem at any time of the day or evening, so it was very pleasant and the pool was magnificent, a bit cool at times but more often refreshing. We tried three of the hotel restaurants – The Vue, Il Piatto and Dragon Court. The Vue is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day and does special half price deals for seniors each Monday, where a “senior” starts at 50! The breakfast buffet was excellent with a wide variety of cooked food and Continental style food; all for a half price $9.95. The full cost is $28 while kids under five eat free. We tried the senior’s half price special lunch on the Monday too, but it didn’t suit our palates, as it as all deep fried with chips (apart from a Caesar salad). It was good value though. W tried the buffet dinner on the following Monday, heaps of food for $12.95 (full price $35). The only problem with The Vue was the noise. Chatter was amplified by the acoustics and tended to be rather loud. It was different with Il Piatto the Italian restaurant next to the Sand bar. That was beautiful food beautifully served outside in the cool of the evening. I had Scaloppine di vitello, veal escalope, asparagus, goat’s cheese, roast garlic mash, cabernet jus with herbs for $36. I enjoyed every mouthful. cherry tomatoes, oregano, grana padano which cost $26. At the Dragon Court my wife chose Cantonese roast duck with hoisin and soya, which was huge and cost $27. I had sizzling Mongolian beef, which really did sizzle on the metal plate ($28). We both declared the meal delicious and well worth the cost at $28. There was certainly no room for dessert! We also took a look at the new Resort and pool, which was served by the steak restaurant and bar The Cove. We didn’t use the pool though, it looked very pretty, but was set on an artificial beach, similar to the one on South Bank in Brisbane, and we didn’t fancy getting sand on feet and bodies so we stuck with the infinity pool at the hotel. All in all we had a terrific holiday and wouldn’t hesitate to return.

We stayed in the hotel section of the casino which is the older accommodation. However, it is the more affordable accommodation however you get the benefit of using all of the facilities at the hotel and the resort. We spent most of our days at the resort pool and it was very relaxing, nice and warm and the benefit of a pool bar. The accommodation surrounding the resort pool looked very luxurious and had the benefit of lagoon access. We had the breakfast buffet each day which was handy as there are no cafes in close walking distance. However for tea I recommend walking to Cullen Bay and trying out some of the casino's restaurants - Il Piatto and The Cove were both good. The casino is also a good walking distance to the town centre (Mitchell St) and the Botanic Gardens. A great place to stay in Darwin!

We booked a Suite on the Floor which we got, the room smelt musty and dirty as if it hadn't been used in months, the bathroom was dirty with long black hair on the floor!! Service was unfriendly and the buffet breakfast easy vey basic.. the only positive thing was we were only there for 1 night!!!

The highlight of this place for me was the infinity pool which overlooks the beach. Just heavenly. It also had beach access through the back which was really good. The room was clean and neat. The room was a little over perfumed on the carpet cleaning for my taste but it was okay. Also had a nice little balcony overlooking the beach. Would definitely come back and stay again.

One would never guess that this is Australia. The staff are all non-white. The guests in the hotel are all while. There are a few first Australians milling about in the pokey machine area. People treat them like they are insects. I am sure if they could they would stamp on them. The guests are of a certain class and of certain life experiences. By that I mean they wished the white Australia policy still existed and in their mind it still does. There are plenty of other places to stay in Darwin apart from this place, if you really have to come to Darwin!

Stayed there for six nights from the 8th July 2017. Pools were amazing. View from room was exceptional. We tried all the restuarants there and was very impressed with all. All in all as a complete package, the pools, the location, the view and restaurants, you couldnt do much better. We will be back likely next July if not sooner.

Three months before I stayed at the casino I called ahead to organise a room - we told them we needed a 2nd or third storey room overlooking the beach/sea. The room we were give was lovely, an upgrade apparently, but it was on the ground floor and there was a shrub and ugly fence blocking the view. Ordinarily this would be fine but we went to Darwin to see the cracker-day firework display over the water - a trip for my dying mum. It might seem like a small detail but when we queried the room change we were told we would still have un-obstructed views. When we realised we wouldn't after going int the room we were told we had already gone into the room and couldn't swap and to be happy about our upgrade. When I complained via email after the event I was told the fireworks weren't run by the casino - basically it wasn't their problem - nice apology guys! When you are booking 3 months ahead [paying about $500 for a room and very clear on what you want and being told at time of booking that those needs would be met then it is disappointing when it doesn't happen. The coffee at the casino is also quite ordinary. The other amenities are lovely but dulled by the poor service and sheer arrogance of the staff.

Service excellent..hotel rooms a little tired. Pools were amazing with use of lagoon or infinity pool.Good choice of places to eat without having to leave sky city. Fantastic sea front location and easy walk to city and Mindle markets,but quick and easy to get taxi from reception if needed.

Ordered a Toblerone cocktail , was average. No honey! Mmmmm dunno about the rest of the world, but l think honey is a KEY ingredient. Mmmmm, no, not according to this bar attendant! Never has he put honey in his Toblerone cocktail. Anyways, then l got told l was being aggressive. I wasn't asking for a refund. I merely asked for the recipe he was using. That had no honey....... well done casino. Charge $20 for a cocktail poorly made. Then tell your patrons that they are being aggressive coz lm questioning the ingredients of a $20 cocktail!! No wonder we were 2 of 8 ppl there in dry season!

Simply amazing 😍we stayed in the lagoon rooms and having that right at your door step is definitely worth paying that little bit extra. The atmosphere, the staff, the clean rooms everyday is like your miles away from home. Would highly recommend to anyone that wants to feel like they are miles away and it's very family friendly if you have kids.

Gilruth Avenue The Gardens NT

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

Skycity Darwin places you next to SKYCITY Casino and within a 10-minute walk of Mindil Beach. This 152-room, 5-star hotel has a full-service spa, a casino, and 5 restaurants. Also close to this The Gardens hotel are George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens and Cullen Bay Marina.


Enjoy dining at The Vue, one of 5 onsite restaurants. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service, or get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café. Start each morning with buffet breakfast, available for a fee from 6 AM to 10:30 AM.


All 152 air-conditioned rooms feature balconies, minibars, and coffee makers. Guests can expect free WiFi and wired Internet, along with satellite TV. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include free newspapers, safes, and phones.

Property features

Guests of Skycity Darwin have access to a full-service spa, a casino, and an outdoor pool. Onsite parking is available, both free self and paid valet parking (AUD 15 per day)—also useful is limo/town car service. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with sightseeing, directions, and local dining recommendations. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include a fitness center, a sauna, and free WiFi in public areas.

Room options

Deluxe Room, Ocean View

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Superior Room ()

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Suite, 1 Bedroom

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Deluxe Twin Room

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

66% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 771 reviews