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Reviewed 7 October 2023

Booked through a tour company a Superior King room with as advertised on their website city skyline views, we had a view of sheds and a disabled bathroom with an open no walls shower that flooded the bathroom floor and a sensor light that didn’t stay on long enough to clean your teeth
Staff very friendly and room clean
Definitely do not stay in 113

Date of stay: September 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Esel7
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Cathy A, Guest Services / Front Office at Argus Hotel Darwin, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2023

Dear Esel7,

Thank you for taking the time to offer your feedback.

As a hotel located within Darwin city, we do advertise ‘views of Darwin city’, as per our website, which is also opposed to not offering ‘harbour views’, due to our location.

Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee any type of view, as we are a multi storey hotel.
We can, however, note our guests’ requests, and do our best to accommodate them to suit guest requirements and preferences.

With regards to room 113, this room is certified as a disability access room, with the open space allowing for ease of access.

Apologies for failing to meet your expectations at this time, and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future.

Warm wishes,

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Reviewed 23 August 2023

Very nice friendly hotel located 350 metres from Wooworths and 500 metres from the city centre. It has complimentary continental breakfast, a small gym and a plunge pool.
My room was large and very comfortable with a kitchenette.

Date of stay: July 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Thank Stephen T
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Reviewed 17 August 2023 via mobile

Argus Hotel
A few years ago we stayed at the Argus apartments in Darwin and loved it there. Unfortunately we couldn’t get in on this trip so decided to try the Argus Hotel.
Talk about chalk and cheese - The apartments were spacious with huge balconies, while the hotel’s Superior King room is probably one of the smallest we have ever stayed in, with what can only be described as a joke for a balcony, and in the en-suite “one” is a crowd!!
As an example - the space between the foot of the bed and the wall is 70cm, further hampered by a wall mount tv at shoulder height and the balcony is a measly 60cm wide - with a wall mount a/c unit at the end.
On the plus side - the bed is comfortable, but that’s about it. AND - don’t think about sleeping in as the place is so noisy.
The amateur tap dancer in the room above was up at 5:15am each morning and when he (or she) wasn’t tripping around, was scraping a plastic garden chair around the room.
I can’t help but wonder what sick mind thought it a good idea to put a plastic chair (with no stoppers) into rooms with tiled floors?
I’ll also never understand why hotels don’t use soft closers on their doors to stop the constant slamming as people leave their rooms?
We were surprised to find that breakfast is served from 5am. Really?? Is that a time?? And where could all these people be going at that time of the day?
But going they were - evident by the slamming doors, noise from wheeling cases on the tiled floors, loud voices in the corridors, and idling coaches outside our balcony window every half hour.
So after 3 nights of interrupted sleep we asked if it would be possible to change rooms to (hopefully) one at the back of the hotel.
They were very obliging and offered us a choice of 2 rooms. We chose one on the third floor with only one neighbour where at least there was no road noise, but we were still disturbed by the slamming doors and the screech of moving furniture above - but at least our last couple of nights were a little more peaceful.
And - in each of the rooms, the layout left so much to be desired.
Our original room had a king bed, 2 tub chairs, 2 plastic garden chairs so at least we had somewhere to sit.
Our second room was a two bedroom affair with a king bed in one room and a queen in the other but only 1 chair!!! AND a single tiny robe??
And finally there’s location.
While the apartments were located within easy walking distance to the waterfront precinct and the main restaurant area - the hotel is a taxi ride away.
So - would we stay here again……….definitely not!!

Date of stay: August 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank davidhR419AR
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Reviewed 31 July 2023

We stayed here on 2 occasions recently (a 2 night stay before our National park tours and a 1 night stay after). It seems to make a big difference what room you are in as if I was to rate my experience based on my first room on the 3rd floor, I would rate this 3* but my second experience in a room on the 2nd floor pulled the score up significantly. There was a strange smell in our first room (smelled almost smoky but it does state clearly everywhere that this is a non-smoking hotel). The second room however was much fresher and seemed more modern and bright. Both rooms were large with a small balcony area which was nice in the warm temperatures. The air con was also good quality.

The complimentary breakfast is very basic and would benefit from maybe a wider variety of fresh fruit or some pastries.

Reception were helpful in storing our suitcases before check in and after check out and calling the airport shuttle to book us on.

Date of stay: July 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Samhamxx
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Reviewed 22 June 2023

This hotel is very good, rooms really clean, generally quiet and set up well. We stayed both before (room 710) and after (room 513) a Kakadu Tour. The hotel was also kind enough to store our excess luggage for no change.
The hotel is situated about a 20 minute walk from the CBD but just around the corner is a brilliant Chinese Restaurant.
Check in and out was excellent with very friendly staff. A minor problem with the blind in our room was quickly solved by Anna.
The towels and hot water were plentiful and we had really good sleeps. Breakfast was continental but served by an older Asian lady with a very happy smile.
I must make comment - not negative - about the bathroom in 513. It is huge guessing about 4 square metres BUT there is only a small wash basin opposite the door with no or little shelving. The shower is to the left of the door and when used covers about a quarter of the floor. This prevents direct access to the toilet without getting your feet wet so we had to lay a path of towels between the toilet and the door. The light is sensor movement automatic and took ages to switch off with the fan during the night.
Whoever designed this room was probably a student in their first week out of school.
We enjoyed our stay and would stay again but not in 513.

Room tip: If you have an early start you can get breakfast from about 5.15 am
Date of stay: June 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank wizardoldman
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Cathy A, Guest Services / Front Office at Argus Hotel Darwin, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2023

Dear wizardoldman,

Thank you so much for taking the time to provide you amazing feedback!
We really appreciate your great comments and for noting all the facilities that we offer to our guests.
Thank you also for the lovely comments regarding our team’s friendliness and excellent service, we will be sure to pass onto all.

With regards to room 513, this room is certified as a disability access room, with the open space allowing ease of access for those who require it.
We appreciate your feedback however, and have noted for any possible future improvements.

We are delighted that this didn’t impact your overall stay, and we would love to welcome you and your wife back in the near future.

Warm wishes,
CathyA

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