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Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront 3.0

Darwin, Top End, Northern Territory

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Pros

  • Along the scenic Waterfront Precinct, one of Darwin's trendiest areas 
  • Walkable to a wave pool, manmade beach, parklands, and great dining and bars 
  • Clean and contemporary rooms with mini-fridges and kettles
  • Some rooms have ocean and parkland views
  • An outdoor swimming pool and poolside bar
  • Hip all-day restaurant and bar with artistic decor
  • Meeting rooms, business center, guest laundry, and lobby lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout 

Cons

  • Charges for buffet breakfast and on-site parking
  • Pool gets crowded at times
  • Not all rooms have sea views
  • Wi-Fi is reportedly slow

Bottom Line

Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront is a modern mid-range hotel set along the scenic Darwin Waterfront Precinct, a five-minute walk from downtown. The area is one of the trendiest and most desirable places to stay in the city, featuring classy restaurants and bars lined along the seafront promenade, a convention center, a wave park, a manmade beach, and sprawling grassy parklands. Vibe's 121 streamlined rooms have a clean aesthetic, lots of natural light, and mini-fridges. Also, higher room types have ocean views. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, Curve Cafe and Bar, meeting rooms, a lobby lounge, and gym. Adina Apartment Hotel shares the same building and facilities as vibe but its rooms offers more apartment-style living. For a more business-oriented downtown hotel, Hilton Darwin a good choice, but rates are higher.

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Scene

A stylish hotel with artistic flare, popular with families and couples

Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront's elegantly appointed interiors have a stylish contemporary aesthetic. Spaces have clean architectural lines, tall ceilings, elegant decorations, inset lighting, laser cut screens, and comfy upholstered furniture. The lobby features a plush lounge lined with comfortable upholstered sofas. Curve Cafe has a more warm and playful look, plus bright pops of color and artistic accents throughout. Look for large Aboriginal Australian artwork, woven wicker basket hanging lights, parquet wood floors, whitewashed wood-clad walls, comfy couch seating, and alfresco dining with parkland views. Vibe is a popular choice for families, couples, and business travelers. The hotel's excellent range of facilities and the diverse activities on offer in the surrounding area is what makes it an ideal hub, well suited to a wide range of travelers that include families and couples.

Location

 Set along the desirable and trendy Waterfront Precinct

Vibe Hotel is located along the vibrant Darwin Waterfront Precinct, a five- to 10-minute walk north of the city center. The Waterfront has a range of attractive features, with sprawling grass lawns, a simulated wave pool, a manmade beach, and a large convention center. It's also home to a scenic seafront promenade lined with designer boutiques, upscale restaurants, and buzzing bars. Deckchair Cinema and Stokes Hill Wharf are both less than 10 minutes away on foot and most of Darwin's downtown attractions are within a 20-minute walk of the hotel. These include Crocosaurus Cove reptile park, Smith Street Mall, BCC Cinemas, and a range of dining and nightlife hotspots. The Darwin Interchange bus station is around a five-minute walk from the hotel. The Darwin International Airport takes about 25 minutes to reach by car. 

Both Kakadu and Litchfield National Park are reachable within a two-hour drive of the hotel. The lesser known Mary River National Park is accessible in an hour and also features a diverse range of wildlife, plus stunning Northern Territory scenery.

Rooms

Clean rooms with stylish contemporary interiors, comfy beds, and mini-fridges

Rooms feature a clean and contemporary design with uncluttered and stylishly appointed interiors. The color palette includes white and charcoal gray walls, striped black carpeting, and light-tone wood accents complemented by bright pops of baby blue in the throw pillows, upholstered furniture, and artwork hanging on the walls. Rooms are furnished with quality beds, work desks and chairs, comfy rattan sofa seats, and small wardrobes. Standard amenities include air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, telephones, safes, refrigerated minibars, and coffee- and tea-making facilities. Bathrooms are clean and modern, with a contrasting black and white color scheme. The compact spaces include bathroom vanities with inset porcelain sinks and large mirrors plus shower/tub combos, hairdryers, and toiletries. Most rooms don't include balcony seating areas but do have large windows that let in plenty of natural light and airflow. Also, higher room categories feature waterfront and parkland views

Features

An outdoor swimming pool, Curve Cafe, meeting rooms, gym, lobby lounge, and free Wi-Fi

Vibe Hotel Darwin has an excellent range of facilities on offer which make it ideally suited for both leisure and business travelers. The prime facility is the hotel's long outdoor swimming pool, which tends to be a hub of activity throughout the day. A small poolside bar serves drinks and snacks and there are lounge chairs laid out around the pool deck, though it does gets fairly crowded at times. 

Curve Cafe Bar consists of a large indoor dining hall and an alfresco dining area overlooking the parkland. It has a full bar and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a selection of Western favorites and Northern Territory inspired dishes. Breakfast is served buffet-style for an added charge.Business facilities include three well equipped meeting rooms and a small business center outfitted with a handful of desktop computers (charged by the hour). There is also a self-service laundry and on-site parking for a fee. Wi-Fi is free throughout, though there are some complaints of spotty connection.

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7 Kitchener Dr, Darwin, Top End 0800, Australia

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