Frontier Hotel Darwin

Frontier Hotel Darwin

3 Buffalo Ct, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800 Australia
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2.5
#35 of 36 hotels in Darwin
2.8 of 5 bubbles
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2.8 of 5 bubbles
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2.9 of 5 bubbles
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2.5 of 5 bubbles
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Located in Darwin City, the Frontier Darwin Hotel is a 3.5 star property offering a variety of spacious rooms featuring views over the lush tropical landscape and sweeping city views. It boasts an outdoor pool, 24-hour reception and fitness centre. The top floor of the hotel features Junior Suites with a kitchenette and separate living area. Free WiFi is available. Frontier Hotel Darwin is within a 5-minute drive from Mindil Beach, Skycity Casino, Gardens Park Golf Course, Darwin Amphitheatre and the George Brown Botanical Gardens. It is also a short walk from restaurants, bars and shopping. Located on the ground floor of the hotel, The Punters Bar is a neighbourhood local where you can grab a cold beverage and enjoy a traditional pub meal. The Rooftop Restaurant features sweeping views of Darwin’s skyline. ***Contact Hotel for Wet Season Opening Hours***
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Pool
Bar / lounge
Billiards
Highchairs available
Taxi service
Street parking
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Happy hour
Kids' meals
Vending machine
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Coffee / tea maker
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to Giata.
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Great View
Languages Spoken
Chinese, Filipino

Location

3 Buffalo Ct, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800 Australia
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Saoirse L wrote a review Nov 2020
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Been living here for a few weeks renting at the cost of 360$ per week with my boyfriend. They closed the pool several times for over a week at a time and expect me and my partner to pay the same amount as when we first arrived but with no pool. I’ve asked soooo many time’s at reception for management to contact me and there has been zero contact. The receptionist just reply with “I don’t know” and won’t pass on any info. I ask when the pool will reopen “I don’t know” constantly. So unprofessional as we are paying customers and deserve some heads up or discount. I would say in previous management this place has ran nicely but at the minute avoid at all costs because it’s a joke here at the moment!
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Amber B wrote a review May 2022
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed at the Frontier Hotel for two nights. One pillow provided per bed, requested more pillows at reception (phone in room not connected), was advised they had no more pillows and provided couch cushions instead. Limited lighting in the rooms and one of these had blown. Water pressure in the shower was reasonable. Rooms are certainly showing signs of their age with water damage to bathroom splash backs. Pool was pleasant. For the price, there are certainly other places in Darwin that are better value for money.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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lilmissbj1 wrote a review Aug 2021
Brisbane, Australia
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I’m not sure what makes it 3.5*, but they got this very wrong. Rooms dated, water damaged, noisy (3rd floor pool facing) great water pressure was a plus though, & linen was clean. Rooms not maintained once in 7 days, no spare toilet rolls, or rubbish removal. Daily in-house arguments between restaurant & accomodation regards availability of meals. (Work it out between yourselves in-house - one night dinner is on a plate, the next its in a takeaway box with no cutlery provided) One working washing machine in guest laundry. If I was paying I would change hotels rather than spend another week here.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled on business
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Travelling Pixie wrote a review Jul 2021
Adelaide, Australia
1.0 of 5 bubbles
What a total dump! Do not stay here at any cost, the room was filthy, cobwebs everywhere, my daughter had 3 spiders next to her bed. I looked under the sink to see what I thought was a bug turns out it was false eyelash! The room was also crawling with tiny mites!! The fridge was warm, the kettle didn’t work. The door didn’t even have a lock on it.
The hotel should not be advertised as suitable for families as all! It is clearly used for FIFO/shift worker with them tilting out the front smoking and drinking, as well as around the pool (which is covered in animal droppings and uneven paving). The pool side furniture was a miss match of old furniture, I dare not sit in any of it.
The whole time we were there out bin was never emptied and never given fresh towels, note as well 3 of us in the room and only given 2 towels.

Avoid at all costs.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Do not stay here.
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David H wrote a review Sept 2020
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The rooms are large by Hotel standards and a great base for me to work from in Darwin. A large desk is in the room, rooms are clean and the bed is very comfortable. Plenty of off street free parking as well. The staff are all super helpful, the location is very convenient and there is a decent size swimming pool to do "laps" in. Downstairs is a great Pub with cold beer and a superb steak on offer at a great price I can't find anywhere else in Darwin. I'll be back to this Hotel every time I'm in Darwin!
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Craig R wrote a review Apr 2021
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Travellers beware.
This hotel is a virus waiting to happen,we booked 7 nights here and after the first night we were ready to leave.The place needs to be condemned the cleanliness is non existent the staff do not care.We had a room leading to the pool outside our door was rubbish that has built up over several weeks an ash tray that has not been removed in months.The room needs to stripped and sanitised behind the bed was over an inch of built up dust food scraps and general dirt.The bathroom smelt of mould and looked like it was cleaned 6 months prior.The Airconditioning leaked like a torpedoed ship.They have a vending machine in the lobby we purchased a few items from it they were 6 months out of date when I told management about it they said it’s not their responsibility.
Overall please do not get sucked in by the pictures on website as these must of been photoshopped as the place is a pig sty.

My advice stay away.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Maggie T wrote a review May 2023
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We got asked to pay an extra $100 at the desk upon check in so that they can hold our card in case of room damages. We checked out on a Monday morning and got told that the $100 would be back by Tuesday as Monday was a public holiday. After days of not having this money back we called only to get told that it actually takes 10 days to go back into our account, which is very different to what we got told upon check out. We understand having to keep a card on file to cover any room damages etc but blatantly lying to guests is not great, if we had of known this prior to booking we would not have stayed here as $100 is a lot to lose on a holiday. customer service said there is nothing they would do as they never took our money from our account and released it when they promised, but they didn’t explain that the turn around is actually a full 10 days. Every other hotel I’ve stayed at has only ever charged a $1 card holding fee.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Peter S wrote a review Aug 2022
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This is the worst hotel I've ever stayed at. Pool was broken taps don't work mouldy rooms don't bother staying here location is no good either people aren't very friendly and the cleaners are hopeless couldn't say anything good about it. 0 stars
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Dustin Kochen, Owner at Frontier Hotel Darwin
Responded 15 Aug 2022
Hi petersD2095QW, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. While I wish you had a better experience, it is feedback like this that we learn from and use to improve. We work hard to deliver an exceptional guest experience, and it's apparent in this case that we fell short. Will certainly address these issues with our team. Thanks again, Frontier Hotel Darwin
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Jeff S wrote a review Nov 2022
Perth, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Ok so this hotel is not romantic and is dated. But if you’re not expecting too much it’s fine. This time the aircon in my room was dripping water so they moved me.
I’ve stayed here a lot and I believe it should be cheaper, but it’s ok. Free parking, good Aussie pub downstairs and you can grab a scooter and ride into town.
Compare prices to other nearby hotels and you’ll soon see it’s on the cheaper side, so unfair to compare with 4-5star in a bigger price bracket.
In peak season nothing is cheap in Darwin.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Avoid ground floor as the carpark looks straight into your window.
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Response from Dustin Kochen, Owner at Frontier Hotel Darwin
Responded 23 Nov 2022
Hi Jeff, Thank you for the great review of our hotel! We are sorry to hear about the aircon, however glad that the team addressed this quickly and moved you to a new room. We are pleased that you enjoy staying with us, and value the location and hotel amenities. We look forward to welcoming you back again. Warm Regards, Frontier Hotel.
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Trudy C wrote a review Sept 2022
Melbourne, Australia
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Spacious room advertised is small. Breakfast buffet advertised does not exist & nowhere close to get it as it’s a fair walk into town.No microwave or hairdryer one mirror in the bathroom so only one person can get ready at a time.No fan in the bathroom so mirror gets foggy and bathroom needs a good scrub. Towels are tiny. Beds ok but can feel springs, pillow flat. Rooms made up if asked Towels have a strange dirty color No apology for bug carcass in the bed and when housekeeping was called to ask about it she said there’d been a problem getting fresh bedding so was it even changed? Receptionist reported to management who we didn’t hear from mind you. Pool is adjacent to beer garden in full view of patrons. Tradies and Yahoos from bar come into the pool area to have loud conversations using very crass language smoking Very uncomfortable using the pool so the young girls and ourselves left and went back to our rooms. Pool area needs weeding and a good clean pool itself is clean. It wouldn’t take much for it to look a lot better. Friday night went to get drink for pool area and barmaid was naked. Where’s the disclaimer for that when you book your rooms. Can hear phone call in bathroom next door from our bathroom. Rooftop restaurant was closed. They don’t know why or for how long. .
There were doors banging all night. Then comes Saturday night. We decided to get meal at the pub part of the accommodation. If you though it was bad so far It’s about to get worse. Just went to order snacks for around the pool and book dinner tonight and it turns out, wait for it, the chef quit, just walked out
What an experience one we won’t repeat.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Dustin Kochen, Owner at Frontier Hotel Darwin
Responded 27 Sept 2022
Dear Trudy, Thank you for taking the time to share your review. While I wish you had a better experience, it is feedback like this that we learn from and use to improve. We work hard to deliver an enjoyable guest experience, and it's apparent in this case that we fell short. We appreciate your detailed feedback, and we will address these items with the team. Sincerely, Frontier Hotel.
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Richardo R wrote a tip Mar 2024
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The best size of pool against other hotels in darwin."
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Aaron W wrote a tip Aug 2023
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't be a sick jar bong head "
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Martin W wrote a tip Jun 2023
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't book "
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Jeff S wrote a tip Nov 2022
Perth, Australia1,585 contribution221 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid ground floor as the carpark looks straight into your window."
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Kam wrote a tip Sept 2022
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do not book - you will be wasting your money."
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PRICE RANGE
S$109 - S$175 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
92
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Frequently Asked Questions about Frontier Hotel Darwin
Which popular attractions are close to Frontier Hotel Darwin?
Nearby attractions include The Trader Bar (0.4 km), Art Warehouse Pty Ltd (0.3 km), and Zone 3 (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Frontier Hotel Darwin?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Frontier Hotel Darwin?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at Frontier Hotel Darwin?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Frontier Hotel Darwin?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Frontier Hotel Darwin?
Conveniently located restaurants include Nirvana Restaurant, Kopi Stop, and Smoke and Oak.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Frontier Hotel Darwin?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Is Frontier Hotel Darwin located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Darwin.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Frontier Hotel Darwin?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including Chinese and Filipino.
Are there any historical sites close to Frontier Hotel Darwin?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Burnett House (0.9 km), The Old Town Hall (1.5 km), and Survivors’ Lookout (1.3 km).
Is Frontier Hotel Darwin accessible?
Yes, it offers facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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