A smart little stay in the centre of Darwin, H on Smith hits the right note on the right things. The notables? Spacious rooms, a great location and a quiet outdoor pool. Read on for the full review.
Where is H on Smith?
Sandwiched between Darwin’s main veins of the Esplanade and Cavenagh Street, H on Smith has a handy location in the heart of Darwin’s diminutive CBD, just 15 minutes from the airport.
What’s near H on Smith?
Straddling Darwin Harbour — and just 450 metres from the hotel — is the tranquil Bicentennial Park, a hub of outdoor activity for everyone from families to fitness fanatics. It’s a pleasant place for a stroll or jog; if you’re tackling the latter, loop in the Darwin Waterfront Precinct on warmer days and you’ll have the option of leaping into the public lagoon for a cool down.
All room types sport the same restrained slate grey and white colour schemes as well as pillow-top mattresses, luxurious Eloura bathroom amenities and sturdy full-sized desks — perfect for remote work. Have a little room to move with your budget? The H Spa room bumps the bed size up to king and the bathtub up to a spa, with garden or city views to boot.
Restaurant and bar
Astride the pool with a wall of open windows, D Bar & Restaurant dishes up casual fare, from chunky steak sandwiches to saucy stir-fries; a nod to the city’s diverse gastronomical influences. Cocktails are also on the menu; especially refreshing when the heat kicks up. The breakfast buffet is suitably satisfying, with fresh fruit, yoghurt and cheese as well as the staples.
Travel for work
With free wi-fi throughout, business travellers can move their work stations freely and easily from in-room desk to by-pool lounger. For more formal gatherings, there’s a 12-person capacity meeting room on-site available for hire.
Gym and pool
Visitors can keep in-step with their routines in the small rooftop gym (complete with cardio and weight machines) or by taking languid laps in the outdoor pool, open all- year round.
What you need to know
Families can easily be accommodated here, with adjoining rooms and rollaway cots available.
Best for: Business travellers
Number of rooms: 186
Rates: From AUD$210
Address: 81 Smith St, Darwin City
Phone: (08) 8942 5555
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