Located in the heart of the city – only a few minutes walk from the scenic Darwin Waterfront Precinct – the Hilton hotel impresses with an outdoor pool, a state-of-the-art gym and 233 contemporary guest rooms and suites, many with water views. But perhaps the biggest drawcard of the hotel is the onsite PepperBerry restaurant, which was reimagined in late 2020 and has since become one of the city’s top eateries. A cracking concierge, a stylish bar (Palm Court) and a spate of small and large event spaces ideal for corporate shindigs make this property a true Darwin all-rounder.
Overlooking Darwin Harbour, the downtown hotel has an enviable location, giving visitors easy access to whichever side of the city they’re in the mood for. Crocodiles? The cheesy-but-oh-so-fun Crocosaurus Cove (crocosaurus cove.com) is a five-minute walk away. Night-life? Make a left or right turn on Mitchell Street for lively outdoor bars.
From entry-level guest rooms to one-bedroom suites with sea views, the Hilton Darwin caters to most demographics. Decked out in a palette of neutrals, even the smallest rooms have work desks, shiny ensuites and king-sized beds with 250-thread-count sheets. If you book one of the executive rooms, you’ll get access to the Executive Lounge on the 20th floor, where you can enjoy complimentary buffet breakfast in the restaurant area and evening drinks and canapés in the lounge section.
Food and drink
Showcasing modern Australian cuisine amped up with bush spices, such as salt and pepper crocodile with lemon myrtle aioli, the recently revamped PepperBerry restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner seven days and lunch most days of the week. If you’re in the mood for something light and refreshing, make a beeline for the onsite Palm Court Bar & Lounge, where you can enjoy a range of premium wines and champagnes matched with delicious bar food.
For business travellers
From theatre-style presentations and U-shaped conferences to stand-up gatherings of upto 320 guests in the Grand Ballroom, the Hilton’s event spaces are versatile, equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and capable of handling events of varying sizes.
For wellness travellers
There’s a swimming pool (open from 6am to 10pm) and a well-equipped 24/7 gym (with treadmills and free weights) on the hotel’s 10th floor.
The fab factor
For the best brunch in Darwin, book into PepperBerry on a Sunday for a six-course brunch, which includes free-flowing Jansz sparkling.
Best for: Business travellers and families
Number of rooms: 222 rooms; 11 suites
Rates: From $250 per night
Wi-fi: Free for Hilton Honors Members (free to sign up);
otherwise it’s a fee of $9.95 per day
Parking: Valet parking; $39 per night
Address: 32 Mitchell Street, Darwin
Telephone: +61 8 8982 0000