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The Darling
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Reviewed 26 November 2012

From the fragrance wafting through the foyer to the candles scattered around the front desk reception area you know, upon entry, that this is one sexy hotel.
Check-in was quick and painless. Front-desk staff were friendly>
The (basic-level) room we had was very clean and the king-sized bed was extremely comfortable. (Although I'd say the room is only suitable for couples because there's no screen between the bedroom and the shower cubicle door.)
Also we found the room to be extremely quiet ... couldn't hear any outside noise at all, nor any slamming doors down the corridor - as is normal in most other hotels.
Although we didn't have a bath in the room, the shower was superb! One of those you walk into - it had two water outlets, one of those rain-style ones above your head and the more familiar hand-held which can be attached to a holder on the wall. The water pressure form each outlet is controllable.
Nice big widescreen LCD TV in the room.
The mini-bar is one of those sneaky time-controlled operations. And not just from the fridge!
Pick up one of the "you know you want to" boxes (one is called the "intimacy pack"!) and 30 seconds later you're charged! Is this really necessary?
Internet access charges are ridiculous - approx. $13 for one hour or $25 for the day - but typical of these hotels. I was hoping there'd be free access from the foyer but alas .. no.
There's also no restaurant in the hotel itself. Want food? You'll need to go the attached mall or the casino - even for breakfast - although there's the usual room service available.
Two critcisms re the room ... (1) the lighting is hard to control (can't they just go back to normal light switches!?) and (2) the electronically controlled blind is either fully open or fully shut! There's no in-between! Want a nap in the middle of the day without a totaly dark room? Wear your sunglasses!
Nonetheless, enjoyed my stay and would recommend the hotel - especailly for couples.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank dingo_hb
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Reviewed 23 November 2012

It doesn’t get any better than this. The accommodation is sumptuous, the staff are so competent and professional. For my husband and I four days of bliss. When you go away it’s so good to be looked after so that you can dedicate your time to enjoying all of the attractions.
Our heart felt thanks to the Hotel and staff. Our Tip. Lots of good restaurants around the Harbour but Balla is the ultimate in Italian. We would know!

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank vinodelsal88
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Reviewed 16 November 2012

We stayed 3 nights in November, it is a beautiful new hotel with all the whistles and bells. It certainly is 5 star but that didn't give it that personal feeling which is missing.
A fab one off stay, with great access to the casino and darling harbour.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank jogopen
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Reviewed 12 November 2012

I had booked the Darling for my best mates for the night after their wedding & they had a fantastic time! The staff were superb, special mention to Tea for your lovely & professional assistance! Their every wish catered for, the suite itself was the epitome of class and understated luxury, and the views were to die for! Also thank you for the surprise champagne on arrival, they needed that after a long day!

The Suite was spacious, modern and included all the amenities including a spa bath! Amazing!

It is also located in a superb location. There are a large variety of high quality restaurants within brief walking distance!

The Darling was definitely an excellent way to end their wedding night :) I would absolutely recommend it!

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Michelle D
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Reviewed 11 November 2012

Stayed in this wonderful hotel for a very unfortunate one night. Everything had the wow factor even down to the staff. My friend and I shared a room, the beds were amazing, pillows could have been a tad firmer and the bathroom was more for couples. Telling each other to 'not look' when showering was the only downer. However beautiful throughout.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Emily S
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