I stayed at the Paravista for a total of 3 nights in early October.The main reasons I chose the hotel were that they would keep my bag in storage for 4 days while I went on a tour, their prices were within my budget while most of the other hotels in Darwin were too expensive,and,a huge plus, they have free wifi in their rooms; most of the other hotels in Darwin charge for use of the internet! I was very happy with the room- spacious,nice decor,a balcony,good fan and air conditioning, basic but clean en suite shower room&toilet,tea and coffee facilities,a big fridge,and the wifi worked very well! The hotel reception is closed after 7pm but there is an out of hours phone number,and the hotel owners live next door. I got prompt and helpful responses from the owner by text when I was going to be returning from my tour after 7pm and needed to check back in. The only tiny criticism regarding service was that I left my room late morning one day and put a sign on my door asking for the room to be cleaned,but it did not get cleaned. I was travelling alone and did not have a car. The number 10 bus goes into town and the bus stop is about a 3 min walk from the hotel. The bus runs until about 10pm at night,later on fri&sats. I used a taxi to return from Cullen bay to the hotel and it wasn't too expensive. I heard that sometimes it can be difficult to get taxis in Darwin but this one was prompt,though it wasn't a weekend evening. Coming from Darwin city centre, the bus stop is again about 2-3 min walk from the hotel along a quiet and slightly dark street. I was comfortable with returning by bus after dark but did not stay out that late. I quite liked seeing a more residential and quieter area of Darwin,and the Paravista is handy for walking to the NT museum and the ski club, which I walked to in about 15 mins. I think it is also near Mindl beach and the botanic gardens, and it is about 5 min walk from Parap village shops,where the Sunday market is held.The hotel pool seemed clean and was very refreshing in the heat. There is also a BBQ by the pool for communal use. I would definitely stay here again and would recommend it especially for groups of friends or couples;a car is not really necessary provided you don't mind using buses or taxi or walking!
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