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“Thrown out of our rooms and abused!”
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Capricornia Motel
Ranked #32 of 36 Hotels in Darwin
Reviewed 20 October 2013

Word of caution: if you stay here, whatever you do make sure you check out by 10am as you risk being literally chucked out of your room! This happened to my friend and I after oversleeping on a Saturday morning [I was still jetlagged after trip overseas]. A knock on the door at 10.20am by the cleaner, and came in and abused us for staying past the 10am checkout time. I packed up my bags, and my friend had a quick visit to the shower. At 10.40am she came back, and proceeded to THROW our bags out of the room! When I interjected and said my friend was still in the bathroom and couldn't get changed she said she didn't care and then physically pushed me out of the room. She was over the top, rude and left a bad impression on this place. While admitting that we should have been more aware of the time and been out by the check-out time, I feel that some degree of leniency would have been the better option over being abused. Other staff were accommodating, and also back up other reviews that the place is tired and run-down.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Zalan F
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

Stayed 3 nights. Place looks run down and is on market for sale currently. Cheap price and clearly budget accommodation. Clean. Bed made up daily. Free wifi. Great sunsets just across the road plus Yacht Club opposite great place for food and drink. Bus to downtown just outside hotel 3 bucks each way and regular service. For what it was, it was fine.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jane S
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

If you just need a bed and don't have high expectations of nice decor then this might do. It's on the bus stop and opposite Fanny Bay /sailing club. The staff were cheerful. Fanny bay allows visitors and has lovely views, cold beer and good inexpensive meals.

Room Tip: Any room would be ok.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled on business
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Thank Geoff D
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

Stayed here for a week after traveling from Sydney to Darwin. It is the 5th motel we had stayed at in Darwin as we were trying to find a nice suburb to move into.
The room was absolutely terrible to say the least, of all the places in Darwin that we stayed at this was honestly the worst. We stayed in cheaper and more expensive places and all 4 of them left this motel for dead.
We are not fussy people but I found this motel to be extremely run down and dirty. The lights didn't work, the fridge wasn't cold, the toilet wouldn't flush properly and the floor and walls were dirty.
The only good thing the Capricornia motel had going for it was the location and the clean linen.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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4  Thank Julie K
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Reviewed 6 February 2013 via mobile

We booked a room at the Capricornia last minute and they were really helpful in leaving the key out for us. We arrived at about 9 and unfortunately the key didn't work so we needed help getting in. The lady was super friendly and helpful - apologising profusely. The room was simple- bed was comfy. Bathroom was very old and looked dirty (including dirty toilet brush covered in toilet paper and shower curtain which was covered in stains).
As this is the only place to stay with pets in Darwin we were grateful but probably wouldn't stay again.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Thank happycamper1505
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Reviewed 29 January 2013

For a cosmopoltan city which continues to go ahead in leaps and bounds, this place has been left behind. Substandard facilities, very tired appearance and flippant staff. Our advice? Don't! There are far better options in Darwin.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Thelonghaul
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Reviewed 25 August 2012

our holiday at darwin was the best ever part because of our fantastic accomadation at the Capricornia which was very homely and comfortable. the reviews which were made before that were negative against the capricornia were very picky.and we were uncertain which to whether to book there but we were very pleasantly surprised . there it a big clean shared kitchen which was very handy and we didnt have to spend a fortune on meals everyday and we cooked there proberly every second night.
They changed the linen every second day and gave you clean towels every day. the cleaner/front desk lady Kiberly was very helpful and always there to helpshe is a very dedicated worker and she is like part of the family. We would recommend the capricornia to others seeking accomadation in Darwin :)

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank simone R
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Additional Information about Capricornia Motel

Address: 3 Kellaway St | Fannie Bay, Darwin, Northern Territory 0820, Australia
Region: Australia > Northern Territory > Top End > Darwin
Amenities:
Beach Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 36 Hotels in Darwin
Price Range: £41 - £68 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Capricornia Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a family run budget motel in a fantastic location surrounded by many local amenities. Opposite the beach and close to the Museum we are also walking distance to all Darwin's most popular seaside clubs, Ski Club, Sailing Club and Trailer Boat Club. We are walking distance to the world famous Minsk Beach Markets held every Thursday during our beautiful dry season and also the local Saturday morning Parap Markets, flowing with fresh Asian food and produce. Our rooms as basic, always affordable, and cleaned daily. We have always had a regular clientele that have become like family over the many years and we always have room for more. ... more   less 
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