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“Awful, awful, awful - the worst place in 1yr of travelling!”
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Gecko Lodge
Ranked #33 of 49 Speciality Lodging in Darwin
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35 reviews
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“Awful, awful, awful - the worst place in 1yr of travelling!”
Reviewed 11 May 2008

DON'T EVEN GO HERE!
Arrived a 2am and found an envelope with a key on the outside of reception (well 2 keys for different rooms???) Went to the 1st room and saw that the kichen was filthy with food all over the floor and left over food on the outside tables, looked in the shower room which was so dirty, so opted to use the other key which came with instructions to go to the building around the corner, "House 2".
Even worse, 6 foot fence with no lock and then up the stairs to a front door with no lock, 2 fridges in the lounge with doors wide open that were switched off, rusty and looked like they hadn't been in use for months. Lots of old tinned and packet food gathering dust on the kitchen work top and our room was at the back next to a fire escape (again wide open with no lock/barrier) and our room had the lightest door that you could see had been forced open at some point - didn't even try the air con as yellow stuff was dripping from it! Checked out at 8 even though we had paid 2 nights on the web (AUS$120/2 nights for a double room/cell!!) Went along to Banyview Lodge which was the same price and had a lovely room overlooking the pool.
Dangerous, unsafe, dosser-style accommodation, filthy, and we had been travelling for 6 months by the time we arrived here!

  • Liked — Nothing - Disgusting!
  • Disliked — Filthy, Unsafe, No Amenities, No Locking Doors, Yellow Dripping Air Con...
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
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Granollers, Spain
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Reviewed 15 March 2008

The advise for this hostel in our guidebook was that it was quite and with a pleasant backyard. After seeing the noisy and nightlife infatuated hostels in the middle of the town, probably this quieteness was quite valuable.

The hostel is a little bit out of the way, needing an extra 15 minutes to walk anywhere in the middle of the town. The lodge itself is pleasant, with big outdoors living area and a decent kitchen, plus a necessary pool for the warmer months (which in Darwin, are very warm). We got a 4-bed room, with a double bed and a double bulk, which was very simple and bland, but worked well. The air-conditioned was just working at night and, to be honest, not all the time.

The overall feeling was a little bit like a beach lodge, though it was not close to it, very relaxed, laid-back and simple.

We had free infinite pancakes for breakfast, and no trouble at all.

Stayed January 2008
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Property: Gecko Lodge
Address: 146 Michell Street, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia
Region: Australia > Northern Territory > Top End > Darwin
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Ranked #33 of 49 Speciality Lodging in Darwin
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Number of rooms: 4
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