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Hilton Darwin is home to Darwin’s only Executive Lounge but that is not the only reason you should stay here. The staff at the Hilton in Darwin have genuine down-to-earth charm that personifies everything that is great about visiting the Northern Territory. The porter rushes to open the door of my cab and gives me a friendly welcome, ushering me inside the cool comfort of the air-conditioned lobby. He also provides an authentic glimpse of life in the Top End with a lively description of the spectacular storm which came through town earlier in the day. Reception hands over my keys with a smile and, later than night, the Hilton Darwin Executive Lounge hostess chats about my plans to visit Litchfield National Park, providing plenty of handy tips.

Hilton Darwin lobby
Hilton Darwin lobby

Along with offering friendly, personal service the Executive Lounge at the Hilton Darwin serves breakfast, evening drinks and canapés daily. It’s a convivial spot to meet up with other travellers and have a chat about your adventures over a drink. When you add up the value of the Hilton Darwin’s Executive Lounge benefits, it can also make good financial sense to upgrade to one of these rooms.

Hilton Darwin Club Lounge
Executive Lounge with harbour views

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Hilton Darwin’s newly renovated guest rooms are contemporary and comfortable, not to mention larger than the industry norm, with upgraded bathrooms, attractive decor that reflects the Northern Territory’s earthy colours and tasteful local artworks. The hotel also has a swimming pool and a new gym area, both located on Level 10 of the hotel.

Hilton Darwin room
King Guest room
Hilton Darwin bathroom
Renovated bathroom
Hilton Darwin pool
Swimming pool on Level 10
Hilton Darwin gym
New gym with the latest gear

The hotel’s signature restaurant, Mitchell’s Grill, also reflects the destination. Some of Australia’s best seafood can be found in the Northern Territory, giving the Hilton Darwin chefs plenty of exceptional produce to work with. Mitchell’s Grill has been nominated as a Best Hotel Finalist in the Australian Hotels Association (NT) Harbottle Gold Plate Awards and is a step above many of Darwin’s other hotel restaurants.

Hilton Darwin dining
Grilled prawns, with a squeeze of lemon
Hilton Darwin dining
Lemongrass risotto topped with some of the NT’s freshest fish

If seafood isn’t your thing, there are other dishes such as butter chicken, Thai beef salad and grilled kangaroo fillet with crushed potatoes, confit cherry tomatoes, wild mushrooms and veal jus. Hilton Darwin offers a delicious taste of the Top End in five star surrounds, with stunning harbour views from the Executive Club (and some of the hotel’s guest rooms) and an ideal CBD location. If you are heading to Darwin, don’t miss dinner at Mitchell’s Grill.

Disclosure: The writer stayed as a guest of Hilton Darwin.

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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.