The shock of the humidity and heat of Darwin slap you in the face like an overheated fish in a washing machine! After a rocky landing at Darwin Airport and a quick zoom across town in a taxi, I hoped that the cooling embrace of air conditioning would set things back on the right track.

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The Rydges Hotel is not restricting spend on AC, but in this humidity, it succeeds in feeling both cold AND wet.   The hotel is like a lot of American hotels (largely 3 star ones if I recall) that have an internal atrium, which feels rather dangerous!

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I was to be on the 6th floor. The room was large but there the positives become harder to find as it’s all round a bit tired.

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You can’t argue that there are facilities, but as a whole, there is no sense of luxury, perhaps simply functionality.

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Both beds were sagging.

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The dining or study area was perfectly functional.

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The view is of downtown Darwin. This is neither good nor bad, the room is high enough to make street noise sort of all one level and thus bearable.

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The bathroom is unprepossessing. Guessing that ‘functional’ is the best term!

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The nicest thing was this range of amenities – they were good quality. More of this, Rydges!

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All the towels, including hand towels for general hand washing are INSIDE the shower. Every time you need to find a towel, you have to open up the shower and step inside. I mean, it’s not a hardship, but it would make sense to have a towel ring or bar in the main part of the bathroom.

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The mini-bar is well stocked.

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An actual kettle (this is one up on the Outback Pioneer which had great teas and coffees but no kettle!)

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The poor thing about the room is that it smells of urine.  Look, I realise that some AC systems can end up smelling a bit, but this was stronger and older. It’s not pleasant but is what it is.

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I do love how most Australian hotels have a set of washers and dryers! I know, little amuses the innocent. Perhaps I’m never looking for this amenity in the UK or Ireland, so would never think to enquire about it.

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And ice! But it’s weird (if you stay in a lot of US hotels) that there is no little ice bag to put in between your iced beverage and the ice bucket. This is definitively a first world problem.

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I am not sure what induced me to take a selfie in the laundry room.  Perhaps to prove that I actually do my own laundry?!

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