Chilli's Backpackers

69a Mitchell Street, Darwin City, Darwin, Australia, 0810
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6.9
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8.6
Excellent
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Excellent location - 860 meters to the beach
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  • Crocosaurus Cove120 m
  • Darwin Waterfront850 m
  • Wave Lagoon950 m
  • Darwin Wharf Precinct1.29 km
  • Stokes Hill Wharf1.31 km
  • Mindil Beach2.14 km
  • Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory2.83 km
  • Defence of Darwin Experience6.52 km
  • Australian Aviation Heritage Centre7.42 km
  • Berry Springs Nature Reserve31.06 km
  • Highlights and ratings

    2-star Hostel
    Free Wi-Fi
    "Room is clean, wifi connection at room is fair but is good in common area, breakfast is provided daily and staffs are nice"
    Chun F. - October 13, 2016
    Very good service
    7.0 rating for service
    Good facilities on premise
    6.5 facilities on premise
    Good comfort
    6.2 room quality and comfort
    Good cleanliness
    6.0 rating for cleanliness
    • 860 meters to the beach

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Hot tub

    • Air conditioning

    • Daily housekeeping

    Cheaper than 99% of all properties in Darwin in the last 24 hoursCompared to 263 Darwin properties at Agoda for various dates
    Value for money6.3
    Location rating8.6
    Nearest airportDarwin International Airport (DRW)
    Distance to airport7.4 km

    Rooms available at Chilli's Backpackers

    Dormitory
    Dormitory
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    • Room size: 11 m²/118 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 bunk bed
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    Female Dorm
    Female Dorm
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    • Room size: 11 m²/118 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 bunk bed
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    Double Room
    Double Room
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    • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 double bed
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    Twin Room
    Twin Room
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    • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 2 single beds
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    SHARED ROOM 4 BEDS SHARED BATHROOM FEMALE DORMITORY
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        Double Room Shared Bathroom
        Double Room Shared Bathroom
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            Shared Room - Women only
            Shared Room - Women only
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                Frequently asked questions

                What time is check-in and check-out at Chilli's Backpackers?

                Check-in is from 11:00 AM, and check-out is until 10:30 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The property offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

                How do I get to Chilli's Backpackers?

                For those who wish to drive their own cars, Chilli's Backpackers has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Car parking is free for guests.

                What is the smoking policy at Chilli's Backpackers?

                Chilli's Backpackers does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

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                What people love about Chilli's Backpackers

                • 7.6
                  Very good

                  "Nice place."

                  Richard

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                  November 19, 2016

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                7.1/10
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                8.6/10
                Room comfort score
                6.2/10
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                8.4
                Excellent

                "Nice kitchen!"

                julian

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                November 16, 2016

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                4 mentions
                Housekeeping
                4 mentions
                Breakfast
                2 mentions

                What they offer

                7.2
                Very good

                "Wifi is good."

                Chee M.

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                July 2, 2016

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                Reviews of Chilli's Backpackers from real guests

                Overall rating
                6.9
                Good
                From 456 reviews
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                Rating via Agoda6.7
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                Cleanliness6.0
                Facilities6.5
                Location8.6
                Room comfort and quality6.2
                Service7.0
                Value for money6.3
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                9+ Exceptional (2)
                8-9 Excellent (11)
                7-8 Very Good (17)
                6-7 Good (21)
                <6 Below Expectation (28)
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                8.4
                Excellent
                Julie from Australia
                Solo traveler
                Double Room
                Stayed 1 night in July 2019

                Cheap and central, friendly and helpful staff”

                Great staff, there was an issue with my booking and the staff went out of their way to resolve it to my satiafaction. Great central location but make sure you have good ear plugs Mitchell St very noisy at night

                Reviewed July 09, 2019
                6.8
                Good
                Sofia from Germany
                Group
                Female Dorm
                Stayed 1 night in June 2019

                Good location, nice spa pools, bad kitchen”

                Plus: Location is right by the main streetnext to a supermarket and bars etc but you walk 15 min to the lagoon, the sun deck with two spa pools and sun beds is great, we were lucky we got a 4 bed dorm on our own with 2 people and aircondition, got refunded after the AC didnt work for 1 night Minus: the kitchen is not well equipped at all, really basic

                Reviewed June 15, 2019
                8.4
                Excellent
                Edy from Indonesia
                Solo traveler
                Dormitory
                Stayed 2 nights in February 2017

                Good location hostel”

                Located just across crocodile cove and nearby airport shuttle stop hence convenient for arrival early in morning or catching early morning flight like the case of mine. Wifi can be improved as can not receive signal in room and occasionally have interruption while using wifi.

                Reviewed February 28, 2017
                9.3
                Exceptional
                Chong from Malaysia
                Solo traveler
                Female Dorm
                Stayed 1 night in March 2015

                Awesome Backpacker”

                Location, price, cleanliness

                Unfortunately didnt get to stay here as it was temporary closed for renovation. Was surprised and puzzled for a while upon arriivinh at the hostel. However, was diverted to Youth Shack down the road. Staff were genuinely friendly and helpful. Check in was at ease. I rented a bath towel and it was worthy as clean and comfy. Crowd was cool. Impressed with the room condition; in yerms of hygiene, structure and facilities. The hostel provided free breakfast but didn’t get to try it. Perhaps could consider extending the breakfast hour. Would definitely stay here again if I make a return trip to Darwin.

                Reviewed June 13, 2015
                8.4
                Excellent
                julian from Germany
                Solo traveler
                Dormitory
                Stayed 1 night in November 2016

                Awesome value for the money!”

                Staff is bloody friendly! Wirlpools@rooftop! Nice kitchen! (No oven though), room airconditioned (but little dodgy), toilets very clean!, location is just perfect (besides coles and esplanade) Will definitely come again!

                Reviewed November 16, 2016
                3.0
                Anna from Russia
                Couple
                Double Room
                Stayed 2 nights in July 2014

                Dirty, loud and not friendly”

                Public areas are quite dirty. Staff was very unhelpful. They do not know Darwin and seem not to care at all. They say 24 hour reception, but it is not true - you have to call night reception and wait for him to come over if you check out before 6 AM. It is right in the middle of backpacker street - so all night you are in the front row seats for all fights and drunk screams. Overall Darwin hotels and not good value for money - but this one is exceptionally bad, hostel across the street is much better.

                Reviewed July 08, 2014
                4.7
                laurie from Australia
                Solo traveler
                Dormitory
                Stayed 1 night in May 2014

                disappointing customer service”

                location,proximity to city centre

                was disappointing to be kept waiting an hour or so to be checked in @ 1.30 Am and accosted by drunken passers by.finally got into bed at 3am.not good enough to have 1 night manager running 2 places imo.really poor customer service

                Reviewed May 19, 2014
                5.7
                laurie from Australia
                Solo traveler
                Dormitory
                Stayed 1 night in December 2013

                well located backpaker hostel in heart of darwin”

                th best things were the location and proximity to shops and supermarkets

                i enjoyed my stay at chillis the staff were friendly and helpful.the rooms were clean and well designed for dorms.It was only a 2 minute walk to the Coles supermarket next door and restaurants in mitchell street all walking distance.The only fault i could find was the loud music blaring out all night every night but this was one of the quieter backpackers compared to the others.

                Reviewed December 25, 2013
                6.0
                laurie from Australia
                Solo traveler
                Dormitory
                Stayed 2 nights in November 2013

                centrally located friendly hostel”

                location staff friendliness and price

                it was adequate.for the money and facilities it was reasonable value for money.It is well located in mitchell street close to all the bars and restaurants.It also has a Coles supermarket practically next door which is convenient for those doing their own meals etc

                Reviewed November 09, 2013
                7.2
                Very good
                Chee from Malaysia
                Solo traveler
                Dormitory
                Stayed 4 nights in June 2016

                Great Place”

                Great location. Very friendly staff. Unfortunately, the kitchen and some common areas are not so clean. It is a very busy hostel. Please bring your own towel, soap, sleeping bag. They just provide sheets and pillow case. Wifi is good.

                Reviewed July 02, 2016
                6.0
                Jeffrey from Philippines
                Solo traveler
                Dormitory
                Stayed 3 nights in May 2014

                Short Getaway to relax and unwind”

                It's cheap considering its a backpackers hostel. Also the location is perfect since it is centrally located within the city area.

                It's a common backpackers hostel. Its location is perfect since all you needs is just a walk away. They provide free bread and hot tea/coffee for breakfast. Just a tip, bring your own utensils if you are staying here as this is a dorm style. You can do your cooking, laundry and they also have ref for storing your food for longer stay. The room I stay is good for 4 persons.

                Reviewed May 23, 2014
                5.7
                Annabel from United Kingdom
                Solo traveler
                Double Room
                Stayed 1 night in May 2014

                Cheap, budget, basic”

                Central location

                I had a private room with shared bathroom but the experience was very basic. This hostel is great if you want a no frills cheap as experience - you may as we'll go for a dorm room as the facilities shared for a private room are the same but you pay three times the price. If looking for a cheaper private room spend an extra 40 bucks and go for a travelodge or cheap motel instead. That said this hostel is in a brilliant location and the staff will help with airport transfers etc. plus, a good place to meet other travellers.

                Reviewed May 17, 2014
                6.7
                Good
                Aik from Malaysia
                Solo traveler
                Female Dorm
                Stayed 2 nights in March 2014

                Just a so so experience.”

                friendly staff, central location, close to restaurant

                This is quite a noisy hostel since many working holiday youngster are staying here for longer terms.The double deck bed is a bit too high. it is a bit difficult to climb up to the upper level as the gap of the stair case is quite big.That was smell in the room as well.

                Reviewed March 26, 2014
                4.3
                Alexandra from Australia
                Couple
                Double Room
                Stayed 2 nights in July 2013

                Appropriate choice for backpackers”

                Close to nightlife, cheap for Darwin, all hours check in

                . Having stayed at hostels, Chilli's is far more suitable for a backpacker looking for a quieter (but still not quiet) night. If you want the party scene, go for the Youth Shack which has a bar inside. This is not the type of place to stay if your looking for comfort, quiet or really anything, but the cheapest room possible. so many may be drawn to stay here, but I would strongly recommend you scope out one of the other great deals on Agoda for accommodation As flights in Darwin can arrive and depart at all times of the night, Mitchell St can be a pretty scary place to stand and wait for someone to come and let you in to the hostel at 2am in the morning. If you are arriving outside of the reception hours, I would recommend obtaining the night manager's number prior to arrival so that they are ready for you when you arrive. Chilli's has a no alcohol policy in all rooms, which I think is a good thing! Shared bathrooms are standard in all rooms.

                Reviewed September 28, 2013
                5.0
                Avril from United Kingdom
                Solo traveler
                Dormitory
                Stayed 1 night in July 2013

                dorm room in budget hostel”

                location, cant think of another 2

                standard as most backpackers, dorm bed was ok, places to hang out, fairly secure. close to the bars etc. of course if you want anything more than that you have to pay for it. just stayed the one night. does what it says on the tin.

                Reviewed August 02, 2013
                7.0
                Very good
                Manivannan from Fiji
                Solo traveler
                Double Room
                Stayed 1 night in June 2013

                Poor facilities for late check-in”

                Clean, convenient location, comfortable room

                Chilli Backpackers provides a decent clean room at reasonable cost for Australian prices. However, it is poorly organised for late check-ins. I arrived on a late flight and was at the hotel about 12am. The doors were locked with a sign telling klate arrivals to call a 1-800 number. (I had a mobile phone so was able to call the number.) However, e callw as diverted to a message bank and despite leaving a message, there was no return call. Fortunately, a guest entered the hotel a few minutes later and directed me to another hotel a few doors down with the same owners. A man finally turned up, told me to 'Wait!" with all my luggage, shut the door, and eventually returned to accompany me back to Chilli Backpackers. No excuse or apology was offered nor any assitance with luggage. At chek-in he remained curt and impolite. If it had not been for the 2 young women at check out the following morning and for the apology they offered, staff rating would have been "1". Incidentally, on the list of information and rules that is handed to you on check-in, the late night number to call is different from the number on the door when guests arrive. Do not recommend booking Cillis Backpackers if you are arriving late -- you may not be able to get in unless a fellow guest happens to walk by.

                Reviewed June 21, 2013
                7.7
                Very good
                Kathleen from Ireland
                Couple
                Double Room
                Stayed 2 nights in August 2012

                Great hostel”

                Good travel desk, v.helpful staff..

                chillies and the youthshack it's sister hostel were both great.. however if you are staying in chillies and want a quiet night ask for a room near the carpark.. our first night was a sleepless night but staff were great and gave us a different room the next night... we booked our tours from there travel desk and we got a v.good deal...

                Reviewed September 12, 2012
                6.0
                Barbara from United Kingdom
                Couple
                Double Room
                Stayed 3 nights in August 2012

                Well ran backpacker”

                clean, well organised, free toast and coffee for breakfast, central city

                Darwin very busy city, always background noise at night and often partying sometimes till 5am. Shared-sex showers, not really family friendly,unless children almost grown. Brilliant cheap shared rooms for backpackers, with shared facilities, eg kitchen/dining area and laundry

                Reviewed August 31, 2012
                6.0
                Peter from Australia
                Solo traveler
                Double Room
                Stayed 4 nights in August 2012

                Hostel style through and through: rough around the”

                in the thick of it

                overall was fine, and convenient as it's right in the middle of the bar and club area. so the buzz is brilliant. I wouldn't say the staff are friendly really: some are great, and some are downright rude when you have 'special request'. Try harder guys.

                Reviewed August 29, 2012
                7.6
                Very good
                Hoang from Vietnam
                Solo traveler
                Dormitory
                Stayed 2 nights in April 2018

                gud”

                location is perfect, near bus station, malls, bars. internet is free and fast the only thing i wonder is cannot find a spoon in kitchen, weird

                Reviewed May 02, 2018
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