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"Clean nice pool and friendly staff. Really happy with how staff handled my booking at YouthShack while chilli undergoing renovation. " More

By a verified traveller on Thu 11 Apr 2019

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Hotel Description

At Chilli's Backpackers - Hostel you'll be 0.1 km (0.1 mi) from The Esplanade and 1.5 km (1 mi) from Darwin Waterfront. Highlights at this hostel include an outdoor swimming pool and in-room free WiFi.

This hostel has free WiFi in public areas, a business center, and a 24-hour front desk. Other amenities include laundry facilities, a terrace, and tour/ticket assistance. There's also the convenience of limited parking.

With a stay at this Darwin City Centre hostel, you'll be 2.1 km (1.3 mi) from Mindil Beach and 2.4 km (1.5 mi) from Cullen Bay Marina.

Twin Room, Shared Bathroom

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Double Room, Shared Bathroom

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm, Shared Bathroom (4 Bed)

Bed Count 4 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Shared Dormitory, Women only, Shared Bathroom (4 Bed)

Bed Count 4 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Chilli's Backpackers - Hostel ratings based on 30 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.3 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 3.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 2.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 2.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Chilli's Backpackers - Hostel

Everyone (26) Couples (4)
4 out of 5

Posted by on 20 Oct. 2019

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5 out of 5
Clean nice pool and friendly staff. Really happy with how staff handled my booking at YouthShack while chilli undergoing renovation.

Posted by on 11 Apr. 2019

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2 out of 5
Roomstoo tight, bathroom is a geat a van would be fine. Little insects can be there, saw some. Less toilette paper, just in one cabine (4days). I really don't know what the cleaning staff is doing there?

Posted by on 18 Sep. 2016

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2 out of 5

Noisy, dirty, basic

Pros: Central
Cons: Demolition
Location: Central, but it would be better to go elsewhere
Despite pre-booking and telling them we were arriving around 1 am, we were kept waiting interminably because the one evening operator was also running another facility. VERY noisy room. Toilets were a disgrace. Broken shower with tepid water. Never again.

Posted by , from NZ on 19 Aug. 2015

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4 out of 5

Close to everything

Pros: Staff , Close to everything You need
Cons: Beds , Toilets could be cleaned more often Dinning
Location: Dining , shopping and nightlife
Nice place to stay,close to shops, pubs and nightlife . Staff were very helpful and Friendly. I meet some very nice people wilst i was there

Posted by , from Corroboree N.T on 16 Aug. 2015

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2 out of 5
Pros: Was literally right by the airport shuttle pickup and drop off. 10 minute walk to Greyhound Coach stop. 2 minutes from Coles. Had a luggage room.
Cons: A slice of toast is NOT breakfast (free breakfast..) Bathroom/showers are disgusting. Need more staff for clean facilities and guest management.
Location: Central Mitchell St. Handy to Airport Shuttle, Greyhound Coaches, Coles
Stay 1 - Night before trip to Katherine Gorge Check in for sheets, pillow, cash bond for room key card. Luggage room for excess bags that needed to be left behind for a week. 4 person dorm room was okay. Had 2 long term people in my room. One was working as a tradie/labourer and had tools and work clothes/boots all over room. Didn't use bathroom due to gross condition. Was a Saturday night so my stay from 9.30pm to 5.45am was noisy with many disruptions throughout the night. Don't stay here if you need to sleep. Earliest check out without calling a night manager (who works between multiple properties) is 6am. Stay 2 - 9.45pm arrival again on a Saturday night. Same friendly staff member. Learned they are staffed from 6am through to 10pm daily. Other times is a night manager who patrols several properties. Bathrooms still disgusting but no other option for having a shower. No shower curtain or exhaust fan so entire bathroom is soaking, steaming. 4 person dorm room shared with three other backpackers who were in and out throughout the night until 3 am. Screaming irish english girls up and down the halls hourly. At 4 am an alarm was set off that would have woken all of Mitchell St and took maybe 20 minutes to be turned off. By this stage police were involved. Sirens, shouting.. At least i had a bed for the night despite no sleep. Did the job for cheap accommodation at short notice and for someone literally just passing through and needing somewhere to store gear for a week.

Posted by on 15 Aug. 2015

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3 out of 5

On the main road of Darwin

Great mix of people. Clean and tidy. Staff very helpful.

Posted by on 9 Jul. 2015

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3 out of 5

Does the job.

Pros: Good Location.Staff nice. Budget price.
Cons: Certainly shared shower facilities. Need an upgrade. Rooms ok.
Location: Mitchell St. Central to most things. Pubs ,restaurants, cafes for breakfast. Stroll to the Mall. Good spot.
Was ok. Place to crash each night. Tried to have a shower but no hot water . Least it was 32 degrees I guess. Shower area was like a skating rink as well. Just down right dangerous. Torvill and Dean would have felt at home. Upside was the staff were very friendly and helpful. You get what u pay for. Otherwise try the Hyatt or the Sheraton I suppose.

Posted by , from Adelaide on 8 Jul. 2015

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1 out of 5

Needs cleaning

Bumped to another hostel without notice Room was dirty Aircon didn't work Showers and toilets okay

Posted by , from NT on 9 Apr. 2015

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4 out of 5
Pros: Location
Cons: Nothing
I'll stay again..

Posted by , from Australia - TAS - Hobart on 2 Dec. 2014

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About the Chilli's Backpackers - Hostel

Location 69 Mitchell Street, Darwin, NT 0800

Property Features

Public spaces have free WiFi. You'll find a business center on site. An outdoor pool, a terrace, and tour/ticket assistance are also featured at Chilli's Backpackers - Hostel. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this Darwin hostel.

  • 170 guestrooms or units
  • Business facilities
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Terrace
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Parking (limited spaces)

Room Amenities

Chilli's Backpackers - Hostel offers 170 accommodations with air conditioning. This Darwin hostel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations.

  • Shower and tub combination
  • Air conditioning

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hostel include an outdoor pool.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at noon
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18
  • Check-in time ends at 10:00 PM

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property accepts Visa and Mastercard. Cash is not accepted. For guests' safety, the property includes a smoke detector in each accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F. Social distancing measures are in place; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions. Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Staffed front desk
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff do not wear personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is not available for guests
  • No shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually wrapped food options are not available
  • No gap period between guests' stays
  • Staff temperature checks are not conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are not available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Property does not follow sanitisation practices of any association
  • Guest accommodation is not sealed after cleaning
  • Electrostatic spray is not used for disinfection
  • Cashless transactions are available
  • Masks are not compulsory at the property
  • Contactless food service / room service is not available
  • Reservation is not required for facilities on site
  • Mobile key entry is not available
  • Food service not has not been amended for enhanced safety
  • Property does not offer on-site COVID-19 testing
  • Property does not require health documentation at check-in

Hotel Names

  • Chilli's Backpackers Hostel Darwin
  • Chilli's Backpackers Hostel
  • Chilli's Backpackers Darwin
  • Chilli's Backpackers
  • Chilli's Backpackers - Hostel Darwin
  • Chilli's Backpackers - Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation

You should know

  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
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Frequently asked questions

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.