Chilli's Backpackers is a big hostel in the center of Darwin, although it isn't a perfect place for travelers, since it's used mainly by backpackers who are working in the city. The hostel is good looking from the outside, but once you get inside, you see that this hostel isn't cleaned on a regular basis and the rooms and communal areas are not well maintained.
This hostel is situated two minutes from the Greyhound stop, on one of the main streets in Darwin, right next to the most-frequented bars and pubs of the city -- only two minutes' walking distance, but you can expect noise at night, specially on weekends, where you will be able to hear everything in the rooms. The hostel has a big logo with a red chili bean that will easily identify the hostel, so you can't miss it. There are a few parking spots in the same street of the hostel, but as it is one of the busiest streets, it can be difficult to find available spots.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The rooms are small just enough for the number of people. The bunk beds are old and don't have the usual lateral stairs for you to climb. Most rooms have air con, which will keep you cool in the high temperatures of Darwin, but as it isn't well maintained, it makes a lot of noise, and you will hear it mostly during the night. The hostel provides you clean linen and you'll have to leave a key deposit -- the value is usually bigger than the price of the room. The bathrooms are shared, and normally get to crowded and dirty. Most of the showers have enough pressure, but there aren't enough hooks or shelves for your clothes.
This hostel has a communal kitchen that's not very big, and it doesn't have most of the utensils needed for cooking. There are kitchen sets available, but you'll have to leave a deposit -- if you need pans or pots, you'll have to leave your room keys in the reception. This way, each time you need any utensil to use in the kitchen -- that is on the first floor -- you will have to go to the reception. Like the rest of the hostel, the kitchen isn't cleaned on a regular basis and sometimes gets too dirty. There is a jacuzzi in this hostel, which is a nice area with a small sundeck. The hostel has a luggage room that you can use for free, even when you go two or three days away on a tour. There is a tour agency inside the hostel, but the prices aren't very competitive if you check some of the many tour agencies on the same street. You'll have internet access in the reception (but it's not free).
This is a very well-located hostel but not very friendly; the staff don't try to be very empathetic and the other guests aren't mostly travelers but people working in the city, so it isn't so easy to share travel experiences or funny stories.