Chilli's Backpackers, Darwin

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I do recommend!

nice and friendly place, clean and well equipped. located few meters from main places of the city. I do recommend!

Age 39 | brazil

Only the location

This place has became worse with the time. The staff isn't helpful and the communal areas are too small for the amount of people in the hostel. The location is nice, though ...


The gentleman on the front desk was rude and not helpful

We booked for 11 adults in January 2012 for a 17th July 2012 for 4 nights. Two weeks prior to arrival we rang to confirm the booking then also 2 days Before arrival I rang to make sure that we had 3 rooms each with 4 beds and the answer was yes it was all organized. On arrival we had 1 lady in with 3 men whom she did not know and a married couple in with 2 men. One of the males has Parkinson's and is on a lot of medication and has to be with his wife as she is a full time carer. Well this so called Male receptionist was rude could not have cared about any situation, 3 ladies stayed but 8 of us decided to look for other accommodation which is very difficult to get in Darwin in July. After all this happened he charged all of us for 1 night each plus the 3 nights the other ladies stayed which came to a total of $730.00 plus a key deposit. So no wonder this place has got a poor rating, because I would give it a zero out of ten.


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.

The Location

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.

Common Spaces

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.


Good location. Nice kitchen. Fresh bathrooms. Soft beds. Good-looking receptionist. 10/10 toasters!

Frida and Jessica

Poor backpackers all round

The only good thing about Chillis is the location. You pay $220 a week for a bed in a tiny 4 bed dorm (peak season). The staff are very unfriendly, arrogant even. you will be lucky to get a hot shower and that's if water makes it out of the shower at all! The kitchen area is too small with too many people using the few stoves there area. Adjacent to the kitchen there is a laundry area in which you pay $4 for a machine to not wash your clothes and then another $4 for a drier which doesnt dry your clothes, add to this the fact that half of the machines don't work along with half of the machines at their sister hostel Youth Shack then you struggle to get your clothes washed and dried. There are also no washing lines in this hostel. You will be evicted if you have a guest over and if your room is untidy (I have seen some rooms where people have been evicted from and they were hardly untidy), basically the place is like a prison, don't waste your time or money here.


Ok, Could be a lot better

Im a single male backpacker in my 20s. On arriving at the hostel, The large person behind the counter was rude, short, and didnt seem interested in giving me answers to questions I had, only more interested with the young females that he was flirting with. I asked if this particular person if they had parking available, in which his response was no, only to find out from other backpackers that there was plenty of car park room as they had cars there. On checking in and speaking to some other long term male backpackers they said he was also found him rude short and disinterested with any problems or quiries they had and that he was more interested in the female backpackers. The facilities were pretty good with the rooms kept very clean. There stairwell had the strong smell of a toilet which was a bit off putting if you had to go to up and down to your room more than a few times. The kitchen area was open and very user friendly. I would have give this establishment 3 and a half out of 5 if it wasnt for the attitude received at the front counter.


Avoid this hostel

Don't stay there!! They ask for a 30 dollar deposit on arrival, it's crazy! The girls at the reception are very rude, one girl in particular. Ignored me, didn't smile, went to talk with her friend while I still had questions to ask. Plus she first offered me a room with a window right above the kitchen, the smell of food was very strong. One day I ask for a blanket, and it was 25 dollars deposit! AND the girl of course didn't tell me that it included a 5 dollars cleaning fee, so I lost 5 dollars. I would not have accepted if she had told me. Also the bathroom wasn't very clean. It is cleaned every day but very superficially.


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Chilli's Backpackers Reviews from the Web

Liked: Spa. Sun Deck. Location Didn't like: Front rooms are very noisy frkm the street. Be earned on the Northern front side of the building.


Liked: 1) Good location, close to bars, shops.2) The Balcony/common room. Didn't like: 1) Small untidy rooms.2) Overcrowded with over 180 guests.3) No room in the fridges.4) Tiny kitchen that supports around 3 people.5) No one talks to each other.6) You have to hire the cooking utensils at reception every single time. 7) Tiny air conditioners that barely works, its winter and i'm hot, in summer i would die.8) $32 a night for a 4 bed dorm so your effectively paying $128 a night between four.9) Overpriced internet, $4 a day, 180 people staying and paying it so its effectively $720 per day!!!10) The t.v is very hard to see, and goes fuzzy every 30 seconds.11) The whole hostel smells of feet.


Liked: Breakfast was included, though very simple, toast, butter, jam every day. Centrally located. Didn't like: People were smoking in the kitchen&dining area although it wasnt allowed. No free wifi. As all hostels in Darwin too expensive, bad value for money.


Liked: nothing Didn't like: You need to deposit 10$ for dishes and cutlery. For a pot and a pan you even have to deposit your room key.


Liked: Location Didn't like: Pretty noisy and some guests got the ameneties really dirty.


Liked: In center of town Didn't like: Very expensive, interner just for money ant You can't even enter facilities with any alcohol:)


Liked: Good location. Staff are friendly. Didn't like: Bathrooms are average. Annoying to have to give a deposit for cutlery, especially if you want to use after the reception is closed


Liked: Location is good Didn't like: To many Party People! Not clean.


Liked: Location is great. Can use the pool of the sister hostel. Didn't like: Have to borrow your own dishes and have to pay deposit for it. Kitchen not well equipted.


Liked: I like the outdoor kitchen area as it was a reasonable size. Didn't like: I disliked the room size. Everything was very cramped in the room.



This hostel is a fun and friendly place to stay, we operate for the party animals but also for the more reserved kind of guests.
Chillis offers helpful information, a great tour desk with fully qualified travel agents, 24hour reception and interent access up untill 10pm every night.
Chillis has two spa decks, large kitchen area and a TV room where we play all the latest movies and Television programes.
Located in the heart of Darwin - Mitchell St is surrounded by bars, live music, shopping malls and the supermarket is only a walk away.
Come and stay with us here at Chillis backpackers, where all the fun begins on your adventure holiday to Australia.

Location and Contact


• 69 Mitchell Street, Darwin, Northern Territory 0810
• Infront of greyhound office
• 20metres from Coles supermarket



Address: 69a Mitchell Street, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

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Phone Number: +61 (8) 8941-9722, 1-800-351-313
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Facilities and Amenities



Luggage Storage


Airport Pickup

Lockers in Lobby


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

24 Hour Security

Air Conditioning

Board Games

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking

Hot Showers

Hot tub/Jacuzzi



Lounge Area


Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals

Curfew: No Curfew

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Very Large (100+ beds)


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