Melaleuca on Mitchell is one of the Base-affiliated hostels, making it a good option for those with Base accommodation packages. It is centrally located right across the street from the transit centre, making it easy to get to. The hostel is a very large complex with a wide variety of room types from which to choose.
The hostel is located directly opposite the Darwin transit centre on Mitchell Street, the main street in Darwin where many of the hostels are located. There is a Cole's supermarket right across from the street, and there are also several restaurants and cafe's located on the street as well.
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The hostel is composed of three floors of bedrooms. The third floor is the girls-only floor, which definitely makes girls who are traveling alone feel much more secure. The rooms range in size, and come complete with lockable cupboards as well. All rooms have air conditioning units, fans, and full-length mirrors.
The bathrooms are very large, with several showers and toilets in each bathroom block. The showers are fairly roomy, and have an enclosed dressing area as well.
The first-floor area of the hostel has a large, outdoor common area. There is a pool for guest use, a bar area, an eating area, and the kitchen facilities. The bar has great specials during happy hour, and is often a great place to meet other travelers. The kitchen is a large, industrial-style kitchen, with several hobs, sinks, a large food preparation area, and many fridges for guest use. Guests must rent their own plate and cutlery set for a small deposit, which they will get back when the return it upon check out. The ground floor level of the hostel also has a common area with computers, which guests can use upon purchase of internet time cards using the Global Gossip system.
This hostel is good value for money, and the bar and drink specials make it a great place to relax in the evenings and socialize. The central location is very convenient, and air conditioning and fans in every room definitely add to comfort.