Value Inn

The Value Inn is centrally located in Darwin within walking distance of Bicentennial Park, the wharf and many bars.  It’s located next to Melaleuca On Mitchell (MOM).  During the day you can enter through the parking lot gate.  After hours you must enter through MOM.  The entrance is flat with double doors, one door was open at all times making it easy to enter and exit.

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My room was located on the ground floor with two single beds, accessible en-suite bathroom, TV and small fridge.  The room is small.  The bed height is good making it easy to transfer to.  The beds are close making it tight to wheel between.  The bathroom size is good and easy to maneuver in.  The toilet, sink and mirror height are good.  There is a shower bench, handheld shower and curtain around the shower.  The cleanliness of the room was average.

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If staying at the Value Inn, you can use all the facilities of MOM including the pool, laundry, kitchen, and bar, all accessible by elevator.  The bar has happy hour deals.  There is a bathroom located on this floor but it’s not accessible.  There is an accessible bathroom located on another floor that you need a key from the front desk for.  I was able to use the regular bathroom but it was not very clean.  MOM also has several activities including movie nights, BBQ, pool volleyball and games.  There is WIFI you can purchase through Global Gossip that is not very good.  The staff at The Value Inn and MOM is very nice and helpful.  I met several other travelers at the bar that were great to hang out with.

The area around town is flat and easy to wheel.  Bicentennial Park is 1 block away from The Value Inn.  The wharf is about a 15 minute wheel with ramps and elevator down to the lagoon, restaurants and shops.  Stokes Hill Wharf is a 25 minute wheel where I boarded the Charles Darwin boat for a sunset cruise.  I was in Darwin in March, which is the rainy season, be aware some tours do not go this time of year.

Accessibility wise Value Inn would receive a 4/5 rating.

Recommendations:

Shower needs a nonslip surface on floor.

Wheelchair users looking to stay:

Guests staying by themselves with wider wheelchairs may need to remove one bed; you will not be able to wheel between the beds to get to the bathroom.

Be careful wheeling around late in the evening some of the Aboriginal people can be verbally abusive if you don’t give them money.

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