Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel: Name Says It All

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The Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel Review is part of the TPOL Down Under Trip Report.


Getting There: It’s a little under three hours to drive from Darwin. That doesn’t include the stop at Croc Jumping or the detour at Corroboree Park Tavern which can set you back a few hours.


Growing up, my favorite hotel was the Dolphin Resort in Disney. It has giant fish statues on its roof. When I learned‎ that there was a hotel shaped like a Crocodile in Kakadu National Park, I had to see it for myself.

Overhead shot of hotel

Incidentally, the croc hotel is a Mercure branded hotel. I have no status with Accor which may explain why my room was way back in the tail.

No status tail

Coolness Factor
So this must be an old croc because the exterior color has faded and the hotel is dated. Still, it’s a hotel shaped like a crocodile which live to be over 100, so maybe it fits with the theme.

Room
The room was very big, but the bed was only a queen. What’s the point of a queen size bed in a giant room?

Bathroom
Great water pressure but‎ aesthetically this looked more like a motel bathroom than a Mercure property (see Mercure Palermo Excelsior City).

Pool
It is hot in Kakadu! So much so that there’s a tarp over the pool.

Service
The staff was very helpful over the phone. They explained that it was rainy season and that the best bet for seeing the most of Kakadu during this time was the Yellow River Cruise.

Gift Shop
Normally, I don’t buy souvenirs from the hotel gift shop, but in my everything croc binge, I had to pick up a croc shot glass.

Overall
Yay for crocs! Yay for the croc hotel!

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