4.5
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Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

Location

With a stay at Cicada Lodge in Katherine, you’ll be on a river and minutes from Katherine Gorge.

Rooms

Make yourself at home in one of the 18 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private balconies. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming provides entertainment. Partially open bathrooms with showers feature designer toiletries and bathrobes.

Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities

Enjoy recreation amenities such as an outdoor pool or take in the view from a garden. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access and concierge services.

Food & Drink

Grab a bite to eat at the hotel’s restaurant, where you can enjoy drinks at a bar, take in a pool view, and even dine alfresco (weather permitting). You can also stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar. A complimentary breakfast is included.

Business & Travel Amenities

Featured amenities include complimentary wired Internet access, dry cleaning/laundry services, and luggage storage. Free valet parking is available onsite.

How to Get There

Cicada Lodge
Gorge Road
Katherine, 0850 Australia

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 275 Reviews
Psedo luxury lodging
Reviewed 1 day ago

Long drive from Jabiru, in Kakadu National Park, and a splendid dawn cruise on Yellow Water.

Arrived about 1:30p. No cars in lot. Went to reception, where no one was present. Finally, after ringing bell for about 10 minutes, the receptionist appeared..Not only did she not have a clue, as she was in training, she quickly informed us that she was leaving the lodge soon, to explore Western Australia. Checkin was well beyond her abilities.

We asked for the manager. That took, with the assistance of a consultant, working with the hotel, another 20 minutes. No introduction, no offer of beverage.

We asked to see the room. It looked fine, except my key did not work, and the safe was broken. Lovely staff member, after three visits, fixed the safe.

Inadequate towels, which were supplemented, and finally got our luggage.

Sparse toiletries, and a single knob sink and shower controls, designed in hell. We have not seen a single control in 30 years.

Manager sent us a good bottle of Shiraz. Nice gesture.

Dinner is a set meal, and I couldn’t face more barramundi, so I requested steak. It was served, after having been used as a salt lick. Overly precious dinner, but good service.

Cicada Lodge is expensive, for reasons begging understanding. The reception staff is incompetent and non-existent.

This is a badly run hotel that is a rip-off. Lastly, you must go through Katherine to get there, which is the least friendly town in Australia.

Cicada is a must miss stop for anyone!

disappointed
Reviewed 1 month ago

This review is based on a $500 plus stay per night.
We have stayed at numerous 5 and 6 star accommodation venues. Naturally one develops an expectation and assumption about what this level of stay should be like. Unfortunately very few of those were present at this one!

We wanted to go somewhere to simply chill during exceptionally busy work lives. This looked like an ideal stay. Distant, bush setting, pool to read by, paths to stroll along, entertainment advertised of movies and various channels other than TV and what looked like georgous rooms. We arrived with our books, and a few 'get you going, nibbles.

I won't go into many of this issues, just the important ones.
Our first alert was on our way to our room and for accommodation for around 36 people we noted only four pool lounges around the pool. I was told this was to limit the people so the pool did not get too crowded! There goes our day lounging by the pool!

We were shown our room and noted very greasy finger marks (large) on the door)Mmmm. Into the room and there was no 'wow' factor at all in fact the room felt sort of, nothing. It would not take a lot to provide this wow factor: a small writing desk for emails and other desk styled activity (my partner likes to draw). An indigenous rug at the foot of the bed or just a lovely not too expensive rung to soften the vacuous feeling, and somewhere other than the bed to lounge(?). Two straight backed chairs inside (very nice) and on the deck meant we had to kick back with or books on the bed to lounge. Fair enough. Also noted maybe people do not come here to relax as we did.

once left alone we grabbed the room folder to find out what movies as that first afternoon after travelling we just wanted to chill in front of a movie or two. 2pm a good movie was starting. No matter what we did, no movie channel or anything other than TV!! Copious calls and the young staff tried their best but eventually had to deliver the news that the new disc that had arrived the day before had been returned instead of the old disc and the old disc could not longer be used. He said they would keep trying but if not he would ensure a DVD player with movies would be delivered to the room the next day.

We had arrived tired and had so had looked forward to this moment. I was frustrated and told the staff member that we would expect a re-fund as this was a serious disappointment. He visited the room and apologised saying that dinner would be on the house. I thanked him (we had no idea the value of the dinner as there are no prices), even at dinner, nor for the wine. this is possibly normal at this level but if so everything else needs to be up to pa also?

The DVD player never turned up and we gave up trying.

We went to lay on the bed to have a good read and (nothing exciting) but snuggle in as we did so. Not possible! Two single beds joined together (quite normal) with a very hard raised ridge in the middle where they joined. Dips on both sides so we found ourselves stuck in our dips reading and at night trying to sleep in them. the pillows were not up to pa with this styled accommodation and this really urgently needs addressing as it makes a good nights sleep very hard indeed. There should be a variety of heights for differing needs especially with arthritis in the neck these pillow were too high and a couple quite lumpy.

The dinner was very good indeed. Big tick here but the only one. We kept having to say that we wanted to dine inside. Three times we were asked and three times we said the same. We later found out why it is desirable to dine outside as the indoor lights attract all the bugs!

Three staff 'hanging around' during the day and no one thought to give the pool area a bit of a clean. Wet foot marks etc where it should be lovely and clean at all times.

More generally it was just the lack if information all round. On the second night we decided to go to town to get something light for dinner. After we returned at 7pm we received a call to see if we were dining in to which we replied no we weren't. then we were offered a platter and another dish which had we known we would have taken up instead of going to town.

It is a great place for even a $300 plus price tag but really not for this. Maybe it is the Northern thing but it seems there is little understanding of quality for the dollars spent.

kathrine gorge
Reviewed 1 month ago

Cicada lodge and staff were beyond expectation,food and setting attentive ,Marcus was outstanding,he attended to my 90 year old mother with the ut most care. it is a beautiful secluded lodge surrounded by bush and close to the gorge,our trip down the gorge was beautiful with excellent commentary the south rock pool walk in the early morning was one of the most beautiful experiences I have had in all my travels,I hope the national park can remain sensitively approached in the way our indigenous people would want it to be handled thank you for allowing us to experience its beauty.and thank you to the wonderful staff at Cicada.

Nice stay in Katherine
Reviewed 5 months ago

Nice boutique hotel located in the Katherine national park. The rooms were clean and comfortable and the food was tasty. The staff were very friendly and went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable.

just perfect
Reviewed 6 months ago

small boutique hotel of few small villas,rooms are spacious with all amenities including coffee espresso machine,room is facing the bush where you can see various animals as wallaby,frog,cicada, birds etc.small pool.excellent food in a nice restaurant and friendly efficient staff.