If you’re heading to the Tasmanian capital, here’s AT’s pick of some of the houses of excellent repute in the area.
They say first impressions last. And three things with a lasting impression at this all-suite hotel are the amazing location, great views and spectacular staff. Hobart’s lively waterfront sprawl is where the Salamanca Inn calls home. Indulge in their rooftop indoor pool and spa, or stroll around the numerous cafes and restaurants that line the streets. From $190-$300, 1800 030 944, www.salamancainn.com.au
Charming Georgian manor with more awards under its belt since opening five years ago than you can wave an elegant open-fire poker at – including winner of Tasmania’s Most Romantic Retreat two years running.
With seven guests rooms offering a level of intimate luxury and seclusion, the National Trust manor is decorated simply with fresh flowers and special gourmet provisions. A very cosy establishment with a quality breakfast. From $150-$280, 03 6223 7289, www.redawnings.com.au
THE FOUNTAINSIDE INN
The Fountainside is a four star outfit situated in Hobart’s CBD, a short stroll from the famous Salamanca Market and Botanical Gardens. To be fair, it may not look like much from the outside, but its extremely stylish refurbed interior and well-priced online booking rates soon put paid to that.
Knowledgeable staff, quiet rooms (especially so close to the “busy” centre of Hobart) and good value meals will see you return here. From $120-$259, 03 6234 2911, www.fountainside.com.au
QUALITY MACQUARIE MANOR
Located in central Hobart, the Macquarie Manor is a heritage building comprising 18 huge rooms, restored to retain a vintage feel with all the creature comforts of modern living in a beautiful old home. The moment you arrive, smiling Jon and Helen, owners and gracious hosts, make you feel relaxed, comfortable and ready to begin your holiday. If you’re looking for sweeping views, this is the wrong hotel, but they might well have the most comfy beds in Hobart. From $160-$300, 03 6224 4999, www.macmanor.com.au
HENRY JONES ART HOTEL
Much has been written in these pages about this unique converted factory with the fresh, amazing layout and constantly changing exhibitions – the only hotel in Australia to be completely dedicated to art. Its stunning waterfront location makes it hard to surpass, but it’s the spacious rooms, trendy bathrooms and stylish IXL Long Bar that grabs most of the attention. More of an experience than a simple stopover. Bought just before Christmas by the Federal Group, expect to see the success of the Henry Jones continue unabated. From $220-$850, 03 6210 7700, www.thehenryjones.com
With nicely located waterfront settings and breathtaking views of Mount Wellington and the city, the Grand Chancellor has 240 rooms and a fine display of artworks by local talent. Great spacious rooms and a very enjoyable breakfast buffet. Our tip: push hard for any room number ending in “04” – they have a bonus corner window as well as the normal harbour-facing one. From $187-$220, 03 6235 4535, http://www.grandchancellorhotels.com/au/hobart/
WREST POINT CASINO HOTEL
Wrest Point boasts five restaurants, six bars and a diverse selection of rooms for almost any occasion with your choice of water or mountain views. The greatest way to experience the well-positioned hotel on the Derwent River is to dine at the revolving restaurant; not just amazing 360-degree scenery but great food, too. Probably represents the best value in Tasmania, since the same price for these suites in Sydney would be $1000 a night. Here, you’re paying closer to $250. From $99-$300, 03 6225 0112, www.wrestpoint.com.au
The beautiful garden stretching an acre long is one of Islington Hotel’s greatest assets. Recently renovated, this 1847 built house has eleven rooms giving it a peaceful and unique experience.
Another attribute adding to the hotel ambience is the remarkable view of Mount Wellington. From $300-$550, 03 6220 2123, www.islingtonhotel.com
ORANA HOUSE HERITAGE B&B
Lovely B&B with open fire and large verandah on which to unwind. Cosy, with ten rooms (all with ensuites) and a large communal area to meet other guests. The homemade muffins baked fresh by the owners are a delicious treat. Plump for one of the rooms with giant four-poster bed and spa! From $120-$160, 03 6243 0404, www.oranahouse.com