From luxury hotels to elegant manor houses, Hobart has an eclectic mix of accommodation options, with many of them emphasising one of Hobart’s best qualities: the art.
A collision of art and history is on full display at the Henry Jones Art Hotel, set on Hobart’s waterfront. The city’s oldest warehouses have been transformed into the country’s first hotel dedicated to art. The Henry Jones Art Hotel is also set in the hustle and bustle with galleries, restaurants, bars and cafes at the doorstep. Plus, there are sweeping views over the port with Mount Wellington in the distance.
Sticking to the art theme, you can stay at MONA in one of the eight bold pavilions, which all have a unique style, named and designed after famous artists and architects, including Sidney Nolan, Brett Whiteley, Walter Burley Griffin and Roy Grounds. There’s literally everything you could possibly need on site including a winery, famed restaurant, and of course, MONA right next door.
The Islington Hotel, set in an old Regency house, has magnificent views of Mount Wellington, gorgeous gardens and, again, more art and artefacts. While it’s a luxury hotel, it feels like an intimate private home, albeit a big one. Each of the 11 rooms is decorated slightly differently, but if you want to feel connected to the history of the house, request to stay in one of the five original rooms.
Like most major Australian cities, there’s no shortage of hotel options in Hobart. From the budget-friendly options right through to the five-star chains, there’s a choice for every wallet.
The latest hotel from the team at The Henry Jones is Macq01. It’s well-positioned and celebrates Tasmania’s history, from the indigenous population right through to the colourful characters that have made the city home. Unqiuely, each room focuses on a particular character, telling their story through the design.
For those wanting to stay in the hub of Salamanca, Lenna is an excellent choice. The hotel overlooks Sullivan’s Cove and is a great spot to base yourself if you love the idea of historic Battery Point. Plus, it’s spitting distance from Salamanca Market and its charm is enhanced by the fact that it’s a restored sandstone mansion.
One of the oldest hotels in Australian, Hadley’s Orient Hotel was built by convict labour back in 1834. It’s right on the edge of Hobart CBD so an excellent spot to stay. The hotel also claims to have Hobart’s best high tea, but don’t take our word for it – it’s served between 2 and 5pm from Wednesday through to Sunday.
For those who are after a bit more of an apartment feel, the Salamanca Wharf Hotel has studio and one bedroom apartments which all feature fully equipped kitchens as well as laundry facilities on site. It’s contemporary, comfortable and conveniently situated in the cultural and historic heart of the city.