Don't bother staying anywhere else when you are in Hobart. It is worth the slightly extra expense and I will definitely be coming back here - in fact I am looking forward to my next trip and wont bother staying anywhere else! First of all the driver who picked us up from the hotel was extremely friendly and pointed out all the different sites around the place. On our way from the airport to the hotel he offered to drop us at the Salamanca markets for us to look around for an hour and he would wait for us. We declined as I wasn't feeling well and just wanted to get straight to the hotel but it was a nice offer.
The hotel is located in a suburb full of amazing old homes and it is surrounded by a high fence which you have to enter using a special key which opens the electic gates. It is not far from Hobart city centre, we walked from the hotel to the city and it took approximately 10 minutes - or a $10 cab ride (max).
The gardens are beautiful and it feels like you are entering a private house. There is no lobby and you are personally greeted by the host and given a tour of the property and shown to your room - where everything is explained. We stayed in the new section of the house with a room that had a direct view to Mount Wellington.
The rooms are very spacious, the bed is king size and very comfortable. There is an ipad which you can synch to your own iphone and play your own music - and complimentary WIFI. Further to this there is also a complimentary mini-bar - the mini bar had fresh apple juice, sparkling water, still water, ginger beer and milk (to accompany a selection of T2 teas). The bathroom is huge and has a deep bath with a separate shower and Aesop toiletries - also, the floors are heated which is a treat!!
We dined in-house the first night and the waiter was extremely attentive. We had the main dining area to ourselves so in between meals we would sit with our wines in front of the fire place until the next meal was served. The food was amazing and fresh - you could see the chef working and even though there was only one chef we didn't wait very long to be served.
You can enjoy any room of the house to sit down and relax in front of the many open fire places. I enjoyed the conservatory (the conservatory has heated floors!) where I would sit in front of the fire reading books, eating freshly cracked walnuts and enjoying a drink from the honour bar. If you're feeling peckish throughout the day you can also enjoy complimentary muffins and cookies.
All the staff are extremely helpful, friendly and welcoming. We checked out on Monday morning and I was feeling extremely unwell and we were welcome to sit on the couch in front of the fire place til well past check out time, I really appreciated this gesture.
The only negative thing that I would have to say is that the water temperature in the showers don't reach a really high temperature (but then again I enjoy scorching showers).
I implore everyone coming to Hobart to visit The Islington you definitely won't regret it, I have travelled a lot and have never visited such an amazing hotel anywhere in the world.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1847, Islington is a fine example of Regency architecture recently restored to showcase its original glory and including 5 star luxuries such as 100 sq/ft glass conservatory with under floor heating throughout, a fine dining restaurant and extensive wine cellar. Surrounded by great service and presentation it has an atmosphere of serenity, luxury and tranquility. Islington’s recent awards include winner, ‘Best Boutique Hotel in Australia’ by Australian Gourmet Traveler and winning entrant into the prestigious ‘Kurosawa Collection’ for small luxury accommodation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Islington Hotel Hobart, Tasmania