I booked three nights at the Islington based on Tripadvisor reviews, and I was not disappointed. The hotel is a wonderful place to stay, with great staff. It is upscale, and expensive, but informal - I much prefer the individual attention and laid back atmosphere The Islington provided, over the large hotel experience. The hotel is located on a quiet street, about fifteen minutes walk from the central business district and Salamanca Square area - some of that walk is uphill, so it may be better to go by car or taxi than try to walk. The hotel is very easy to get to - it is on a continuation of Davey Street, the main artery through central Hobart. There is an electrically operated drive-in gate, so when you arrive you need to use the intercom to have the door opened. Your room key has a button on it that opens and closes the gate for future arrivals and departures. The hotel has only 11 rooms, and there is a relatively small parking area inside the gate adjacent to the hotel. Meals are very good, with fresh local produce. Dinner is not served every night, but when it is, you should definitely sign up for dinner. My dinner meal was wonderful - I was very surprised by the number of choices, given the one chef operation and small number of guests, and the food and service was high-level restaurant quality. The glass enclosed eating area is stunning, and the architectural achievement of combining the modern glass conservatory with the old main structure works very well. The hotel room was modern and very comfortable - very quiet, good lighting, great bed, a desk, a view looking into the hills adjacent to Hobart, and plenty of storage. Art in the rooms and hotel common areas was impressive. Bedroom and bath were quite large, and my room had a drape separating the sitting and desk area from the bed - which allowed a completely dark room to sleep in, separate from the desk and seating area. I relied on the staff for many suggestions of where to go, where to eat (they recommended Prosser's, a seafood restaurant on the water, which was excellent), what to see, etc., and their recommendations were right on target. My only complaint is that I was only able to spend three days there. If you want to stay at a top notch place, away from the crowd, this is it.
- 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