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“Country house in the city”
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Islington Hotel
Ranked #4 of 47 Hotels in Hobart
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 2, 2013

What the Islington offers is something quite different from a hotel experience. It is like arriving at a country house complete with the peace and tranquility that being away from it all can bring The decor and layout of the house make you feel that this place is special and the welcome we received from the host made us feel that we were too. If you prefer to be in the centre of the action with everything on the doorstep then the Islington is probably not for you. It is located on the outskirts in a very nice part of town but only a 20 minute walk to Salamanca Place and less to the delightful cafes and restaurants in Hampden Road, Battery Point. We had a car and there is plenty of off-road and secure parking at the Islington. Parking in Hobart is relatively easy if you don't like to walk and we found the taxis not too expensive. We had a Garden Room which was a good size, well-furnished, nicely decorated and with a very comfortable bed. The bathroom with separate shower was a good size. There is wifi available but we couldn't get it to work - something about a poor signal? We would have liked to have had dinner on one of the two nights we stayed but we were meeting friends and so weren't able to sample an evening meal although the options looked very good. Breakfast was excellent with plenty of choices. Complimentary tea and coffee together with cakes always seemed to be available in the breakfast/dining area and the service was good and unobtrusive. We very much enjoyed our 2 night stay, slept really well and only wished we didn't have to rush breakfast in order to meet our departure deadline to sail back to Sydney.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thomas B, General Manager at Islington Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2013

Thank you for the lovely feedback. The WiFi issue is worrying even though it is very rarely a problem. Telstra is in the process of changing to optic fibre for the National Broadband Network, occasionally there is a drop in signal strength as a result. At these times we encourage the use of our large screen iMac in the morning room which is always available to guests.

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Reviewed April 27, 2013

We stayed here for two nights and opted for the small attic room at the top of the house which was fine for us with very little luggage. The room was beautifully appointed, with a great bathroom and amenities. The conservatory area was fantastic, especially for whiling away afternoons with a selection of magazines, tea and cake. We had dinner there one evening which was very pleasant. The breakfasts were very good too. The service was very personal and attentive but not intrusive. The atmosphere was very relaxing. Our stay was only marred by some incredibly noisy guests so we didn't have a restful sleep on one of the nights. While the views were great, the location is not central and it was a bit of an uphill walk back from town.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thomas B, General Manager at Islington Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2013

I must apologise to these guests whose night was disturbed by other people being too loud. We almost never get raucous guests (touching wood now) and it is very disturbing to know that the quiet sleep we promise was not delivered. I have since double glazed the windows in the Attic room and hope this has alleviated the problem. We encourage any guest who is being disturbed to call a staff member immediately, even more so if it is late at night. We would much rather find a solution at the time than apologise after the fact.

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Reviewed April 23, 2013

Stayed 5 nights, mostly in a room giving onto the tranquil garden,very quiet, staff most helpful, breakfasts addictive, evening meals (from supper of toasties to confit chicken) delicious. We'd be very happy to come back

Room Tip: Garden wing for preference
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Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thomas B, General Manager at Islington Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2013

It’s very reassuring to read this review from such a well travelled guest, all the things we like to think we do well get a nod. ‘tranquil garden...delicious food...most helpful staff...very quiet.’ Cheers.

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Reviewed April 23, 2013

Beautiful setting and ambience excellent. Had Garden Room for 2 days, excellent! Service and staff VG. Moved to attic for last night due to inability to extend, very small for two suit cases and stairs not desirable.

Room Tip: Garden room VG, Attic not again, other rooms many be good.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thomas B, General Manager at Islington Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2013

Thanks for the great feedback and yes you are right the Attic room is not desirable for those travelling with a lot of luggage. This room is designed for corporate guests and last minute, one night stays. We suggest all our guests travelling from interstate and overseas to book into a Garden, Regency or Signature room.

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Reviewed April 14, 2013

Islington is a very small hotel with a warm and cosy atmosphere. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The rooms were a good size. Felt we got value for money. The included breakast was delicious and we ate dinner there one night too which was our best meal in Hobart. Location is the only downfall- it is about 30 minute walk from city/ferries or a $10 cab fare. We had a car for half the time we were there which made it a lot easier - parking is generally easy in Hobart compared to what we are used to in Sydney. Parking at Islington was ample.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Thomas B, General Manager at Islington Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2013

Yes Islington is a little way out of ‘downtown’ Hobart. We find the advantages of being away from the ruckus of the nightclubs and waterfront bars appeals to our guests. The tranquillity of Islington’s gardens along with our charmingly appointed sitting rooms reflect a gentler pace, one for reflection on the days adventures without having to fight your way across the room for a drink. Stay by the fire, we’ll bring that to you.

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Reviewed April 7, 2013

Our group of 6 friends stayed at the beautiful Islington Hotel before and after our Maria Island Walk. From our first introduction to the hotel, we felt very welcome and relaxed...a very up- market home away from home. Nothing seems to be too much trouble right down to providing a light meal on a late arrival to a beautifully prepared gourmet meal for our six frends in the formal dining room. Our garden view room was spacious with a lovely outlook.
The staff at the Islington create an extremely comfortable stay which we highly recommend.

Room Tip: Although a $8 taxi ride into Hobart, it is well worth the slight inconvenience. The Garden room on t...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Thomas B, General Manager at Islington Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2013

We hear so many good things about the Maria Island Walk, such a civilised way to do a walking tour. End each day with a 3 course meal with matched wine, start each day with a hot shower and one of the world’s most acclaimed sunrises. Then of course check in to The Islington for a bubble bath and a glass of award winning Tasmanian bubbly wine. Very, very civilised.

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Reviewed April 7, 2013

First class, from chiefs cooking to old school antiques and great open spaces. Loved every minute. Recommend to anyone and every one. Now just writing to hit 200 characters. This might be he last time I write a review. Too hard to it 200

Stayed: December 2012
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Additional Information about Islington Hotel

Address: 321 Davey Street, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
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Location: Australia > Tasmania > Greater Hobart > Hobart
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Hobart
#4 Business Hotel in Hobart
#4 Luxury Hotel in Hobart
Price Range: $258 - $456 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Islington Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 11
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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