I stayed for almost 3 weeks, while working a little, enjoying Hobart and the areas around!
I have mostly been to the big providers like YHA or Nomads but getting to know the independent representatives was a really good experience.
The prices in general are ok ($28 for a 6-share) but if you stay a little longer, you get every 7th night for free, what lifts the Brunswick Hotel or Tassie Backpackers directly into the top of Hobarts budget accomandations!
The location is absolutely awesome. Of course you can not expect to get spectacular views in a backpackers but you a big shopping center including a Woolies just across the road, the integrated bar downstairs and a 2-minute walk to the pedestrian zone with plenty of cafes, malls, shops and bank branches!
I have been to a 4-share ($30/night) and a 6-share. Both were clean and you got perfect to minimum Wifi reception. It is a little bit dodgy in the corner rooms of the building but it works everywhere. Besides that it is free to use and based on private routing and not on any type of hotspot. That makes it fast (youtube videos in HD) and reliable.
The rooms thereselves are ok. In the 4-share was plenty of space, including a small wardrobe. The 6-share was a little bit smaller and without a wardrobe but it never got crowded, no matter how much luggage everybody brought! Furthermore the rooms are rarely fully booked (most of the time we have spent with 2 persons in a 6-share)! The only freshness, compared to other backpackers, were the split up of the bunk beds: During your check-in, you get a key with a number and a letter. In every room each bed got it's own letter, so you got an allocated bed! It is not good and not bad, you just need to deal with it!
One small handicap was that there only 4 sockets for 6 people! It is still more than most other backpackers have but the room is fully booked, there could be some small trouble!
A really nice thing about the rooms and the hostel in general are the heaters they have everywhere. We are still in Australia but the temperature in Hobart goes down some days, so they can be helpful!
The bar just downstairs was not disturbing me. In my last room I could even enjoy the really good live music from downstairs and listen to some of my favourite songs! They play live music until 11pm or 12 am in the night, so it is up to everybody oneselve to decide about a disturbing or benefitting factor!
When I arrived, they were just about to renovate some of their bathrooms! Surprisingly I have not been disturbed by any noise, neither during night or day! For the backpacker accomandation there was of course a shared bathroom which was sometimes clean, sometimes not. I would not blame the housekeeping for that because I had freshly cleaned, nice to enjoy a hot shower conditions as well as hair and dirt soiled conditions with blocked drains but no matter what or when, they where clean and block free again the next day! Moreover you always have really hot water to enjoy! I unfortunately have not experienced the renovated areas before I left but the partly redeveloped main bathroom looked pretty nice so I would guess it is worth a look!
The shared facilities besides the bathroom are the courtyard on the back, the kitchen and a TV-room with computers.
The courtyard are is a nice place to meet other backpackers as well as normal vacationer from the suits! It is a good atmosphere, everybodys friendly, outgoing and open for new acquaintances. The god and bad thing is that it is an outside area. It's really nice during a sunny day till the later night hours but it is getting pretty cold sometimes. It is covered with a tin top, so you will not get wet if it is raining.
On side of the courtyard there are the kitchen and the tv room. The kitchen is not to big and not to small. If the hostel is fully booked it got crowded a few times but mostly you can prepare your food in a reasonable surrounding. There is a microwave, a couple of stoves, a water heater and a bunch of hot plates. The fridge is just the usual system with nametags and the free food shelf on the side.
The tv room is an adequat solution. You got some couches, a couple of chairs and a few bean bags to enjoy one of the rent-free movies, your own media via USB or the local tv shows. I never experienced a filled or crowded TV room but the interior is getting dirty during th day, so you should be carefull with the choice of your seat!
Last but not least the staff. The staff is really helpful, happy all day long and always up for any kind of converstaion. The manager itself is often around and takes care about guests, any issues or problems and a proper working staff!
A 24-hour reception would be desirable but is at least not necessary!
All in all you can say that Tassie backpackers is very good place to stay for long or short term! A nice location, really great staff and positive adapted, sometimes new concepts make it definetly a place for me to stay!
The hostel is mostly an average one but profits from the small capacity and an excellent bar downstairs to lift it up to one of the better places in town! You could argue a lot now about anything but you get what you pay for and sometimes a little bit more, so give it a shot and see how you like it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Brunswick Hotel is one of the last remaining hotels that once graced Liverpool Street. Established in 1827, twenty years after the settlement of Hobart, the hotel represents an important part of this country’s social history. The Brunswick Hotel bar boosts eight different beers on tap that includes Cascade Brewery’s finest beers (the oldest brewery in Australia), an evolving section of some of Tasmanian’s premium red and white wines both by the glass and bottle. The Brunswick Hotel also provides very fairly priced Hotel rooms that are the perfect choice for a centrally located Hobart stay. Our en-suite rooms come equipped with a fridge, tea & coffee and a flat screen TV. Our restaurant headed up by one of Hobart’s premium chefs, Tony Gamble, who has produced a menu that exemplifies locally sourced produce, meat, seafood and cheeses. These dishes leads themselves to be shared between friends or indulge on some of our pub classics, such as Marrawah Steak sandwich, our own Brunswick Lamb Burger, grilled calamari and our own hand cut fries. The Brunswick Hotel is the perfect place for a casual every day lunch and dinner catch-up or unwind. Not to mention a ‘Hobart Getaway’ for the weekend. With the longest chesterfield in Tassie (second longest in the world), comfy leather booths or tradition "sit at the bar" seating, we are ready for you at Hobart’s newest friendly local hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Brunswick Hotel Hobart, Tasmania