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“Very Dirty Place”
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Brunswick Hotel
Ranked #46 of 55 Specialty Lodging in Hobart
Reviewed April 29, 2014

If you are use to staying at hostels in New Zealand, you will be terribly disappointed in the cleanliness, maintenance and management in this place. The pub is good, just don't get a room or go into the kitchen.

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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 4, 2014

I have stayed in plenty of hostels in my time, and this ranks somewhere in the middle. I booked a 4 bed female room for one night (a Sunday) before a bus tour, and was lucky enough to have the room to myself.

Check in open until 8pm (possibly 9, but I think 8) as per most hostels it is a hole-in-the-wall type of reception, first pleasant surprise of free wifi (thumbs up!). Again as with most hostels, hap-hazard corridors, and random bathroom locations, but directions to rooms are well signed.

My room was at the back of the hostel over looking the common area (enclosed, roofed rear yard of pub) which I wasn't very keen on as I'm not a fan of other peoples rowdiness. However I was impressed with the room, 2 bunks, and you get allocated a bed as well. Clean crisp sheets and warm doona provided, but mattress on the way out and pillow pretty flat. I did end up having a pretty good sleep as I was toasty and warm, had the room to myself and there wasn't many people in the common area. I expect that it being Sunday night might have had something to do with the minimal number of people around.

If you are staying on a Sunday, don't rely on having dinner at the pub - it wasn't open. I don't know if there was something going on or if it is a regular closure on Sunday nights, but there is a Woolworths supermarket right across the road which is open until 10pm.

There were plenty of bathrooms/toilets, some were single bath/toilets, others had 2 or 3 showers as well as toilet cubicles in them. Old and worn a bit grotty looking, but not actually dirty. I also recommend taking thongs to shower in when staying in hostels as one can never be too careful.

I've stayed in worse and I've stayed in better hostels around the world, but if I was to ever stay in a hostel in Hobart again I would defintely consider this one.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 31, 2014

When we arrived and walked through the pub/reception place and thought it looked lovely. However the hostel hasn't had the same level of upkeep as the pub! It's a very old building but the hostel part looks a lot older than the rest. Bathrooms aren't clean at all and sinks etc are old so stained and look dirty. Rooms were a bit better and unlike a lot of hostels the cleaners actually cleared out people's left clutter. Mattresses were quite old and not very comfy as they were just foam camper type mattresses. Sheets were clean however and there was free wifi which worked surprisingly very well. The kitchen was quite small but was quite well equipped. The communal area is actually the back yard of the put with just a clear roof over the top. There was a TV and computer room which is always a good extra but the 'laundry' only had one working washing machine. Staff were friendly and helpful. All in all not the best hostel ever and certainly not the cleanest but it was okay for the short time we were there.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

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!

Room Tip: Closest to the recption! Best Wifi, short ways to the bar, the outside areas and the bathrooms!
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

Not impressed. Where were these photos taken? I certainly did not see any rooms that looked as good as these did. Bathrooms were very dirty and mouldy. Always wore thongs in the shower and on the carpet. I don't think my blanket had been dry cleaned in a long while, hairs and stains. I would not stay here again and will certainly not recommend it from a cleanliness point of view. Look across the street at Alabama Hotel, excellent value for money!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 21, 2014

Stayed here for a night in late January. The staff were friendly and professional. The pub had a great atmosphere with some good beers on tap and best of all the location! Right in the middle of town and opposite a Woolies supermarket to grab groceries.

Inside the backpackers is a large courtyard with the usual amenities like kitchen, large communal area and a separate TV/internet room. The showers were a bit funky, but the water was hot!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 19, 2014 via mobile

Was the worst night of my life. It was dirty and there was people making noise and smoking inside the room. Horrible! It cost me $30 and the bathroom was dirty. In the next morning I moved for YHA, 2 blocks from there. I paid $28 for a much better room.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Address: 67 Liverpool St, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
Location: Australia > Tasmania > Greater Hobart > Hobart
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #46 of 55 Specialty Lodging in Hobart
Price Range: $30 - $108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Brunswick Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 60
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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