A friend and I were in Launceston overnight at the beginning of our Tazzie adventure, so we booked a twin room at the Batman Fawkner Inn online.
The building is very old and has some historical significance. Inside, the rooms are accessed via corridors, stairs and bridgeways, although there is a 'dumb waiter' for luggage (yay!).
We were greeted by a lovely Belgian gentleman working at the front counter, who made us feel right at home and gave us some tips on getting around locally.
The rooms are outdated and the beds are very old, but the linen was fresh and we slept ok. We had a tiny en-suite, which was better than a shared bathroom.
Provided in the room was a jug, little carton of milk (in a bar fridge), teabags, coffee and sugar sachets. Unfortunately, nothing to stir it with though (I used the end of my toothbrush... a bit tacky).
There was also a little old tv in our room but it did not seem to have any reception as there was just fuzz on all channels. Oh well, we didn't come here to watch Neighbours!
A bonus was the small oil heater which kept us cosy at night, rather important as it was chilly out.
Whilst we didn't spend long enough here to find out all the 'extras', we did have a little nosey around and found a comfortable, light lounge room with free internet which was very much appreciated. There was also a shared kitchen facility but we went out for cheap eats.
We were lucky enough to find a free carpark supplied by the hotel, but there was only one and we would have been a bit stuck if it was taken. There were only a few... I suggest calling ahead to see if they will hold one for you if you have a car.
If you're looking for absolute budget accommodation in a private room and are traveling with a friend, the Batman Fawkner Inn sure is good value for money and a step up from shared backpacker accommodation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Batman Fawkner Inn is a place full of history. This lovely historical building was built back in 1824 and was where a meeting was held which resulted in the settlement of Melbourne. The Batman Fawkner Inn boasts a range of 40 rooms including Family, King, Queen, Double, Twin, and Backpacker all with private in-room bathrooms. All rooms (excluding backpacker) have in-room Reverse cycle Air Conditioners, Digital TV, Tea/Coffee Making Facilities & Fridges. Backpacker rooms have in-room heating, ensuites bathrooms and are bunk style accommodation. Situated in the centre of Launceston's CBD, we are only 5 minutes from City Park, 10 minutes to Cataract Gorge/Tamar River and close to shopping centre's and malls. We are also only 10 minutes walk from Aurora Stadium, Tasmania's home of AFL Football. The hotel has undergone extensive renovations in 2014 with some major upgrades and we are proud to announce that we are under new management as of November 2014. We offer free Wi-Fi internet (limits apply and additional can be purchase) in all areas of the hotel which includes in all rooms. On-Site Laundry Facilities are also available. We have a large Common Room/Lounge which has a kitchen (Oven, Stove, Microwave, Fridge & Preparation Area), lounge & wide-screen TV, 8-Ball table, large dining table and vending machines. Management and Staff look forward to having you stay next time you visit Launceston. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Batman Fawkner Inn Launceston, Tasmania