We booked online through Hostelworld.com and we were surprised that we could book two single beds with an ensuite bathroom for less than $30 per person per night.
We checked in late on Saturday night; when we rung the bell one of the managers came to the desk promptly to greet us. We didn't have any cash on us, so she waived the $50 key deposit, which was awesome - especially at that time of night.
The Batman Fawkner Inn is a beautiful historic site and it's been kept up well over the years. There is plush red carpeting in the lobby, lounge, and up the stairs. The freshly oiled wooden railings make you wonder whether you might have stepped back in time. There are period paintings hung on the walls, and the wallpaper reminds me of British detective dramas.
Our room was spartan, but very clean. I believe it has the original hardwood floors, which have been seal protected and shine with the good care they've received. There's a wardrobe with a couple of hangers and a couple of drawers; there's also a small desk with a couple of drawers. As the room is very old, there are no screens on the windows, but the windows are spotless and we haven't noticed any mosquitoes or other insects in our room. The ensuite bathroom works well and is a nice perk. The shower head is set rather low, but the managers are planning to change this soon. Towels are not supplied but can be rented.
The kitchen is almost intimidatingly clean and well-supplied. The fridges are cleaned out regularly; there's plenty of room. The manager even gave us a cooler bag that had been left behind by a former guest. There's a working oven, toaster, sandwich toaster, microwave, kettle, and a surprising number of martini shakers.
There's free wifi in the dining area and the lounge (they're working on extending the range). This is a huge perk, as the other hostels we've stayed at so far have charged an additional (and to us) exorbitant fee to use the internet for a limited amount of time.
Apparently the management has just changed here, but both the former and the current have been extremely helpful and kind. The new management asked us for tips on how they could improve (we didn't have many) as they are trying to achieve YHA status. Also, upon speaking to the new manager, she told us that Hostelworld.com had charged us too much for our 1 week stay, as we should be entitled to 1 free night, so they will be reimbursing us. They are also offering 1 free beer per guest checking in for a stay of 1 week. Additionally, guests of the Inn are entitled to a 5% discount to the adjoining Honey Lounge.
The atmosphere here is quiet, but as we're a couple in our late 20's we kind of like that. Although it's not a party place, we've enjoyed a pleasant camaraderie with the other guests at the Inn.
We're very impressed with our stay so far and are looking forward to the remainder of our stay here.
- 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