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Hillview House
Ranked #27 of 31 Launceston B&B and Inns
Hong Kong, China
Level 6 Contributor
178 reviews
87 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“great breakfast and friendly hosts”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

The host Sandra gave us an extremely warm welcome upon our arrival and provided helpful advice for touring Launceston and Tasmania. The deluxe room is very nice but the twin room is on the small side and is also slightly dark. Definitely worth it to pay slight more for the deluxe room. Sandra and Robin cooked up a great hot breakfast consisting of 2 eggs, bacon and toast. There's of course also cereal etc. There's also free wifi. There's a couple of restaurants close by but if you want more variety, you can walk 10-15 minutes to the bottom of George Street. There's also a Coles close by to stock up before heading to other parts of Tasmania.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Hobart, Australia
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

Great place, awesome hosts and very reasonably priced!
Sandra and Robin looked after us really well, gave us plenty of advice and cooked us a great home cooked breakfast (which was included!). They even bumped us up to the deluxe room because it was free at no extra charge. They were more than happy to give us plenty of advice on places to go, what to see and where to get a good ale.
The place was pretty quaint and cosy, maybe not the most luxurious but very homely and worth every penny. It was cheaper than most of the other B&Bs and exceeded our expectations.
Also located very close to town.
Definitely stay here again if we come back to Launie.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hobart
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed December 8, 2012

We chose this place because of the great reviews. Our first impressions were not great, the proprietors had stuck a key in the envelope with our name and room number written on it sticky taped to the front door, at 3 in the afternoon. Not a very nice greeting! Found our room, room 3 and the first thing I noticed was the musty smell. My husband sat on the bed and almost sunk out of sight into the mattress! It has to be as old as the house! Mine was just as bad. The blinds didnt cover the windows properly so everytime people came back (last couple at 3 am) the entire room lit up like a xmas tree! worse night sleep i have ever had especially as i had to brace my leg against the wall to stop me falling out! The white towels were grey and threadbare, the kettle was dirty and had to be filled up from the shower tap. The tv was a tiny one circa 80's with 2 channels. We didn't stay for breakfast just wanted to leave.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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HillviewHouse, Manager at Hillview House, responded to this review, October 27, 2014
Hi,

I noticed your review from tripadvisor. We are the new owners of the property. We only kept one double room and we upgraded all others into queen beds. We also got in new towers and thew away the old ones. I am sure you will have a nice stay when you come next time.

Regards,

Hillview House Management
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed December 7, 2012

Lovely old National Trust rated home with great attention to detail. Our room had such pretty wallpaper, lamps, little bits of old china etc. Our hostess made us feel very welcome, and the atmosphere in the dining room was so homely and friendly. There was a full home cooked breakfast included too. The location is perfect for walking into town for dinner. We thought it was incredible value for money, and would definitely go there again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Level 6 Contributor
148 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed December 1, 2012

Reading some of these reviews, I think that I stayed at a different place.

The location was great, with easy access to town.  The owners were extremely pleasant and knowledgable of what to do in and around the area.

However, the rooms needed a good, thorough clean. The accommodation was very tired, and in dire need of a complete refurb.  The building itself needs a lot of Tender Loving Care. And given that the owner and his son are both builders, it is a very sad, sorry situation.

The breakfast was ok.  Given the abundance Of fresh fruit in Tasmania, the tinned fruit at breakfast very disappointing!

I look forward to new owners transforming this place, otherwise I am sure there are better places to stay for the money.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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HillviewHouse, Owner at Hillview House, responded to this review, December 2, 2012
Thank you for your review. I am sorry your stay with us was disappointing and issues were not dealt with while you were here.
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Diamond Beach
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2012

Great location high up on the hill. Nice quaint rooms clean and tidy, ours was really quiet, had the best nights sleep. Breakfast room relaxing and hosts very accommodating. Breakfast delicious with all you could want for a B&B cooked or uncooked your choice. Would liked to have stayed longer. Thank you for running a professional establishment.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Diamond Beach, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed October 25, 2012 via mobile

Clean! Friendly service! Really nice breakfast! Sweet rooms! Can recommend it! The location is fantastic! The owners know the area well and can offer local info! After our awful b&b in Hobart, was a refreshing visit!

  • Stayed October 2012
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HillviewHouse, Owner at Hillview House, responded to this review, October 26, 2012
Being locals does sometimes have its advantages.
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Property: Hillview House
Address: 193 George St, Launceston, Tasmania 7250, Australia
Location: Australia > Tasmania > Launceston
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Ranked #27 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Launceston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hillview House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hillview House was originally built around the 1840's and extensively enlarged by Rev. W Law in the 1860's. It has now been sympathetically restored to provide a charming stay for your Tasmanian holiday. Hillview House offers supurb home cooked or continental breakfasts, served in our colonial dining room with sweeping views of Launceston and the Tamar Estuary.You will find a visit to Hillview House will leave you with fond memories of personal care and attention. ... more   less 
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