Thursday, 7 March 2013

Luxurious new Hobart hostelry

You couldn't ask for a better position than that occupied by Salamanca Wharf Hotel, Hobart's newest apartment-style hostelry, which opened for business a couple of months ago.
The Salamanca Wharf Hotel is right on Castray Esplanade, just a few steps from bustling Salamanca Place and its many bars and restaurants; but in a peaceful location away from the hubbub. 

The new hotel has 22 apartments comprising four loft penthouses, fifteen one-bedroom apartments and three studio apartments. Opening accommodation rates range from $200 to $500 per night depending on room type and season.
The ground floor is home to Castray Esplanade Food + Wine, owned by well-known Tasmanian foodies Michael Roberts and Karen Goodwin Roberts, author of Tasmania’s Picnics in Paradise.

"The hotel apartments are designed for individuals and couples seeking extra space, quality and personality to make their leisurely escape, or business trip, a thoroughly enjoyable experience,” says owner and general manager Shane Pritchard. “They’re the perfect place to drop anchor while exploring everything this superb precinct has to offer.”

Designed and built from scratch between two original 1840 sandstone warehouses, the hotel  aims to fuse comfort with attention to detail. Our televisions didn't work initially (a switch had been thrown somewhere) and the electric blind closing control panel was far too complicated; teething problems no doubt, but the wifi is fast (and free) and car parking is also complimentary.  
Floor-to-ceiling window/doors in each room can be thrown open to let in fresh air and fully-equipped kitchens are stocked with Tasmanian wines, beers, cheese and chocolate. The beds are comfortable and bathrooms well equipped. Reception staff are both efficient and friendly making Salamanca Wharf Hotel a viable alternative to long-time Hobart favourites The Henry Jones Art Hotel and Islington. For more information see or  call (03) 6224 7007.

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