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Saturday 30 July 2016

Stunning views and a waterfront location in Hobart

How good is this view from my apartment suite in Hobart? 

Somerset on the Pier not only offers comfortable apartment-style suites in the centre of Hobart, it is actually located on the water.

This stunning property occupies the first floor of a wooden wharf building, Elizabeth Street Pier, that dates back to the 1930s.The beautifully renovated pier faces 
the River Derwent and overlooks historic Sullivan's Cove.

Loft-style apartments, on two levels, enjoy stunning views of not only the river but also luxury yachts and fishing vessels. They are fun and functional rather than luxurious, with modern bathrooms, writing desks, air-conditioning and kitchenettes - the vibe is old-world charm mixed with contemporary style

There are 56 one-bedroom and family-style smoke-free apartments in all, with free wifi throughout the building and a quiet library/lounge, should you wish to borrow a book or print out a boarding pass. 

As for location, it couldn't be better. The building is shared by T42 tavern and restaurant, an Asian eatery and the rather excellent Fish Frenzy fish and chippery. 

The many restaurants and bars of Salamanca are a five-minute stroll away and current hip hotspots like the Black-Footed Pigs tapas bar and Post Street Social are just a hop, skip and jump down the road with Aloft and other Brooke Street Pier hangouts equally close. 

On Saturdays, the Salamanca Markets are on your doorstep, and there are many caf├ęs and art galleries from which to choose. 

It is a real treat to be able to walk out of your apartment and stroll around the waterfront with its many leisure craft, fishing fleets, old wooden boats and Antarctic exploration vessels.

The apartments at Somerset on the Pier are on two levels with a bathroom, kitchenette and lounge/office downstairs and a bedroom upstairs. Each apartment has an electronic safe.

The service from the young reception crew was excellent and there is free overnight parking available, as well as a free selection of daily newspapers. A DVD library is available should you wish to spend the night in (as is room service from T42), and there is a daily housekeeping service except on Sundays.

A good in-room guide helps visitors with shopping and transport suggestions. All in all, an excellent choice for anyone wanting a bit of space and perfect for those planning stays of more than a couple of days. 

Even a grumpy soul like myself found nothing at all to complain about and prices start from a very reasonable $149 per night for bookings of two nights or more. 

Somerset on the Pier, Elizabeth St Pier, Hobart. Call 1800 766 377, email or visit 

# The writer was a guest of Somerset on the Pier    



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