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Saturday 6 November 2021

Launceston boutique hotel has a lot to offer

You can feel the warmth and energy the moment you enter the lobby of the Sebel Launceston in Tasmania's second city.

It is 5pm on a Friday and there are several groups enjoying post-work week drinks at Bluestone Bar and Kitchen, the boutique hotel's eatery. Several are clearly settling in for dinner.  

On a Saturday morning there are several family groups enjoying breakfast prior to heading off the the Harvest market just down the road.

There's a friendly vibe; the front desk have welcoming smiles and make sure you have everything need.

This 53-room hotel just a stroll from the Launceston CBD is family-owned and -operated - and its shows in the attention to detail.  

There are fully self-contained one, two and three-bedroom superior, deluxe and spa suites to choose from. All have separate bathrooms and private balconies.

The decor showcases natural Tasmanian stone and timbers throughout the interior as well as locally commissioned art.

Rooms have air-conditioning and kitchenettes with refrigerators and microwaves. Many suites also contain spa baths and laundry facilities.

Bluestone Bar & Kitchen is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner - and also for in-room dining from 5pm-8.3pm daily.

Chef Sam Bray, whose CV includes a stint with Rene Redzepi at Noma in Copenhagen,  focuses on local produce with some Asian accents to match with regional wines from the nearby Tamar Valley and Pipers River.

Entrees include oysters served either with nahm jim juice, natural or kilpatrick; miso butter-baked Tasmanian scallops with nori crumble and duck and pinot terrine. 

Mains for spring include roast pork belly with charred onion, confit daikon and mushroom and tempura cauliflower with truffle glaze, artichoke puree and pickled oyster mushroom, as well as Tasmanian grass-fed beef. 

Even at breakfast there is a sense of adventure with choices including a Korean breakfast bowl and Japanese dish okonomiyaki, in addition to more mainstream choices, 

For business meetings there are two large, professional conference spaces, free daily newspapers, underground parking and a 24-hour on-site fitness centre.

The location is right, too, within walking distance of many eateries and bars but with triple glazing that keeps out any noise.

It is situated just off the Tamar River and only a five-minute stroll to the Seaport Precinct.
Book direct and the hotel promises to match any online price offers.

Sebel Launceston, 12-14 St John St, Launceston, Tasmania. 

# The writer was a guest of Accor the Sebel Launceston 

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