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Friday 4 November 2022

A good affordable hotel choice in Hobart

For a relatively small city, the Tasmanian capital of Hobart is well served by outstanding hotels.

At the top end are the new Tasman, the Henry Jones Art Hotel and Macq 1, along with the stately Islington and historic Hadley's.

Recent impressive newcomers include the excellent Movenpick and Vibe Hobart, while super-budget travellers willing to share bathrooms are well catered for at the funky Alabama.

Post Covid, Hobart is all the rage and hotel room rates have risen substantially, but for those needing clean and comfortable lodgings for around $200 a night, I can recommend the ibis styles, well situated just a short stroll from shops and cafes.

Future dates are available from $180 online. Prices, however, do vary wildly depending on the date of your stay - so beware of busy weekends.

The ibis Styles is home to Mr Good Guy, a very good Asian eatery and bar reviewed here last week. 

The buffet breakfast was also impressive. 

The ibis Styles was until recently a Covid isolation facility, but recently reopened after a spring clean.

GM Andrew Walling has somehow put together a very professional team at a time when rival hostelries are struggling to find enough people.

The ibis Styles describes itself as an "excellent value focused option" - and that sums it up in a nutshell.

The beds are comfortable and the rooms come with TVs, fastish wifi, tea and coffee making facilities and showers that deliver instant hot water. There are also blackout curtains if you've had a big night and need a lie in.

The ibis has a surprising 296 rooms over 10 floors and has a heated indoor pool, sauna facilities and a fitness centre - none of which I used.

Some of the rooms have water views and are ideal for guests who need a base from which to explore the city.

For travellers with a car, nearby parking can be organised and paid on arrival.

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The writer was a guest of the hotel

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