This year’s highly anticipated Dark Mofo program is out, and it’s so hot we suspect it’s been cooked up in the Devil’s Kitchen. Boy, oh boy, are we excited! If you’re spiriting yourself away to Hobart for the festival, you’ll need somewhere to rest your sweet little head. To help you out, we’ve picked 12 awesome options, all in close proximity to the action. (Be quick, before everywhere books out!)
1. Mona Pavilions
Mofo groupies, why not go right to the mothership and stay at the luxurious Mona Pavilions? It’s a super fancy spot to kick back, and architecture enthusiasts will be in their element. They also promise very fluffy robes. What more could you really need?
2. MACq 01
If you’re into Dark Mofo, we suspect you’re partial to a good story. MACq 01 is a storytelling hotel, with each room inspired by a colourful Tasmanian character. This unique hotel oozes informal luxury and weaves captivating details. Sample fresh Tasmanian produce in the restaurant onsite.
3. The Henry Jones Art Hotel
An art hotel is a very appropriate place to stay during an art festival! You’ll find The Henry Jones Art Hotel in a row of historic warehouses dating from the 1820s, and a former IXL jam factory. The hotel is a fusion of history and modernity, showcasing the work of Tasmania’s finest visual and performing artists. Enjoy reimagined dishes and intriguing new tastes in the restaurants and bars.
4. Somerset on the Pier
If you’re partial to old world charm but want to enjoy the comforts of contemporary style, you’ll find Somerset on the Pier an absolute delight. The beautiful serviced apartments in this converted 1930s pier building offer panoramic views of the River Derwent and historic Sullivan’s Cove. This one is located in a prime Dark Mofo position, smack bang in the middle between Dark Park, TMAG, and the Feast.
5. Salamanca Inn
See if there’s room at the inn and you may be blessed with a lovely hotel suite, a short stroll to the attractions of Hobart’s vibrant waterfront. You don’t have to go too far if you don’t feel like it – Salamanca Inn has an indoor pool and spa. Their onsite Restaurant, Beef and Seafood Grill specialises in locally sourced fresh seafood and Cape Grim beef.
6. The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Choose from spacious, fully-serviced apartments and hotel rooms at The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel. This one is centrally located, a short walk into the city centre and just a block away from the waterfront, aka Dark Park, TMAG, and the Feast. Grab a bite to eat in Stockmans Restaurant onsite, and enjoy Tasmanian produce with fine wines and spirits.
7. Wrest Point Hotel & Casino
The Wrest Point Hotel & Casino, located in Sandy Bay, is a short drive from the city centre. Choose from mountain side rooms, water edge rooms, or rooms/suites in the famous Wrest Point Tower. There’s a range of entertainment, bars and dining experiences on offer, including The Point Revolving Restaurant, Pier One Restaurant and Bar, and the Birdcage Bar.
8. Hadleys Orient Hotel
The enchanting Hadleys Orient Hotel was built by convicts in 1834 and is one of the oldest boutique hotels in Australia. This National Trust-listed venue sure has some stories (search the portrait wall for celebrity guests such as Errol Flynn). The rooms and suites are elegantly decorated with Victorian style furniture. Enjoy a cocktail in the bar, treat yourself to a Traditional Hadley’s Afternoon Tea Experience, and soak up the charm of yesteryear. Hadleys also get into the spirit of Paint the Town Red.
9. Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
The Hotel Grand Chancellor enjoys a prime position overlooking the River Derwent and Constitution Dock. This is another good one for proximity to Dark Park, TMAG, and the Feast. Meet for drinks in The Atrium Lounge or reserve a table at Restaurant Tasman to take in the harbour views while you enjoy contemporary cuisine.
10. Zero Davey Boutique Apartments
Zero Davey Boutique Apartments are located on Sullivans Cove, overlooking Hobart’s picturesque waterfront. Choose from exquisitely furnished apartments, and relax in comfort. No need for FOMO at Dark Mofo – all rooms have a live plasma screen showing the waterfront activity, so you can see exactly what’s going on if you need a little rest in your room! Grab a bite to eat in Zero Davey Cafe.
11. Salamanca Wharf Hotel
Enjoy contemporary, boutique, self-contained accommodation at the Salamanca Wharf Hotel. This one was completed in late 2012, and offers a selection of beautiful studios, one bedroom apartments, and loft penthouses. The hotel is located in a prime position just metres from Hobart’s waterfront, fronting Castray Esplanade and backing onto the historic Salamanca Place. You’ll be able to roll right back to your room after overindulging at the Feast!
12. Best Western Hobart
The Best Western Hobart is located in the city, a short walk to Hobart’s shopping precinct and onwards to the waterfront. The rooms are comfortable and convenient, and most have private balconies with either mountain or city/water views. Embers Bar-Pizza-Grill onsite will keep you fuelled up, with modern Tasmanian cuisine on offer (plus there’s a daily happy hour).
Browse accommodation options throughout Southern Tasmania here: Where to Stay.
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