There was a time when it wasn’t very cool to head to Tassie in cooler months. In fact, the mere mention of booking flights to Hobart in winter may have prompted laughter among your ‘mainland’ friends. But these days it’s not the case. It’s one of the best times of year to come- when the buzz of Dark Mofo is literally palpable in the crisp night air and our log fires are roaring.
So, you’ve booked your flights, encouraged a swag of disbelieving mates to come too, and now you need a place to stay. Well, we have you sorted. Let’s start with the aforementioned log fire – why not stay somewhere that’s ready to strike a match for your arrival. The lovely hosts at Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse will do just that.
It’s as if Montacute wrote the rule book for winter stays in Hobart. They have a roaring fire that happens to come with Mount Wellington views, comfy couches, books with well-turned pages and even lolly jars best raided in ugg boots on wintery nights.
What also goes well with Hobart during cooler months? Whisky of course. Planning a boys’ winter whisky trip or travelling as three couples? You can save on accommodation by staying in a six-bed bunkroom at Montacute ($35pp/$210 per room per night) meaning you have more dollars to spend on a bottle of whisky from Lark Distillery to be enjoyed by the fire. Did we mention Bill Lark just got inducted into the Whisky Hall of Fame in London? His whisky is pretty world-class.
If whisky is your thing and you like the idea of staying in historic Battery Point, you’re only a short walk down Kelly’s Steps from Nant Whisky Bar and Bill’s cosy corner down by the waterfront. During the day whisky enthusiasts might also like to hop on Brett Steel’s whisky distillery tour and venture off to distilleries beyond the city. Montacute have options for sole travellers, couples, groups and anyone who enjoys a good yarn around the fire after a long day exploring.
There are plenty of other options around the traps for those looking for a place to stay right in Hobart’s heart. Those who enjoy the hum of the waterfront will enjoy Somerset on the Pier. As its name suggests, you’ll be in the thick of watery action out on your pier, just a stone’s throw from cray boats, fish punts full of the day’s catch and the sandstone-dressed restaurants and bars of Salamanca Place. With your own serviced apartment, this means you can also self-cater at Hobart’s only ‘pier’ hotel.
Salamanca Wharf Hotel also offers stylish accommodation down by the water – another stay where two legs are all you need to get to most places. Henry Jones Art Hotel and the Sullivans Cove Apartments also boast prime locations with many offering harbour views ideal for waterfront Dark Mofo activity.
In the city streets, if you’re planning to come for business look no further than the Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel, recent gold medalist in the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards for Business Tourism. The quaint 55 Davey, naturally located on Davey Street, is a great pick for those who want an intimate stay and appreciate good art and styling.
With countless accommodation options scattered through Hobart, visitors are spoilt for choice. Whether staying at Hadleys Orient Hotel where high tea is a must, splurging on the penthouse suite at Lenna or a gorgeous suite at Islington, every room in Hobart has a personality of its own. Don’t settle for four white walls when you can have whisky by the fire among new found friends.
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