There is no doubt that Tasmania is a beautiful place to visit. Australia’s only island state boasts snowy mountains, stunning beaches and what’s said to be the cleanest air in the world. Some of the best hotels in Tasmania have been internationally recognised for their unique locations, unparalleled luxury and promotion of sustainability.
Here, we share our top picks for the best hotels in Tasmania.
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Stillwater Seven offers a uniquely indulgent accommodation experience with seven beautifully appointed rooms above their high-end waterfront restaurant. Minutes away from Launceston’s city centre and Cataract Gorge, Stillwater offers easy access to everything that Launceston has to offer. The landmark 1830’s flour mill shows an attention to detail throughout every aspect of your stay, from the luxury Tasmanian in-room pantry and bar to the locally designed and made furniture, and even locally sourced toiletries.
Author’s note: Stillwater Seven is one of my favourite places to stay in Tasmania. Each of their seven rooms is different in its own way, but all capture the essence of Tasmania through blackened timbers, forest green velvet and gorgeous views of the River Tamar. Improved lighting and pillow options would be welcomed, but apart from that Stillwater Seven is near perfect.
Located within Hobart’s waterfront precinct, the five-star MACq 01 Hotel is Australia’s first storytelling hotel, designed to bring some of Tasmania’s most fascinating stories to life. But this hotel goes well beyond historical interpretation as an immersive experience for guests. The hotel has been designed around stories of those who shaped the Tasmanian landscape, with each of the 114 rooms telling a unique character tale. Each room reflects one of five Tasmanian character traits: Fighting Believers; Hearty and Resilient; Colourful and Quirky; Grounded Yet Exceptional; Curious and Creative.
Situated on Tasmania’s picturesque East Coast, Saffire Freycinet is classed among Australia’s best luxury lodges. Distinct and exclusive, the lodge hosts 20 suites and private pavilions dotted along the coast, with a luxury day spa and fantastic dining options plus a myriad of walking trails within reach. Named as Trip Advisor’s Best Luxury Hotel in Australia for the past six years, Saffire Freycinet is a truly coveted travel experience.
Crowne Plaza Hobart
Located above Hobart’s bustling Liverpool Street, the newly-built Crowne Plaza Hobart offers a contemporary design-led experience, locally inspired dining and innovative spaces to work and play. The 235-room hotel also features Hobart’s first Club Lounge that allows guests to cosy up with complimentary evening drinks and canapés.
Author’s note: Crowne Plaza Hobart is beautifully designed and well-located within Hobart’s CBD. The staff are always fantastic here, and with three restaurants plus a number of venues within walking distance, travellers are spoilt for choice.
Freycinet Lodge offers a series of quiet cabins in a native bush setting within Freycinet National Park. The perfect base to take in the scenery with beautiful walks, sea kayaking and quad-bike tours just moments away. Hide away in one of the lodge’s architectural pavilions with stunning views of the Freycinet Peninsula off your private balcony. The lodge is also home to two restaurants and a bar.
Pumphouse Point is a tranquil hideaway in a converted 1930s pumphouse. Set 240 metres into Australia’s deepest lake, the remarkable hotel is tucked into a tranquil bay on Lake St Clair. Once housing enormous water turbines, the hotel is now home to 19 rooms across two heritage buildings. Breathtaking views from a cosy sitting room are included, but the setting is really only the very beginning. The opportunity to reflect, rejuvenate and explore is what makes the Pumphouse experience so special. There are also communal lounges and dining areas plus a well-stocked honesty bar.
The Henry Jones Art Hotel
No room is the same at the Henry Jones Art Hotel. Quietly luxurious with an industrial vibe, the hotel is set in a former jam factory and hosts a collection of ever-changing Tasmanian artwork. Henry Jones is located on the waterfront at Sullivan’s Cove, a mere 10 minute walk from the city, and just moments away from activities and eateries at Constitution Dock. The hotel boasts their own restaurants, café and cocktail bar, or you can opt for in-room dining.
Those who have flown south or planned a Tasmanian getaway would have heard of MONA before. One of the newer additions to the museum is a collection of eight pavilions which sit on the private peninsula overlooking the Derwent River. Contemporary and sophisticated in their design, each pavilion showcases private artwork from the MONA collection. Guests also enjoy free museum entry and access to the gym, sauna and infinity pool.
Change Overnight is a relatively new, 18-room hotel in Launceston. Apart from providing all the creature comforts a traveller might need from their apartment, Change Overnight also has a positive impact on the outside world. For every night stay customers get to give back to the world through one eight causes ranging from protecting Tasmanian land to supporting a child through a short-term education program in India. It really is ‘a better night’s sleep’.
Author’s note: Change Overnight acts as more of an AirBnb than a traditional hotel, with self-check-in and keyless access to the property. Each of the apartment is fully equipped with a kitchen, washer and dryer, living room, free Wi-Fi and climate control. You can also expect a unique hand-painted mural, which was a little unnerving in its design. During my stay I noticed how my apartment was in need of repairs, despite being less than one year old. Although, the beds were very comfortable, especially when you know you can wake up to a better world.
Looking for something a little more private? How about your own island!
Satellite Island is located off the South East Coast of Tasmania and is exclusively yours when you come to stay. The private island caters for up to 8 guests between two houses and a luxury bell tent. Guests are given full access to the island, including boat transport to and from the island, gourmet breakfast provisions, an endless supply of wild oysters, fishing equipment, kayaks, snorkels and stand up paddleboards to name a few. Your private island doesn’t come cheap with prices starting at $2050 per night.
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