The Best Boutique Hotels to Book in Hobart, Tasmania

Marvel at the waterfront views from the MACq 01 hotel in central Hobart
Marvel at the waterfront views from the MACq 01 hotel in central Hobart | Courtesy of MACq 01 / Expedia
Jennifer Johnston

The Tasmanian capital ticks all the natural-setting boxes, with stunning aquatic views on one side and an imposing mountain hovering above the cityscape. Add to the checklist: markets, historic stone buildings, a buzzing waterfront precinct, a unique art gallery and endless dining options. Stay in one of these boutique hotels in Hobart – quirky, historical or modern – as different as the weather can be from one hour to the next, they’re all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. The Henry Jones Hotel, for an artsy stay


Guest room with bed, sofa, desk and television in The Henry Jones Hotel
© The Henry Jones Hotel / Expedia

Housed inside a jam factory from the 1800s, the Henry Jones Hotel cleverly fuses old with new without skimping on luxury. The factory has been converted into 52 standard rooms, the old boardroom into four suites. Don’t miss the complimentary art tour of the hotel that runs daily at 4pm. Dine at the smart Landscape Restaurant and Grill, more casual Peacock and Jones, or grab a quick bite at the Jam Packed Café. You’re in a prime location on the Old Wharf here, so take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront to Salamanca or to the CBD (Central Business District) restaurants.

2. Moss Hotel, for close proximity to Salamanca Market

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Brick and stone walls inside the lobby of the Moss Hotel, complete with fireplace, sofa and armchair
© Moss Hotel / Expedia

The exterior of the Georgian sandstone building gives little indication of the fine nature-inspired hotel that awaits inside. Moss spans two properties, both sharing a heritage from the mid 1800s. At ground level, a sliding door opens and a lift whisks you upstairs to the hotel lobby. Plants from nearby Mt Wellington are featured on a foliage wall that runs up three levels of the building. Snuggle up swathed in a sheepskin or mohair throw – or rest your head on handmade pillows. Rooms are soundproofed keeping out the noises of busy Salamanca Place.

3. MACq 01, for views over the River Derwent


Waterfront suite with bed, nature-inspired mural, desk and balcony at MACq 01
© MACq 01 / Expedia

Arguably the best views of the waterfront are those from MACq 01, built on the historic wharf. Check in to your luxury, generously dimensioned suite, and you’ve got the works, with private dining areas, butler service and open fireplaces – the perfect spot for cosying up on chilly winter nights. As for activities, the choice is yours: perhaps a gym workout in the gym or a complimentary storytelling tour. The Old Wharf Restaurant comes alive at night, while St David’s Square and Battery Point are within comfortable walking distance if you fancy a sightseeing stroll.

4. Lenna of Hobart Hotel, for a prime downtown location


Balcony view with table and chairs overlooking Hobart from the penthouse suite of the Lenna Hotel
© Lenna Hotel / Expedia

Listed by the National Trust, this sandstone mansion is loved for its central location on Salamanca Place, close to the waterfront and city action. Wrapped in your fluffy in-room bathrobe, kick back and binge-watch one of your favourite shows on Foxtel. Fancy a harbour, mountain or parkland view? The Lenna has stunning outlooks from each of the 52 rooms. For unforgettable rooftop views, select a two- three- or five-bedroom penthouse. Slide open the bedroom doors and marvel at the 360-degree views of Hobart’s harbour and mountain flanks.

5. Hadley’s Orient Hotel, for vintage grandeur


Orient Bar with fireplace, crystal chandeliers, piano, tables and chairs inside Hadley’s Orient Hotel
© Hadley’s Orient Hotel / Expedia

Welcome to one of the oldest hotels in Australia, built by convict labour in 1834. This highly photogenic property has shucked off its less-than-savoury history and upped the ante on comfort. Right on the edge of the CBD, it’s a five-minute stroll to Constitution Dock and the Salamanca Market. Each of the 71 rooms is lined with vintage wallpaper and filled with period furnishings. Enjoy afternoon tea in the atrium-style restaurant and bar. Super conveniently, Hadley’s Hotel is just a 20-minute drive from Hobart Airport.

6. Salamanca Wharf Hotel, for an independent stay


Lounge with sofa, television and dining table opening onto a patio at the Salamanca Wharf Hotel
© Salamanca Wharf Hotel / Expedia

Centrally located on Castray Esplanade, at the tranquil end of Salamanca Place, this contemporary four-storey hotel is new by Hobart standards (having been built in 2012). The 22 apartments are self-contained and furnished in a minimalist style with custom-made furniture. Choose anything from studio suites to premium apartments and loft penthouses with 5m (16ft) high windows for the most commanding views. After a long day on the tourist trail, shop locally for ingredients and cook up a storm in the fully equipped kitchens. The minibar is stocked with the best local beers.

7. Macquarie Manor Hotel, for old-world charm

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Bar and restaurant with leather armchairs and modern wall art at the Macquarie Manor Hotel
© Macquarie Manor Hotel / Expedia

The Macquarie Manor Hotel is inside a beautifully restored heritage building, elegant with a symmetrical facade – originally it was used as a surgeon’s operating office and residence. Built in 1875, the Edwardian-style architecture has been cleverly maintained. The rooms are large – 300sqft (28sqm) with high ceilings and period furniture. It may be on busy Macquarie Street, but you won’t hear a sound from outside, thanks to the lush carpet and double-glazed windows. In the heart of the historical precinct, this boutique hotel is a short stroll to Salamanca Place.

8. Mövenpick Hotel Hobart, for a contemporary bolthole


Guest room with floor-to-ceiling window, double bed and seating area at the Mövenpick Hotel Hobart
© Mövenpick Hotel Hobart / Expedia

The first Mövenpick hotel in Australia is centrally located in Hobart on Elizabeth Street. Visitors to Tassie’s capital city cannot get enough of the modern European vibe at this boutique establishment. A handy loading zone outside the front door makes it easy to disembark with your luggage. As the glass doors slide open into the lobby, contemporary sophistication greets the eye. Classic styling continues into the spacious rooms, which are neutral-toned and soothing. Dine at the popular hotel restaurant, Tesoro, on pizzas and other Italian favourites. Alternatively, take a short stroll to the waterfront precinct.

For more options, discover our guide to the best hotels in Hobart and book now on Culture Trip.

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