The Best Hotels in Launceston, Australia, for Every Traveller
Alexandra Suspension Bridge in Launceston, Tasmania, is among the top sights when you book your stay here | © ZambeziShark / Getty Images
Launceston, in the Cornwall Land District in the north of Tasmania, is known for its culture, food and bountiful vineyards. It’s also the second-largest settlement on the island and one of the oldest cities in Australia, with architecture combining colonial and Victorian styles with cutting-edge design. Book your stay at one of these hotels.
Peppers Silo Launceston
4.7/5 (439 Reviews)
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Named after the 35m (115ft) grain silos used to construct this modern hotel, Peppers Silo is a unique proposition. Room numbers are written on carpets, the North Tower features a gallery of historic silo photography and the non-standard architecture results in curved walls. All rooms offer a view of the Tamar River, along with Tasmanian-made furnishings. Family-owned, the nine-storey hotel is also home to a resident labrador.
Quality Hotel Colonial Launceston
4.3/5 (969 Reviews)
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The family-run Colonial Hotel has 70 bedrooms, suites, luxe apartments and a cosy cottage in the gardens. Housed in a listed property dating back to 1847, it was originally purposed as a day and boarding school; the Three Steps on George restaurant and bar sits in the old gymnasium. Modern conveniences such as Google Chromecasts, Netflix and a new-build fitness centre sit easily amid the period features. The town centre is a short stroll away.
Country Club Villas
4.5/5 (1457 Reviews)
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If you prefer to stay outside the city, this self-contained villa accommodation comes with private kitchen facilities, as well as two restaurants, an indoor pool, an outdoor tennis court, picnic space, barbecue grills, a spa tub, casino and sauna. The lakeside location offers a bit of peace and quiet, and you’re within easy reach of the nearby wineries.
The Sebel Launceston
4.5/5 (725 Reviews)
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Enjoy the best of boutique and self-catering at the Sebel, with 53 suites that all have kitchenettes and range from one to three bedrooms. The build incorporates local stone and timbers with original art by indigenous artists adding to the neighbourhood feel. This theme is continued in the Bluestone Bar & Kitchen, which incorporates Tasmanian oak timber in the design and serves modern Australian fare with an Asian influence. Located on Cornwall Square, the property is surrounded by rich history, with many attractions on the doorstep.
Leisure Inn Penny Royal Hotel and Apartments
4.1/5 (979 Reviews)
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Used as a corn mill in the late 1800s, this complex was later moved 54km (34mi) to the current location 10 minutes from the city, where it was rebuilt piece by piece. Now the site is a haven for families, thanks to its adventure park and rock climbing, 100m (328ft) zip line, ghost tours and working cannon. There’s also a candy emporium, passing peacocks and direct access to the river.
Balmoral on York
4.4/5 (959 Reviews)
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This four-storey, multi-award-winning hotel, with views across Launceston, has proven an enduring hit with business people. Rooms come with luxe bedding, super-fast internet and Apple TV. Travelling sports enthusiasts needn’t miss a fixture, with a comprehensive package of all Foxtel sports channels available in-room. The on-site restaurant serves breakfast, while a bar serves drinks into the early evening.
Mantra Charles Hotel
4.5/5 (979 Reviews)
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You’ll be met by a grand Art-Deco exterior at the Mantra Charles before entering, where you’ll find a contemporary design within. The Charles restaurant serves a fancy high tea and regional specialities paired with local wines. Alternatively, room service can be ordered around the clock. Three large function spaces make the Mantra Charles a go-to spot for conferences and business meetings.
4.5/5 (979 Reviews)
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Why not spend your Launceston stay in a 19th-century former convent? Now converted and bedecked in contemporary finery, it retains its high ceilings and period features, while the walls are decorated with modern art. With just 18 rooms, it’s proper boutique, and you’re sure of a warm welcome with a friendly vibe. While there’s no in-house eatery, the front desk can offer recommendations and make dinner bookings, as well as arranging any excursions you might want to go on.
These recommendations were updated on December 30, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.