The Best Cheap Hotels to Book in Hobart, Tasmania

At artsy Hotel Alabama, being on a budget doesnt mean youll have to stay in boring, lacklustre rooms
At artsy Hotel Alabama, being on a budget doesn't mean you'll have to stay in boring, lacklustre rooms | Courtesy of Hotel Alabama /
Jennifer Johnston

Hobart has quickly become a destination everyone is talking about. A great food scene, wilderness adventures not far from the CBD (the Hobart city centre), vineyards close by and history lessons on every corner are proof of that. You’ll want to spend as much time as possible in Tassie’s capital, so why not extend your stay and pack in more experiences by saving on your hotel? There’s plenty of cheap accommodation in Hobart, all bookable via Culture Trip.

1. Customs House Hotel, for custom-made comfort


Modern-looking dining area with white tables, a white-blue-and-cream-patterned carpet and a wooden bar at Customs House Hotel
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Tucked away in the lively Central Business District, this heritage hotel is a few steps from the docks and a couple more to Salamanca and the Hobart Cruise Terminal. From superior waterfront-view rooms with balconies and lounge areas to queen rooms looking out over Parliament House, what more could you want? What about a restaurant and bar made for lounging, dishing Barilla bay oysters, and Turkish bread? Customs House has it all.

2. Tasmanian Inn, for foodie feasts


Yellow-walled hallway with a staircase and a tiled floor at Tasmanian Inn
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The central Hobart location of this inn, on Campbell Street, is barely a kilometre (0.6mi) from the docks. Before heading to your design-led room with polished wooden floors, grab a craft beer or cider from the bar. Foodies will love the menu at the in-house restaurant featuring versatile dishes such as buttermilk fried chicken, Sriracha hot sauce, Kewpie mayo and battered cauliflower florets with buffalo hot sauce. If the weather is kind, the beer garden is the perfect spot to hang out in. There’s live music in the bar, but the staff will turn the volume down after 10pm in respect of guests sleeping upstairs.

3. Lowena Cafe and Accommodation, home from home


White room with white and pink floral couches at Lowena Café and Accommodation
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This charming redbrick house built in 1897 is now heritage listed. Choose from five homely bedrooms, all with comfy queen beds and garden views. The ground floor suits families or couples with two queen beds and a bathroom. The second floor has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. This is a great place to sit outside and soak up the scenery and outdoor furniture has strategically been placed to make the most of the views of the garden. Drop into the cafe next door run by the owners for home-cooked breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

4. Central Hotel Hobart, for laid-back lodging

Bed and Breakfast

Simple bedroom with double bed, two red chairs, a mini fridge, a fruit basket and electric kettle at Central Hotel Hobart
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History is in the walls and floors of this 1810 building on a busy commercial street a few seconds walk to Elizabeth Street Mall and Sullivans Cove. With just a slender, winding staircase, leading to neat, fuss-free, and light-filled rooms, you’re better off leaving your large suitcases at home. After you’ve soaked up the sights, return to savour global staples such as mushroom and pea arancini with truffle aioli and greens followed by a glass of Hartog’s Plate Moscato.

5. Hotel Alabama, for artful accommodation


Eclectic interior of a lounge area at Hotel Alabama with leather, patterned and turquoise couches and chairs, as well as a fireplace and art on the walls
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This central hotel is owned and operated by Tasmanian locals whose mission is to create an affordable artistic space for guests and visitors. Light-filled rooms pack a design punch with colourful murals and canvases with bright pop-art furnishings. From the intimate in-house bar, step outside to an open balcony adorned with potted plants. Spend the money you save on any number of restaurants and bars a few minutes from Hotel Alabama’s front door.

6. Trinity Hill Apartments, for design-led apartments


Room with hardwood floors, grey couches and a dark-brown table and chairs at Trinity Hill Apartments
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Tired of eating out all the time? Each of these charming apartments in this listed mansion has a sleek kitchen an easy 10-minute walk from central Hobart. They also have polished wooden floors and a slight mid-century modern style to the decor. They’re also an 18-minute walk to the Hobart Cruise Terminal where you can catch the ferry to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) within the Moorilla winery on the Berriedale peninsula.

7. Narra Backpackers, for down-to-earth digs


Reception and lounge area at Narra Backpackers with couches, a shelf with flyers and a long table with six seats
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Safe, clean and affordable – the Narra Backpackers is close to the centre of town and offers simple mixed and female-only dorms. Find inspiration and ideas at the tour desk, exchange currency, wander in the gardens or pass the time on the terrace. Cook up a storm in the shared kitchen or barbecue outside. Family rooms and free wifi are available throughout the property. Board games in the communal lounge will keep kids and adults happy for hours. Take time to walk the 2km (1.2mi) to the waterfront Salamanca Place, for lovely 19th-century sandstone buildings, theatres, art galleries, and a weekly street market.

8. Harrington's 102, for all you need in the heart of Hobart


Glass-fronted lobby area at Harringtons 102 with a red checkin desk
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Cheap accommodation in Hobart does not mean skimping on a little luxury. All rooms at this townhouse complex come with an ensuite bathroom made from Persian marble. A balcony maybe? Book the Harrington Suite for the balcony and a queen-sized bed. You’re a pleasant 14 minutes’ walk from Franklin Wharf plus can mosey on to Salamanca and Battery Point. Grab a satisfying meal at the Shamrock Pub which is only 40m (131ft) away.

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

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