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Tasmania's pint-sized capital, Hobart is a wonderfully laid-back riverside city with a fascinating history. A brilliant springboard for exploring Tasmania’s spectacular rural interior, the city has long been popular with foodies and wine aficionados seeking to sample the best of the island’s produce. It has recently gained a reputation as an arts and culture hub, with some spectacular museums and guided heritage tours. You’ll find that many of the best places to stay in Hobart have an arts connection, too, showcasing contemporary pieces in striking settings.

Founded as a penal colony on the shores of the Derwent River in 1803, Hobart grew into a lively port city populated by merchants who built beautiful residences in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Glimpse gorgeous heritage houses as you wander around, or take a guided tour of the regenerated docks, where warehouses have been transformed into pubs, restaurants and small hotels. The excellent Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery is nearby, as are the Hobart Penitentiary and the Maritime Museum of Tasmania. Hop aboard a ferry upriver, or drive across to the marvellous Moorilla Estate, where you’ll find the acclaimed Museum of Old and New Art.

Beyond the city, you’ll find verdant farmland and vineyards, as well as hiking and cycling trails aplenty. Follow part of the Huon Trail, or clamber up rocky Mount Wellington, much-beloved by bushwalkers and mountain bikers. Back in town, the Saturday market on Salamanca Place plays host to more than 300 stalls, and it is not to be missed. Luckily, it’s a short stroll from many of the best places to stay in Hobart — and from the eateries hidden along the alleyways of Battery Point. There’s no shortage of food or art to savour in Hobart!

The Best Places to Stay in Hobart

For City Style

  • The Tasman is a luxurious city hotel with striking waterfront views from three connected buildings, the oldest of which dates back to 1847. Swish suites are beautifully appointed, with mood lighting, striped red and white carpets, and big beds topped with crisp white linens. Two restaurants, a speakeasy-style bar, gym and balconies complete the picture.
  • Moss Hotel, tucked in a pair of 19th-century sandstone warehouses near Hobart's waterfront, has exposed brick or stone walls, glittering moss-coloured Italian tiles and a real sense of timeless glamour in its 41 guest rooms. A sleek and elegant urban offering, perfect for romantics.

For a Hip Art Hotel

  • Henry Jones Art Hotel prides itself on being Australia's first 'art hotel'. A hip, stylish space housed in a series of 1820s warehouse conversions and a former jam factory on Hobart's waterfront, the hotel has characterful rooms with wooden beams, exposed stone, metal roofs and superb harbour views. The speakeasy bar is very cool, and works by Tasmanian artists are showcased in rooms & shared areas.
  • Islington Hotel, a converted Regency townhouse in hilly South Hobart, fuses timeless elegance with chic modern design. The stone and glass extension frames beautiful views of Mount Wellington, there's a gourmet restaurant, and an impressive collection of art and antiques from the owners' 30 years of global travels adorns the hotel. Very romantic.
  • MACq 01 is a sleek contemporary hotel on the Hobart waterfront, with glittering metal roof, wooden siding and floor-to-ceiling windows from stylish modern guest rooms. Big photos act as headboards, and minimalist rooms feature designer furnishings as well as indulgent bathrooms & terraces. The storytelling theme is appealingly unique, with fascinating organised tours of the hotel and the city beyond.
  • Mona Pavilions offers ultra-modern pavilions on the Morilla Estate, in the grounds of the acclaimed MONA Museum. On the Derwent River just north of Hobart, this slick rural spot promises bold, design-led interiors with crisp, clean lines and pops of orange and purple against black-and-white interiors. There's a gym, sauna, heated pool, as well as vineyard tours, a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant and sensational art aplenty.

For Families or Groups

  • Salamanca Wharf Hotel is a collection of modern studios and apartments in a restored warehouse close to lively Salamanca Square. Longer-stay guests will appreciate the well-equipped kitchens with Smeg appliances and families or groups of friends can book multiple spaces. A smart choice for a stay in the city.
  • Maylands Lodge, a beautifully appointed 19th-century Italianate residence in North Hobart, now houses 12 contemporary rooms, suites and two-bedroom studios. Pick a larger space — sleeping up to five guests — for a trip with friends and family. The Brownell Suites have kitchenettes, as well as sitting rooms. Hearty breakfasts are served each morning and the gardens are ideal for relaxing in the sunshine.

For a Country House

  • Woodbridge on the Derwent, just 25 minutes from Hobart in the Derwent Valley, invites guests to unwind in eight luxurious suites — many of which boast idyllic river views. Expect crackling fireplaces, a cosy library, great wine cellar and extensive gardens surrounding the 1825-built mansion. With kayaks, paddle boards, bicycles, a hot tub and sauna, this is a top rural hideaway in the wine country.
  • Villa Howden, on the tranquil shores of North West Bay, promises 10 elegant guest rooms and suites with waterfront views and floral textiles in a lovely country house. Stroll through leafy gardens, tuck into terrific Tasmanian cuisine, and enjoy sailing or hiking excursions. Romantic and relaxing.
  • The Corinda Collection has the feel of a country escape, yet sits just 15 minutes from central Hobart. The house is still in the hands of the family of 19th-century timber merchant Alfred Crisp, the original owner. Lavish traditional rooms, suites and cottages have big bay windows framed by patterned curtains, with cosy beds and antique pieces. Perch on the pretty terrace or take a guided tour of the gardens.

For Great Value

  • Hadley's Orient Hotel, a Victorian-era hotel in Hobart's CBD, is the oldest continuously operating hotel in Tasmania. Comfortable, classic rooms have striped wallpapers and patterned bedspreads, and the eatery's elegant chequered floor is a real stand-out. Historic and very affordable.
  • Mantra Collins Hotel offers modern rooms and apartments with small kitchens. Ideal for longer stays, business trips or budget-conscious travel, this mid-city spot has become a popular city base. Two-bedroom apartments are well-suited to families.
  • Hobart Hideaway Pods offers two one-bedroom cabins on 2.5 acres of leafy grounds with views views towards the Derwent River. Airy spaces are simple and appealing, with kitchenttes, en-suite bathrooms and private decks. Just 20 minutes' drive from Hobart, this is a reasonably priced choice for those seeking to experience both the city and the countryside.

FOR AN APARTMENT OR HOLIDAY Cottage

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Fly to Hobart Airport from a larger hub in mainland Australia, or arrive by cruise ship into the port. Hop on a bus or take a taxi to your hotel from there. Many hotels will also be happy to arrange an airport pick up in advance.
  • Hobart is well-connected by public transport, but you may want the independence of your own ride if you're planning to explore beyond the city. Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Visit in the summer months — between December and February — for pleasant temperatures and plenty of sunshine. This is peak season; you may find the spring and autumn shoulder season quieter, and hotels often offer reduced rates in those months.

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Best Hotels in Hobart

  • Hadley's Orient Hotel Hobart (Australia) 71 rooms from £92

    Museums  -  The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) are both within walking distance of the hotel
    Other Activities  -  The hotel has partnered with Heritage Horse Drawn Carriages to provide an exclusive Carriage Tour and Royal Tea Experience
    Local exploring  -  A mid-city location making this a great choice for travellers keen to experience Hobart's lively arts and nightlife scene
    Business meetings  -  A great business base in the CBD, with meeting rooms and events spaces
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    An Victorian-era building near Hobart's CBD, housing the oldest continuously operated hotel in Tasmania. Spacious rooms have a retro feel with patterned carpets, striped wallpaper & vintage decor. An elegant bar comes with a grand piano and the restaurant serves regional cuisine. Smart & historic. See More

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  • Mantra Collins Hotel Hobart (Australia) 80 rooms from £101

    Business meetings  -  A modern hotel for business travellers with smart work spaces & long stay apartments, just 150 metres from the CBD
    Museums  -  Pop into the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery or The Museum of Old & New Art (MONA), both city highlights
    Local exploring  -  A central setting and great views makes this a brilliant choice for on-foot explorers
    Theatre  -  Catch a fabulous performance at the Theatre Royal
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    A smart hotel set in a great mid-city location. Well appointed rooms & apartments are contemporary in design and feature floor-to-ceiling windows - some have city views. Sample Tasmanian dishes at the restaurant and find yourself just a stroll away from many of the city's major attractions. See More

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  • Hobart Hideaway Pods Hobart (Tasmania) 2 rooms from £107

    Hideaway  -  A romantic hideaway for nature lovers dreaming of real seclusion & gorgeous views — with easy access to superb sights
    Country Escape  -  A rural escape just 20 minutes' drive south of Hobart, with Derwent River views & tranquil birdwatching & stargazing
    Views  -  Bi-folding doors open onto sweeping decks with spectacular views of the forest and Derwent River beyond
    Great walks  -  Hike part of the Huon Trail for stunning views of wineries & farms, or follow the coastal Alum Cliffs Walking Track
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    The Pea Pod & the Vanilla Pod sit within 2.5 acres of rolling grounds, with mesmerising views towards the Derwent River. Airy, light-filled spaces have bi-folding doors revealing private decks for sunbathing or star-gazing. Each pod has a simple kitchenette & en-suite bathroom. A hideaway for two. See More

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  • Moss Hotel Hobart (Tasmania) 41 rooms from £113

    City Style  -  A fabulous fusion of old & new, with restored warehouses featuring moss-green Italian tiling, handmade furniture & exposed stone
    Romantic Break  -  A glamorous, grown-up base near lively Salamanca Square, perfect for romantic Hobart city breaks
    Local markets  -  Close to the bustling Saturday Salamanca Markets, where 300 stalls sell fabulous local produce, artisanal crafts & more
    Sailing  -  Take scenic sailing trips on the bay for beautiful views of Hobart from the water
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet

    A grown-up & glamorous hotel tucked in a pair of 19th-century sandstone warehouses near Hobart's waterfront. Interiors feature handmade wooden furniture, with exposed brick or stone walls & glittering moss-colour Italian tiles. There's no restaurant, but you're steps from Salamanca Square. Superb. See More

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  • Salamanca Wharf Hotel Hobart (Tasmania) 22 rooms from £126

    Local exploring  -  A great base for longer stay guests who appreciate the flexibility of well-equipped apartments in a superb central location
    Value chic  -  Studios are great value, with the option of cooking for yourself in well-appointed kitchens
    Local markets  -  Join locals at the lively Salamanca Markets on Saturdays, where 300 stalls showcase seasonal produce, textiles and jewellery
    Great walks  -  Guided walking tours of central Hobart, Sullivans Cove and the waterfront area are a great way to discover the city
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    A collection of modern studios & apartments in a restored warehouse building. Spaces have well-equipped electric blue kitchens with granite worktops & Smeg appliances, whilst the loft penthouses feature free-standing tubs. Breakfast & lunch are served onsite; the city's attractions are steps away. See More

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  • Henry Jones Art Hotel Hobart (Australia) 50 rooms from £140

    Artworks  -  Australia's first dedicated art hotel, exhibiting original contemporary artworks by Tasmanian artists in public spaces & rooms
    Local markets  -  Lively Salamanca Market is just a short walk away, and perfect for picking up sourvenirs, fresh produce & artisanal crafts
    Weddings  -  Event spaces are brilliant for intimate Hobart weddings, with lots of space for seated dinners and dancing
    Romantic Break  -  A romantic art-focused hotel, with rustic-chic rooms, superb cocktails and lovely waterfront views
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    Australia's first dedicated art hotel has transformed a historic 1820s jam warehouse on Hobart's waterfront in to a contemporary, hip and stylish space. Rooms are tastefully furnished with large bathrooms. Perfect for a weekend city break or honeymooners. See More

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  • The Tasman Hobart (Tasmania) 152 rooms from £160

    Foodies  -  Foodies will adore tasting feasts by Chef Massimo Mele, paired with sommelier-selected wines, or indulgent high teas & cocktails
    City Style  -  A luxurious city hotel with crisp, contemporary rooms & suites in a beautifully restored historic setting
    Great walks  -  Take a guided hike on Tasmania’s dazzling Three Capes Track, with rocky cliffs, glittering seas & a multitude of birds
    Restaurant  -  Enjoy Italian cuisine with a Tasmanian twist at Peppina or modern Australian cuisine at the Deco Lounge
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    A luxurious city hotel with striking waterfront views from beautifully appointed rooms & suites with crisp white linens on big beds, atmospheric lighting & swish bathrooms. Three connected buildings — the oldest built in 1847 — house two restaurants, a speakeasy bar, gym & more. Chic and central. See More

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  • The Corinda Collection Hobart (Australia) 9 rooms from £129

    Learning  -  Regular organised tours of the garden including history of the house (and the Crisp family who built it) and the Glebe area
    Local exploring  -  Well-placed to see southern Tasmania's most popular attractions and just 15 minutes from Hobart city centre
    Country Escape  -  Peace, privacy and spectacular views are combined with a warm family welcome - popular among garden lovers
    Sights nearby  -  Discover the World Heritage listed Port Arthur, accessible by sea as well as over land
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    Lavish Victorian-style accommodation, offering both rooms or cottages, on a hilltop area in the idyllic Glebe suburb of Hobart. Surrounded by lush gardens, with breakfast and an honesty-bar available. Just a 15 minute walk into the centre of Hobart making this a tranquil yet convenient stay. See More

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  • Islington Hotel Hobart (Australia) 11 rooms from £166

    Great walks  -  Take guided walking tours of historic Sullivans Cove, just five minutes away & the area's first site of European settlement
    Foodies  -  Chef Anthony Illingworth offers superb seasonal menus showcasing top Tasmanian fare in an elegant, relaxed setting
    Learning  -  Delve into the hotel's fascinating collection of art and artefacts, collected over 30 years of travelling
    Honeymoons  -  A gorgeous honeymoon retreat, in a historic stately home with sumptuous suites & plenty of privacy
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors

    An old Regency house is the perfect setting for this art-filled boutique hotel with fabulous glass & stone extension, in hill South Hobart with stunning views to Mt Wellington. A swimming pool, BBQ facilities & an acre of manicured gardens with a 100 year old willow tree complete the picture. A gem. See More

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  • Maylands Lodge Hobart (Tasmania) 12 rooms from £167

    Romantic Break  -  Hide away in this striking historic B&B, with big bedrooms & freestanding tubs, before exploring laid-back Hobart
    Families  -  Two-bedroom studios are ideal for families, with space for up to five guests & private seating areas
    Landmark  -  Home to the Pearce & later Brownell families, before becoming the Hobart Girls’ Industrial School & a Salvation Army building
    Great walks  -  Stroll around the 18-hectare Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and leafy waterside Queens Domain in the sunshine
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    A collection of 12 chic, contemporary rooms, suites & studios in a restored 19th-century Italianate lodge set in North Hobart. Tucked behind the opulent façade are soothing spaces with clean lines, minimalist furnishings, big soaking tubs & unique Tasmanian artwork. Expect hearty breakfasts, too. See More

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  • Villa Howden Margate, Tasmania 10 rooms from £170

    Country Escape  -  Unwind in verdant surroundings, with garden views, idyllic walks & a real sense of calm south of Hobart
    Great walks  -  Follow part of the scenic Huon Trail through the vineyards and rolling farmland of the Huon Valley
    Sailing  -  Go sailing on beautiful North West Bay, which can be seen from the villa's guest rooms
    Romantic Break  -  A romantic rural escape with just 10 elegant rooms & suites and gorgeous garden views
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    Villa Howden, located on the tranquil shores of North West Bay, offers traditional elegance and the perfect place to stay for intimate celebrations and quiet contemplation. Rooms are beautifully decorated and fresh local produce is served in peaceful dining rooms. A secluded country house. See More

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  • MACq 01 Hobart (Australia) 114 rooms from £186

    Mountain biking  -  The Bangor Adventure uses pedal assisted electric mountain bikes to explore Bangor, an extraordinary private Tasmanian property
    Local exploring  -  Close to Constitution Dock with its fishing boats and pleasure craft, Salamanca Place, Franklin Square and St David’s Park
    Hotel Entertainment  -  Listen to the Master Storyteller and his team of full-time Storytellers who speak of local tales of Tasmania
    City Style  -  A hugely chic city hotel, with a real focus on hip contemporary design & original artwork
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    Situated on a wharf offering stunning views over the waterfront, river and mountains. Interiors are elegant and modern with light rooms boasting indulgent bathrooms and private terraces. Featuring an interesting storytelling theme and offering organised tours of the hotel and city. Superb. See More

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  • Woodbridge on the Derwent near Hobart, New Norfolk, Tasmania from £273

    Watersports  -  Swim in the river, or hone your paddle boarding or hydro bike skills out on the water as you admire beautiful views
    Great walks  -  Follow mapped trails through the hotel grounds, including gorgeous riverside walks, or stroll into town to explore
    Local exploring  -  A beautiful base for exploring the Derwent River or the plethora or nearby eateries, pubs and boutiques on foot
    Country Escape  -  A gorgeous rural escape, with a historic country house dating back to 1825 and oozing luxury charm
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    Eight luxury suites in historic 1825 convict-built riverside mansion, only 25 minutes from Hobart. Family owned and run, with a private ballroom, library and open fireplaces. A great base for exploring renowned local cuisine and wine producers. See More

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  • Mona Pavilions Berriedale, Hobart, Tasmania from £375

    Romantic Break  -  A luxury gem for design-focused romantics, with spacious suites featuring artwork, dazzling views & a real sense of glamour
    Foodies  -  Mediterranean-inspired restaurant the Source is a destination in itself, with fresh flavours & sensational seafood
    Local markets  -  Take the hotel's boat along the river to Salamanca in Hobart, where 300 stalls sell local produce each Saturday
    Museums  -  Beautifully placed to visit the acclaimed Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    Slick, contemporary self-catering pavilions on the Morilla Estate a short ferry ride from Hobart in the grounds of the acclaimed Mona. Festivals, culture courses, with free museum entry, a gym, sauna and heated indoor infinity pool await at this super-stylish escape. See More

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