Planning a visit to Tasmania and looking for where to stay in Hobart? I’ve got you covered with this updated, comprehensive and free travel guide to the best Hobart hotels and accommodation options for your Tasmania trip. Includes a detailed area guide as well as specific places to stay in Hobart for every budget— ranging from the best luxury resorts to the cheapest backpacker hostels and everything in between!
Hobart is Australia’s southernmost capital and the largest city on the island state of Tasmania. This means that Hobart is often the first place people land when visiting. Tasmania has so much to offer and I believe it’s one of the best adventure travel destinations in Australia.
So, you found yourself in the right place; Hobart, the gateway to adventure!
Whether you’re just starting off your Tassie journey, you’re coming back to Hobart before flying out, or perhaps you’re just here on a quick business trip (you’ll be back), you’ll be hunting for where to stay!
That’s why I’ve compiled this comprehensive accommodation guide: “Where to Stay in Hobart, Tasmania: Best Accommodation Areas & Places to Stay”. To help you narrow down the best options, I’ve included 5 of the best luxury hotels in Hobart, 5 value hotels and guest apartments, as well as 5 of the best budget hostels.
I’ve also included a quick destination guide to help you plan which area you should stay in Hobart.
Best Hotels: Hobart Accommodation Quicklist
In a rush? Okay fine, here is my roundup of the best Hobart accommodation options for every budget and travel style.
Best Hotel in the CBD: Hobart City Apartments
Best Hobart Luxury Hotel: The Grand Chancellor
Highest-value Hotel in Hobart: Wrest Point
Best Budget Accommodation: Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse
Bonus: Where to Stay close to Hobart Airport: Travelodge (Airport)
I’ve spent loads of time photographing and documenting travel content for Hobart and the rest of Tassie. Once you’ve figured out where to stay, make sure to check out my other blog posts including the epic list of things to do in town!
A Quick Rundown of Where to Stay in Hobart
Hobart is quite a small city by international and even Australian standards. Just over 200 000 people live here but the city attracts nearly 10 times that number of tourists every year (1.9 million).
Best Areas to Stay in Hobart
For visitors, here’s a quick rundown of the different areas to stay in Hobart
Hobart Waterfront (Constitution Dock)
The historic heart centre of Hobart is down by the harbour, known as Constitution Dock. Hotels and restaurants line the waterfront and most attractions including Salamanca are within walking distance.
Hobart City (CBD)
Hobart really isn’t that big. Staying in the city, just a few streets back from the waterfront is a great bet though if you’d like to find yourself close to shopping districts and more restaurants.
Immediately south to the CBD is Hobart’s Battery Point. A short, 10 minute walk up the colonial-era steps from Salamanca and you’ll find yourself surrounded by 19th-century sandstone and weatherboard cottages, some quaint parks and some of the best restaurants in town.
Just a little further south of Hobart CBD is Sandy Bay, a waterfront suburb that is considered to be one of the most prestigious in the city. Staying in Sandy Bay is great if you’re looking to spend more time in the many hotels or if you’d like to check out the two beaches (Nutgrove Beach and Long Beach), the large yacht marina and many cafes.
Hobart Accommodation Map
Summary of the Best Hotels in Hobart
Below is a useful table summary of the best places to stay in Hobart. Prices reflect a yearly average but will fluctuate depending on the season.
Click each hotel to find the best price for your dates on Booking.com (the best hotel website in Australia), or continue reading for a detailed rundown of each item on this list of where to stay in Hobart.
|The Grand Chancellor||Hobart Harbour||$249|
|The Old Woolstore||Hobart City||$209|
|Crowne Plaza||Hobart City||$232|
|Macq 01||Hobart Harbour||$450|
Best Value Hotels
|The Rivulet||Sandy Bay||$245|
|Wrest Point||Sandy Bay||$139|
|Sullivans Cove Apartments||Battery Point||$190|
|Hobart City Apartments||Hobart City||$209|
|Bay Hotel Apartments||Hobart City||$115|
Best Budget Hostels & Motels
|Narrara Backpackers||Hobart City||$26|
|Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse||Battery Point||$30|
|Central YHA||Hobart City||$34|
|Shipwrights Arms||Battery Point||$95|
Best Places to Stay in Hobart
Best Luxury Hotels
Centrally located on the waterfront overlooking Constitution Dock, the Grand Chancellor Hotel is one of the most prominent accommodation options in Hobart.
The hotel is a premium offering, where guests can work out at the in-house fitness centre or swim in the indoor pool overlooking Mount Wellington. Also, guests will find both a bar and a contemporary restaurant overlooking the harbour.
The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel is a 4-star Hobart accommodation option with fully-serviced apartments in a very central location.
There is a restaurant, a bar, a gym and even a business centre. Each room has very comfortable beds and a spa bath that is a treat after exploring the city and surrounding walking tracks.
For couples or families looking for a comfortable base close to everything, don’t go past the Old Woolstore.
I know that when a lot of people travel in Australia, they like to stick with the always-reliable Crowne Plaza. But, that’s not the only reason I’ve included it on this list of where to stay in Hobart. The Crowne is one of the best luxury accommodation options you’ll find in town, and it’s also centrally located close to almost everything.
As usual with the Crowne, breakfast is always the guests’ favourite. Visitors will also get to enjoy a gym, restaurant and bar.
Located just behind Salamanca Place is one of the most stylish and unique hotels in Hobart. The Moss offers rooms with incredible attention to detail and offers thoughtful touches of nature and Tasmanian heritage into each space.
Of course, each room comes with all the benefits including air-con, cable tv, a fridge, kettle, shower and wardrobe. While you don’t get a pool or gym like some of the other luxury hotels in Hobart, the Moss is an elegant alternative for those who’d prefer to appreciate the finer details.
Perhaps the most expensive and the most premium offering in town is the Macq 01 hotel. This luxury hotel in Hobart is one of the best-located on this list. Right on the waterfront, the Macq 01 offers an on-site restaurant, bar and fitness centre.
There are plenty of rooms to choose from, with offerings ranging from waterfront suites to harbour-view rooms. The interesting thing about Macq 01 is that each room is tied to a historical Tasmanian character. So, your stay in Hobart will not only be premium, but you’ll learn something too!
Best Value Hotels
The Rivulet is an awesome 19th century, heritage-listed manor. It offers some of the best suites in Hobart without a ridiculous price tag. Rooms here are a little more expensive than some of the other value hotels in this section. However, I believe that the price is actually very good for what you get.
The Sandy Bay location is great, sitting opposite the Casino and the Derwent River. Also, the Kingborough playing fields are located next door and can even be accessed through the side gate. Each room has everything you’d expect from a high-end offering. You just won’t be paying the premium dollar!
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Wrest Point is a beautiful tower building on the waterfront of Sandy Bay which in reality, is a luxury offering but have rooms that are really great value-for money.
The Wrest Point has an in-house casino, indoor heated pool, sauna, gym and several restaurants. Rooms offer uninterrupted views of Mount Wellington and the waterfront.
Wrest Point is easily one of the best places to stay in Hobart for those after a luxury, 4-star experience without paying a premium.
Sullivan’s Cove Apartments actually has 5 different locations around Hobart Waterfront and Battery Point. These condo hotels offer fully furnished, 5-star apartment rooms, often with a great view and always within walking distance of everything you’d want to experience in the city.
Hobart visitors looking for where to stay in the city with modern furnishings at a great price, look no further. Hobart City Apartments is centrally located in the CBD but within walking distance of Hobart Harbour and Salamanca Place.
These serviced apartments offer a modern appeal and is perfect for those on a quick business trip or for travellers who’d prefer to stay central.
Previously known as “Apartments at Woolmers“, The Bay Hotel offers affordable apartment accommodation for singles, couples and families at a very affordable rate.
The location is a little further south of the CBD in a quieter area. However, it’s still walking distance to the main shopping district and still only 13-minute walk to Salamanca Place.
Each apartment has everything you need including a kitchenette, cable TV, lounge space and comfortable beds.
Best Budget Hostels
One of the best budget hostels in Hobart is Narrara Backpackers. It’s located in Hobart City and only about a 11-minute walk to the centre.
Narrara Backpackers has one of the best shared kitchen and lounge areas out of all of the hostels on this list. There are also cheap dorm beds, private rooms and even family rooms available.
For budget travellers and backpackers, Montacute is by far the best place to stay in Hobart. This is a great hostel that is ranked as having the best vibe in the city. Dorm beds are as little as $30 a night which is a great value.
This bunkhouse doesn’t feel like a stingy backpacker joint due to its excellent furnishing and cleanliness. Located in Battery Point, you’ll also be close to some of the best restaurants and bars in Hobart, making it. an excellent low-cost option for both backpackers and couples on a budget.
Backpackers and low-budget travellers arriving in Hobart will love this one. It’s super central, just one street from both the waterfront and the airport bus stop. This makes it not only a great transit stop but also a great place to stay in Hobart to enjoy the city.
At this YHA visitors will find a variety of dorm options, private rooms with shared bathrooms and ensuite rooms, all at a great price. This one is also a very social hostel, with the staff organising weekly activities and events both in-house and around the city.
A low-budget, stylish and historic Hobart hotel close to the waterfront and Battery Point? You’ve got it. Shipwrights Arms isn’t a backpackers hostel but you’ll pay roughly the same amount for a private room in this old-style hotel.
There is also a hotel and a terrace to soak in that afternoon sun. If you’re on a budget but want a private room and looking for where to stay in Hobart, check out Shipwrights Arms.
This last accommodation option on the list is a bit of a wildcard. This Victorian Italianate Mansion is located on the northern side of the city in Claremont, close to the weird and wonderful MONA. It’s situated on a massive 5-acres of land and the entire building is heritage listed.
I bet you didn’t expect to find this one on the budget-end of the list. To tell you the truth, neither did I. But, rooms in this mansion are one of the most affordable in Hobart.
However, being a little further out, I’d recommend having a car for this one. If you do, it’s perfect!
More Travel & Adventure Guides to Hobart & Tasmania
Did that sort out your Hobart accommodation for your Tasmania trip?
I really hope that this lengthy guide to where to stay in Hobart was helpful in planning your trip to Tasmania’s capital. If you’re still not set on a place to stay, check out the map above which includes the prices to explore the best hotels, hostels in town. Who knows, you might catch a crazy deal that wasn’t mentioned on this list!
Before you go, make sure to check out some of my other Tasmanian travel guides too. I’ve spent several months photographing and documenting some of the most incredible adventures and things to see and do on the island.
No matter how much you know, I’m sure you’ll find something new on my blog, that’s my mission!