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Where to Stay in Hobart, Tasmania: Best Accommodation in 2023

Where to Stay in Hobart, Tasmania: Best Accommodation in 2023

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.

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 Hobart5 value hotels and guest apartments, as well as 5 of the best budget hostels.

This guide also 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!

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By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler & adventure photographer for 6 years with 700+ published travel guides. I visit every place I write about & share real tips from what I learn.

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)

Hobart from mount wellington

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).

Infographic for areas to stay in hobart

Hobart Waterfront (Constitution Dock)

The historic heart center of Hobart is down by the harbor, known as Constitution Dock. Hotels and restaurants line the waterfront and most attractions including Salamanca are within walking distance.

Hobart City (CBD)

Hobart 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.

Battery Point

Immediately south of 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.

Sandy Bay

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 harbour tasmania

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, or continue reading for a detailed rundown of each item on this list of where to stay in Hobart.

Luxury Hotels

OptionAreaPrice
Hobart hotel, the grand chancellor luxury accommodationThe Grand ChancellorHobart Harbour$$$
The old woolstore apartment hotelThe Old WoolstoreHobart City$$$
Crowne plaza hobartCrowne Plaza Hobart City$$$
Romantic room at the moss hotelMossHobart Harbour$$$
Macq 01 hotelMacq 01Hobart Harbour$$$$

Best Value Hotels

OptionAreaPrice
The rivulet hotel in hobart tasmaniaThe RivuletSandy Bay$$$
Wrest point hotel hobartWrest PointSandy Bay$$
Sullivans cove apartmentsSullivans Cove ApartmentsBattery Point$$
Hobart city apartmentsHobart City ApartmentsHobart City$$$
Bay hotel apartmentsBay Hotel ApartmentsHobart City$

Best Budget Hostels & Motels

OptionAreaPrice
Dorm room at narrara backpackersNarrara BackpackersHobart City$
Montacute boutique bunkhouseMontacute Boutique BunkhouseBattery Point$
Hobart central yha accomodationCentral YHAHobart City$
Shipwrights arms accomodationShipwrights ArmsBattery Point$$

Best Places to Stay in Hobart

Best Luxury Hotels

The Grand Chancellor

  • Area: Hobart Harbour
  • Best for: great location, bar with views of Constitution Dock & indoor pool with views

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 center or swim in the indoor pool overlooking Mount Wellington. Furthermore, guests will find both a bar and a contemporary restaurant overlooking the harbor.

Hobart hotel, the grand chancellor luxury accommodation

The Old Woolstore

  • Area: Hobart City
  • Best for: Couples and families exploring the city

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 center. In addition, 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.

The old woolstore apartment hotel

The Crowne Plaza

  • Area: Hobart City
  • Best for: Great location with nearby restaurants

I know that when a lot of people travel to 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. Firstly 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' favorite. Additionally, visitors will also get to enjoy a gym, restaurant, and bar.

Crowne plaza hobart
Sunrise at mount amos tasmania

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Moss

  • Area: Hobart Harbour
  • Best for: Footstep to Salamanca, incredible furnishing

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.

Moss hotel

Macq 01

  • Area: Hobart Harbour
  • Best for: Harbour views, close to the markets and great storytelling

Perhaps the most expensive and the most premium offering in town is the Macq 01 hotel. Firstly, 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 center.

There are plenty of rooms to choose from, with offerings ranging from waterfront suites to harbor-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!

Macq 01 hotel

Best Value Hotels

The Rivulet

  • Area: Sandy Bay
  • Best for: Heritage-listed boutique hotel close to cafes, best hotel breakfast in Hobart

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 great-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!

The rivulet hotel in hobart tasmania

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Wrest Point

  • Area: Sandy Bay
  • Best for: Water views and has its own casino

Wrest Point is a beautiful tower building on the waterfront of Sandy Bay which in reality, is a luxury offering that has rooms that are 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.

Wrest point hotel hobart

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Sullivans Cove Apartments

  • Area: Battery Point
  • Best for: Surrounded by historic buildings and close to Salamanca Markets

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.

Sullivans cove apartments

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Hobart City Apartments

  • Area: Hobart City
  • Best for: Excellent city location and close to restaurants

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 and within walking distance of Hobart Harbour and Salamanca Place.

These serviced apartments offer a modern appeal and are perfect for those on a quick business trip or for travelers who'd prefer to stay central.

Hobart city apartments

Bay Hotel Apartments

  • Area: Hobart City
  • Best for: Quiet area and a 13-minute walk from Salamanca

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 within walking distance of the main shopping district and still only a 13-minute walk to Salamanca Place.

Each apartment has everything you need including a kitchenette, cable TV, lounge space, and comfortable beds.

Bay hotel apartments

Best Budget Hostels

Narrara Backpackers

  • Area: Hobart City (south)
  • Best for: Close to the city center and many restaurants.

One of the best budget hostels in Hobart is Narrara Backpackers. It's located in Hobart City and is only about an 11-minute walk to the center.

Narrara Backpackers has one of the best-shared kitchen and lounge areas out of all of the hostels on this list. Moreover, there are also cheap dorm beds, private rooms, and even family rooms available.

Narrara backpackers hobart hostel accomodation

Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse

  • Area: Battery Point
  • Best for: Relaxed hostel which is close to many cafes and restaurants

For budget travelers 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.

Montacute boutique bunkhouse
Sunset on a winding road in tasmania

Car Rentals in Tasmania

Unfortunately, the cost of bringing your own car on the Spirit of Tasmania has skyrocketed in recent years. Now, it is usually cheaper to rent a car on arrival. I recommend using DiscoverCars in Tasmania to compare rates for different vehicles across dealerships.

(Rentals are limited in Tasmania so it's a good idea to book in advance).

Central YHA

  • Area: Hobart City
  • Best for: Central location and cheap dorm rates

Backpackers and low-budget travelers 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 organizing weekly activities and events both in-house and around the city.

Hobart central yha accomodation

Shipwrights Arms

  • Area: Battery Point
  • Best for: Sightseeing and restaurants

A low-budget, stylish, and historic Hobart hotel close to the waterfront and Battery Point? You've got it. Although Shipwrights Arms isn't a backpacker's hostel you'll pay roughly the same amount for a private room in this old-style hotel.

In addition, this property boasts an outdoor terrace to soak in that afternoon sun. Ultimately if you're on a budget but want a private room and are looking for a place to stay in Hobart, check out Shipwrights Arms.

Shipwrights arms accomodation

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.

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!

Where to stay in hobart
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