Freycinet Lodge

Accommodation

Where: Freycinet National Park, Tasmania. Australia.

When: September 2018

Duration: 1 night stay

Room Type: Premier Cabin, Jetted Tub

Cost: $404.10

(Booked whilst Hotels.com had a 10% discount offer on)

Freycinet National Park is simply STUNNING! So why would you choose to stay anywhere else aside from in the park? Well, I mean why would you choose to stay anywhere else besides a hotel in the park. I assume you can camp in there, but I think we’ve established I’m not the tent kinda lady!

I arrived at Freycinet Lodge about 4:30pm after doing the Wineglass Bay lookout walk. It was meant to be an easy walk, but turns out I’m unfit and it was hard AF. I arrived at the hotel quite disheveled, but the clerk on reception gave me a warm welcome.

Check in was fast and I was in my room to enjoy the afternoon sun streaming through my windows. I was pretty impressed with my room/cabin. It was spacious and the spa bath looked incredibly inviting!

After a quick shower and change I headed back to the main building to attend a ‘Meet the Maker’ wine event being held in a conference room off to the side of the main bar and restaurant. Here I was able to try many of the wineries I passed on the way to Freycinet but didn’t have time to stop in.

Having not eaten since early that day, those wines went to my head so I popped out for some air and to see a magnificent sunset off the back deck of the hotel….

I wasn’t overly fussed by the menu at the hotel restaurant, so I instead stayed in the bar and ordered a burger from the bar whilst I planned my itinerary for the following day. There aren’t that many options once you’re in the National Park, but I wouldn’t recommend the bar burger. It was rather half-assed. Perhaps I should have tried the restaurant.

I returned to my room and found that turn down service has been and left me the cutest chocolates with ‘Freycinet Lodge’ printed on them. And because I was travelling alone, I got to eat both whilst drinking wine in that beautiful spa bath! The underfloor tile heating had also been turned on, which would be a welcome surprise in winter I’m sure!!

There was a well equipped mini-bar with lots of local Tassie treats I’ve seen at Salamanca Markets and my favourite thing was complimentary still water. Seriously, it’s such a cheap thing for a hotel to provide, literally cents per bottle, so it really pisses me off when I spent a couple of hundred on a room and it’s not provided.

Would I stay there again? Yes, don’t get me wrong, it’s expensive but I actually felt like I got value for the price considering the high standard of the room and the remote location.

Would I recommend it to you? Absolutely. Go. Now!

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Henry Jones Art Hotel

Accommodation

Where: Hobart, Tasmania. Australia.

When: September 2018

Duration: 1 night stay

Room Type: Deluxe Spa Room, Harbour View

Cost: $387

This was my second stay in Hobart within a year. Last visit I chose to stay at the Macq01 which I LOVED, but I was very curious about the Henry Jones in the beautiful old IXL Jam building, so this time I decided to try out the hotel across the road.

I checked in about 5pm and being September, still quite cool weather wise and off-season, the hotel was pretty quiet. My booking included valet parking, but there was plenty of free spaces out the front so I just pulled up, for my bags out and walked inside.

Check in was quick and easy considering I had already prepaid my booking with Hotels.com. My room was on the second floor and the check-in clerk who was a young girl much smaller than myself offered to help me with my luggage as there would be stairs to get to my room. I was lugging around a few bags so I happily accepted her assistance, but felt bad when she struggled with my 15kg suitcase!

The room was quite large with a modern, yet traditional feel. Let me explain that. The facilities, including a spa bath and giant walk in shower felt that of a modern hotel room. However the furnishings style were quite traditional and the balcony exposed the old historical factory facade of the building, so it felt quite old school. It worked for me.

There is art all over the hotel, as the name suggests. In my room I found art that I could purchase if I so desired and it was also all around the hotel in the hallways.

Wifi was included which was fast and plentiful for a one night stay. There was a pod coffee machine in my room and a well stocked mini-bar, which was quite expensive. There was also a turn down service which occurred whilst I was out at dinner, but this was just some T2 night time tea. You’ll win me over with chocolate thanks!

I had a drink at the bar in the foyer but didn’t dine at the restaurants at all. The location suited me. It’s quiet as it’s just off the wharf with minimal traffic, but close to the centre of town including the MONA Ferry terminal and Salamanca Markets.

Would I stay there again? No, it was a good experience, but I felt it was overpriced for what it was, particularly since it was off season.

Would I recommend it to you? No, my pick in Hobart is the Macq01.

Peppers Seaport Hotel

Accommodation

Where: Launceston, Tasmania. Australia.

When: September 2018

Duration: 1 night stay

Room Type: River View Suite

Cost: $220

I booked the Peppers Seaport Hotel on Hotels.com a few weeks before my trip to Tasmania as there were Special Prices available and it seemed like a great deal. Once I had arrived in Tasmania I found out from some locals that the Peppers Silo Hotel was the new place to be and after I googled it I could see why. The rooms looked funky and modern, plus nice and new and clean.

I hadn’t come across the Silo in my search for Launceston accomodation up until then, but I called the Seaport a few days out to ask if I could transfer my booking to the Silo and pay the difference. The person I spoke to sounded old and grumpy and laughed at me saying they are totally different hotels. Okaaaaayyy….

I arrived at the Seaport about 4pm and waited in reception for about 15 mins whilst the sole check in attendant attended to another (high maintenance) guest. I was told my room was on the second floor, despite the card saying it was 10XX which I assumed would mean it was first floor. Upon exiting the lift on L2, annoyingly I found my assumption was correct and I returned to the lift.

The room being a suite was very spacious. It had a full kitchen, dining table, full living area with pull out sofa, balcony, a reasonable sized bathroom (no bath), a dressing room and a king sized bed.

The mini bar was well stocked and not stupendously expensive which was a pleasant change. I purchased the Ashgrove Cheese sampler pack with crackers for $10 which would have been a good amount of cheese for two people, but definitely didn’t have enough crackers for two. There was also a large bottle of complimentary still water on the table, which is always a nice touch.

The balcony furniture was looking a bit tired when I visited. The wicker of the chairs was worn and I’m not sure I would trust the chairs really! The view from the balcony was also a bit average being a marina and it overlooked a Bunnings, however the pink cotton candy sunset was spectacular.

Another thing that annoys the hell out of me with accomodation is mould in the shower. It wasn’t enough for me to feel like showering in my thongs, but mould is the easiest and cheapest thing to get rid of with a bit of bleach. I don’t understand why so many hotels let this happen?!?

Parking was an additional fee of $10 per 24 hours administered by buying a parking pass from reception to display on your dash. Wifi was free, but I can’t speak of the reliability of it as I hardly used it.

Location was pretty average. I had to walk 15 mins to nice restaurants on Brisbane St. I Ubered back to the hotel as the walk didn’t look safe alone in the dark. I did have dessert in the hotel restaurant Mudbar, which was quite lovely if you want to dine close to the hotel.

Would I stay there again? Probably not.

Would I recommend it to you? Probably not. I suggest you check out the Peppers Silo Hotel instead.

About Ms Lunchalot

About, Itineraries

Ms Lunchalot is a foodie from Sydney with a taste for travel and adventure. Her favourite foods include burgers, pizza, slightly salty slightly sweet popcorn, chocolate, and really any form of dessert!

Since March 2017, she has been embarking on quest to do #12tripsin12months travelling around Australia and beyond.

Trip 1 – March 17 – Canberra ACT

Trip 2 – April 17 – Cairns QLD

Trip 3 – May 17 – Noosa Heads QLD

Trip 4 – June 17 – Mornington Peninsula VIC

Trip 5 – July 17 – Castaways Beach QLD (Just out of Noosa)

Trip 6 – August 17 – Exmouth WA

Trip 7 – September 17 – Broome WA

Trip 8 – October 17 – Port Douglas QLD

Trip 9 – November 17 – Tasmania (South and West Coast

Trip 10 – December 17 – Byron Bay NSW

Trip 11 – February 18 – Kingscliff NSW & Gold Coast QLD

Trip 12 – March 18 – Hawaii USA

If you have ideas for future trips or places to visit, or want to know more about places I’ve visited, please get in touch!