Where: Launceston, Tasmania. Australia.
When: September 2018
Duration: 1 night stay
Room Type: River View Suite
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.