The Islington Hotel is an 1847 Regency mansion transformed into a boutique hotel by sensitive modern additions. Decorated with an eclectic collection of contemporary artworks and fascinating antiques, it retains the comfort of the original grand house, with a library, Morning and Rose rooms for guests to relax in, while providing state-of-the-art amenities, attentive service and a high-end onsite restaurant. It’s like staying in a friend’s home – albeit one with a great art collection. Despite being only minutes from the centre of Hobart, the Islington is in a quiet location, set in a large garden with views of Mount Wellington.
The Islington is 18 minutes from Hobart Airport and five minutes from the CBD in the prestigious neighbourhood of South Hobart. The hotel is on a major road, which runs straight into the city, but is set well back from the street so its calm tranquillity is maintained.
Each of the Islington’s 11 guestrooms has a distinctive style but all are decorated with art and antiques, luxury fabrics and furnishings, including the custom-made Islington Dream king-sized bed, plus a marble bathroom and minibar with complimentary T2 tea and espresso coffee. There’s the Biedermeier-themed Signature Room, with its Austro-Hungarian Empire bed, the Attic Room, a cosy retreat, and the Garden Room, in a palette of chocolate, tan, sage and gold, with access to a terrace.
Food and drinks
The light-filled glass conservatory, which overlooks the garden, is where breakfast and dinner are served. Chef Sam Cooper creates menus utilising seasonal and organic produce from local suppliers or the hotel’s own garden. Begin the day with poached eggs, sourdough toast, just-squeezed juice and espresso coffee. Five nights a week, Cooper conjures up a five-course set menu, which might include ocean trout, gnocchi, octopus and flank steak, accompanied by fresh vegetables, and dessert of quince with gewürztraminer and shortbread. There’s also a Classics à la carte menu. The wine cellar offers a wide selection with particular emphasis on Tasmanian vineyards.
For business travellers
If you want a peaceful retreat, the Islington offers a well-appointed bolthole with desks in the rooms, fast wi-fi and local and mobile calls included. The restaurant is perfect for entertaining and bookings of up to 14 people are catered for in the library, a unique setting for corporate events.
For wellness travellers
Unwind in the serene surroundings of the hotel, whiling away a few hours reading in the Morning or Rose rooms or in the beautiful garden. For something more heart-pumping, only minutes away in the Hobart CBD there are a range of gyms and an aquatic centre that welcome casual visitors. Or lace your hiking boots on and take to the nature trails in Wellington Park, at the base of Mount Wellington, 25 minutes drive away.
The fab factor
The intriguing artworks and antiques collected by the owners over 30 years and arrayed in every room of the Islington.
Number of rooms: 11 rooms
Rates: From $275 a night
Wi-fi: Fast and complimentary
Parking: Onsite and secure
Address: 321 Davey Street, Hobart, Tasmania 7000
Telephone: +61 3 6220 2123