Originally built in 1887 as the home of a wealthy Hobart businessman, Maylands Lodge has had many identities, from girls’ school to Salvation Army headquarters. Today, it’s been reimagined as a boutique hotel, opened in October 2018, offering 12 guestrooms and studios that blend elegant details of yesteryear, such as generous room dimensions, a grand staircase, ornate plasterwork and high sash windows, with contemporary features and amenities. Families will enjoy the spacious two-bedroom studios, the extensive landscaped garden and quiet location in a suburb that’s convenient to both city and regional attractions.
Maylands Lodge is in the suburb of New Town, 15 minutes from Hobart Airport and seven minutes north of the Hobart CBD. Head to the main street, New Town Road, for a choice of cafés and restaurants or take the nearby Brooker Highway to discover the surrounding region.
The lodge offers families the Hunter and Pearce two-bedroom studios, the first on the upper floor, with views of Mount Wellington, and the second on ground level, with garden access. Both are decorated in deep-blue, teal, white and dark-brown, with open-plan living areas and large bathrooms featuring walk-in showers and free-standing baths. The studios can accommodate up to four people, with king-sized or twin beds in the master and a loft-style bedroom or the lounge.
Food and drinks
Maylands Lodge serves breakfast and dinner focused on ingredients grown in the kitchen garden or sourced from small local growers in a hyper-seasonal, paddock-to-plate experience. Start the day with a breakfast bowl of smoked salmon, brown rice, poached egg, tofu, furikake and pickles, or sweet corn fritters with truss tomatoes. Onsite Restaurant Deodora features a five-course dinner menu, which may include truffle and cheddar croquettes, raw kingfish with fermented chilli, beef short rib with Kennebec potatoes and dessert of baked triple-cream brie with quince and fruit bread. The extensive drinks list favours Tasmanian tipples, alongside other Australian and European labels.
For business travellers
While Maylands Lodge is removed from the Hobart city centre, the hotel’s fast wi-fi, in-room desks and secure parking provide a secluded but convenient bolthole for the corporate traveller. The high-end onsite restaurant and comfortable modern lounge with honesty bar are ideal for business meetings or entertaining.
For wellness travellers
Maylands Lodge’s relaxed atmosphere gives guests a chance to recharge their batteries. Yet it’s only minutes to the CBD and well-appointed gyms and an aquatic centre that welcome visitors. The lodge is also within easy walking distance of the Royal Botanical Gardens, which leads to the various running or walking routes along Hobart’s waterfront. Further afield are the nature trails in Wellington Park, about 35 minutes drive away at the base of Mount Wellington.
The fab factor
Climb the stairs to the top of the tower and take in the panoramic views.
Number of rooms: 12 rooms and studios
Rates: From $245 a night
Wi-fi: Fast and complimentary
Parking: Onsite and secure
Address: 40 Swanston Street, New Town, Hobart, Tasmania 7008
Telephone: +61 3 6169 2777