Best Western in Hobart makes for an easy, comfortable stay that’s not only good value but delivers the kind of uber convenience one can benefit from whilst on a trip down in Hobart. Hobart is already one of the easiest, major Australian cities to navigate, with a beautiful layout so that you’re pretty much always within walking distance from the major restaurants, bars, and museums; Best Western adds to that, located at 156 Bathurst St, and a 5-10 minute walk from the central shopping area.
Design is kept simple throughout the hotel, with nothing standing out in the straight-forward lobby area but some art spread around the space. The check-in desk is near an adjoining opening with leads to a large carpeted area where you’ll find the restaurant and long, well-stocked bar. The atmosphere here is very casual but still has enough charm to it to compete with the more luxurious hotels down at the wharf.
Staff are friendly and never overextend themselves, leaving you free to go about your business. Though you won’t spend much time in the hotel aside from your room. There is a small pool and a modest fitness centre with all the basic necessities, and as for those on a business trip, the conference rooms are nicely presented with clean, open layouts.
The Standard Room is nice and cosy with a very powerful air conditioners at the far end above the study desk. The walk-out balcony is tiny and fits just one person, although you won’t be spending much time out there if you’re down during winter. It is unbelievably cold.
The big, cushy bed is generous and comfortable, and while the mattress could probably be softer – especially in the middle – it’s not hard to sink into this for an easy sleep.
Opposite the bed is a standard size TV with all the necessary Austar channels, sitting atop a large cabinet with a bar fridge and some snacks. Wines are local, which is significant seeing as Hobart is very central for some of Australia’s best.
Towards the door is a large sliding wardrobe, opposite the opening to the tiny bathroom.
The bathroom isn’t much, basic with a shower-bath combo, a toilet, and a spacious basin. The bath is narrow and a bit cramped, but the shower head has a fine flow.
The bed remains the most impressive feature here, and the for the price, I’d say the room is just about the best value you’d find in central Hobart. The convenience is worth a fortune on it’s own, so Best Western is certainly somewhere you shouldn’t look past when planning a trip to the city.
I was down there for Hobart’s famous Dark Mofo arts festival, and none of the events took me more than a 10-15 minute walk to get to. It’s also a rather straight forward walk to the wharf, so for those heading along to MONA, one of Australia’s quintessential museums, Best Western is a good bet.
To book and browse the many hotels under the Best Western brand head to www.bestwestern.com.au/