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Hotels in Tasmania
Tasmania offers the traveller an extremely wide range of accommodation throughout the year. This includes homely bed and breakfasts, world-class luxury hotels, youth hostels, and smart apartments. There is plenty of accommodation for the luxury traveller, but there is still plenty of budget accommodation as well. Advance bookings are recommended during summer holiday season from December to February, as well as over the Easter and Christmas/New Year periods. Browse our Tasmania accommodation links for the latest deals online.
Hotels in Tasmania
You will have plenty of choice when it comes to staying in a hotel in Tasmania. The standard of accommodation can vary and the star rating for Tasmania's hotels is really about the facilities (e.g. a telephone, and/or television in each room etc) they offer, rather than the quality of individual accommodation. Quality is what matters to most to hotel guests, meaning star ratings are very limited in the information they provide. For example, a hotel that has 24- hour room service, housekeeping, a concierge service and a choice of dining facilities will almost certainly qualify for five-star status, even if it has not been refurbished for 20 years. All this means that you should really do some research in advance if you are thinking of staying in a particular hotel.
That said, the quality of hotel accommodation is generally very high. For example, in a “good” 3 star hotel in Hobart, you can expect to pay between £50 and £62 per person per night, excluding breakfast (which is about £6 extra for a full breakfast). For this price, you should expect the rooms to be very well maintained and to receive first class service. Similarly, in Launceston at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, you will pay an average price of £76 per person, although you can sometimes share a double room for half of this rate. At a hotel such as this, you should expect to be made to feel very welcome and to have someone help you with your luggage, for example. Your room should have all of the amenities you would expect (telephone, television, tea and coffee facilities etc.) and it should be both clean and comfortable.
Bed and Breakfast in Tasmania
Bed & Breakfast in Tasmania
Bed and Breakfast in Tasmania is a great idea for anyone wanting to eat their main meals out and about island. In fact Tasmania is renowned for the hospitality offered in its B&B establishments, which sets them apart from every other type of accommodation you may stay in. Many tourists even say that the hospitality of Tasmanian B&B hosts, is not only legendary, but is an integral part of the unique Tasmanian experience. The island state also has a wonderful heritage of historic buildings, many of which have now been adapted for use as B & B accommodation. Of course, there is also more modern B&B accommodation, some of which is grand and elegant, and some of which has been purpose-built for bed and breakfast. Other B&B accommodation is simply homely and comfortable. In fact B&B accommodation is so popular in Tasmania that there is an online directory that makes it easy to find B&BS. In Tasmania, you can find rooms in a B&B for around £50 for a single and £80 for a double room.
Apartments in Tasmania
Apartments in Tasmania
Good quality apartments to rent for a week or less in Tasmania can be found throughout the country. They are particularly popular near beaches and what could be better than staying in an apartment with a large balcony and enjoying the captivating views of the ocean? Reckon on paying from about £40 - 50 per night for a couple, or from £60 to £100 per night for up to 4 people. The exact rate that you will pay will depend upon the time of year and location. Christmas and Easter, as well as the summer months of December to February, tend to be the most popular. You will find that some apartments in Tasmania require a minimum stay of 3 nights. Whenever you go, you will find that an apartment in Tasmania will offer you space, privacy and the convenience. Most Tasmanian apartments come fully fitted and equipped, with kitchens and laundry facilities, and are often located in self-contained apartment blocks, or holiday units. In Tasmania, you will have a choice of studio, two and four bedroom apartments. They are an ideal, cost-effective option if you are travelling with a family, or in a group, and you want to spend more than a couple of days in one place. In an apartment you can relax in the living area and enjoy cooking your own meals. Many apartments have air conditioning, electric blankets, clean linen, a telephone, ironing equipment, televisions, DVD players and tea or coffee making facilities. Some holiday apartments even have in-room spas which guests can use to unwind in and get that much needed body pampering. You will also find that some apartments include services, such as laundry, whilst others do not. If you are travelling as a family, you will find many Tasmanian apartments provide special facilities for the little ones, with playgrounds and other attractions available.
Hostels in Tasmania
Hostels in Tasmania
There are numerous youth hostels in Tasmania, so you will never be short of budget accommodation. (Hobart has at least 10 hostels, Port Arthur 3 and Launceston 6). Many Tasmanian youth hostels are affiliated to the Australian Youth Hostel Association (YHA), which is the largest budget accommodation network in the country, with hostels located in all major cities and regional destinations, including in Tasmania. However, you do need to be a member in order to say at an YHA hostel. Although YHA hostels are designed primarily for young people, all travellers are welcome to stay. Children under 17 must always be accompanied by a responsible adult over the age of 21.YHA hostels provide linen free of charge, however you can bring your own sleeping sheet or linen if you prefer. Blankets and pillows are provided but you will need to bring your own towels. YHA hostels are graded from 2 to 5 for their facilities, with 5 being the most luxurious. Top-end YHA hostels are also rated by the AAA (Australian Motoring Association) and are comparable to hotels and B&B accommodation. Even if you do not want to join the YHA, there are many other hostels in Tasmania, which have equally good facilities. (Indeed, some YHA hostels are not exclusively so, meaning that non-members can stay there). For example, Launceston Backpackers offers a choice of family, double, twin, en suite or single rooms, as well as small dormitories. It occupies a large 100 year old Federation style home has been beautifully renovated and retains many of its original features. You can expect to pay about £33 per person per night for an ensuite double room in a hostel, £10.50 for a bed in a 4 person dormitory and £24 for a single room. Another option that you might want to consider, if you are thinking of trekking or travelling in the wilderness, is to stay at an YHA Wilderness Hostel. These offer more basic accommodation, but are located in or near Tasmania's National Parks and nature reserves. Wilderness Hostels can only be booked through a YHA Membership and Travel Centre, from where you collect the key in advance. In fact, it is a good idea to book your hostel accommodation in advance, because they can become fully occupied, especially in peak seasons. All YHA Hostels, except Wilderness Hostels, can be booked through our website.