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Gateway to the Antarctic: Salamanca Wharf Hotel

Driving through Hobart it’s natural to gravitate towards the waterfront at Salamanca Place. Stroll past the historic sandstone buildings, enjoy a meal or have a big night out along the waterfront. With so much buzz going on in the area, and with just one night in Hobart, I was delighted to discover Salamanca Wharf Hotel.

With Hobart a gateway city to Eastern Antarctica and taking inspiration from the Aurora Australias, the Antarctic research ice breaker docked nearby during the winter months, Salamanca Wharf Hotel has bought Antarctica inside with a colour palette consisting of ice white, cool blues, and safety orange. The properties walls feature photography from renown Antarctic adventure photographer Laurent Dick.

Salamanca Wharf Hotel in Hobart, Tasmania

Check-in was a breeze, with the hotel even taking the time to call us just as we were leaving MONA to see if we would make it before check-in close so they could make alternative arrangements for us to pick up our apartments keys.

Vickie and I were staying in one of the four loft penthouses, though suites and premium apartments are also available. With high ceilings the space has a wonderful sense of openness and, during the day, brightness.
With a fully operational kitchen you could take a short walk to the markets or grocery store to create a feast or enjoy a night out at The Observatory; there are laundry facilities, luxury MOR toiletries, a spa bath and luxurious beds that will guarantee you a good nights sleep.

With just one night in Hobart we didn’t have much time to explore Australia’s most southern capital and had planned a big night out but after checking into our Loft Penthouse we decided would have a night in to enjoy every second of the comfortable apartment and the view from the top floor across Princes Wharf No. 1 and Hobart as the cities winter event, Dark Mofo, lit up the sky as people controlled a piece by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer named Articulated Intersect.

Salamanca Wharf Hotel in Hobart, Tasmania

Salamanca Wharf Hotel in Hobart, Tasmania

Located on Castray Esplanade meant we were just a few minutes walk from some of the cities main sights whilst being far enough away from the bustle to enjoy some much-needed rest after the drive from Devonport to Hobart; and rest we did in those super comfortable beds.

Before leaving for the long drive from Hobart to Devonport, where we’d be taking the Spirit of Tasmania back to Melbourne, we had to fill up. Being in such a centreal location there are plenty of cafes open for breakfast but we decided to try Castray Esplanade Food + Wine which adjoins Salamanca Wharf Hotel’s lobby.

Salamanca Wharf Hotel in Hobart, Tasmania
More photos from the Salamanca Wharf Hotel

Salamanca Wharf Hotel in Hobart, Tasmania

Salamanca Wharf Hotel in Hobart, Tasmania

Salamanca Wharf Hotel in Hobart, Tasmania

Salamanca Wharf Hotel in Hobart, Tasmania

Salamanca Wharf Hotel in Hobart, Tasmania

Salamanca Wharf Hotel in Hobart, Tasmania

Now it’s over to you

What is more important to you: comfort or location?
Are you interested in themed or ‘inspired by’ hotels?

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Salamanca Wharf Hotel
Castray Esplanade
Hobart, Tasmania 7000
Australia

Website: www.salamancawharfhotel.com

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I was a guest of Salamanca Wharf Hotel and was given a complimentary night.
All thoughts and opinions are, as always, my own.

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1 Comment

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    Anna @ shenANNAgans
    August 10, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Lovely post. 🙂 Looks like a pretty sweet spot.
    Me, it depends on who I am travelling with, and where I am travelling too as to whether I book accommodation based on location or comfort. I will say tho, there is something really great about climbing into a beautiful comfy crisp white sheet clad bed.
    I worked in a themed hotel in London, it was magical. All for a quality theme. 🙂

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