Salamanca Wharf Hotel – Hobart
If you find yourself spending time in Hobart you will want to be near Salamanca Place, and specifically, checked into the Salamanca Wharf Hotel.
Salamanca Place has beautiful views over Hobart’s waterfront. Historically the area served the port of old Hobart Town and was called “The Cottage Green” but was renamed in 1812 to Salamanca Place.
The area is home to rows of beautifully preserved four storey sandstone buildings which were previously used as warehouses for the port. Careful restoration has seen these buildings returned to use as restaurants, cafes, bars, galleries and boutique shopping.
Salamanca Place is a lovely mixture of historic buildings, ultra modern developments and leafy green open spaces. This gives the area a chic and sophisticated feel. Coupled with a relaxing view of the water and I can’t imagine staying anywhere else in Hobart.
Salamanca Wharf Hotel is part of the new, modern component of Hobart’s entertainment precinct. The building has been designed to meld perfectly with its surroundings and adds a contemporary feel to the area.
We were checking into one of the four loft penthouse apartments in the Salamanca Wharf Hotel. It had been a long day sightseeing and sampling from the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail so we were late. Mr GG and I made use of the after hours key depository and let ourselves in to the gorgeously appointed loft.
Our apartment was so light and airy. The pitched ceiling reaches 5 metre high at the peak and boasts full height windows which let in so much natural light. Hubby opened the sliding doors and let himself onto the private balcony, while I flopped on the sumptuous king sized bed. My body went to jelly as I sunk into the billowy goose down doona. So comfy… maybe even more comfortable than our bed at home!
Hubby called me out onto the balcony to take in the view of the Harbour as a large cruise ship set sail.
Back inside, the granite kitchen was fully equipped with everything you would expect in a self contained apartment. Then I spotted something that made my heart sing! Sitting on the bench was a home cappuccino machine. Somebody was looking after me very well; I really can’t live without my morning cappuccino… or maybe I can, but I don’t like to.
I glanced inside the fridge and there was plenty of fresh milk…. perhaps I squealed. Mr GG asked me what was wrong, and I told him happily that he would be able to make me my morning cappuccino! The importance of this was not lost on him 😉
It was time for more apartment exploring. Have you noticed the Salamanca Wharf Apartments are furnished using lots of white, deep blue and light aqua. These colours have been chosen to pay homage to the Antarctic expeditions which leave from Hobart. Hobart is an Antarctic gateway city due to its proximity to East Antarctica.
The Antarctic theme, is continued with the artwork shown in the room and throughout the hotel. Stunning ice-scapes from photographer Laurent Dick add a cool, quiet sophistication to the decor.
The bathroom is huge by anyone’s standards. The bath is so inviting, deep and with massaging water jets for the ultimate relaxing soak. Again the colours of the Antarctic are reflected in the decor.
Usually I don’t comment on the toiletries range in a hotel but these were so gorgeous. The fragrance was called “Show Gardenia” and the floral gardenia aroma was beautiful! It is such an intoxicating and relaxing fragrance.
The hotels states on it’s website that “It’s often the so-called ‘small details’ that have the biggest impact on the quality of your stay”. Guests can rest assured, the small details have been looked after at the Salamanca Wharf Hotel.
Hubby was sitting on the leather lounge, watching television whilst I started to doze in bed. I asked why he wasn’t coming to bed, he answered that he wanted to watch the cricket. I told him, “I bet the TV is designed to swivel so you can watch in bed”. Sure enough, two seconds later hubby was cosied up in bed with a perfect view of the TV.
At checkout we were greeted by friendly reception staff. I couldn’t help but comment on the comfort of the bed. I jokingly asked if she thought I would be able to take a bed home on the Spirit of Tasmania with me. She replied that she had replaced her own bed, with one purchased from the hotel.
We had time for a quick breakfast in the Castray Esplanade Food + Wine Cafe, then it was time to catch the ferry to Bruny Island for more gourmet food and travel.
Take a quick peek inside our room 🙂
Salamanca Wharf Hotel is perfectly located close to everything Hobart has to offer. Walk just 150 metres down the street to the heart of Salamanca Place where you are spoiled for choice with a selection of Hobart’s best restaurants.
Each Saturday, Salamanca Place plays host to the Salamanca Market.
We absolutely loved our stay here and can’t wait to come back again.Gourmet Getaways stayed as a guest of the Salamanca Wharf Hotel. All opinions expressed in the article are an honest opinion of the property, at the time of our stay.