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Villa Howden

77 Howden Rd, Howden, Kingborough, Tasmania 7054 Australia
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Villa Howden offers a range of ten luxury suites and the heated indoor pool and library are all enjoyed by guests. The restaurant features the best of Tasmania's produce, served in an intimate settings. The elegant Water View and Villa suites seamlessly blend in with the breathtaking natural scenery. The Tower suite is a welcoming, unique retreat which provides panoramic views across the North West Bay. Just 15 minutes from Hobart, you can enjoy the peace and serenity of the pure Tasmanian wilderness around you from the comfort of your own private suite, most offering full length window balconies and enhanced with a selection of luxurious in-room amenities, including the latest Sony iPod Dock, complimentary Wi-Fi and Nespresso coffee machine. Your Stay at Villa Howden includes full breakfast, complimentary in-suite bar and luxurious Serendipity Australian made hotel cosmetics. Villa Howden restaurant is open for dinner and weekend high-teas.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Boating
Game room
Children's television networks
Highchairs available
Parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Hiking
Horseback riding
Canoeing offsite
Patio
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Airport transportation
Car hire
Taxi service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
Massage
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Executive lounge access
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
24-hour check-in
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Soundproof rooms
Desk
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Bathrobes
Safe
Seating area
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Radio
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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5.0 of 5 stars
Languages Spoken
English
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bigandbald_10 wrote a review Feb 2024
Perth, Australia5 contributions1 helpful vote
Such a nice find, my room was $400 for a night and felt like I got a bargain. It’s beautifully located and easy to find. This would easily be a 5 star luxury if some investment took place. Fix the fountain, a tiny bit of patron attention and you would fill this place every night. Use local products and promote your neighbours. You have fantastic cider all around, yet none in your fridge. Overall I still think it’s a great place.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: No restaurant on Sundays. Head down to Willie’s cider farm for food and drink.
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Venture08209487057 wrote a review Jan 2024
2 contributions1 helpful vote
I loved the vibe of this place- the location and aesthetic was fabulous. The fixtures all seem to have been imported from Provence and the food was delish. My only gripe (so 4 stars not 5) was that there was one teenager on duty the whole evening, and it was only the poor girl’s second day working in hospitality. Still she kept with it and even did a YouTube tutorial before making us (phenomenal) cocktails. The rooms aren’t cheap and having a competent adult around to help and train her would have been kind. Still, a glorious escape and a great place to stay on the Channel.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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AM&M00 wrote a review Dec 2023
Hobart32 contributions18 helpful votes
Unfortunately this property no longer has the essence of it's pre-COVID life, and seems to be trading off it's former glory. More 3-star than it's advertised 5-star rating. The good: Employees were friendly and working hard to run the venue (often 1 person on shift at a time) - reception, bar and dining area. It is a beautiful, small (10 rooms) establishment with some nice features - good photo opportunities, if that is your thing. The not-so-good: The one staff person who was busy at times, understandably pre-occupied with other guests. Upkeep and maintenance seems not to have occurred since it's foreign owners took over several years ago. Suitcase and scuff marks on walls; cobwebs in corners; dismal looking water feature; the mattress while soft, had defined sagging from years of wear. The ok: Dining - the dinner menu provided 3 main course options [no vegetarian option] (both our eye fillet and salmon were well prepared, though the duck fat potatoes would have benefited from further roasting and it would have been nice to see some greens on the plate); oysters for entree, and the desserts were enjoyable. Breakfast (included in room rate) was modest in proportion though sufficient, however the barista coffee ($5 extra) was not drinkable. The highly chlorinated pool was a perfect temperature to enjoy an afternoon swim - the attached bathroom facilities were uncleaned. Bathroom amenities were basic with one thin bath towel per person provided - additional available upon request. The communal lounge areas have some lovely pieces of furniture on which to sit and enjoy a cocktail (if ingredients are available) - however the main area would benefit from airing, as the smell of smoke lingers from winter's fires.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Room Tip: Arrive expecting a 3-star experience and you will enjoy. There are stairs only, you will need to...
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Chris P wrote a review Dec 2023
San Francisco, California, Usa11 contributions22 helpful votes
As soon as we arrived we knew it was a mistake. Nothing looks like the website photos - everything is in need of a major renovation. Cheap furniture, peeling paint, wifi not working, cracks in all the walls, one person trying to run the entire hotel. Our room was very disappointing - apparently only one room in the hotel has a tub and view ( the one featured on the website). The pool has water in the chlorine. Feels more like a cheap motel than the luxury villa shown online. Trying to find alternative accommodations now...
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Avoid this place at all costs
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Mariangela P wrote a review Oct 2023
Hobart, Australia4 contributions4 helpful votes
We had read the reviews, and were concerned about what sort of experience we would have - expecting Faulty Towers, and something derelict. We didn't know if we would laugh or cry? We were there for a birthday getaway, and enjoyed our time to unwind. Having been to France and Provence, the accommodation was beautiful and we loved the style, as in France they also do not offer lifts to the higher floors. Wow, the chandeliers are gorgeous. Yes, the building has some wear and tear; if you look for the negatives, you will always find some. Each room has a French name to give it more personality. We stayed in room # 5- La poule doree, which had a cute balcony with a garden view. As there was snow on the mountain, the room and king-size bed were warm and cosy, and the open fireplace was blazing in the lounge room. The salmon dinner and chocolate lava cake were yummy, and breakfast in the atrium, with views to the garden, was generous and filling. The walk to the lake edge was stunning and was rich with birdlife, black swans, cockatoos, and rosellas. The whole place was very calm and tranquil. It is a beautiful place to reset, and walking tracks are close by. The staff were friendly and thoughtful, especially Nina at reception and the housekeeper, Sonia, who added a personal touch to our visit.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Cruiser68 wrote a review June 2023
Perth, Australia6 contributions
Positives: Beautiful building in a lovely quiet location Large, spacious and clean room and bathroom If any issues are raised, they are dealt with very apologetically Grateful for a packed breakfast on the last morning, as we were leaving before anyone arrived for the day Appeared very clean and tidy throughout with a French-style decor About 15-20 easy drive from Hobart Negatives: Room was not as stunning as the pictures suggest - pretty, but not 'wow' We had no curtains on 4 windows - the main front light shone into the room and if you were in the shower, the room opposite had a free show! No lifts and precarious staircases No-one to help with luggage Super small TV that was not much bigger than my laptop screen! Hard to get someone to answer the phone at reception - either before arrival or when you are staying There is no aircon - it did not bother us as it was winter, but worth noting if visiting in summer The main part of the building is freezing cold - the staff were wearing overcoats to serve, which did not look professional at all, but completely understood why they did as it was less than 10 degrees in the restaurant area Breakfast was stone cold and had to be sent back (only 3 other people staying, so not busy) Breakfast included baked beans but we were given a serving of just 9 baked beans.... There are just 2 young Asian girls running the 'hotel' - they work crazy hours and seem to do everything from check-in, to waitressing, cooking and possibly make the rooms up too!! The 'hotel' main door is locked at 9.30pm and we were essentially left alone in the building all night Key information not provided on check-in - ie breakfast runs from 7.45am to 9.15am only or info on wi-fi We don't recall any fire evacuation details in the room (but maybe we missed it?). We could not find any emergency contact details either in the room if something happened at night We had to remind the staff we had a Luxury Escapes package to get the basket of produce and a free drink AND..... think about bringing your own towels! They have a policy of charging $50 if you get any make-up on the white towels!! Fortunately we saw this and used the make-up remover they had in the bathroom but we were so paranoid of getting any marks on anything!!! We suggest they have darker coloured towels because we felt this was a ridiculous rule when you pay so much to stay in the first place. Would we stay again? No. We left feeling stressed and not at all relaxed, It is not a 5 star location at all - just a lovely 'home' that is more akin to a boutique B&B. We considered eating dinner but with just 3 mains to choose from, we couldn't justify the cost at all. Overall, the villa needs some maintenance and with the 2 young girls run off their feet, we're not sure how this will ever be done. It could be so much better. We were slightly disappointed as this had been a weekend to celebrate my husband's birthday!
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Wendy wrote a review Feb 2023
Granada, Spain99 contributions79 helpful votes
We booked through luxury escapes and upgraded to what was supposed to be a king room but it wasn’t. No lift and we were on top floor 😳. No air conditioning but a small fan in room. Doors to little “balcony” opened but no fly wire. The views and garden are wonderful, the place has great potential. Breakfast, included was great and the staff, although they struggling, were lovely. They have a policy of charging $100 if you get make up on one of the rather cheap white linen towels. They told the people they were charging that a note was in the towel basket - we missed it as well???!
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 23 Feb 2023
Hi, thank you for your feedback we can learn from this however our policy on the towels is a charge of $50 and during those three days we found all those towels stained with makeup. The notice was clearly in the towel baskets on top of the towels. We have this notice as we have to take more time to clean the towels as it can be hard to completely get rid of the stains but once again thank you for your feedback.
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moongara wrote a review Feb 2023
Geelong, Australia31 contributions8 helpful votes
We spent the night of our 50th wedding anniversary in this very different hotel. We wanted somewhere special and Villa Howden looked like it was just the place , but having read recent, (very negative), reviews we arrived with a little uncertainty. Our room was spacious with a balcony that overlooked the garden. We opted to have dinner in the lovely restaurant and it did not disappoint. The meal was wonderful. We both ordered steak and agree that it was the best steak meal we had ever had. Cooked to perfection and able to be cut with a butter knife. Breakfast was also great. The other plus was the attention given to my need for gluten free options. The indoor pool looked amazing even though we did not sample it's beckoning water. All the staff were helpful and pleasant. Admittedly a little TLC is needed with a paint brush and minor repairs. One jarring note was the message regarding a $50 replacement cost if makeup was left on a towel. Considering the quality of the towels left a bit to be desired it seemed excessive and unnecessary. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Sadly it seems some people are overly critical.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Room Tip: If you have issues with stairs request a ground level room. The stairs are a bit of a challenge.
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MolFerg wrote a review Feb 2023
Melbourne, Australia8 contributions2 helpful votes
The villa is in a beautiful setting south of Hobart, but not what we expected from somewhere claiming to be five stars. Furnishings were beautiful and the surroundings extremely peaceful. However, things were dated and a few additional touches would go a long way. The room was worn down and needed some love - walls had lots of scuff marks, there was a hole in the bottom of our door that let lots of light (and some noise) in. We had three pillows between us , things had been left in draws from previous guests and not cleaned, minimal soap etc offered and you could not go to the bathroom without turning on the lights for the entire room. The pool was very pretty, but definitely needs a clean and available seats did not have any cushions and were hard timber. Used glasses also appeared to be left on tables the entirety of our stay. We were also quite disappointed with breakfast. Coffee and tea provided were not hot and needed to serve ourselves and meals were quite average given what we had paid. It was extra for anything that was not on the menu, including $5 for a barista made coffee. The staff that were there were lovely and clearly caring, though did seem to be stretched thin as soon as there was more than one guest who needed something. All service also stopped from 9pm. This was beautiful place and as frequent and local visitors in Hobart we are glad to have experienced it, but at the price point it was and the way it is advertised, there are nicer and better serviced places to stay nearby.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Gillian T wrote a review Nov 2022
Sydney, Australia53 contributions51 helpful votes
We have stayed in many 5-star resorts and there is no way Villa Howden remotely lived up to their claim to be 5-star. Everything had been skimped on - cost-cutting all round. The rooms were ordinary. Our room, number 6, only had one source of fresh air - a set of narrow balcony doors. All the other ‘window’ were simply plate glass. There were very few toiletries in the bathroom - you had to carry the one piece of soap from the band-basin to the shower as there was no body wash in the shower recess. We were given one ‘bath’ towel each, which was very small, and a small handtowel and face washer. There were limited places to hang them to dry. There was a broken rack in the window recess - not sure if that was for towels, or a decoration, as it was not in use. The water pressure in the shower was poorly regulated, so it went from hot to cold regularly, presumably because other people were running water elsewhere. For breakfast we were ‘allowed’ to choose from a limited list of pedestrian breakfast choices. If we wanted anything added, such as avocado, or egg (if we’d chosen an option that didn’t include egg) we had to pay an additional $3 per item. One of the ‘choices’ was toast with homemade jam. I would have expected that toast would be included in a breakfast at a 5-star resort! When I asked what bread they used I was met with a somewhat surprised look. I clarified, well was it white, brown, wholemeal, sourdough, etc? I was told it was ‘normal’ bread. It turned out to be pre-sliced white packaged bread. I asked if there was any fresh fruit and was told that if I chose pancakes that had some fresh fruit included! REALLY FIVE STAR!? The staff were friendly when they had time to engage. However they appeared very overworked. At breakfast the same woman was serving in the dining room AND dealing with reception. She was having to run all-over the place and was trying her best not to get frustrated with quest requests, even saying, I am very busy. My friends said their specially ordered (i.e. extra price) coffees were cold. I made my own tea after persuading the overworked waitperson to give me a teapot to make it. I did enjoy a swim in the pool which was nicely heated on the day. There was no where to change so I had to walk over (outside) in a bathrobe. We had booked to eat in on our second day, however having expienced the breakfast, and knowing there was a wedding on, we decided to go elsewhere. We took the lead of a previous contributor to TripAdvisor and went to Zero81, which was good. Villa Howden is most definitely NOT FIVE STAR!
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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AU$227 - AU$277 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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AustraliaTasmaniaGreater HobartKingboroughHowden
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about Villa Howden
Which popular attractions are close to Villa Howden?
Nearby attractions include Shot Tower (7.5 km), Channel Museum (2.5 km), and Kingston Beach (4.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Villa Howden?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Villa Howden?
Top room amenities include a minibar, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Villa Howden?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Villa Howden?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Villa Howden?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Beach House, Bombay on the Beach, and Pancake Train.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Villa Howden?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool during their stay.
Does Villa Howden have airport transportation?
Yes, Villa Howden offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Villa Howden?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Villa Howden offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to Villa Howden?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Constitution Dock (14.6 km), Cascades Female Factory Historic Site (12.9 km), and Kelly's Steps (14.2 km).