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Waterman's Hotel

27 Salamanca Pl Battery Point, Hobart, Tasmania 7004 Australia
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Waterman’s – At the heart of history and infamy There is an entrancing atmosphere to Waterman’s – a sense of being drawn back in time to when convicts, whalers, traders and fraudsters shared a ribald camaraderie along the then infamous Salamanca Place, now a national icon to Australia’s colonial history. The exposed sandstone walls of Waterman’s, crudely coursed by convicts more than 180 years ago, have born stoic witness to the brazen and bawdy behaviors of the once disreputable Hobart waterfront. In places, the hand sculptured walls are broken by small bricked-over doorways, which once served as escape hatches for those fleeing police raids on the adjoining public house where prostitutes, gamblers and fist fighters plied their night-time trade. Built in 1840 to house a ships chandlery, the Waterman’s building stood proud within a confluence of dockside warehouses, stores, and public houses all servicing the needs of a burgeoning port facility as well as the accompanying lust of hardworking sailors, wharf workers and whalers. By the early 1900s nothing much had changed. Salamanca Place remained home to some of early Hobart’s most notorious public houses. But none was more memorable than that which adjoined Waterman’s – Ma Dwyer’s Blue House, so named for its blood-letting nightly brawls. It was for the nefarious patrons of the Blue House that the escape doors through Waterman’s were created. With the dawning of the 21st century, yet another page in the colourful history of Waterman’s was written. The top two floors of the building were occupied by a motely group of young men who spent their time in front of computer screens gambling on sporting events across the world. This was the birthplace of the David Walsh empire and the funding source for Tasmania’s world-famous Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). Today, Salamanca Place is a refined, international drawcard – a charming cosmopolitan precinct hosting restaurants, bars, art galleries and gift shops. On Saturdays it is host to the globally renowned Salamanca Market. At the very heart of this entertainment enclave is Waterman’s – an enchanting hotel combined with a first-class restaurant, bar/lounge and function facilities. Waterman’s – a memory-making experience.
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Street parking
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Adults only
Non-smoking hotel
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Bridget M wrote a review Dec 2023
Wellington, New Zealand18 contributions5 helpful votes
Roomy apartment style hotel on perfect location. Everything you need and wonderfully peaceful. The Salamanca market is literally on your doorstep! Loved having a proper armchair where I could sit at the open windows looked out at the park and wharf. Note there are steps (no lift) and some noise on a Fri and Sat night. These weren’t a problem for me (in fact one night I had to window open to listen o the live music). Great shower and bath and lovely to have proper cooking facilities and a washing machine. 5 mins walk to everywhere
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: No aircon ( wasn’t too hot when I was here but could be warm mid summer). Room does have a good...
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Matthew Robert H wrote a review Nov 2023
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We had dinner at the restaurant and highly recommend it. The food was excellent and my family who are oyster nuts loved their fresh oysters. All the meals we had were of the highest quality. They have some local wines that are really nice. All the staff are brilliant and made our evening memorable. Our Scottish/Irish waiter was exceptional. Also, a shout out to the musician who had a playlist just right for me and importantly not stupidly loud such that you cannot have a dinner conversation. A must do is to visit the toilets that are a laugh - I don't want to do a spoiler, but you have to see it to believe!
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Gillian O wrote a review Apr 2023
45 contributions49 helpful votes
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Great location walking distance to everything. Lots of bars and restaurants close by. Lovely and clean and comfortable. Good kitchenette and bar fridge. We stayed on a long weekend which was a bit rowdy in the evenings. A must do is the Salamanca markets every Saturday mornings and a trip to Mt Wellington
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Date of stay: March 2023
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DeniseM wrote a review Feb 2023
Sydney, Australia223 contributions75 helpful votes
We recently stayed for a week during the Wooden Boat Festival and could not have asked for a better location right on Salamanca Place. It was perfect for everything in Hobart with a huge selection of restaurants, bars and hotels on the doorstop, The rooms are large and quirky with a comfortable king size bed. The new management and staff are terrific !
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Date of stay: February 2023
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Room Tip: Ask for a room at the front on the first floor as the stairs are quite steep - it is a prettier...
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Fiona W wrote a review Feb 2023
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Great recent accomodation during the Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart. The building is old and full of character with original sandstone walls, in a fabulous location in Salamanca. Each room has modern and well designed layouts including sleek bathroom features and very comfortable bed and furniture. The owner was extremely hospitable and helpful, leaving us wanting for nothing . We are from Sydney , thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will look forward to staying again . Fiona & Terry
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Andrew D wrote a review Feb 2023
Sydney, Australia10 contributions2 helpful votes
The room has an interesting decor with exposed original building. The patio ing between rooms was ineffective. We could hear our neighbours conversation even at normal volume, similarly we could hear their TV easily
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Donald P wrote a review Jan 2023
19 contributions3 helpful votes
Room was nice enough. Big comfy bed, awesome shower and decor has a cool rustic vibe and It’s also in a beautiful location. I just didn’t know it was byo fan. Thought that a 4 star joint would have provided some sort of cooling. Woke up at midnight & room was really stuffy and needed the windows open, but that led to the noise from revellers outside keeping us awake half the night. I don’t complain much, I just wanted a fan. Give the place a 4.5 if they provided it.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Sharon L wrote a review Nov 2022
Hobart, Australia57 contributions63 helpful votes
We visited with a party of 19 after being messed around by another restaurant nearby. The Waterman’s Staff were welcoming and super helpful despite us calling with zero notice. They quickly setup tables and welcomed our group. Meals and drinks were great and well priced. Service was beyond expectations and we are so grateful that this amazing place saved our staff Xmas dinner! Highly recommend Waterman’s for group gatherings
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled on business
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Lady Roo wrote a review Oct 2022
Perth, Australia32 contributions
A beautiful looking sandstone building in a great location close to Battery Point, Salamanca Square and the Waterfront. But that’s where the positives ended for us. The lack of a staffed reception and with an automated entry/key collection system makes it feel very impersonal, plus steep staircase and no lift makes it hard to bring luggage in unless you are travelling very light. With no on-site parking, your only options are 2-hour on-street parking (on a very busy street) or a commercial carpark a few blocks away. And on a Friday or Saturday night stay the street below is very busy and very noisy until late at night. We ended up rejecting the room and booking in elsewhere.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Room Tip: Don’t stay here.
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scott h wrote a review Sept 2022
31 contributions6 helpful votes
Stayed in the parliament room. Awesome views of the harbor. Great appliances. The shower is amazing. Thankyou to the team... I will actually steal some of your ideas from your architecture as well... The design of the room was perfect... Great pubs and food just near by as well... Easy communication from the host as well.. (travelling from the Gold Coast)
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Date of stay: August 2022
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AU$228 - AU$248 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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AustraliaTasmaniaGreater HobartHobart
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Frequently Asked Questions about Waterman's Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Waterman's Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Mawson's Huts Replica Museum (0.4 km), Salamanca Market (0.07 km), and Salamanca Arts Centre (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Waterman's Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include complimentary tea, free instant coffee, and street parking.
Which room amenities are available at Waterman's Hotel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Waterman's Hotel?
Guests can enjoy complimentary tea and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Waterman's Hotel?
Yes, street parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Waterman's Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Da Angelo Ristorante, Syra Restaurant, and Daci and Daci Bakers.
Is Waterman's Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Hobart.
Are there any historical sites close to Waterman's Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Hobart Penitentiary (1.1 km), Runnymede (4.1 km), and Constitution Dock (0.8 km).