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27 Salamanca Pl Battery Point, Hobart, Tasmania 7004 Australia
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#40 of 47 hotels in Hobart
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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Maddy L wrote a review Nov 2021
Adelaide, Australia2 contributions
I loved the photos so booked and the apartment did not disappoint. Deep soak tub, sandstone walls and a touch of indulgence. Will be staying again next time i am in Hobart and telling all of my friend when I return.
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Date of stay: November 2021
Anna K wrote a review Nov 2021
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Firstly, the room had a pungent smell. There were threadbare carpets running from the main entrance right up through our room, scuff marks and paint chips all over the walls and footing of the bed and water damage behind the sink. There was rust in the bathroom, the chairs hadn’t been cleaned and the windows were filthy and difficult to open. The renovation of this building has been done so poorly that we could hear entire conversations through the wall of the adjacent room, including a phone call that went on for hours in the middle of the night. The room was as soundproof as a public toilet cubicle, which led us to feel like we had to whisper our exchanges in order to be respectful to other guests. The photos have clearly been taken immediately after renovations and/or touched up on the computer. We will never be back and strongly advise you stay elsewhere
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
emw87 wrote a review Oct 2021
Hobart, Australia2 contributions2 helpful votes
Lovely historic touches and comfortable modern amenities. Waterman's is walking distance to Hobart and the waterfront, no need for car hire. Quick and easy communication with Justin and Sarah. Would definitely stay again!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Front rooms have lovely views, back rooms are quieter
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Chrissy F wrote a review May 2021
Umina Beach, Australia42 contributions9 helpful votes
Fabulous service by Sara and we were lucky enough to preview their fabulous new Breakfast menu commencing 21/5/21 Beers are fresh and cold and the food is hot. Great atmosphere for couples or groups. Recommend this place if you want personal friendly service
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Parking isn’t a problem, even when the markets are on
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OzTravels80 wrote a review Apr 2021
Perth, Australia631 contributions241 helpful votes
I was walking around in Hobart trying to find a chilled spot for a good feed, and came across the Watermans Hotel. As soon as i walked through the door the Manager was welcoming and said to take a seat and he would be right with me. I found a comfortable spot and over he came. I ordered some Oysters to begin with, which were top notch, very fresh and tasty! I then went with some grilled fish with salad, also very tasty, smaller portion, but it was filling and went down with one of the many beers they have on tap. The environment was very relaxed, quiet, some chill music in the background and comfortable seating throughout, including booths for your groups to sit back and have a few drinks, or more. Overall it was a great place for a chill bite to eat, which was delish, and the manager made all the difference with attentive service, and attention to detail. Thanks for the feed! Will be back again in the future!
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Date of stay: April 2021
Trip type: Travelled on business
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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 Hut Replica Museum (0.4 km), Salamanca Market (0.07 km), and St. David's Cathedral (0.4 km).
Which room amenities are available at Waterman's Hotel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What are some restaurants close to Waterman's Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Da Angelo Ristorante, Syra Restaurant, and Dandy Lane.
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 Convict Penitentiary (1.1 km), Cascades Female Factory Historic Site (2.7 km), and Constitution Dock (0.8 km).