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Backpackers Imperial Hotel

138 Collins St, Hobart, Tasmania 7000 Australia
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Welcome to the Backpackers Imperial Hotel! We are the newest and largest Backpackers situated right in the heart of Hobart. We pride ourselves on offering a clean, safe and friendly place to stay while exploring Hobart and Southern Tasmania. The Backpackers has just completed a new refurbishment of all bathrooms, rooms, the kitchen, dining and lounge area. The establishment has been freshened up with a new coat of paint throughout, and brand new appliances, bedding and furnishings. It truly is a fresh and retro feel to an old and beautiful 1870's building. Being located in the centre of Hobart we are only minutes walking distance to Salamanca Place, Battery Point, the Hobart Waterfront, art galleries, museums, restaurants, cafes, bars and much more, all for you to explore! Our private rooms contain luxury leather beds whilst our dorm beds are metal framed with inner-spring mattresses with fresh linen provided. We have two large common areas with a large television, Netflix, beautiful Italian leather lounges to relax in and with free WiFi provided to all guests!
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Paid public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Game room
Billiards
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Self-serve laundry
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
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Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Chinese
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Anthony A wrote a review Jan 2024
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Best Backpackers in Hobart - central location, great staff and hot showers. Always clean and tidy. Space to meet and greet with fellow travellers. Space to be alone and enjoy quiet time. The laundry service is 10/10. Big fridges to chill your food and large pantry to store your food.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Liyi A wrote a review Oct 2023
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It was really good experience, comfortable beds and very spacious place. Very clean and nice place located in the cbd and near the most important shopping center. Easy to get there. its a recommended hostel.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Doris C wrote a review Aug 2023
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It was clean and quiet in a single room. It has hot water but just need to wait a few minutes. Shared Toilets and kitchen are clean. The only thing is that reception only opens around 9:30am-2:30 pm during the day. It’s more like self-help hostel. But with the price, it’s totally reasonable. It has good location, walking distance to everywhere and safe.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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BaliJen wrote a review July 2023
Ubud, Indonesia12 contributions3 helpful votes
I stayed at a Imperial backpackers two years ago and was very keen to persuade my four friends to stay with me this time. Frustratingly, a bunch of little irritating things add up to a negative review, when actually Imperial backpackers should be a great place to stay. The kitchen is great, with lots of equipment and fridges and space for your food. The hot water in the bathrooms takes a while but it’s really hot when it does come through. Beds are comfy and the room had an efficient heater. And there’s a guy called John who is so helpful – he was a guest last time. I was there, but now he works for the organisation. All in all, it should be a five star place. However, in the past couple of years, I don’t think they’ve done much maintenance In our room, the locker doors were either locked shut or couldn’t be shut (and there was no place to put the padlock that the website suggested we bring!). Our flyscreens were also badly torn, while in our friends’ room across the hall, there were gaps at bottom and top of the windows, which let in both freezing blasts of winter air, and the hideous smell of cigarette smoke from directly beneath the windows. Stuffing several towels in the gap eventually did the trick, but it shouldn’t be necessary. And there’s a bunch of inaccurate/ misleading/ dangerous signage. Firstly, there are 2 huge fire doors as you climb the stairs from the night entrance. They both have large signs saying they must be kept shut at all times (they are, after all, fire doors). But they are both left open all the time, and I was told have been for a while. On the main entrance door, opposite reception, the biggest sign says office house are 9-5.30pm (same as last time) but right below it is another sign saying office hours are 9.30-230pm This shorter opening time impacted our stay in several ways,l. With that office only open from 930 to 230pm, eerything else is “ after hours”. So, if you want to use the laundry - you pay a deposit and a per hour fee - you have to do so between 930 and 2:30 pm. If you want to leave your bags during the day, after checking out at 10 am, you can only do so till 2:30 pm. (Last time we left our bags until 5pm , when we got the Skybus to the airport(. We phoned the Imperial number, at 3pm on day 2 , to ask for a second key to our room, and we’re told that there would be an “after hours fee” of $20, even though it was still 3 pm. None of this happened on our first visit, and the website doesn’t mention that all the services mentioned are only available 5 hours/ day. So, like I said, I should be giving a great rating, but I’d go for 2 1/2 stars.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Susan H wrote a review Apr 2023
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Great position in the heart of Hobart City. Clean rooms, great amenities and lovely staff. I stayed in a 3 bed dorm which was lovely and spacious. The communal areas are large, plenty of room . Fantastic stay
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Jamie wrote a review Mar 2023
Wellington, New Zealand10 contributions2 helpful votes
Get what you pay for. Very utilitarian, very unclean, very cheap. Was exactly as the other reviews say, but private room for good price to be left alone and sleep. Bed comfy bathroom gross as. Wouldn't kill them to clean the place
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Date of stay: February 2023
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Eliana j Robinson 3PointCreations wrote a review Mar 2023
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Not impressed. Rooms were OK but the heating was broken, the windows painted shut. Half the lockers supplied didn't work and there are a terrible lack of sufficient bathrooms for both women and men. The extra charge for towels for the price already paid for the rooms was an unwelcome untimely extra I find unreasonable. My partner and I are returning to Hobart in the future but will be finding alternative accommodation. We were very disappointed in our accommodation.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Oli M wrote a review Mar 2023
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It's a hostel, this meant I expected some form of cost effectiveness and perhaps some social space. This was not the case, half the facilities were broken, missing or mouldy, while the other half you were expected to pay even more for than the already inflated room rate. Also when wanting to leave the establishment (a most natural reaction) you cannot see anyone to check out with except before 400pm and after 10am which is irritating given their latest checkout time is 10am
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Lucas wrote a review Mar 2023
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It was a really good stay. The hostel is pretty nice, a lot of common areas socialize with other guests, the bedrooms, the kitchen and the bathrooms were clean, the staffs were helpful with late arrive and giving city tips. Recommend it.
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Date of stay: February 2023
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Penny wrote a review Feb 2023
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This is my second stay at the Imperial. Great location and quiet rooms (you can't hear the traffic). The kitchen and dining are spacious and the two lounges are nice places to just chill out. Staff are pleasant. This is my backpackers of choice now.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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PRICE RANGE
AU$64 - AU$89 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Central City Backpackers
LOCATION
AustraliaTasmaniaGreater HobartHobart
NUMBER OF ROOMS
150
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Frequently Asked Questions about Backpackers Imperial Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Backpackers Imperial Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Mawson's Huts Replica Museum (0.3 km), Sullivans Cove (0.4 km), and Constitution Dock (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Backpackers Imperial Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, self serve laundry, and baggage storage.
Is parking available at Backpackers Imperial Hotel?
Yes, paid public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Backpackers Imperial Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cultura Espresso Bar & Restaurant, Urban Greek , and Dāna Eating House.
Is Backpackers Imperial Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Hobart.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Backpackers Imperial Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Chinese.
Are there any historical sites close to Backpackers Imperial Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Hobart Penitentiary (0.7 km), Runnymede (3.6 km), and Constitution Dock (0.4 km).