46 Kelly Street bills itself as “Luxury accommodation” and the sign doesn’t lie.
This unassuming red brick Victorian terrace (the spotless tiled patio with neat bench, white picket fence, pansies and potted olive tree hint at what to expect) set on quiet, residential Kelly Street in lovely Battery Point hides a fabulous interior. The password protected front door opens into a modern and luxurious pale-toned, open plan interior. The renovations have been carried out beautifully and everything is high end and bespoke, from the oiled oak floors to the ceiling-high cupboards. The artwork is lovely and original, the bathroom sumptuous. There’s even a gas fire. The large windows are fitted with internal white louvered shutters. Tea, coffee, mugs and glasses are provided along with a pack of artisan biscuits. It’s all very tasteful, relaxing, peaceful, high end (Dyson blade, Harman Kardon speakers, large curved, flat-screen TV, dimmable lights etc.) and spotless.
The bathroom features a large wet room with rain shower at one end and a toilet (sliding door) at the other, separated by a sumptuous skylit sink. Again, all ceramics, decor and appliances are high quality, right down to the (real) orchids, tiles, fluffy towels and toiletries.
The bedroom comes with a large, comfortable bed with lovely linens and throw, flat-screen curved wall mounted TV and a very tall cupboard.
The sitting area has a fireplace, two sofas and a mini kitchenette which comes with a hidden fridge and dishwasher and billi tap (for hot water).
Off street parking is available free of charge in the adjacent hotel’s car park (guests must provide registration details and the parking did get crowded at the weekend), but with such a convenient location a car isn’t really needed. You definitely can’t get a closer location to access the fabulous Salamanca market (every Saturday) and lively Hobart harbour. Battery Point is lovely too (well worth walking around) with its mix of boutiques, cafes, restaurants and fine homes.
Maree is easy to get hold of, answers all queries promptly and can be contacted in an emergency though her policy is (rightly in our opinion) to give guests their privacy and space.
This really is the perfect hideaway for a long, luxurious weekend in Hobart…
However for us it was less practical for the following reasons.
There’s no place to put suitcases (we had four large ones, but we’d have struggled with just two and once you open them you inevitably ruin the idyll). The windows, other than a small one above the front door, don’t open. This was not really a problem as the ceilings are high and the Dyson Blade worked well, but we are outdoorsy people and like to get a bit of fresh air. The billi tap might be good for boiling water, but the lack of a sink means washing up isn’t easy. Guests are invited to use the dishwasher but it doesn’t make sense for just a couple of mugs or glasses. The area is surprisingly quiet at night, despite the neighbouring hotel being popular and we slept well, but you do hear cars coming and going in the parking just outside the bedroom window. There aren’t any views and the proximity to the street means you need to keep the shutters closed (or angled) so you end up feeling enclosed and we didn’t fancy sitting on the bench outside as that wasn’t private either. The bin is very small and after a few days you tend to accumulate bottles (we do!) which also detract from the perfectness of the surroundings (a recycling bin would be nice if a place could be found to put it). My biggest bugbear though was the lack of reading lights beside the bed and the wide headboard which meant you had to get out of bed to turn off the other lights as the switches were beyond arm’s reach.
Having said that we spent a wonderful time and memorable fiftieth birthday in Hobart and 46 Kelly Street was without a doubt the most beautifully presented rental we’ve ever stayed in.
This is the perfect bolthole for locals or light-packing tourists to spend a few days in Hobart, but less practical for those travelling fully laden and wanting to enjoy an in-house breakfast or pre-dinner nibble and drink.
Tip: plan a weekend trip to visit the excellent Salamanca market on Saturday.