This has got to be the best value, if not the best overall, hotel in Hobart.
The rooms are spacious, nicely decorated, and well equipped. I had a "family" room, which comprised a Queen-sized bed and two singles, and there was still enough room on the floor to hold an old-fashioned barn dance.
The bathroom had a large shower area, and plenty of floor space around the basin and toilet. One small criticism is that the position of the shower head allows some spray outside the shower, but I don't think this was significant, and it could be easily fixed with a hinged door or shower curtain if necessary.
The room had a small corner dinette, and basic kitchen facilities, but they didn't really get used by me. You see, the hotel has a great little restaurant with excellent pricing, and I felt more comfortable eating there than in my room. Soup, salad buffet and main course was around $22; and full breakfasts were around $10. My employer will be happy, my meal expenses were a fraction of what I normally pay in other hotels.
Value is everywhere you look in this hotel. Another great feature is their mini-bar. Rather than a source of rip-off revenue, their mini-bar is priced the same as a typical convenience store. Soft drink $1.50, chocolate $2.00 (I think) and alcohol at very low prices. There was also a good supply of complimentary tea and coffee, from reasonable brands.
The only thing you can fault with Fountainside is road noise. It is right next to a major traffic intersection in Hobart. Since I knew this when I booked I took my own earplugs, I noticed that they are also available from the reception desk. If you're a light sleeper, you'll need them. My room (47) was at the end of the building, and not immediately adjacent to the road, it was much quieter than the room I had during my previous stay. Maybe double-glazing would be a good idea for this hotel. That, or a roof-mounted laser to zap any passing truck or loud car.
Even with this criticism, I don't think you can beat the value of this hotel. I'll definitely be coming back here on future visits to Hobart.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The ideal address in Hobart for both business and leisure. Walk to the CBD, Historic Waterfront and Salamanca and it's an easy drive to all main attractions in Southern Tasmania. Quiet 4 star rooms with luxurious beds, and air-conditioning for a great nights sleep. Broadband internet, Austar, offstreet parking, breakfast and dinner prices available for guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fountainside Hotel Hobart, Tasmania