The Savoy Hotel.
In the pool/spa at the Savoy.
Check out Hobart's first inner-city boutique hotel a historical building, yet it's brand spanking new!
Even though the Savoy is brand spanking new, Hobart's first inner-city boutique hotel is in a building that was built in 1918 as the Commercial Bank. The site's history goes even further back. It is one of the first places occupied in Tasmania's white history, and a drinking house was built there early in the 1800s. It became a post office and then the All Nations Hotel.
In the late 1800s, the main coach terminal was nearby on the corner of Elizabeth and Collins streets, so the All Nations was always filled with people resting before the long journey to Launceston.
When the All Nations was demolished, the current building was erected and was Westpac's head office until 1998 when the Savoy refurbishment began.
The hotel has just 24 rooms made up of 21 deluxe apartments and three executive apartments. Each is fully self-contained, with a spa, mini bar, in-house movies and Internet access. Guests are given a complimentary drink on arrival as well as access to the Savoy Baths. All guests need to do is pop on their robes and take the lift straight to the baths, without leaving the building.
The baths are in the bank's old dungeon and the sauna is in the old strong room. Because of the building's heritage listing, excavation was difficult. Everything was dismantled while necessary work took place, before being reassembled and replaced.
The main saltwater pool is 14 by 18m, and at one end is a waterfall where you can sit and enjoy the water massaging your back.
A bridge across the pool leads to three spas: one hot, one tepid and the other cool. There's a dry heat sauna and a steam room.
A full range of indulgent massages and beauty treatments is available. They use organic local products called Beauty and the Bees! Treatments are also available in guest rooms.
The Elizabeth Street Mall with restaurants and bars is nearby, and a short walk gets you to the historic areas of Salamanca Place, Battery Point and Sullivan's Cove. There is a wide range of architectural styles and history, and the 19th century sandstone warehouses add to the beauty. It is still a working port, so boats come and go and goods are loaded and unloaded.
Salamanca Place is the centre of much of Hobart's cultural and social life with theatres, galleries and cafes. Saturday is market day, when locals and visitors stroll through the stalls and shops buying everything from local honey to straw dolls.
Savoy Hobart rooms start at $190 a double a night and the price includes complimentary entry for two to the Savoy Baths. Non-guest entry to the baths is $15, and treatments are extra.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.
38 Elizabeth Street, Hobart 7000
Ph: (03) 6220 2300 Fax: (03) 6224 0997www.savoyhobart.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org
Savoy Baths: Ph: (03) 6224 1586 Fax: (03) 6224 email@example.com
Tourism Tasmania: www.discovertasmania.com
The Savoy Hotel is a wheelchair friendly environment.