by Tom Butts

Alabama Hotel, Hobart

A quirky hotel perfectly placed in the heart of Hobart.

Absolute Highlight

The super friendly, local reception staff were always up for a casual chat and were extremely helpful with suggestions and tips on things to do.

In a nutshell

No. of rooms
Approx 10-15
The design aesthetic is...
Quirky, retro, eclectic, urban art
The typical guest is...
Mid 30s or older, couples, friends in town for a wedding or exploring.
The sustainability features (ie. plastic free, recycling, green wall, garden) are...
green initiatives to minimise plastic and packaging, like glass bottles you can fill with filtered water and take to your room, stainless steel reusable straws at the bar and Keep Cups to keep your coffee hot. Alabama also use products which support communities and the environment - You’ll find locally made Corryne’s Natural Soaps in each room, and eco-friendly tissues and toilet paper by Who Gives a Crap - a company who donates half their profits to building toilets in countries that need them .
The location is...
Perfectly central, straight in the heart of Hobart.
Interaction is encouraged by....
The layout of the reception and the bar, along with the sitting rooms.
You should stay here because
You’ll get an authentic, down to earth, local feel for Hobart.
What took you there?

 I was visiting Hobart for a friend’s wedding so a mate and I shared a twin room.

What was your room like?

Nice and clean, quirky art, cosy but still with plenty of storage/shelf space. Quiet. The rooms at ‘The Bam” have the basics covered, however you won’t be able to make yourself a cuppa in your room (no worries – you can purchase your brew of choice from the guest lounge). It’s also worth noting that all the rooms have shared bathroom facilities. All the rooms have individual timed heaters for the chillier nights, and for the unseasonably warm evenings you can open your window for a fresh night time breeze.

What about the venue

Really cool. A very eclectic selection of art and retro furniture creates a boutique, artistic atmosphere where travellers can get a true taste of Tasmania. When you first arrive, the rad little sitting room next to the reception welcomes you in with a real ‘homely’ feel. Never crowded but typically a few other guests either sitting around chatting or quietly chilling out. The lovely little first story, plant filled terrace/balcony is great for a relaxing afternoon drink before grabbing a bite at one of the local eateries (ask the staff for their top picks).

Tell us about the destination

Named after the visiting American naval ship USS Alabama, the hotel was first established in 1867 and built in a beautiful, historic art-deco building. The Alabama is super central, only a 5-10 minute walk to the famous Salamanca Market and the waterfront. I was actually blown away by all the beautiful, restored sandstone buildings around Hobart’s CBD as well the phenomenal restaurants and bars, such a wonderful place to visit!

Who did you meet there?

Most memorably the three or so reception staff, who were on constant rotation, all with plenty of character, all Tassie locals who basically seemed like a bunch of mates running the place.

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Surrounding Activities

Tom McHugo's Hobart Hotel

Warm, cozy, gastro pub, with pool tables and a great vibe.

Farm Gate Market

This market transforms an inner city Hobart street into a bustling farmers’ market every Sunday from 8:30am - 12:30pm.

Farm Gate Market

Jackman & McRoss Bakery

Either sit in or get one of their famous scallop pies takeaway and stroll around the historic streets of Battery Point.

Jackman & McRoss Bakery

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