Friday, July 11, 2014

Whisky Touring Tasmania - Where To Stay in Hobart

Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse. You look forward to seeing this sign everyday.
Warning: You will be wanting to stay at the Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse by the time you finish reading this.

It is a hard choice traveling to a new city or country and not knowing where to stay. Ensuring access to food, transport, facilities, and local culture is imperative. Sure budget can be a big thing but who wants to stay in stale, sterile, unsparing hotel room that delivers nothing but 4 walls and a bed with a hefty price tag with an attached restaurant you would not even take your mother-in-law to. So you want quality, class and style? You need inspiration? You insist on location location location? You want access to bars, pubs, restaurants that serve 1kg steaks, gourmet delis, weekend markets where whisky distilleries even have stalls, night life, and some of the beast coffee and breakfasts Hobart has to offer all within a stones throw? You like the authentic heritage old town feel in every glance? Off street parking, that is if you actually just don't walk everywhere which you can? Want a social environment to retreat too after a hard days touring and tasting? Expect the owners/managers to be friendly, open, and share a cider or four or just happy to hang and chat at every moment? Enter the Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse. Located in the heart of old town Battery Point just off Salamanca Place, everything you need for a short or long stay is delivered with little more you can ask for. For me I needed a place I could stage my whisky tours from over the 4 days in Hobart and seriously there could not have been a better choice!

Some of the rooms in Montacute
Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse, as the name suggests, is a bunkhouse with shared rooms and facilities.  No more than 4 persons per room, priced at the time $40 a night per person, you will find custom made king size single double bunks that have a comfort factor you wish you had at home. No single rooms are available but there are some doubles with queen sized beds for couples priced at $100 a night for the room. Everything is provided for including heaters, linen, pillows, reading lamps, ample power points, towels, and privacy screens. Let's not forget wifi throughout of course. Chillaxing rooms are found all over Montacute with very very very comfy chairs, as well as a large dining area, and an extra large kitchen with fridges plus storage cupboards if you want to cook or grab takeaway instead of eating out. Hopefully by now you will realise this IS NOT a hostel/back packers, so don't write it off because you need to share. Contrary to what you may initially assume luxury is the key word at every step.

It tasted as good as it looks.
Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse is perfect for the single gourmet traveller but if you travel in couples or plan to do a group tour of Tasmania, especially if your planning a whisky tour, then this is the place to stay. Owners Antony and Rose have a background in food, beverage, and marketing with a keen interest in the sailors old devil Gin. Of course don't that stop at talking Gin to impress your new found family away form home. I am sure you will be discovering (as I did) an urge haul back to the bunkhouse bottles of cider, beer, wine, cheese, cold cuts, curries, bread, spreads, sausages and even oysters (yep I ate those before I got back) as this bubbly couple will be all to happy to assist in it's partaking while shooting the breeze all afternoon long. Take this time to grab any advice you need on where to eat and drink as Rose and Antony have the all digs on what's what in the neighbourhood.

Just some of the action in a moments walk from Montacute.
I chose Montecute based on price and locality to access the Lark Cellar Door as that was where my whisky travels with Tasmanian Whisky Tours would begin. I was completely unaware of what else was around Montacute but I knew I did not want to stay in a shady hotel room with no social aspect. I firmly believe there would be very few other locations in Hobart that could provide what you can get from Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse for the dollars spent.

Now I am not saying that you should stay here but if you don't then expect a knuckle sandwich when you least expect it from me if you pass up the opportunity. If I was to give a dram then it is a clear 7 out of 7. I could go on about how great an experience I had here but really you just have to try it for yourself. I loved it so much I booked aroma for next years 2015 whisky trip. Get on it now!

The Baron