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Hobart Hostel is a bright and friendly hostel located minutes from the heart of Hobart CBD. It is just a short walk from the Salamanca markets, local cafes and restaurants, shops, and transport to various attractions.

The Location

Hobart Hostel is easy to find -- it's located just two streets off the main access road through Hobart CBD. It does not have private parking and parking during the week is metered on most streets adjoining the building from 8 am to 6 pm. There is a parking station located just minutes' walk up the street within a church building that has a flat full day rate (Saturdays and Sundays are free).

The hostel is located just a short walk from the CBD and the Salamanca markets, local cafes and restaurants, shops, and transport to various attractions including Mt. Wellington, the Botanical Gardens, the Huon Valley, Bruny Island Charters, and Port Arthur. There is a bus stop just down the road and the Information Centre is located within about five minutes' walk.

The hostel is decorated with vibrant and bright colours but it is a very relaxing and easygoing place. It does not have a party atmosphere. There is a 10 pm curfew on noise and you cannot hear any traffic from inside the building.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There is an option of dorm rooms, double rooms, and doubles with ensuites. We stayed in a double with an ensuite but had a peek at the dorms and shared bathrooms -- all were clean and tidy. The bedroom consists of a double bed, shelf with hanging space underneath, bar heater, bedside table, and ensuite. The bed is comfortable and showers are excellent because they have endless gas hot water. They also supply towels with the ensuite room and there is plenty of hanging space for them in the bathroom. The one issue with the ensuite (which is very minor) is that there is no barrier between the floor of the shower and the basin and toilet, so the floor got quite wet when showering. We just put a towel down.

Common Spaces

The hostel has a large kitchen with plenty of fridge and dry goods storage space. There is limited bench space, but a huge lot of gas stove tops, oven, and two sinks. The hostel does not have a freezer in the kitchen, which is something to take note of -- especially if you want to freeze a freezer pack for a day trip or buy ice cream. We bought ice cream without knowing but fortunately the night manager was kind enough to put it in her small freezer for us.

The eating area is located upstairs next to the lounge room and contains heaps of tables. Here there is also a small book and video shelf. The lounge room area is bright and vibrant, but the furnishing is quite old and not the most comfortable. It has a small TV which has local Australian channels. The internet kiosk (access available for a small fee -- no Wi-Fi available) and reception is also in the lounge area and there were doors marked for storage (we assume for luggage). There are also male and female toilets in this area, which is quite convenient.

There is no smoking inside the hostel, however the courtyard outside our room was the smoking place and this does drift into the room at times when quite a few people are having a cigarette.

Summary

Hobart Hostel is a convenient, friendly, and cost-effective place to stay for both singles and couples. It is both relaxing and comfortable with adequate facilities to enjoy a nice stay in Hobart. All the members of staff are friendly and we met a few other backpackers all in a friendly but subdued atmosphere. The gas hot water is a big bonus!

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Hobart Hostel Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
1   Worst hostel/backpacker -- stay away!! We've stayed at quite a few great backpackers in Australia, but this one was the worst. prison cell double room, dirty and broken, filthy kitchen unfriendly staff , ran away from there after 1 night, canceled the rest of the booked night. beware and stay away, u can find much better places in this amazing island.  ()
2   Dirty I stayed here in february. It was a great hostel for meeting people, but thats the only good thing about it. The kitchen was dirty and disgusting and the shower also need a good clean up.  , norway ()
1   Needs cleaning Booked four nights in the hostel, only stayed for five hours. While writing in my journal I noticed a bedbug crawling on the pillow. Suspecting there might be more bugs, I pulled the bed away from the wall. Sure enough where the carpet meets the wall I counted at least twenty bedbugs. Close inspection of the bed's box spring revealed more bedbugs and bedbug larvae. This all tells me the bed bugs have been in the room for awhile, growing and breeding. Pointed this problem out to management, they gave me a full refund and were very apologetic. I would recommend this hostel to people who don't mind sleeping with biting insects.  , USA ()
1   Disgusting, dirty, computers don't work and they don't care I was shocked at how filthy this hostel was, March 2009. I would think the Hobart health dept would close them down. When I checked out early and told them this is the worst hostel I have seen, the lady behind the counter just said (without emotion) "Yes we know." All five computers were broken so even though they advertise in the front window that they have internet access, they don't. (why don't they at least take that sign down?) It seems it has been that way a long time. not one computer worked! That doesn't happen all at once. The bed sheets were way too short for the bed and impossible to cover your feet and shoulders both when sleeping. They apparently are the norm there. The kitchen was horrid and the floor hadn't been cleaned in who knows how long. When I mentioned it to the counter person they just shrugged and said, oh, the floor. Wouldn't stay there ever again and if they can't clean it up they should just close it down. Gives hostels a bad name.  , USA ()
1   Disgusting, unclean, and extremely noisy The kitchen stank like off food, was filthy -- especially the microwave, and there was no room in the fridge. The entire place was dirty, the showers didn't work, and there were only a few for the entire place. I would never ever recommend this place to anyone. Oh and the prices on the website are wrong.  , Australia ()
4   Good, Clean place to stay Good location, clean rooms/showers, good atmosphere. Internet was slow and the browser was no good. Night manager not so good, she took control of shared TV most of the time and lacked the ability to communicate with people. Day staff really helpful.  , Australian/England ()
4  Good hostel with very nice bathrooms en clean rooms (which are pretty small). Decent kitchen, enough internet computers and a relaxed atmosphere.  ()

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