The Pickled Frog is located just outside of downtown Hobart, however given the city isn't that big it's easy enough to get access to everything you need here from shops, pubs and restaurants to the harbour attractions like the Salamanca Markets. The airport bus also stops quite close by and it's barely a walk of 100m to the hostel - something everyone can manage no matter what size your bag is! The Frog also has amazing free shuttles that take you up Mt Wellington, to Mona or to see Tasmanian Devils on certain days of the week. Otherwise it's about five minutes walk down Liverpool Street to the main bus terminal.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The Pickled Frog is a somewhat rambling abode with rooms located on the floors above. All the rooms seem rather small and are located off narrow hallways with the communal bathrooms down the far end. While the rooms are a bit poky and you have to make sure your things aren't in other people's way, the beds are comfortable and warm. The bathrooms are quite clean however there seems to be a bit of a queue to gain access to them.
Compared to the small rooms the communal areas are very large. There's a retro and friendly reception area where a lot of people seem to hang out thanks to the bar that serves excellent coffee and has games, guitars and even hammocks. There's a kitchen for self caterers, through a warren of rooms including a dining area, games and TV room. All great hang out places.
Given the number of people that hike in Tasmania the Pickled Frog will let you store luggage until you return and they often have giveaways left by hikers - gas bottles, sleeping bags etc. Ask at reception if you can't see them. There is free internet and wifi access here too. They also are environmentally friendly - they offset their carbon - and support kids in India.
While the actual rooms are a slight let down (probably only average on the ratings list) the communal facilities here are great, the mood is very relaxed and has a great vibe, and the additional facilities they provide like the shuttle buses and free internet are a winner, plus they obviously have a social conscience. It's a hostel with a difference and when balanced out it gives them a four star rating.