Last updated 3 May 2022
I came down for some of that fresh Tassie air in April last year (2021) in between COVID lockdowns. I basically never wanted to leave. I fell hard for Hobart.
A global pandemic and the inability to head overseas helped me rediscover a city blessed with water views on one side and a towering volcanic mountain peak on the other. Aside from these natural attractions, Hobart has unique dining options, an accessible waterfront precinct, a unique art gallery, and charming heritage streetscapes lined with historical stone buildings reminiscent of England’s country villages.
And it also has the first Mövenpick hotel to open in Australia. With a convenient central CBD location at 28 Elizabeth Street, it’s super easy for visitors to Tasmania’s capital city to indulge in the modern European vibe at this boutique hotel.
I stayed two nights at the Mövenpick Hotel Hobart in mid-April 2021. Here’s my review.
Central CBD location
I’d just completed a four-day guided walk through the stunning Freycinet region. The tour bus dropped me close to the Mövenpick hotel. If you’re arriving by taxi or in an uber, a handy loading zone outside the hotel’s front door makes it easy to disembark with your luggage. Alternatively, if you’re arriving in your own car there is a rear laneway entrance. Valet parking is available (charges apply please check with the hotel.)
The automatic glass doors slide open and I step into the lobby, a contemporary design, uncluttered with understated sophistication. I note a nostalgic European touch on the left: a vase filled with pale pink tulips on a low white coffee table. An informal area to the right presents a nook for guests to gather and comfortably wait for others.
Tesoro Modern Italian restaurant and bar to the left looks inviting. Patrons may choose to perch on comfortable looking leather high stools at the bar or at low tables at the front. I make a mental note to self: check this out later.
Checking in at reception takes a minute. The staff are friendly and efficient. In no time I’m on my way to the lift to find my room.
The Mövenpick rooms
The hotel’s 221 guestrooms and suites are on floors 3 – 18 with a choice of harbour and city views.
My room #516 is a classic room with a king-size bed (no views – only of city buildings and a laneway). The hotel’s classic styling continues into the spacious neutral-toned rooms. I like the pop of orange on the small chair near the table and the photograph of kunyani / Mt Wellington above the bedhead.
I unpack my laptop, toss my hiking backpack into the generously sized wardrobe, and brew a cup of tea (there’s also a coffee machine if you’re a coffee drinker) before trying out the rain shower. (Australian owned Biology toiletries.)
I take advantage of my room’s coat rack. Handy for those last minute items you want to grab as you head out the door!
It’s getting late and I’m feeling peckish. I decide to forego dining in at Tesoro tonight, heading up the street instead, but will have a nightcap on my return.
Before bed I try one of the hotel’s signature cocktails: the Barile. Wow! I made it last as long as I could.
Mövenpick Hotel Hobart Tesoro Restaurant
The following afternoon I ensure I’m back at the hotel for their Mövenpick’s famous chocolate hour daily from 3.30 pm – 4.30 pm. (Please note: a booking is required). With their Swiss Heritage and my love for chocolate, I sense this is going to be a good pairing.
Hotel guests can indulge in complimentary house-baked treats. But for the serious chocolate lover and visitors to the hotel (you don’t have to be guest) you may wish to indulge in ‘Chocology’ (A delicious word that just rolls off my tongue.)
Chocology is Mövenpick’s alternative to high tea in Hobart. There are a few different packages to consider.
Or you can add an indulgent cocktail for $25, one that’s designed to complement your chocolate experience. I opted for the double chocolate whammy and ordered a hot chocolate. (My sweet tooth was pleasantly satiated.)
You may choose to dine in at the popular Tesoro Restaurant with a selection of yummy Italian style inspired dishes. Pasta and pizza are handmade daily. The carnivore may choose from a selection of Tasmanian meats (dry-aged for 50 days) which the chef char-grills to perfection before being delivered to your table (the meats not the chef!) AND of course, there are desserts – Italian favourite: tiramisu or bomboloni with vanilla and chocolate custard (of course!) Mmmmmmm!
And if you have space in the morning for breakfast (a la carte style), I can highly recommend the Tesoro breakfast pizza – served piping hot from the oven. Who needs to fly to Italy?!
The nearby Hobart attractions
The waterfront precinct is a short stroll from the front door. If it happens to be a Saturday, do not miss the Salamanca Markets. I love these markets so much that I often make sure my Hobart visits include a Saturday so I can shop at my favourite stalls.
If you’re staying on a Sunday and you’ve decided to skip the hotel breakfast, head to the nearby farm gate markets on Bathurst Street where you can pick up locally grown fresh produce or some indulgent bakery treats, including cakes, muffins and doughnuts.
In February this year (on a different Hobart visit), I paid for half a kilo of the most incredible tasting cherries. I doubt I will ever find a tastier cherry (the bar has been set high!)
And in conclusion
My two nights stay at Mövenpick was over way too soon. As I threw my backpack on and closed my room #518 door for the last time, I felt a twinge of melancholy. Mövenpick Hotel Hobart made me feel at home. From the professional staff offering genuine warmth that extended beyond mere courtesy, to sleeping soundly, cocooned in my comfy king-sized bed and peaceful room.
But their indulgent chocolate treats were the piece de resistance – a winning formula for this chocolate lover!
Disclaimer: The writer paid a media rate to stay at the Hotel. All opinions expressed are her own and are in no way influenced.