Nautical style meets seafaring history at Peppers Seaport Hotel, the 60-room star of Launceston’s redeveloped Seaport riverfront precinct. The sprawling four-story hotel, designed in the shape of a ship, is the anchor attraction in the zone which also has a 90-berth marina, retail shops and boardwalks that connect to the Cataract Gorge Reserve.
Where is Peppers Seaport?
The hotel’s address isn’t listed in some GPS systems. But fortunately, the location on the North Esk riverfront is easy to find. It’s a 20-minute drive to Launceston airport and a short walk to the Launceston CBD.
What we like about Peppers Seaport
We love the riverfront location with its views of the river, marina and city. The hotel’s uplifting design captures the spirit of the sea with natural timbers and calming ocean-like colours. Rooms are luxurious. The location is so handy to cafes and restaurants.
What we don’t
With no shelving in the shower, balancing the aromatic tubes of Tataia orange and cedar wood toiletries on the soap dish along with the soap is awkward. And the timing of the turndown service, just before dinner time when most guests are preparing to go out, needs fine tuning.
A request for the housekeeper to return to turn down the bed 30 minutes later was declined and we missed out on the service.
The luxury river view suite has a huge living area with a dining table and four chairs, well-equipped kitchen and an airy open-plan living area with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors leading out to the balcony.
Views over the Seaport marina are eye-catching. Leather, stainless steel and blond timber combine to create a sleek contemporary look.
Functional designs include a comfortable lounge that converts into a sofa bed and a laundry tucked neatly into a closet. A separate bedroom with a king-sized bed also has views over the marina and balconies on two sides.
The hotel caters for both business and leisure travellers. The Bow Room holds medium-sized conferences of up to 60 people.
Food and drink
There are two restaurants: Mud Bar and Restaurant, with views of the marina (or room service delivery for a $5 fee), and Cube Cafe for breakfast and light meals.
Fortunately, Launceston is packed with wonderful restaurants and cafes. There are many other eateries along the Seaport wharf strip and adjacent areas including the award-winning Still Water Restaurant located in an old mill.
What to do
Stroll along the Seaport dock or sip Tasmanian wine while admiring the views.
The Mud Club Day Spa offers treatments like a mineral Mapi body wrap, Kodo full body massage or Vichy shower. The Mud Club Fitness Studio has an Italian-designed Technogym Wellness System and a Stretch Studio offering Pilates, Body Balance and Tai Chi classes.
The mini-bar test
Pepsi (300ml) $3, Nobbies salted cashews (50g) $7, Red Rock chips (50g) $4.50, Spring Valley juice (250ml) $3 and James Boag’s Premium beer (375ml) $6.
The bottom line
Peppers Seaport Hotel, 28 Seaport Boulevard, Launceston, tel: (03) 6345 3333.