Among the many converted warehouses, factories and wool stores, the stately Lenna of Hobart stands out as a reminder of a grand past.
Classified by the National Trust and listed on the Tasmanian Heritage Register, the hotel’s vine-covered main building (built in 1874) was the home of wealthy shipbuilder Alexander McGregor.
McGregor, who arrived from Scotland as a boy, worked his way up the social ladder and ended up owning the largest fleet of sailing ships in the Southern Hemisphere.
Where is it?
The hotel sits on Hobart Harbour at Battery Point and is only a short stroll to cafes, al-fresco restaurants, shops and galleries at Salamanca Place.
It’s handy if you’re renting a car as there’s a large onsite car park with free parking for guests. This is especially convenient on Saturdays when the vibrant Salamanca Market is in full swing. Hobart is a popular destination for foodies and you’ll find plenty of delicious treats.
What’s special about it?
You don’t have to leave the hotel to experience a slice of Hobart’s history.
Soaring lead-light windows, period furnishings in the common areas and prints made from original glass-plate photographs of Hobart (taken between 1860 and 1938) create an ambience of old world charm.
Soak up the historic atmosphere with a cocktail in the Chandelier Lounge Bar beneath the blue and white flag of McGregor’s fleet. It’s also worth climbing the narrow rickety staircase to the tower which was once a lookout for McGregor’s ships.
What are the rooms like?
Harbour View Suites are located in the guest accommodation wing linked to the main building.
They have fantastic views of Hobart’s harbour and would be a great spot to watch the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Suites are spacious and furnished with designs that fit with the historic ethos. They come with king-sized beds, dining tables, large desks, large comfortable arm chairs and sofas.
But those who prefer their accommodation sleek and contemporary, there are fully serviced studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments across the road in the Salamanca Terraces building.
Top of the range are two 170 sqm two-bedroom Lenna Penthouses on the top floor with floor-to-ceiling views of the harbour and all the latest high-tech gadgets including 155cm plasma sets and touch-control systems which operate the blinds and lighting.
What about the food?
Alexander’s Restaurant is an award-winning restaurant that offers old world decor, an extensive wine list and a menu of modern Australian cuisine. Mains range from A$32 to A$38 and the menu has a respectable list of healthy low salt, lactose and gluten-free dishes.
What’s the bottom line?
Lenna of Hobart, 20 Runnymede Street, Battery Point, Hobart, Australia, tel: (03) 6232 3900.