- Flat screen TV
- DVD player
- Guest laundry
Overview – The Henry Jones Art Hotel
The Henry Jones Art Hotel is Australia’s first dedicated art hotel and a masterpiece of contemporary comfort incorporated into a 200-year old former jam warehouse.
The hotel’s namesake started his career aged 12 sticking labels onto jam tins for George Peacock, a well-established businessman. He worked tirelessly and at age 27, saved enough to buy a share of Peacock’s Hunter Street factory. Around 1895, Henry took full control of the business, naming it “H. Jones & Co. Pty. Ltd. IXL”. The motto “IXL” supposedly stems from Henry’s own credo that “I excel in everything I do” and you will see the company name boldly emblazoned still, on the façade of this jam factory-turned-hotel.
Inside The Henry Jones Art Hotel, you’ll find original hand-hewn sandstone walls and time-worn timber beams holding up the roof. Moodily lit pieces by established and emerging Tasmanian artists embellish corridors. Guest rooms are similarly hung with paintings, but daylight floods into the living spaces, where you will find king-sized beds, flat screen TVs, DVD player and free Wi-Fi. In rooms within the historic complex, you’ll find appealing contrasts between old and new – some rooms for instance, feature Blackwood panelling salvaged from the jam factory’s administration offices alongside all-glass ultra-modern bathrooms.
The hotel is home to Henry’s Restaurant, a splendid melange of art and food; anticipate reinvented classic fare and exciting new flavours drawn from the Apple Isle’s bountiful valleys. Dishes are matched with standout beverages, all served beneath thought-evoking artworks. For coffee and sweet treats, head to the popular Jam Packed Café. With harbour views, live music and contemporary artistic creations for decoration, the IXL Long Bar is the best place to quaff award-winning brandy and snack on more-ish nibbles from the small plate menu.
Be sure to stroll along Hobart’s waterfront and spend time in the many galleries. The wharf outside the hotel is conveniently the pick up point for the MONA ferry, which takes you to the island state’s second-most visited attraction. This provocative museum houses over 400 privately owned works, including a machine that digests food in front of your eyes, and remnants of a suicide bomber cast in chocolate.
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Rooms – Henry Jones Art Hotel
Whichever room or suite you choose, you’ll find immaculate attention to detail from the thoughtful lighting to the top-quality Molton Brown bath products.
Artist Studio Loft
Located in the modern extension at the rear of the original building, the Artist Studio Loft is a bright, two-level apartment, with bedroom upstairs, living area and kitchenette downstairs.
Within the jam factory complex, these character-filled rooms showcase original wooden posts and roof trusses alongside artistic masterpieces hung on fresh white walls. Ensuite bathrooms are spacious and encased entirely in translucent glass.
Standard Harbour View Room
On the harbour-side of the factory complex, these rooms are very similar to the Standard Rooms but have outlooks across the Hobart waterfront to Mount Wellington.
Superior Harbour View Room
An entirely modern construct, this room has its own balcony and glass bathroom pod containing an elliptical bath and large walk-in shower. Expect harbour, city and mountain views.
Deluxe Spa Room
Some of these rooms are a new addition to the hotel, while others are within the old factory. In the latter, you’ll find heritage stone and timber. In all, you’ll find a capacious ensuite encapsulated in glass containing a freestanding spa tub and shower.
Deluxe Spa Harbour View Room
Exactly like the Deluxe Spa Room but overlooking the Hobart harbour.
Located in the former Henry Jones ice house, the spacious Oriental Suite is draped in fine Japanese fabrics and kitted with the latest amenities including an overflowing spa tub, Nespresso machine and iPod dock.
The former home of George Peacock and later, Henry Jones, the dignified Peacock Terrace is where you’ll find Tasmania’s earliest spiral staircase. Look out from this fastidiously restored two-bedroom suite directly onto Sullivan’s Cove and Hobart. This self-contained 1823 terrace house has a sitting room, kitchenette and bathroom with delightful overflowing spa bath.
The H Jones Suite
The former company boardroom, The H Jones Suite retains much of the polished Blackwood wall and ceiling panelling that represented the business’s success. This premier suite has a compact kitchenette, Nespresso machine and ultra-modern bathroom containing an overflowing spa tub.
Facilities – The Henry Jones Art Hotel
- 56 rooms and suites
- Henry’s Restaurant
- Jam Packed Café
- IXL Long Bar
- Room service
- Dry cleaning and laundry
- Self-service guest laundry
- Luggage storage
- Street, undercover and valet parking
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Hobart is a short flight from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and many international carriers transit in these cities before connecting to the Tasmanian capital. The Henry Jones Art Hotel is located in central Hobart, 18 minutes’ by road from the airport. If you plan to take your car, the Spirit of Tasmania ferry departs from Melbourne to Devonport daily.
For unparalleled luxury and a range of unique signature experiences including slurping fresh oysters while standing in knee-deep water, head to Saffire Freycinet located on the wild Freycinet Peninsula. If that’s too much of a splurge, why not stay at the equally well located eco-friendly Freycinet Lodge?