Once one of Hobart’s most important buildings, it has seen long-term use since it was first established – firstly for wool treatment and secondly, as a pickup and drop off point for agricultural products. Farmers drove their vehicles in through one set of double doors, delivered or picked up their goods before driving out the other door. The doors have become part of the restored exterior along with other sections of the building, such as the facade and saw-tooth roofline, that were given heritage status for their historical importance by the National Trust. In 1997 the Trust awarded the Old Woolstore “Best Redeveloped Industrial Building”, before in 2000, 124 apartments were added to the historic building.
Onsite Stockmans Restaurant is open daily for dinner between 6pm and 9:30pm. The menu created by Executive Chef Sam Wagg, reflects the tastes of Tasmania, and uses locally sourced fish and beef. There are plenty of pub classics including battered fish or a Chicken Parmigiana as well as a kids menu. Located in the lobby, the Baaa Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a pre-dinner drink or an after-dinner cocktail. Open from 4-11pm daily, the snack menu provides an alternative option for those who are after a light snack. There are plenty of Tasmanian wines available as well as an extensive local whisky and gin menu.
The hotel offers a wide range of rooms and apartments with numerous bedding configurations that are suitable for couples, families and even small groups traveling together. The smaller Hotel Rooms come with all the amenities guests have come to expect in the 21st century, including air-conditioning, hair dryer, mini-bar and flatscreen TV. In addition, the larger one and two-bedroom self-contained apartments have a spacious sitting area as well as a full kitchen with microwave, oven and dishwasher.
With a friendly 24-hour reception and concierge services available, guests are well look ed after. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in all rooms and most public areas whilst there is also an on-site gym. For keen cyclists or those who wish to explore the town and surrounding area by bike, there is no shortage of assistance available. The hotel has a secure lock-up area, two wash stations and even stock a limited supply of tubes, CO2 canisters and tyre repair kits (available for purchase) at the front desk.
The hotel is ideally positioned just 5 minutes walk from the harbour front, as well as number of the city’s top sights including the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Maritime Museum of Tasmania and Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum. Just outside the city, a drive (or walk) to the top of Mount Wellington is highly recommended for its breathtaking views of the city below, as is a visit to MONA – The Museum of Old & New Art.