Boutique accommodation is far from scarce in Launceston. After all, it's mostly what the town has to offer. Auldington has something different.
Perched on the side of the hill that dominates Launceston, the Auldington is a heritage hotel. It stands majestically over the convent school below, assuming pride of place on the hillside. Travelling up the sweeping drive, the hotel's gardens unfold first, landscaped lawns leading up the hill to the neat facade of the hotel itself.
Arriving early, we were talked into a minor upgrade and led to our room. Our host was friendly and full of information, telling us about the hotel's history as he led us personally to our room. The upgrade was worth it: on the second floor, with a balcony, our room had a spa bath ensuite and beautiful views.
Our room was recently refurbished, but retained some of the heritage features that make a stay in a historical hotel worthwhile. Unlike many other hotels, the Auldington houses people in roomy accommodations, with plenty of room to breathe.
Night brought on the best feature of this hotel. As the darkness set in, Launceston below lit up, giving us a fairy light show with the stars overhead. In the morning, we set out for the town and had a brisk five-minute walk to get to the city centre.
Auldington Hotel is something apart from the usual in Launceston. If you want to give yourself a treat, I would recommend booking one of the upper-level rooms. The slight increase in price is well worth it.