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Published November 13th 2014
Staying in a hotel is always an exciting experience. Someone makes your bed, you get tiny little bottles of shampoo, and sometimes they even leave chocolates on your pillow (hint: at the Henry Jones Art Hotel they do). When a hotel transcends simply the place you are staying and becomes an integral part of your visit, it is a pretty special place. The Henry Jones Art Hotel did that for me.
It had all the normal bells and whistles of a high-end hotel – comfortable bed, beautiful bathroom, insanely helpful staff. The main difference was the art. As the first dedicated art hotel in Australia, the Henry Jones Art Hotel brings a whole new level of curatorship to the forefront.
Throughout my stay at the hotel I found myself lost on many occasions, as I wandered through the common areas perusing the Art. Instead of the all to familiar "oh god where is my room?" feeling this was peaceful and quite enjoyable. It had the beauty of an art gallery without the pretentious and stifled feel.
Just after checking in, I was attempting to find my room and couldn't locate any room numbers. I was not too stressed as I wasn't in a rush and I thoroughly enjoyed walking the halls and looking at the art on offer. I was about to go find a staff member when I realised that the room numbers could be found on the floor beside each door (handy to note!).
Located in the heart of Hobart, this hotel is only a short walk away from Salamanca Place, MONA ferry terminal and a massive variety of delicious restaurants. I enjoyed an absolutely scrumptious meal at the flagship restaurant downstairs; Henry's.
All in all this hotel surpassed simply my accommodation and ingrained itself into a large part of my entire trip. I would recommend it to anyone wishing for a little more in a hotel.