A reasonably-priced hotel option in the Hobart CBD
The Leisure Inn Hobart Macquarie is on the busy Macquarie street in the Hobart CBD which means that it's really close to Salamanca Place and Square, so fabulous for going out to dine or to the markets on a Saturday morning - but not so great for getting a really good night's sleep on a Friday or Saturday night.
I stayed in a queen room but was actually travelling solo, so I had plenty of space.The room might have seemed a fraction small had there been two people in it. I appreciated having a couch to chillax on at the end of a busy day and not just having the bed as the sole piece of furniture in the room.
I arrived early and couldn't check-in until the proper time but if the room had been available they would have let me. The staff were very kind and courteous during my stay. There is also a place to store your luggage before check-in and after checking-out in the morning, but as usual, this is done at customer's own risk.
Free broadband was a really good perk that I enjoyed while staying - however it wasn't wireless so I had to plug the modem in. This didn't bother me at all but if you're a really tech savvy person then I can see how this could be frustrating.
In the room there was a microwave and a kettle and milk in the fridge. There wasn't a mini-bar in the room but drinks were available from reception and via room service. The room service menu was affordable but I wasn't tempted enough to enjoy it, and it did finish for the evening at 8pm which is a mite early in my opinion. Besides, like I said at the start, the hotel is very close to Salamanca and all the cafes, restaurants and bars that line that strip. There are also lots of cheap Indian and other Asian Take-Away food shops near-by. I went to one and had a pretty good pumpkin masala but the naan bread was like cardboard and cold.
There is cutlery and crockery for two provided in the room - knives, forks, spoons, bowls and plates so you could buy something and eat out of real dining materials in the hotel room if you'd rather a quiet night in. I also went to the Salamanca Fruit and Veg Gourmet Food store and got some salads that were delicious and ate them back in my room.
The shower was a bit temperamental - I couldn't get the water temperature right no matter how much I fiddled. It was always slightly too hot or slightly too cold. The water pressure was fine though. The toiletries provided are in pump containers on the wall so to anyone who likes to souvenir the shampoo and conditioner that ain't happening here sorry.
The bathroom was small but clean and that's all I really ask for. If you were looking for a really nice and classy hotel then this isn't what I'd recommend. There was nothing wrong with it at all and at the price I paid it was very good - but I was on a working trip not a holiday and so my needs were different to what others might have.
The view out the window was quite nice too, but even up on the eighth floor the street below was quite noisy at night. Also worth noting is that some websites advertise it as having tour desk facilities and it does not. There is an excellent visitors centre that is walking distance to the hotel but there is no tour desk at the venue. Many tours will pick you up from the hotel's door though, which is convenient.
Overall, the Leisure Inn Hobart Macquarie was a good mid-priced accommodation option when I spent a week in Hobart. The perks of free internet and having more of a self-contained room were good offering the benefits of youth hostel living with the comfort of a hotel. As I said earlier though, I wouldn't stay here if looking for real luxury, mostly because of the street noise.