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Last weekend we enjoyed a 2 night stay at the recently refurbished RACV/RACT Hotel in Hobart. We picked the hotel due to its family friendly rooms and it's central location. We were able to stroll to Constitution Dock (famous for the Sydney to Hobart yacht race), Salamanca Square for the market, Hobart botanic gardens and also browse the city centre stores.
We caught the airport bus which was a convenient way to see around town and gain our bearings before being dropped off opposite our hotel. Driving around the centre of Hobart you can see the big RACV/RACT symbol quite clearly on the hotel yet at street level it could be easy to miss as the front entrance is via a small path between two shops. If you are unsure at street level or you are a landmark person like myself, then it's opposite the Country Road clothing store.
As well as the concealed entry, there are access problems to the reception with about a dozen stairs to contend with and only a wheelchair stair lift at the bottom which would require staff or a carer to help with entry and exit of the hotel. Anyone with mobility issues, a pram or heavy luggage will find the stairs a pain, however, I did read that the hotel is in the process of trying to rectify this issue.
Once inside the reception staff were friendly, efficient and helpful at getting us settled into our rooms quickly, helping connect the wifi for tired children, booking transport and giving directions.
Our apartment consisted of two adjoining rooms, one was a one bedroom apartment with a king sized bed, large bathroom, separate lounge area and a kitchenette. The other was an open plan hotel room with two king singles and a roll-away bed along with a smaller bathroom, desk and coffee making facilities. An open internal door made it into a two bedroom apartment that was a good size for a large family. Three wall mounted T.Vs kept the kids from fighting on the occasions that we were in the hotel.
The king bed was two king singles on a base which made for an uninterrupted night's sleep along with the comfy pillows and the window shutters that completely blacked out the room.
Daily breakfast at the Charcoal Restaurant was included in the price of our hotel rooms with all the usual hotel fare on offer. The favourites among our group were the mini croissants, scrambled eggs, toasted musli and Tasmanian pot yogurt.
Whilst at breakfast our rooms were cleaned and beds made which was unexpected given we were only there for 2 nights.
Overall our experience at the RACV/RACT Hotel was above average. The location is fantastic, the price is competitive, the facilities are homely and children are well catered for and stay free on existing bedding.
The hotel is naturally aimed at RACV members by offering much cheaper rates and includes free wifi and car parking as opposed to non members. A double room for 2 is priced on their website at the time of publishing at $153 per night or $205 for non members. For family rooms I recommend calling the hotel directly for the best package deal as the website wouldn't cater for our size family.
Facilities include: A gym, dining & bar open 7 days for breakfast, lunch and dinner ( including in room dining service) , conference/event room, and car parking.
So if you're heading to Hobart for work or a long weekend then I recommend having a look at the RACV/RACT Hotel in Hobart and for anyone visiting with children there is a good playground (Princes Park) located on Castray Esplanade (a 500m stroll from Salamanca Square).