Along the waterfront of Hobart’s harbour is The Henry Jones: one of Australia’s fabulous dedicated art hotels. Housed inside a row of converted warehouses and a former jam factory (creating popular IXL jam), we love how this hotel juxtaposes the colonial look of its building with ultra contemporary artwork for a real ‘old meets new’ atmosphere. Designed by award winning architects, Morris-Nunn & Associates, the hotel is a work of art itself, with original staircases, towering timber ceilings and authentic restored machinery alongside over 250 original Tasmanian artworks. Embracing its history, The Henry Jones motto is ‘IXL’ said to derive from a saying of Henry Jones himself, ‘I excel, in all the products I make’, and his motto carries through this hotel. In every room you can see that The Henry Jones really does excel, whether it’s in design, food, or comfort. It was easy to pick this as one of our favourite Australian boltholes.
An island off mainland Australia, Tasmania is covered in fantastic countryside with all the necessary rolling hills and green fields you could need. On the coast, Hobart is Australia’s second oldest city, and the echoes of its colonial beginnings are still around, for a quaint but bustling atmosphere. To say the locals here are relaxed would be an understatement, there is nothing hectic or stressful about this place, just cosy cafés, hip bars and a picturesque harbour all at your feet in The Henry Jones. And, if you’re looking to explore, those green spaces we mentioned are right behind you for some rural bliss.
Sink in to the silk covers at night, and enjoy the sandstone walls of the bathroom: the ultra modern design, perfect for an indulgent morning in luxury spent admiring the harbour views or the great art work hung in every room. In one of the luxury suites you can find out a little bit about Tasmania’s history: a learning holiday with a difference.
Why we like it
There is no shortage of people who, like us, love this hotel. The list of awards literally goes on and on. Australian Hotels Association, Conde Nast Traveller, World Traveller Awards, and so many more have practically showered The Henry Jones with praise for years. Best hotel, best design, best rooms: you name it, they’ve won it. Don’t forget the amazing service of course; the staff here go seriously out of their way to make sure your every need is met. Need we say more? This place is a must-see for sure.