- Reviews: 329
Hi George B&B
I’ve always correctly thought that how we view a location depends on where we spend much of our time on trips/holiday at the accommodation provider. A bad place to stay will reflect on the rest of location, while a good place will really help with overall impression – and I must say that staying at the funny named ‘Hi George B&B’ really did help us with an enjoyable 3 night visit to Launceston. I had researched the various on-line sites and thought that Hi George would suit our needs – close to everything, easy to find, free parking, cooked breakfast, free hi speed WIFI and all the private facility mod cons – we got all of the above and much, much more. Cost very reasonable $140 per room/night.
We pulled up outside the neat looking smallish brick building and walked down the steep walkway to reception where we were met by an older than us couple who made us very welcome to their home and business – and almost immediately we became friends. George (that’s his second name, first is David) didn’t want to take credit card details or any of the business like ways of almost all places we’ve stayed. “We’ll do all that later, how about you unload your car and bring in everything in the front door rather than trying to get it all down here and then up the stairs.” Seemed a great idea.
Although the outside of the building was built in 1880, the interior was fully renovated with the latest in furnishings and was obviously well looked after. Our room (I prefer to say suite) has a main room with queen bed, bedside tables and lamps, place for 1 suitcase, plenty of cupboard space, open area for tea/coffee making including the ingredients (home made cookies too) and a flat screen modern TV on an elevated shelf. Room 2 was a small sitting room with 2 comfortable seats and a low height table with bookshelves under a window with a great panoramic view of parts of Launceston city and suburbs. The bathroom was very modern with plenty of all that was needed – perhaps the only down side was the lack of places to hand towel convenient to the glass door of the shower.
Each of the 3 mornings we were really spoilt by David and his partner Fiona at the breakfast table. There was a large square table set for 8 people and couples would enter what in reality was the owner’s lounge/dining/kitchen. It was help yourself to fruit juice and a choice of 5 different cereals. While enjoying parts 1 and 2 of brekky, cooked to order was eggs the way you like them, fried tomatoes and bacon – Sir Gaw wanted and got LOTS of bacon. Toast served up and coffee/tea the way you liked it/ Breakfast seemed to be the highlight of the day for David and Fiona who would chat to all and discuss almost any topic raised. They are both great ambassadors for their city and will help on suggestionns on what to see/do.
Perhaps the only down side of breakfast was the notable lack of sausages on the menu – for a good reason. The couple have a Dachshund (sausage dog) and do not seem to like humour where their little dog could take offence. I’m sure the dog would view sausages on the menu with considerable disdain – hence the photo above – LOL (note I did not make up that great photo and cannot remember where I obtained it from).
All up a GREAT place to stay and walking distance to most of the central area of Launceston with the main restaurant strip of George Street only a hundred metres away. Strongly suggest you request room 4 when you book for the great view from the window Easy access to Highway 1 for Hobart, the airport and other destinations in Tasmania.
- Reviews: 1418
Star Hotel: Get some "star dust"
The budget askewed Hotel is above the cafe and bar. I had room No.1, which is on the far end of the building but is right next door to the "rooftop garden". On normal nights, it was actually quite nice since my room is quite far removed from the noise and sounds of the bar downstairs.
Unfortunately, the noise and sounds came to find me on Friday night when a bunch of half-drunk youngsters came up to the "rooftop garden" to play and started raking up a din. The blinds covering the walkway windows were not adequate to stop them peeking in and a couple of them started banging on my door, egging me to join in the merriment. This bunch continued to loiter around my doorway til the early mornings of Saturday...and when I went to sleep, they were still egging each other on in something.
I realised the next morning that some of them may be guests of the hotel.
Comfort-wise, the room was alright. The walls were rather spartan but clean. It was not as snazzy as a business-class league room but it is no backpacker dorm-room league either. I do get a mini-fridge, a TV and complimentary coffee/tea along with a kettle. The bed was alright but the pillows were quite limpy stuff. Surprisingly, the ensuite bathroom is quite spacious and there was even room for a chair. No tubs though.
The Hotel has an assortment of rooms - Singles, Doubles and Family. All ensuite.
Location is the draw here - a mere less than 5 minutes to Brisbane Mall and The Quadrant for shopping pleasures. There are a number of cafes and restaurants around the block.
- Reviews: 2076
Braemere House: Boutique Bed and Breakfast in Launie
I would definitely not call this a true bed and breakfast, but would definitely recommend that you pick this as your destination when coming to Launceston. Braemere really provided us with a great location, and made us feel more like we were staying with family, rather than a drab hotel. Also, at the same time we were treated to a semi stocked fridge, breakfast necessities, laundry facilities, and full cable with sports and movies!
All this, with the seclusion of the suburbs and a beautiful view of Launceston!
Towel Warmers were a nice touch, and we liked how many tourism info packets were available to us in the living quarters!
- Reviews: 252
Braemere House Bed & Breakfast: Great stay for 2 Couples!
This was a wonderful stay for the money! We spent only AU$130/night for 4 people to stay in the self-contained unit with a kitchen, two bedrooms with double beds, a big bathroom, a kitchen and dining table, a separate toilet & sink, a living room with couch, two recliners & tv, and even a washer and dryer with laundry detergent. Oh, and the price also included a basket full of breakfast foods - muffins and cereal and toast.
The owner was super nice when I called to book and very friendly as we checked in and left! If you are two couples traveling, this is a perfect place to stay!
There was a lovely view out over the city of Launceston from the pretty gardens behind the unit - and it was basically private to the self-contained unit.
- Reviews: 1418
GREAT LAUNCESTON HOSTELS REVIEW SITE
The BUG Australia guide is both a great guidebook & forum to tap for reviews from folks who had actually stayed at the hostels you are looking for.
Very comprehensive and useful!
- Reviews: 1418
The TRC Lodge (formerly Rose Lodge): Launceston: Trapped in the 60s
NOV 2008 LATEST: Rose Lodge is no more. Time rushes everything by. The property is now renamed the TRC Lodge.
Review from 2001:
This is a B&B on the lower end.
My mates and I managed to grab the cabin which was good for 4 persons and came with refrigerator, microwave, toaster and a little garden at the back. Breakfast meant a packet of bread with jam and butter; nothing obstentatious.
It was actually a very nice stay, as the host was very kind though the furnishment and decoration in the cabin reminded us of the 60s! We even stumbled upon some games from that era which amused us no ends.
The owner was Joan Humphreys.
Review from 2001:
That 60s feel!
- Reviews: 1688
Legana Caravan Park: Camping
The campsites at the back of the park were a little cramped (the park was almost totally full though) but it was a quiet area away from the centre of town but not far to drive into Launceston.
At night there were rabbits everywhere playing in the playground (I wonder if they tried out the slide LOL).
It looked very nice & rural (except there were wallabies eating all beside the roads when we only drove a few kms at night and that was quite worrying, as we almost hit one)
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